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Old Sat Feb 23, 2013, 12:34am
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Awesome Displays of Sportsmanship

We've seen this story before... coach puts manager in to play during the last game of the season. Except, this time the kid wasn't "Hot as a Pistol".

His teammates tried to get him a shot, but to no avail he missed basket after basket. Then, something completely unexpected...

Act of sportsmanship gives Texas high schooler shot at glory - CBS News

Would love to read some personal stories of outstanding sportsmanship that you have witnessed.
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Old Sat Feb 23, 2013, 01:45am
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Very cool. Thanks for sharing this!
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Old Sat Feb 23, 2013, 07:42am
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Agree. Great story!

I was on the court once during a similar situation - last play of a tournament. I'll never forget it.
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Old Sat Feb 23, 2013, 09:03am
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Love it. Thanks.
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Old Sat Feb 23, 2013, 10:39am
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Truly awesome. Especially liked hearing a coach put things in perspective.
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Old Sat Feb 23, 2013, 10:52am
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Let's just hope that in these situations no one ever gets an anal-retentive official who decides to call a travel and wipe the basket.
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Old Sun Feb 24, 2013, 12:03am
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This is a wonderful act of human kindness, but let's be accurate, this has nothing to do with sportsmanship. Plain and simple it is a good-hearted act of charity towards a person in our society who has a challenging life.
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Old Sun Feb 24, 2013, 12:54am
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This is a wonderful act of human kindness, but let's be accurate, this has nothing to do with sportsmanship. Plain and simple it is a good-hearted act of charity towards a person in our society who has a challenging life.
I somehow think people aren't worried about the semantics.
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This is a wonderful act of human kindness, but let's be accurate, this has nothing to do with sportsmanship. Plain and simple it is a good-hearted act of charity towards a person in our society who has a challenging life.
Oh good grief...of course it is. Part of ortsmanship is courtesy and a concern for the well being of an opponent...seems like that is exactly what took place in this story.
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I doubt Brad will edit the title of the thread.
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I doubt Brad will edit the title of the thread.
I thought about doing it...just to say I edited another one of Brad's posts.
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very moving story.
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Old Sun Feb 24, 2013, 12:32pm
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cool

That's good stuff right there. From the coaching knowing whats important, to his teammates knowing whats important, to the opponent knowing whats important. A lot of good people came together in that gym.
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We've seen this story before... Would love to read some personal stories of outstanding sportsmanship that you have witnessed.
This past Tuesday's account I witnessed still puts a tingle in my spine when I think about it.
Boys' varsity. Local ultra-competitive (some might say hyper-competitive) coach kept a semi-handicapped player on his team all year. Presumably this kid shows up to give it his all during practices in spite of slightly shriveled right arm and mild club-foot which keeps him from running full-speed with all the other players during warmups.f I've had this team about three times previously and don't recall this player ever taking the floor.
In the closing minute of a decisive win in an away gym about 5/8 full, he puts the kid in.
First pass with about 40 seconds goes his way on the left arc....left-handed attempt--nothing but the floor and OOB. Crowd responds with a sympathetic "ugh......", sorta, if you know what I mean.
Oh well, it would have been a nice thing to see. But alas......
Less than 3 seconds to go, the kid is out of the right wing just four inches inside the arc, mildly guarded. Pass from across court comes this kid's way and he manages somehow to catch it one handed. Crowd on its feet, both home and away fans. Defender of home team, perhaps sensing the significance of the moment, shies away just enough for the player to launch a wonderfully-arcing shot. Horn sounds. Swish.
Wanted to give him a "three", but didn't. Wouldn't have mattered much anyway.
Entire gym, both home and away fans, rush the court as we escape the pandemonium enroute to the lockerroom.
The cheering didn't die down for a good minute or so.
Still gives me a tingle as I recount it, unembellished, exactly as it happened.
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