Recently I’ve been struck by extreme language, on TV or in the press, reporting the success or failure of a hockey team, (the Jets), a baseball team(the Goldeyes) and a football club (the Bombers).
Did they really "double up" on the opposing baseball team last night? Did they really "wipe" the Jets off the ice? Did they really "trounce" the visiting team?
Unforgiving words like, "bested", "beat", come up daily.
It puts me in mind of the truism, likely coming from the British, "It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game!"
Do they not teach that anymore?
I get the feeling it is all about winning.
I remember being invited to come to see soccer being played by four-year-olds. It was great fun, especially when they were not always sure about which goalposts to shoot for. My grandson, Frederick, was being watched by his mother and his two-year-old sister, as they were learning the game at the community sportsfield.
I arrived a bit late, but I spotted Frederick immediately, not tearing around, as was his usual custom, but lounging on the grass at the edge of the soccer field. Later I saw him walking hand-in-hand with a four-year-old girl, who also should have been playing.
They did join the frenetic players eventually, running hither and yon, sometimes also forgetting which was the goal they should be aiming for.
I did a double-take when I heard later, that he had asked the coach, "When do we start sharing?"
Keep in mind he had likely been well-trained at home to "share" toys, etc., with his 2-year-old sister.
The coach replied to his question by saying, "Freddie, soccer is not about ‘sharing’ ".
That night he scored six goals!
Bertha Klassen is a community correspondent for Elmwood.