Bad Attitudes in sports...

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Keller Williams Greenville Central

 One thing that really frustrates me is people who play sports and can't control their tempers! The guys at our church were in a state softball tournament this weekend and it didn't end very well. They lost their game on Friday but it was a very close game.  Then they won their 1st game Saturday morning.  We had a 2 hour break and then played our 2nd game. We were winning and playing a really good game and then one of the guys who always has a bad attitude on the field didn't like a call that the umpire made. He started fussing at the umpire and wouldn't stop so he got thrown out of the game! Then, because we didn't have any extra players they called the game and we ended up losing. The rule is you have to finish with the same number of players that you start with.

 

Anyway, to me and to lots of others who were there, this was very embarrassing! We were out there representing our church and most importantly we were representing God...earlier in the day three other guys almost got thrown out as well! Umpires may not be perfect, but they are in authority and as a player you cannot go out there and yell at or threaten them.

 

Anyone who plays sports must be able to maintain a good attitude whether the game is going good or bad!  I just hate that we ended up losing because of someone not being able to control their temper...I know we could have done really well in the tournament, but it's too late to worry about it now!! My husband and I had already decided at the end of our normal seasons to retire from playing. The attitudes are just way too bad out there and especially after this incident we are glad that we're not going to be playing anymore!

 

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Jason Wade
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I couldn't agree with you more!!!  People need to keep in mind that they are representing more than themselves.  And it is JUST A GAME!  There is nothing more frustrating than adults that act like children...

Jul 14, 2008 01:37 PM #1
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Ray Nelson
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Attitude is everything, and that is true not just at work but in life.  Sorry about your loss, but I hope your pastor has enough sense to keep that guy off the team next year!

Jul 14, 2008 01:41 PM #2
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Steve Hoffacker
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Angie,

I'm sorry for your experience, but you may have discovered a ministry opportunity - teaching sportsmanship (for all ages), coaching, mentoring, or structuring a competition where the attitudes can remain in check. :)

Steve

Jul 14, 2008 01:42 PM #3
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Mac McGrath
Keller Williams Realty of Plant City-The McGrath Group - Plant City, FL

Interesting behavior as a church event. Don't these guys know who is really watching?

Jul 14, 2008 01:48 PM #4
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Matt Linville
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Angie,

I can attest to how bad the attitudes get in CHURCH softball.  It seems that church gets left out and we assume a fighting stance!  If only we got as offended when God is slandered or Christians are persecuted or killed!

Jul 14, 2008 03:03 PM #5
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