A Lesson About Sports

So what does it mean to play intercollegiate sports at Northwestern? <br><br> Is it different from other colleges?<br><br> Our Post of the Day makes the case...

This post - from after the Illinois game - really captures what it is to play NU athletics...
We live in confusing, cynical times. No other aspect of our culture clearly reflect these trends as competitive collegiate and professional sports. Over paid athletes who seem to careless about the game they play, the fans they play for, and the their behavior on and off the court grab headlines daily with their ridiculous antics and classless acts.

College athletes looking for handouts, cheating in school and viewing sports as a means to an end. Our local sports stations headline stories about these trivial, conjecture about coaching changes, continual images of self indulgent college and professional players in virtually every "major" sport.

Younger segments of our society idealize many players for their outlandish conduct instead of team play, selflessness and humilty rarely seen. Those of us who watched Northwestern's men's basketball team beat Illinois should stand proud.

We saw a stunning example of determined young men playing much of the game without one of their best players overcome these obstacles with passioned team play, and passionate devotion to the fundamentals of team offense and defense. Frankly, that win should of been the lead story on evry local sports T.V., radio and newspaper. Not to say N.U.'s sport's programs haven't had their difficulties.

But that game represented all the positive lessons to gained from sports. We should be proud of all Coach Carmody and his undermanned squad have accomplished this year.

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We live in confusing, cynical times. No other aspect of our culture clearly reflect these trends as competitive collegiate and professional sports. Over paid athletes who seem to careless about the game they play, the fans they play for, and the their behavior on and off the court grab headlines daily with their ridiculous antics and classless acts.

College athletes looking for handouts, cheating in school and viewing sports as a means to an end. Our local sports stations headline stories about these trivial, conjecture about coaching changes, continual images of self indulgent college and professional players in virtually every \"major\" sport.

Younger segments of our society idealize many players for their outlandish conduct instead of team play, selflessness and humilty rarely seen. Those of us who watched Northwestern's men's basketball team beat Illinois should stand proud.

We saw a stunning example of determined young men playing much of the game without one of their best players overcome these obstacles with passioned team play, and passionate devotion to the fundamentals of team offense and defense. Frankly, that win should of been the lead story on evry local sports T.V., radio and newspaper. Not to say N.U.'s sport's programs haven't had their difficulties.

But that game represented all the positive lessons to gained from sports. We should be proud of all Coach Carmody and his undermanned squad have accomplished this year.

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