The sports of today have changed the way the players play the game. Starting on the professional sports level, bad sportsmanship behaviors, like the use of steroids or "throwing" a game or a match in an effort to please the sports gambler trying to get their big pay-off, has trickled down through the college level and even down to the high school level. One person recalls the days when athletes played their sport for the love of the game, because it is what they lived for. They remember when they were younger, sitting in their grandfather's lap and watching the Atlanta Braves (in the days of Dale Murphy, Bob Horner, Glenn Hubbard and other great names in Braves history) running out on the diamond every game. In fact, they quoted
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Both of these gave the athlete a sense of responsibility. If he or she failed to maintain passing grades in all classes, then they didn't get to participate in their sport. After all, if a school allows a student to continue to play a sport even though they are not passing all their classes, then what is that teaching the student? It is pretty much telling them that they will be rewarded no matter what. The movie, Coach Carter, shows a great example of the fight between the academics department and the athletic department. However, it is the coach that won't allow the students on the team to play until they bring up their grades, despite the fact that they have a chance at the championship.
Also, the movie Remember the Titans takes place during a time where it is unheard of for blacks and whites to attend the same school, much less play on the same sports team together. Denzel Washington's character manages to put a football team together of both races and teaches them how to play the game together, as a team. They learn to accept each other for who they are and not for where they came from, and even refer to themselves as a family. They make it through the football season and off to the play-offs. In a sense of teamwork, the athletes need to learn how to work together as a team and not as individuals. As the phrase goes, "there is no 'I' in team". Regardless of the situation or how a player feels about their fellow teammates, it is the