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When did it become wrong to win?

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When you play you play to win, there's no tapping out in basketball.  It seems that some in society have decided that it's not healthy for our egos and self esteem to be beat like a drum.  Losing is part of life, if your gonna have the chance to lose take the experience and learn from it.  The coach said he apologized and didn't intentionally do anything to hurt them or upset them.  Why apologize, if you going into a game knowing that you could or will lose, you go in and play your heart out with your head high and take it on the chin.  As long as the winning team remains gracious and respectful after the game I'd say the coach and team did right.

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If they think its an issue they should start a point rule like baseballs 10 run rule.

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This subject eats at me. I remember being younger and playing sports at a rec and school level. We won and we lost. When we won it felt great, when we lost it motivated us all to work harder to improve.  If we lost we didn't get trophies.  I think with the way things are going now it is handicapping youth. No disappointments. 

I work in a people related business with young people.  I have  met a lot of 24-25 year olds who can't make a decision for themselves.  I was reading an article the other day where college grads were going for job interviews and guess who would tag along.  Their mothers.   I don't think I would want to hire a individual who had to bring mommy along for a interview. 

Sorry if I went off on a tangent, but as I said earlier this subject really eats me up.

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There's nothing wrong with that. I remember in high school playing against Cambridge Rindge & Latin and years prior our high school would beat them. Then my junior and senior years we had to play a Cambridge team that had a future pro (now in the Hall of Fame) on it and we got our doors blown off the first 2 games and the last game was at least close. We learned to play to our competition. It's the only way to get better. No mercy rules back then, nor should there be any.

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I played freshman basketball and we were routinely blown out. Not for our lack of conditioning (we probably would have been better at track and field), but because of coaching, or lack thereof.

We were beat by over 90 points in three games.  The one I remember the most was a 121-21 lashing.  I was happy since I scored 11 points. ;D

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The coach only had 9 players... Its not like he had 4 strings to control the score a bit better.

Playing better teams makes you better... LOL @ the fragile ego comment in the article. Please grow some stones.

Just my honest opinion.

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The picture of the girls who "got their feelings hurt" says it all.  They're smiling!  Getting your butt kicked on the basketball court isn't a kid problem.  It's an adult problem.  These adults need to grow up, and learn from their kids that it's just a game.  If you lose, you get over it, and go on about your life.

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There's nothing wrong with that. I remember in high school playing against Cambridge Rindge & Latin and years prior our high school would beat them. Then my junior and senior years we had to play a Cambridge team that had a future pro (now in the Hall of Fame) on it and we got our doors blown off the first 2 games and the last game was at least close. We learned to play to our competition. It's the only way to get better. No mercy rules back then, nor should there be any.

Ewing?

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The picture of the girls who "got their feelings hurt" says it all. They're smiling! Getting your butt kicked on the basketball court isn't a kid problem. It's an adult problem. These adults need to grow up, and learn from their kids that it's just a game. If you lose, you get over it, and go on about your life.

Well said preach !!!!!!

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There's nothing wrong with that. I remember in high school playing against Cambridge Rindge & Latin and years prior our high school would beat them. Then my junior and senior years we had to play a Cambridge team that had a future pro (now in the Hall of Fame) on it and we got our doors blown off the first 2 games and the last game was at least close. We learned to play to our competition. It's the only way to get better. No mercy rules back then, nor should there be any.

Ewing?

Yes. Right after him it was Rumeal Robinson. I can't remember if they played a season together tho, they may have.

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Sometimes you get more out of an *** whoopin' than a win.

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I remember in 5th grade I was the center on a little league football team. After I hiked the ball nobody knew what to do and our team sucked. It sucked for 3 months, and we went 0-12. I we still got trophys because "If we didn't it would hurt our feelings" or something stupid.

Kids are babied these days.

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I played a little basketball back in the day. Wasn't good, so I played CYO (catholic youth org.). Thats where you played when you weren't good enough for school ball, or if you were too much of a trouble maker, slacker, etc.

Anyway, we played a very good team that whooped us by at least 60 pts. It was ugly. These guys were bigger, faster and just plain better. What was worse, is that we knew we had to play them again weeks later.

We didn't cry and feel sorry for ourselves. Rather, we kept practicing and kept our heads up.

We won the second game. 8-)

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