It’s All About The Respect, Baby

by Glenn Arnold

Record books are useless. All I can find in them are numbers.

If you want to find the greatest achievements in sports, the record books will do just fine. Cal Ripken’s 2,632 consecutive games played. The 1972 Miami Dolphins’ perfect 17-0 season. Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 points in a game. But if you’re looking for greatness in sports, the record books are simply guides. The records that the highest-level athletes have accomplished are certainly noteworthy, but that’s not what sports are about.

As any Soccer Mom or Soccer Dad will tell you, the most important part of sports lies in sportsmanship. It’s not whether you win or lose, son… Yet, somewhere along the path from child to high-schooler to amateur to professional, sportsmanship often fades into the background. But if you look carefully at the superior individuals, at the amazing records, at the unforgettable events, you’ll see that all of them have a beautiful streak of honor and respect between competitors; the best of sports can be found when players tip their caps to each other. Figuratively and literally. These are the moments that give sports its true power.

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