Bad $portsmanship

Posted: September 4, 2011 in Uncategorized
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“If you win through bad sportsmanship, that’s no real victory.”- Babe Didrikson Zaharias

So this post will probably not interest many of you, if you are not a sports fan. And for that, just wait for future posts.

Yesterday marked the first day of the 2011-12 NCAA football season. There was not a lot of thrills and spills but this story when I heard about it last night just took the cake.

The season opener between the Texas Longhorns and Rice Owls yesterday was being held at home for the University of Texas. During the halftime show, the Rice University Marching Band was performing on the field, and then they lined up in formation to what you see here. They spelled out “SEC” (Southeastern Conference) but with a “$”.

Let me catch you up to what is going on. Texas A&M University is part of the Big 12 Conference. Actually, they will be leaving and then be a part of the SEC come next summer. They have decided to leave the Big 12 and joined the SEC. And of course, to Big 12 fans that made a lot of people angry. Now there is speculation that the University of Texas could be leaving the Big 12 as well. Perhaps to the SEC too.

Whatever it may be, the news of Texas A&M leaving was a big shock. So then Rice decided to throw it into the face of the Texas Longhorns.

This is really bad. This should have really made Longhorn fans angry. But also, this is an embarrassment to Rice University. That they would go so low as to do something like this. I personally find no humor or satisfaction in this move. Even though trash talking is a part of every sport.

Rice and Texas are major rivals. Yet, Rice University is not a part of the Big 12 Conference, instead they belong to Conference USA.

Rice and Texas used to play against each other frequently when they both belonged to the Southwestern Conference. But that conference fell apart in 1996. So their rivalry has become short lived.

Whatever reasons that Rice had for doing this, or at least the director of the Marching Band, I think has been decided in very poor taste and absolutely bad sportsmanship. And I am hoping and praying that the big officials at Rice University or even the NCAA will sanction their sorry butts for this!

Some fans of the SEC have their own theories as to why Rice did it. And their thoughts were that Rice did it out of jealousy because Texas A&M is now gone to the SEC, and it is possible Texas could go too. Rice had no business doing it at all.

But I think that my point is clear, it shouldn’t have happened. Bad sportmanship should never be tolerated. Not by players, coaches, referees, and fans. Not by anyone!!

Needless to say that the Texas Longhorns had the last laugh as they beat Rice very decisively.

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