Good sportsmanship

19 03 2016


I received this email from my friend Bob recently. Though it’s not to do with golf it did remind me of my responsibilities as a grandparent when I watch my five year old grandson Eli play sports:

"You're outta here!"

“You’re outta here!”

 At one point during a game, the coach called one of his 9-year-old baseball players aside and asked,

‘Do you understand what cooperation is?’ The little boy nodded ‘yes’.

‘What a team is?’ The little boy nodded in the affirmative.

‘Do you understand that what matters is whether we win or lose together as a team?’ Again the little boy nodded ‘yes’.

‘So,’ the coach continued, ‘I’m sure you know, when an out is called, you shouldn’t argue, curse, attack the umpire, or call him a pecker-head, dickhead or asshole.’

‘Do you understand all that?’ The little boy nodded ‘yes’ once again.

He continued, ‘And when I take you out of the game so another boy gets a chance to play too, it’s not good sportsmanship to call your coach “a dumb ass or shithead” is it?’ The little boy shook his head ‘NO’.

‘GOOD’, said the coach . . .

‘Now please go over there and explain all that to your grandmother!’



(Any resemblance to any particular grandmother, living or dead, is purely coincidental. Especially Scottish Wife.)

All da best.

Dave B.




6 responses

19 03 2016

Still, let it be understood, each and every one of those terms is quite acceptable when referring to one’s opponent on the golf course.

19 03 2016
Bagger Dave

Or even oneself, Glennie!

19 03 2016

A beauty Dave – and thanks to friend Bob for sending it.
Best wishes to you and J.

19 03 2016
Bagger Dave

Yes, Martin, it was the Gunrunner himself, Bob Bustard!

20 03 2016
Geoff Pike

Nice one Dave.
Best wishes
Geoff & Maryanne

20 03 2016
Bagger Dave

Great to hear from you, Pikes! We have vague plans of coming over to England later this year. We’ll be in touch.

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