Thursday, October 29, 2015

Last night I sat in cold drizzle watching my son's team compete valiantly against a pack of fast mean kids who taunted and trash-talked throughout the game, flipped the bird at the visitors' coach, drew fouls by pretending to be injured, and so on, and so on . . . more or less a repeat of last year's playoff game, except that the score was much closer.

And at the end of the game, I watched every member of my son's team burst into tears, and cry and cry as they embraced each other and hugged their coaches, and sought out their parents and their friends, and then they turned back to each other with a kind of mythological despair, all the while still crying and crying. And behind me, the girls in the stands said to each other in wonder, "Look at the boys cry."


David (n of 49) said...

If you'll pardon my spleen: Michael Greenberg once told a story about as a teenager telling his patrician great grandfather that he intended to play pro football. His great grandfather looked at him disdainfully and said "No gentleman would ever play a game for money." Can't help wonder what he'd make of so much of the behaviour in pro sports today, behaviour that no doubt has its roots in the kind of antics your son had to endure and that too often seem not just tolerated, but encouraged. Well done, coach whoever you are. Another fine example of how boorishness has replaced "building character". My sympathies to your son for the defeat.

Dawn Potter said...

It's all so depressing. I never played sports myself, so my only experience is from the sidelines. But some things sure can be hard to watch.