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Offline valleyboy

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Two instances have occurred in recent major sporting events that have restored my faith in the sporting World and indirectly helped to restore my faith in Humanity !.

1) In the Wimbledon men's doubles final Jonathan Marray volun'tarily admitted to touching the net with his racquet, when the umpire and his opponents were totally unaware of the event, it was at a fairly crucial stage of the game and could have had serious negative implications on the result (thankfully not !).

2) On Stage 14 of the TDF some idiot threw tacks onto the road causing Cadel Evans (in 4th position) to have multiple punctures; Bradley Wiggins in his position as "General" of the race (Yellow Shirt holder), called upon the "Peleton" to slow down until Evans' wheels were replaced and caught up with the group.

With the likes of soccer players throwing themselves around the pitch upon the slightest nudge from an opponent,I find this quite a refreshing change in this age of "win at all cost" attitudes to sport,  do you agree, or do you think this attitude is a sign of weakness ???



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Re: Good Sportsmanship - I thought it was a thing of the past !!
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2012, 01:07:02 AM »
With you on this one   :)

If you know you won dishonestly then you know you haven't won at all, what pleasure can there be in that compared to doing the right thing and winning. And if you lose you take it on the chin and know you can hold your head high.

Nothing worse than a bad loser and I loved your description... "with the likes of soccer players throwing themselves around the pitch upon the slightest nudge from an opponent..."

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Re: Good Sportsmanship - I thought it was a thing of the past !!
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2012, 08:05:33 AM »
A freshing change definitely.

Who else remembers Roger Taylor v Bjorn Borg, when Taylor gave up a winning match point  ;D

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Re: Good Sportsmanship - I thought it was a thing of the past !!
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2012, 11:28:07 AM »
Makes a change from the usual headlines about professional cycling (or should that be tracklines?). Admirable conduct by both participants, a return to a time of athletic chivalry would certainly be a change for the better but on a general level i don't see it coming any time soon.

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Re: Good Sportsmanship - I thought it was a thing of the past !!
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2012, 23:45:35 PM »
Too uch money involved in most sports now to stop the cheating, and it's worse when the kids see that cheats win most times.

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Re: Good Sportsmanship - I thought it was a thing of the past !!
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2012, 11:02:09 AM »
Yes the old Human trait of greed does normally form the foundation of these acts !, often together with the individual's Ego !!  :(, another recent event which pleased me was when Andy Murray was interviewed after his Wimbledon Men's Final against Roger Federer, when he  publicly displayed his emotions and by doing so, proved it was acceptable to do so !   :). Sometimes it appears that the interviewers are speaking to "automatons" in these post final interviews. I do realise in these high pressure events that they need to achieve a high degree of mental focus, but sometimes it's nice to see the Human element !, and I agree Buddy it's better for the Kid's to see   :).

It's only a game 'innit ??   ;)  :)




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