Sportsmanship has a lot of meaning to the game and has a big impact on it now more than ever. To me it is starting to make the game softer as they continue to enforce more rules about good sportsmanship.  As far as shaking hands after a game I say it’s a good idea to but shouldn’t be forced upon a player.

In today’s game there are so many things that are looked at as bad sportsmanship. Which is making it harder to play some of these contact sports competitively. It’s not they are doing it on purpose but with so many situations that ended up bad in the past, they just start going after every little thing.

As far as shaking hands after a competition I think I player should do that. The reason that I think they should because if you’re anything like I am in a game it tends to get real intense. Trash talk, pushing, grabbing, all of those things, and if I don’t shake your hand and let you know that it wasn’t anything personal, it will carry on. Maybe to after the game, maybe to back home or anywhere I might see you. Nevertheless it still shouldn’t be mandatory. To me it seems that this is only a problem with those who lose the competition, not saying I wouldn’t be the same way losing in something. But would it be more frowned upon if a person who won didn’t shake hands? Would you even notice it, because the loser doesn’t shake hands anyway, so would they just go their separate ways?.


Should Kids be Given Participation Trophies ?

I don’t think that participation trophies are too much of a big deal. My outlook on it is kind of in between, I think that it does have the capability of sending the wrong signal, but can be good on a kid’s pride. It could send the wrong signal by showing that even though you may fail, you still receive the same thing as if you win. Which is not the way to look at sports when you are involved in them. It is a competition, so if you win you should be noticed by things for winning, and if you don’t end up winning you should not get anything for that.

Now there are places and corporations that do give participation trophies, such as Kids Incorporated. In track after every race they have colored ribbons for every participant. Now though they do have different colors that represents different places, the kids just take them and are happy with the effort that they put forth. Which I totally agree with, these kids are here having fun and don’t need their prides brought down by some old guy who shoots a gun and holds up a ribbon. I do think that up until a certain age or level of competition this should go on. As soon as the sport turns from kids just out there having fun, to kids who are there to compete, they should stop giving participation trophies. Some kids aren’t even there because they want to be in the first place, they may not even like what they are doing they are just there because their parents made them. So some could care less about it they just may want to get a trophy and go on about their day.

What sport should be added?

In my opinion and for some of my selfish reasoning, I believe that girls’ soccer should be added to Chadron State College. Yes the college already has a number of different sports for the school such as football, basketball, wrestling, track and field and cross country for the men’s side, and volleyball, basketball, track and field, cross country, golf and softball for the women’s. Which the women do have the upper hand already in the number of sports but the number of athletes is pretty even due to some of the men’s sports needing more athletes. Though in my opinion the number men athletes still outweighs the girls in why I think they should women’s soccer.

I do also believe that the sport of soccer is very interesting to watch, the competition level, the level of physicality, also the talent displayed. That being said I believe that it will bring in many fans that will support. It’s played in the warmer season, outside, and it gives students and fans something different to do. It also bring a rowdier type of fan support, see lot more body paint and different types of chants than you would in some of the sports that we do have. Now yes it will be costly as any sport would, soccer scholarships range about $11,750 per year, but that being said they only get to give 9.9 equivalency’s, or “full rides” compared to footballs 36. It also will bring in lots of money from these fans and boosters as well.

NFL & NBA College Requirement

As a college athlete there are many things that are looked at by professional scouts. Eligibility being the first because without that none of the  other fields matter. Also they are looking for discipline, talent, and physical build both weight and height. One major reason that most people think that it is the right choice making athletes go to college before they are able to advance into the pros. Which i disagree on, yeah there are some players that are not physically built enough coming out of high school to perform at the professional level, and in that case should go to college prepare.  That being said those are players that would not be getting scouted by pro scouts out of high school and their only choice would be college. what about the players who are ready and physically built enough to go. Phenom Zion Williamson, who is a massive 6-foot 7-inch, 225 pound high school basketball player. A kid who is being compared to two of the greatest basketball players to play, Lebron James and Kobe Bryant. Two players who both where fit enough to skip college and go straight pro at a young age.

Some also say its for the better of the player, preparing them for life, teaching them how to manage their money also giving them a chance at a degree. Which are in fact great reasons, but what better way to learn about something then to be put into the position to do it. Yeah you may mess up with over spending, but half of that is going to their family who may be in poverty. To me the best teacher is failure, and if all else fails there is always opportunity to go back to college after the pros in order to get your degree and start another path.

Should athletes who use PED be allowed in the hall of fame?

Performance enhancing drugs are meant to do exactly that of its name, enhance performance. “It does give athletes a certain “extra push”,” a responder from implies. The definition of enhance is to intensify, increase, or further improve the quality, value, or extent of something. So it would take what the muscles are now and improve and increase their ability. That being said, that’s all it does. Intensify the muscles, but if you don’t have any muscles to intensify what does it do. What I mean by that is it isn’t a super drug that promises that you’ll be a super athlete after taking it you still have to have a great work ethic to keep it from having negative effects.


Just like that of the P.E.D you guys are only focusing on that of the muscle aspect. So to me you are saying if they didn’t have crazy strength then these guys who are hall of fame athletes would just be a regular and shouldn’t be recognized. What about the other stuff like IQ, hand eye coordination, the ability to locate a speeding fast ball in order to hit it, or even the ability to throw a curve ball, all things that go along with it. Muscles without talent behind it that’s just like taking the drugs but not putting the effort to making the drugs useful. That would make them a regular athlete, but stronger, in that case they can body build but even that takes a lot of effort.