I wish this would happen in all pro sports.
I am all for contact sports and even getting rough in the CONTEXT of the game. But I am so fucking sick of players and even fans fighting outside the game.
Soccer fans are notorious for gang fighting internationally. I hate the players in hockey fighting. And I think it is petty and childish for fans to fight each other.
I just watched the interview with the losing American player on the woman's world cup soccer team. She was completely gracious and held no anger to the winners.
Violence from an evolutionary standpoint, in all life, and even in nature, does happen. But as a species, especially when it comes to sports, I think we have a duty to keep it civil and ask that the fans keep it civil. Trash talk is fun, I do it all the time. But to come to blows over something that is supposed to be for the love of the game, and bring people together, should not be turned into real violence that can put people in the hospital or get them killed.
IT IS ONLY A FUCKING GAME.
I think all pro sports, especially contact sports, should condone all physical contact outside the context of the rules of the sport.
Again, I don't mind as a Redskins fan, being teased about how bad we suck right now, and I hate losing to division rivals. BUT I damned sure hate when fucking adults at a bar or at a stadium are willing to pound fists especially over something they are not playing themselves.
Games are something someone will win and someone will lose. It is NOT life threatening to lose, nor does trash talk have to be anything more than friendly teasing among friends.
I wish players would advocate not fighting and tell the fans that fighting is unacceptable.
This woman who lost played hard and physically and aggressively BUT, when a player knows what it is like to win, then they can be happy for the team that won without holding a grudge to the point of it becoming a childish gang mentality.
"Grudges" on the pro level, should only be in the context of "we'll get you next time", but not "I hate you because you beat me". It is ok to hate losing, and it is ok to try to beat the other team. But it is not ok to treat the other team as if they are a real street gang with real weapons who will really kill you.
The bottom line is that games are just that, games. And the players at the pro level should not be selling a gang mentality to the fans who can and do in reality turn it into real violence.
I applaud this woman and she should serve as an example as to how pro players should behave.
MEN at the pro level need to take a lesson from this woman.
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