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Saturday, 6 January 2018

Why I Don't Like Sports

Last night we watched the junior hockey Canada vs Sweden game for the gold medal.  Canada 'won'.  Sweden 'lost'.  It was heartbreaking to see those young men, children really, so devastated after playing so very hard (and fairly clean as well) losing in the last two minutes of play.  
 Really, when one gets to the medal rounds of a competition everyone is a winner having shown their superiority over several teams in order to get there.  Any medal, be it gold silver or bronze is a terrific accomplishment.  The silver medal winners may have been disappointed and discouraged last night but in a few years time the significance of a silver medal in their sport of choice will be clearer to them.  
The fact that they are so very young was brought home by the actions of the Sweden team Captain as he ripped his silver medal from around his neck and fired it into the crowd.  Fortunately no one was brained by the heavy piece of silver and a lucky fan soon had it around his neck.  My hope is that after the insanity of the moment has passed, that fan will try to find a way to give the medal back to that young man.  Eventually he will rue the moment he tossed his prize away.
The incident begs the question, is our habit of giving children's sports teams medals whether they win or not a good idea?  Maybe the little guys need to learn at an earlier date that some teams win and some teams lose, that there are prizes for winning and not for losing but that regardless of the outcome of a 'game' everyone really is still a winner if they played the game fair and square and gave it their all.
I guess I just don't see the need for competition at all..just friendly games for fun SHOULD be enough.

13 comments:

  1. The boy may have had a hard lesson - we are responsible for our actions. If he threw it away, it could very well be lost forever. Doubt he will do that again.

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  2. Learning to lose is as important as learning to win. Yes to not giving everyone a trophy, disappointment delayed is not disappointment eliminated. Competition without winning or losing is like kissing your sister, without competition we would be washing our clothes in streams and keeping warm by an open fire...progress needs competition and rewards, sports teaches both. Sadly as you point out we are forgetting to teach good sportsmanship and it is showing in every aspect of our life today, not just sports.

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    1. I do appreciate your empathy toward the losing team, sometimes it is sad when both teams are great that there has to be a loser.

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  3. You have nailed part of why I don't like/can't watch sport. The obscene 'wages' we pay the senior teams are another part of it. Yes, it requires skill and dedication but I really resent that a footballer can be paid in the millions and a nurse struggle from pay cheque to pay cheque.

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    1. Do you also resent actors and other entertainers being paid millions for pretending to be someone else or singing well? I do.

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    2. Yes. I would prefer that no-one was paid millions. And certainly not as an entertainer.

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    3. I object to actors getting such high payments for episodes of TV series. I understand they're a lot of work to make week after week, but getting paid a million dollars per episode is a bit much in my opinion. Even though I love the shows and watch every episode.

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  4. Ugh - highly competitive sports leave a lot to be desired. The virtues of teamwork and skill development can be achieved without the artificially high degree of competitiveness. There's enough competition in the world naturally; why do we need to pit people - especially young people - against each other so much?

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  5. You can' win if someone doesn't lose. The rest of the lesson is to be a good and gracious loser.

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  6. Although I did not see the "game", my feeling are mixed. Competition, if executed properly, is healthy, whether it be for the individual, the team, the corporation, etc. And yes, there are winners and there are losers. However, it's how we lose the game that matters. Personally I think his "temper tantrum" reveals a weakness in his character....:)JP

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  7. I never agreed with everyone gets a participation trophy, maybe a ribbon but the trophy should go to the actual winner. There are levels of competition as there are levels of participation and outcomes. Like was said above, teach them early on that sometimes you win and sometimes you learn what didn't work for you this time (no one really loses, right). There was a saying I read once that said, "no one really fails, you just learn what didn't work for you this time." I like that.

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  8. I firmly believe prizes are for winning not losing and kids need to learn how to lose with grace and dignity. Then try harder and maybe win next time. I personally don't like sports because I'm not good at any of them, in spite of having what my son calls "athletic legs", also because sports programs take up so much TV time.

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  9. I agree with Josh. Grace in winning or losing is most important. These are life lessons and builds character. Apparently, this boy has neither but he is young enough to learn.

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It's lovely to know someone else is out there. Please leave me a comment...pretty please.