First Down Dumb


It seems to have become the norm these days but I still notice it. I was watching the Univ. of Nebraska football team play the Iowa Hawkeyes last week when an Iowa player doing a simple down and out just lost the ball off his fingertips. He slapped his hands and turned to head back to the huddle when a Nebraska defensive back arrived from across the field to wave his arms in a crossing motion to underscore the incomplete. Although they were being beaten handily by the Iowa team, this didn’t stop the player from celebrating the opposing player’s minor failure right in his face. I am always amazed that coaches don’t discourage this brash swagger. Such bad sportsmanship not only reflects poorly on the values of the player, but also on those of the team and the school. Oddly, we’re usually treated to the contradictory behavior of players pointing skyward thanking God after an interception or scoring a touchdown without ever realizing how contradictory these two behaviors are in relationship to the values they represent. We have become a culture without context.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kris
    Dec 06, 2015 @ 16:02:38

    I couldn’t agree more.


  2. erin
    Dec 06, 2015 @ 16:53:35

    Wow, well-written commentary about your observations of the dichotomy of behavior displayed by some athletes, as well as by the fans watching them.


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