The “Golden” Age of Sportsmanship

Last Monday night, Golden Tate of the Seattle Seahawks, committed one of the most obvious acts of offensive pass interference (click on photo above) by utilizing a two-handed shove to a Green Bay receiver that took that receiver out of the play and knocked him to the ground. Tate then gets one hand on the ball and is erroneously awarded the catch, giving Seattle the win. A win the NFL later admits was fraudulent. But enough about the refs…

Here’s the deal. After the game, Tate is interviewed  and is specifically asked “Did you push-off” and his response is “I don’t know what you’re talking about”.

Okay, granted the interview is right after the game, in the heat of the moment. And granted, the majority of athletes are unlikely to own up to their transgression…but consider this:

Miroslave Klose, the Lazio (European football ) striker puts in a goal with his hands this week. Using your hands is illegal but the referees apparently missed the hand touch. After the goal is awarded, Klose advised the ref that he illegally scored the goal…Klose is congratulated by the opposing team for his sportsmanship and his act is widely reported.

This is how it’s supposed to be done folks. Period. Klose did the right thing. Tate did not. Judge for yourself the character of each of these men and consider which player should be emulated by our youth.

And how about the Green Bay coach getting his players back on the field to defend the perfunctory point-after. I don’t know that I could have ordered my players back out after having a win so clearly stolen…but it was a class act.  Compare that to the truly odd celebration that Seahawks coach Pete Carroll engaged in after the game. He’s been around long enough to know he stole one. Nice job Pete, way to further sully the product and show our kids it’s okay to cheat…

This is a sore subject for me as I have had to endure two generations of horrid displays of sportsmanship by the PARENTS of the athletes my kids have played with.  I have 1.5 years left of high school football to endure the embarrassing actions of my fellow parents in the grandstands and the disgusting “buying” of playing time by corporate parents who want to further advance the “careers” of their sons…

Respect Mr. Klose…respect. Thank you for doing the right thing. It is so rare these days.

About Conversations With The Moon

Divorced father of two amazing young adults. College student, plodding away at a liberal arts degree. Formerly a Fire Captain and Paramedic. Dabbler in fashion. Liberal. Believer in Karma. View all posts by Conversations With The Moon

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