There's a reason it's called a "Game"
My name is Chris Crews. First time blogger here, long time Disco Sports fan.
I grew up in Washington, D.C. and while it hasn’t always been easy I am a lifelong Redskin’s fan.
I try to follow some of my teams but don’t get a lot of time to watch on TV. I did, however, see some of the ugly antics in the NBA playoffs. Lamar Odom, Andrew Bynum and Ron Artest should be ashamed of themselves.
If you take a quick stroll through Sports Illustrated online the headlines are saddening. Aside from the mayhem in the NBA: Nascar drivers are fined for a pit road brawl. Hockey players are fined for cheap shots. College football players are suspended for off campus arrests. Soccer’s World Cup is cheapened by a vote buying scandal. Baseball benches clear after an exchange of words on a routine play. The only sport without a serious scandal or infraction at the top of the headlines is Mixed Martial Arts. Go figure.
YouTube isn’t much better. On any given day you can find video of some sort of brawl, fight, melee, ruckus or riot. I’ve seen footage of European soccer houligans but lately the scenes are at the college and frighteningly the high school level!
When I was a kid I wanted to throw like Sonny Jurgensen, hit like Eddie Murray and drive like Petty. My child today is watching his stars throw equipment, hit opposing players and get arrested for drunk driving. Some role models, huh?
I’m all for my kid being involved in a team sport. I think it teaches him a great deal about commitment, integrity, passion, and cooperation. I guess my job is to teach him sportsmanship. Most of our professional sports started out as gentleman’s games. Today there is a great shortage of gentlemen, but they are still called games.