Tuesday, December 3, 2013

After Weird Alabama Murder, We Need Good Sportsmanship Antidote

The most depressing sports-related news I've come across lately concerns a murder in Alabama.
This woman is charged with murder after
allegedly killing a woman she thought was
insufficiently upset at Alabama's football  loss Saturday.  

For those of you who missed it Auburn beat its archriva Alabama  Saturday in one of the most dramatic endings to a college football game anyone has seen.

At a party after the game, police said, Alabama fan Adrian Laroze Briskey, 28, murdered Michelle Shepard, another Alabama fan,  because the victim seemed insufficiently upset that Alabama had lost. 

That, of course, is the ultimate in bad sportsmanship, something we have long seen too much of on and off the field.

So I was pleased when I found a compilation video on YouTube containing great examples of good sportsmanship.

In the video, I especially like the ultimate fighters, who participate in the most brutal and violent of sports. In these cases when one fighter accidentally injures another, or defeats his opponent badly, the victors react tenderly and kindly toward the people they defeated or hurt.

I also like the clips of people going out of their way to let people who can't normally participate in sports because of disabilities have their moment in the sun.

After watching the video, I now feel better about sports again. You will too:

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