How you play the game
In past generations, athletics offered a way for young people to learn how to get along better in the game of life.
“Baseball is the sport of America,” actor Jack Webb said in a Dragnet episode from 1969. “It teaches youngsters fair play.”
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Unfortunately, the idea of fair play and respect for your teammates, your opponents and the fans seems to have gone the way of the horse and buggy. These days, you see a lot of unpleasant things on athletic fields – players showing disrespect for everything and everybody by throwing temper
tantrums, protesting close calls by officials and “trash talking” to their opponents. We see this disrespect carry over to the fans – riots during games and after championships, fans spitting on players as they leave the field.
We all want to be respected, loved and appreciated. In order to get those things, we have to give them. The more we toot our own horns and try to get all that we can for ourselves without any regard for other people, the more unhappy we are going to be with the way we are treated by other people.
Philosopher Harry Emerson Fosdick said, “A person completely wrapped up in himself makes a small package.”
How long has it been since you heard anybody say, “It matters not the final score, but how you played the game”?
These days, it seems like many athletes want accolades whether they deserve them or not -regardless of how they played the game. But it wasn’t always so.
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