"You guys are too nice!"
I still remember delivering that post-game message to the hockey team of 7-year old's I coached last year after we lost a game we really should have won. You couldn't have met a more polite group of young lads. However, as the legendary (and prickly...with the accent on the first 5 letters of that word) baseball manager Leo Durocher always said....."Nice guys finish last!"
It's true. Being mean and aggressive are important elements in sports and are character traits often celebrated in the world of fun and games. Many of the feature stories in Sports Illustrated, for instance, have a common theme.
"Little Johnny Athlete hated losing when he was a kid. Even when he played Chinese Checkers with his sister, he'd throw the board across the room if he didn't win."
But rather than frowning on that kind of sour ...