After Serena Williams' latest tirade on the court at the US Open, it got me thinking.
Whatever happened to sportsmanship and etiquette?
We all have our bad days, whether we take it out on Road Rage or our computer, we still try to maintain some sense of decorum. Some of us are just born firecrackers. I get it. I am probably one of those firecracker people myself.
But, really? If we all acted that way when our emotions ran high, we would be up a creek. We can't act that way when our boss dumps on us, or when the bank messes up our transaction. We are expected to be polite and nice and (hopefully) receive that in return. Now, I know that customer service is not always wine and roses. But we are talking about professional athletes here. And am I wrong for holding them to a slightly higher standard? I don't think so.
Who was it that said, it wasn't his job to be a role model. If he was, then fine. But that wasn't his problem, it was the kids' choice to look up to him. Did I get that right? Or t least the jist of it. Um, hello. You are in the spotlight, dude. You got it whether you like it or not.
A quick image search of "sportsmanship" yielded this:
This is true.
Remember this one, when they carried the hurt player across home plate for the WINNING run. Because it was the right thing to do.
I just think this is funny!
Johnson and Luiken hug it out.
That was MY Gatorade!
This is how it should be.
But you know, I remember going through these lines and I saw scores of high schoolers for years going through these lines. Did they know what it meant? Was it explained to them? Were they doing it out of obligation, because the coach made them?
I hope the young america sees plenty of examples of how to be GOOD sports. There are plenty of examples of how to be a BAD sport out there. It's ok to voice your opinion. But I was always taught to call a ref sir or ma'am, state your complaint, then move along. I want to teach my kids that competing is a privelage and one that should be honored.
At the end of the day, when we all go home, we are just people. Pro or Amateur. Adult or Child. Beer League or Travel Team. Everyone deserves respect.
I'm not sure Serena's fine will make any *real* impact on her behavior.
Maybe she needs her mom for that.