Before the kickoff


Enthusiasm is building for the start of the fall sports seasons. A few teams have already competed. We may be spitting in the wind to bring this up, but now is the time to remind ourselves that modeling good sportsmanship is as noble an aspiration as achieving a winning record. This is true for coaches and players, but especially for fans who, when you stop to think about it, really have no other commendable contribution to make to the competitive environment.

Cheer fanatically and positively for your team. Refrain from bad-mouthing officials as well as opposing coaches and players (as well as those on your own team). Whatever would embarrass you if you said it or did it in church, don’t do it in the stands either. You represent your school to the world. —DR


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