To my distaste, much of collegiate sports in the United States has become big business.
Regularly, students are not athletes representing their colleges or universities, but simply performers needed to bring money and recognition back to the institutions.
Many fans, athletic boosters and coaches promote "win at all cost" mentalities to young athletes, and unfortunately some competitors buy into that message.
Instead of great team and individual performances, the viral sports videos from the last couple of years seem to be dominated by football players punching, soccer players pulling hair, and baseballers brawling.
It is too bad that more attention is not given to virtuous displays in amateur sports.
Like this story from Ellensburg, Washington:
Certainly, Mallory Holtman and Liz Wallace's act is a vivid illustration of sportsmanship and a powerful reminder of how things should be.
I am a bit jealous of Sara Tucholsky and her final at-bat being a home run.
My final chance at batting in high school baseball resulted in strikeout on three pitches. I still remember each swing and miss.
Note: The officials on the field at the softball game misinterpreted the rules for an injured player hitting a home run, and should have allowed the coaches from Western Oregon to insert a pinch runner to run the bases for the injured player.
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