Sportsmanship refers to concepts of treating others and being treated fairly, maintaining self-control if dealing with others, and respect for both authority and opponents. Boo Gaines (father/former player) believes “A team sport is just that a team sport; no one is above the team (no I in T-E-A-M); single minded people shouldn’t play a team sport.”
A competitor who exhibits poor sportsmanship after losing a game or contest is often called a “sore loser” (those who show poor sportsmanship after winning are typically called “bad winners”). Sore loser behavior includes blaming others for the loss, not accepting responsibility for personal actions that contributed to the defeat, reacting to the loss in an immature or improper fashion, making excuses for the defeat, and citing unfavorable conditions or other petty issues as reasons for the defeat. A bad winner acts in a shallow fashion after his or her victory, such as by gloating about his or her win, rubbing the win in the faces of the opponents. Gamesmanship / Trash talking are the use of dubious (although not technically illegal) methods to win or gain a serious advantage in a game or sport.
Have I been asleep for a number of years, missed the memo, or not checked my social media; when did it become common practice to be a poor sport in team athletics?
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