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Kelly 1 Kris Kelly Dr. Marinova English 123H 7 February 2008 Sportsmanship All over the world, there are millions upon millions of athletes that compete for money, fame, and the love of the game. Each of these athletes does so in their respective areas, be it soccer, football, or even curling. Across all sports, players in each game are judged based on their athleticism, gamesmanship, and the most prominent, sportsmanship. Sportsmanship is defined as playing the game fairly and having a positive demeanor towards the other team. A good sportsman is also a gentleman on and off the field. This is not so much the case in most sports anymore, due to steroids, a drive for a higher check, and the want for more fans. American athletes such as Mark McGwire and Albert Haynesworth have been valid cases of poor sportsmanship. It is this problem, which brings up this point: who are the real sportsmen and who are there for show? Sportsmanship has always been a word of integrity and honor. It has meant that those involved in sports and any competitive situation played their game while being as courteous as possible to the opponent. This doesn’t mean not fighting with them on the field of play, but that, at the end of the day, the two sides can go out as civilized people and enjoy themselves together. There was a case in the NFL in the 2006-2007 season where a football player named Albert Haynesworth of the Tennessee Titans stepped on a downed players face with his metal cleat. This was a disgrace to the sport and to the player, and was as far away from sportsmanship as one can get. Even if the opponent
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Kelly 2 beats you, help them up and give them a pat on the back because they worked hard to get to that point. From there, practice hard to get good enough to where you win more games. There is never a good reason to cheat the other side, which has worked equally hard, out
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