Yes, winning isn't everything; it's the only thing. And let's not forget: There is no such thing as sportsmanship. But how about your own kids? Should they be encouraged to play sports in these troubled times? Well, that's up to you to decide. And of course, there's always the marching band. And 4-H, And the Boys Scouts or Girl Scouts. How's about the drama club? National Honor Society? Of course, the hand-to-eye coordination benefit of playing hours of video games while eating potato chips and drinking soda might be something to consider, too.
Works cited:1) Kentucky.com: KHSAA advises schools to stop organized post-game handshakes at sporting events. See: click here
2) CBS Pittsburgh -- KDKA 2: "3 Stabbed After Fight Over Steelers, Pens." See: click here
3) The Daily Dose: "Hormones to Blame for Sports Bar Fights," See: click here
4) NBCSports.com: " Manziel enters plea deal for bar fight arrest." See: click here
5) ESPN College Sports: "Witness: Shooting Over Alabama Loss." See: click here
6) St. Louis Sports Commission (website): "St. Louis Sports Commission Reveals Worst Sportsmanship Moments from 2011." See: click here
7) Huff Post Sports. "Middle School Football Coach Fired for Refusing to Change Plans for Team Party at Hooters." See: click here
8) The Post-Standard (at Syracuse.com): "My Take: Good sportsmanship is everyone's responsibility." See: click here
9) KidsHealth from Nemours: "Sportsmanship." from See: http://kidshealth.org/parent/emotions/behavior/sportsmanship.html#
10) AP via MSN News: "Texas dad alleges bullying in 91-0 football game." http://news.msn.com/us/texas-dad-alleges-bullying-in-91-0-football-game
10) Other related matter: See GQ: " The Worst Sports Fans in America." See: http://www.gq.com/sports/lists/201104/worst-sports-fans-in-america#slide=6 (although this ending paragraph was a generic summary of terrible sports fans' acts, GQ's worth viewing for some startling revelations concerning terrible sportsmanship. Some of GQ's research was also used in this article).