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Post by Tay Fish on Thu Feb 19, 2009 7:56 pm

Hey everybody. I figured we should get a thread going about something that doesn't always get noticed. It's not a flashy play or a game winning drive, but good sportsmanship is very important in all sports. So this thread is for any stories that you have or articles that you have read about uplifting stories in sports.

Here's to everybody that contributes positively to the game that they love!

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Post by Tay Fish on Thu Feb 19, 2009 7:57 pm

I guess I'll start with the article that I wrote about Anderson's selfless act earlier in the year. You can read it here: http://www.premiershiptalk.com/2008/12/04/anderson-a-selfless-act/

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Post by Tay Fish on Thu Feb 19, 2009 7:58 pm

I just read this article on Yahoo! Sports which gave me the idea to start this thread. If this isn't uplifting to you, I don't know what will be.

http://highschool.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=914609

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Post by Tay Fish on Thu Feb 19, 2009 8:10 pm

I'm sure everybody, at least in the US, has seen or read about this story by now: Jason McElwain the autistic basketball team manager turned basketball superstar for a night.

http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/11526448/

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Post by j6pini on Thu Feb 19, 2009 9:30 pm

Here is a personal favorite of mine from earlier this season: Wayne Rooney apologizing to refs and opponent players for diving. I had forgotten what game it was until I just searched for it: it was vs. Villareal in CL. I just was really impressed by it because it showed how far Rooney had come since his hot-headed days (he still can be from time to time, but overall he's a much more mature player). A google search yielded a lot of links, here is one:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2008/nov/26/manchester-united-villarreal-champions-league1

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Post by Blackburnbob on Fri Feb 20, 2009 8:26 am

I would stray away from football for greatest sportsman, Eric Liddell wins hands down for me
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Post by Tay Fish on Fri Feb 20, 2009 10:22 am

I've never heard of Eric Liddell Blackburnbob, what is he a great sportsman for?

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Post by Tay Fish on Fri Feb 20, 2009 10:23 am

Also here is a great video. I saw this yesterday and think it fits quite nicely in this thread.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWdf5ZLbtYo

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Post by Blackburnbob on Fri Feb 20, 2009 11:07 am

Eric Liddell was a Runner in the 1920's from Scotland, he was a 200m runner but he was extremely religious, his race was due to take place on sunday so he wouldn't run it (christian beliefs etc) he was hot favourite to win, but one of the other team gave up his place in the 400m just so Eric could run, not only did he win but he broke the world record in the process, soon as he did that he went to China as a missionary and was killed in a pow camp. The film Chariots of Fire touches on him a bit

(i'm not a religious nut btw lol just thought the guy was a normal nice kinda dude)
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Post by Tay Fish on Fri Feb 20, 2009 11:28 am

That's very impressive. I love to see when people stick by their beliefs even when it is not necessarily the most popular decision. Good for him!

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Post by j6pini on Fri Feb 20, 2009 2:07 pm

Liddell's story reminds me of Sandy Koufax, one of the pitching greats (baseball). He was devoutly Jewish, and famously declined to pitch a World Series game that fell on Yom Kippur. (According to Wikipedia, it was game 1 of the 1965 Series.) He went on to start games 2, 5, and 7, including complete game shutouts in 5 and 7.

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Post by Tay Fish on Tue Mar 03, 2009 12:45 pm

This has nothing to do with sports, but this is an amazing story. This guy is now a motivational speaker, and for good reason. Check out this 5min. video. You certainly won't regret watching it.

http://www.4marks.com/videos/details.html?video_id=723

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