Tag Archive: sportsmanship

August 1, 2017

When Is It OK To Lie?

  ______________ Salespeople, with virtually endless variations in between, come in three basic categories. Bad ones tell you what they think you want to hear. Good ones tell you the truth. Great ones tell you the truth – even when its bad – and leave you excited to have received the news. This generalization probably translates into the rest of our lives as well. Unfortunately, I have to admit my position on the scale falls well short of great. Years... View Article

December 2, 2016

Welcome to Guelph…

The Gloucester Rangers Atom AA team must have been an excited group of kids and parents. The Canadian ritual of travelling to attend a hockey tournament, replete with noisy hotel rooms, noisy restaurants, and noisier arenas had finally arrived, and off they embarked on the 5 hour journey to Guelph. The same was no doubt true for their opponent on this Saturday morning, the Kent Cobras, albeit their commute was a mere 2 hours. The venue to host the showdown?... View Article

May 14, 2015

What Ever Happened to Cheaters Never Prosper?

Sport, in many ways mimics life. The harder you train for your sport, the better you get. The better you get, the higher level you achieve amongst your peers. The better you are able to combine your talents with those of your peers, the more success your team will achieve. It is not difficult to correlate sport to the working world, and thus sport has long been a good teaching tool for children. The lessons learned on the playing field... View Article

October 1, 2012

I Didn’t Do It

The American philosopher and bellwether of cultural conscience Bart Simpson was famous for his reaction to being caught with his hand in the proverbial cookie jar. When caught red handed and guilty beyond any reasonable doubt, he flatly panned “I didn’t do it.” When the Simpsons first aired over twenty years ago, his denials were meant to be humorously ridiculous. Today, they might seem more like a reasonable response when caught in a fib. Bart came to mind this week as I... View Article

August 1, 2012

Finders Keepers

      Canada’s London Olympic contingent was comprised of some 280 athletes, one of whom won a gold medal.  The rest, all 279 of them, tasted something that we don’t intuitively associate with Olympians – failure. It cannot be denied that even those that returned home with medals they will forever cherish were at some point crushed by defeat. A reality the women’s soccer team knows all too well.  Which serves to illustrate what ought to be a main... View Article

February 1, 2012

A Letter to Jerry

As you may know, cows have an unusual way of digesting what they have ingested. The technical description of the process – besides being beyond my area of expertise – is irrelevant to this article. However, essentially cows swallow now and chew later, thus deriving the benefit from what they have ingested at a later time.  Humans, on the other hand, get immediate benefit from what they have ingested (at least when it comes to food).  Our minds, however, bear... View Article

January 1, 2012

Answering the Bell

The metaphoric relationship that exists between organized sports and real life is the reason many of us enroll our children into sports.  Through sports our children can learn discipline, the benefits of repeated practice and the wonderful example that together, we can accomplish more than the sum of our talents might suggest possible. They will also learn that despite their very best efforts the opposition through superior talent, harder work, or better luck, will sometimes win. Indeed perhaps the most... View Article