College football crossed the organized crime win-at-all-costs line on several levels this year. Several occurrences involved athletes at schools with perennially nationally ranked football programs. Ohio State and Auburn took a step up the questionable behavior ladder right before their bowl games. Cam Newton’s father “allegedly” requested a great deal of money for his son to sign a college scholarship with a certain school. A shell game was used to suspend Cam, then immediately reinstate him, so he could play in the BCS championship game. Ohio State players “allegedly” were caught accepting special compensation from local merchants. The decision was that they could play in their bowl game but would have to sit out five games in 2011. Evidently, the bowl games were more important than the lessons to be learned. After all, they are athletes first and students second. Aren’t they?
Sportsmanship used to play a big role in sports, but winning at all costs is progressively moving sportsmanship out of the picture. By definition, sportsmanship involves fairness, courteous treatment of the opposition, and honesty as well as being a good loser and a graceful winner. You don’t have to watch most sporting events for too long before you will witness players talking trash, taunting, playing dirty, or throwing a tantrum. It’s hard to place the blame totally on the athlete because they learned the behavior honestly while watching some parents at their Little League games. You don’t have to listen to much sports news before you will hear about activities of questionable morality and/or honesty connected to one sport or another. I guess sportsmanship has changed.
I think you wondered away from the topic. Your fooling yourself if you think that any program is without its inappropriate behavior. 1) These are kids we are talking about… dont let the fact that they’re 6’4” and weigh 300lbs fool you. 2) There are billions of dollars in play. As a for instance, OSU’s football program pays for every other varsity/club sport (though the basketball team sometimes chips in a little, as they will this year).
Cam Newton’s father asked the SMU for $200,000, the tatoo five received about $150 dollars in discounted (which is to say that they did pay some money) tattoos. Cam was found innocent, hence no suspension on the grounds that he wasn’t aware of his father’s “request for finders fee”. The OSU players were found guilty and are currently suspended for the first five games of the next season.
“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”— Martin Luther King Jr. (via canisfamiliaris)