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Craig Shultz

Heartbreak as a sports fan

Posted Monday, June 11, 2018, at 11:37 AM
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  • You are so right in saying it is just a game after all & to just let it go at that. That old saying applies, "Win, lose, or draw, it's how you play the game". I have seen fantastic baseball games in the College World Series super regionals. Games played so competitively that neither team deserved to lose. In one of those games I saw one of the best displays of sportsmanship I have ever witnessed. It was the last pitch of the game. The batter struck out & his team suffered one of those awful defeats. Of course the winning team's players piled on each other in the middle of the field, a tradition. One of the winning team's players did not join the pile. The pitcher, after striking out the batter, walked right over to the dejected batter & hugged him, & talked to him, & consoled him for quite awhile. There have been other displays of outstanding sportsmanship that I will always treasure & dwell on. That helps me get through those sport's heartbreaks...even the lose in Ames years ago when Barry Switzer's Sooners ran all over the Cyclones. The loss was bad enough but Barry allowed his players to lounge along the sideline like they were on a beach somewhere.

    No, I guess I haven't gotten over that one...still ****** me off. (:-)

    -- Posted by PublicPitBull on Wed, Jun 13, 2018, at 10:50 AM
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