Importance of Sportsmanship

When it comes sports, one of the major issues discussed is sportsmanship. The issues of sportsmanship deals with how players handle themselves during the game and after the game as well. As far as shaking hands after the game, I believe that players should be encouraged to do this. It shows respect for the game and the other team as competitors. Sportsmanship can go beyond the court or field of play, and can show someones character. In article on foxnews, it details a story of outstanding sportsmanship. An Ohio runner helped a struggling competitor finish a race and has been praised for her actions. It states, “Arlington High School sophomore Arden McMath, whose body was giving out, had Vogel put McMath’s arm around her shoulders, half-dragging and half-carrying her about 30 meters to the finish line”. McMath was so grateful about the action, but more shocked than anything and did not think something like that would happen. This just shows that sometimes being a good sport can have a greater impact than winning the game or competition.

I think it is different when it comes to pro sports, because that is a situation when grown men or women are competing against each other at the highest level. I still think there should be some sportsmanship, but forcing teams to line up and shake hands is not as big of a deal. Rick Reilly wrote an article for ESPN and stated, “We live in a world where Peyton Manning walks off the Super Bowl field without shaking anybody’s hand. Where Tiger Woods leaves the Masters without a word of thanks to the fans or congratulations to the winner”. He makes a good point, but at the same time we never see an outcry from the public about this or anybody being highly upset about their actions.