Anthony Treacher wrote:Sportsmanship is proferring your hand to your opponent to settle a dispute once and for all.
Heartwarming personal experience of sportsmanship last Sunday:
Charlie Lonewolf's U12 soccer team defeated Tulsa's top team 1-0. Charlie scored the only goal in the 58th minute in a 60 minute game. On the subsequent "kick off", or whatever you call it, he took a hit to his knee with his leg extended and foot planted, hyper-extending the knee. He gets knocked down a lot and takes pride in popping back up but this time he was seriously hurt and had to be helped to the sideline where he sat out the rest of the game with ice on his knee.
After the game, teams did the traditional midfield walk-by hand slap. After the team slap, the kid who hit Charlie came over and wordlessly slapped hands with Charlie. The entire losing Tulsa team followed and emulated his gesture.
First time I ever saw that happen...
Charlie is still on crutches..dunno for how long but as team captain, he went to practice Monday.
jazzcyclist wrote:while the Giants may have signaled that they had no intention of running a play, the Buccaneers showed all the signals that they had no intention of taking the down off. All they were trying to do is disrupt the snap and cause Manning to fumble before he could take a knee, which they had every right to do.
A cheap shot would be a defender driving himself into Eli as he's taken the knee. Knocking Eli's own men back into him is their own fault for not blocking better.
Anthony Treacher wrote:Back in 2006 the Chairman of the World Masters Athletics Law and Legislation Committee informed me, that by proffering my hand to my opponent, I had forfeited my right to file a complaint against him.
I'd love to see the law or legislation he cited to support that statement.
it says here that at one point brazil, the eventual champion, played a match against bulgaria with an opposite hitter playing as the setter. that's a scandal. did they not have a backup setter? every team has 2 setters. imagine a soccer team without a backup goalie. if you don't know VB, that's like a center playing guard or a tight end playing QB...
actually, i bitched and moaned before, i think FIVB, the world VB fed. is really corrupt. how else to explain their ridiculous groups in the women's VB tourney in london, where 3 of the weakest teams were all in the same pool? pathetic.
uakari wrote:brazil, the eventual champion, played a match against bulgaria with an opposite hitter playing as the setter.that's a scandal.
??!! Wow - if that's a scandal, volleyball is the cleanest sport in the world. Big-time soccer teams have indeed played a field player in goal. Baseball outfielders have pitched. Defensive linemen have kicked field goals. If you're an volleyball elite player, you can set too.
uakari wrote:no, you can't. not at that level. i'm sure they had a backup setter. they just threw the match.
Is it against the rules or some ethical thing?
Absolutely not. And absolutely yes, almost everyone on the team can and DOES set for each other quite often. The first pass is not always to the designated setter, and they do just fine with their sets.
uakari wrote:you're talking picnic VB, i'm talking Olympic VB. you don't use another player to set an entire match.
I am also talking Oly VB, where all the players are the best in the world and as such are versatile and well-rounded. The libero is not the only one digging. The outside hitters are not the only ones hitting.
uakari wrote:my point was, brazil threw a game, within the rules, to get an easier matchup later.
Indeed, and I think that's a legitimate part of gamesmanship.
dude, what part of what i'm saying you don't understand?
of course the libero will set his/her teammates when needed. the hitters will set their teammates when a play is broken. they also block and dig. so what? doesn't mean they can play setter for a whole match. a setter is a very specialized position. middle blockers and outside hitters can't play setter, just as a wide receiver can't play quarterback.
uakari wrote:dude, what part of what i'm saying you don't understand? . . . just as a wide receiver can't play quarterback.
The part where you give a fallacious analogy. ALL the players on the court MUST be able to play the other positions well; there's just too many times in EVERY game where they will be called on to do it all well: bump, set, hit. The wide receiver may be called on once a season to throw a pass.
dude, you don't know shit about volleyball. yes, when there's a broken play, an outside hitter or a middle blocker will set a high ball to a teammate. but they can't play as a setter: they can't set a back slide, a step out, or a quick set. setter is a very specialized position. the other positions certainly can't play as a setter for a whole match. that was my point.
don't tell me, any player can bump, set and attack the ball. that's your picnic volleyball game, not an olympic level one.
uakari wrote:dude, you don't know shit about volleyball. don't tell me, any player can bump, set and attack the ball. that's your picnic volleyball game, not an olympic level one.
Dismount! (Doesn't sitting on a horse that high give you a nose-bleed?!)
Played for 6 years on a US Navy team that played in the Southeast US Regional Championships, then coached for another 10 years, but yeah, other than that (and watching all the M&W USA Olympic matches every 4 years) I don't know the game. When I watch the 'real players' play, I see a whole lot of versatility in all the players. Karch Kiraly could set perfectly. So can Logan Tom.
'Meghan Vogel rounded the last corner of the last lap on a steamy day last spring and saw another runner struggling to stay upright.
Instead of running past her, Vogel grabbed Arden McMath and slung McMath's arm over her shoulder. Vogel dragged McMath those last 20 meters to the finish line, and once they got there, Vogel twisted McMath's body ahead of hers to make sure McMath crossed the line in front of her.'
Back on the topic of sportsmanship and the Olympics badminton disqualifications. Like many people I have vacilated back and forth on that one. That is, until I recalled what was drummed into us at my English Grammar School back in the 1950s:
"The important thing is not winning but playing the game."
Anthony Treacher wrote:Back on the topic of sportsmanship and the Olympics badminton disqualifications. Like many people I have vacilated back and forth on that one. That is, until I recalled what was drummed into us at my English Grammar School back in the 1950s:
"The important thing is not winning but playing the game."
Unless of course it was the Ashes...And the captain was an old Public School boy.
uakari wrote: Karch Kiraly could set perfectly. So can Logan Tom.
are you insane? KK could set and lead a team to olympic gold? so could tom???? can you imagine the US -- with tom as setter -- beating the domin. rep. or thailand, let alone brazil or russia?
and of course, you chose as examples very well rounded players, who could (and KK did) play at the beach professionally... but first you had said THEY ALL could set, because they are such good all-around players. really? let's see how well a team with haneef-park or clay stanley as setter would do. or musertsky, murilo, gamova or madelynne montano. or whichever volleyball star you want to pick who is not a setter.
i don't care how much experience you have, blah blah blah blah blah. you are on drugs. LOL.
oh really? so i don't know anything because i have never played VB at the olympics? did you run the 110H final in the olympics? then why won't you stop giving us your expert opinion on this event?
my opinion is based on the current reality that olympic-level VB player positions are so specialized (in a way that is somewhat similar to basketball or am. football) that an outside hitter or middle blocker cannot become a world class setter overnight. maybe you could enlighten us and give us one example... just one... when this scenario actually happened.
you said initially that any player in the top level teams could just pick up and set an entire match at a competitive level, because they are all that good, and i say, baloney. megan hodge setting? matt anderson??? you really are on drugs. ha!
uakari wrote:oh really? so i don't know anything because i have never played VB at the olympics? did you run the 110H final in the olympics? then why won't you stop giving us your expert opinion on this event?
That's not what I said . . . at all. I said your opinion is no more valid than mine. That also applies to ANY comment I make here on any subject where other commentators have a similar amount of experience. Neither of us played Olympic volleyball, so any perspective we have on the matter is a merely opinion. I do know a lot about volleyball, and I assume you do too. Here's a pertinent quote:
"That which can be asserted without evidence [your post] can also be dismissed without evidence."
Four months before the world heard about the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal, two Pop Warner football coaches in Tustin began offering cash to their 10- and 11-year-old players for making big hits and knocking opponents out of games, according to an assistant coach, a parent, interviews with players and signed statements by two players.