After the Celtics did something bad the other night (it’s tough for me to explain what actually happened), I wanted to do three things: 1) assassinate Kobe Bryant, Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher, 2) light Sasha Vujacic’s hair on fire, and 3) instigate beef between Pau Gasol and Ron Artest and watch them fight to the death.
The last thing, very last thing, I wanted to do was congratulate the Lakers. But apparently they’re teaching kids something odd these days, something I don’t really understand — sportsmanship. (Boston Herald)
Die-hard Boston fans still stinging from the Celtics’ NBA Championship loss to the Lakers can learn a lesson in “class-act” sportsmanship from some of the youngest fans of the Green.
“Is it nice after a game for us to go boo and stamp our feet?” kindergarten teacher Judith Nee asked her students yesterday at Oliver Hazard Perry School in South Boston.
“No!” they shouted, chiming in that it’s nice to “clap,” “shake hands” and “say ‘good game’ ” instead.
For the past month, Nee’s kids displayed their team spirit by posting hand-drawn and colored-in “Go Celtics” banners in their classroom window.
Despite the Celtics’ upset, students wanted to show that Boston fans are “good sports.” So they made another poster – “Congrats Lakers” – yesterday morning and hung it up for all to see.
If I was teaching in the Boston school system, I would have eased my students’ minds after the loss by having them either play darts on a picture of Kobe’s face or play Pin the tail on Jordan Farmar’s ears. There’s just no excuse for making helpless six year-olds congratulate the L-words.
And the worst part about the whole things is that it starts the kids on a slippery slope: First it’s congratulating the L-words, then it’s writing Peyton Manning a thank you note, and pretty soon you’ve got these poor, brain-washed kids throwing A-Rod a parade on Causeway Street. We’ve got to stop it now, before it gets to that point. We can’t take sportsmanship too far.