Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Reflections on Paul Brown

I was very disapointed in the classes reaction to the Paul Brown story. A coach cut old footballs in half and attached them to his players shirts, in order to confuse the other team so no one knew who had the ball. I find this incredibly wrong. It undermines the entire spirutuality of the game. He clearly intended to decieve the other team. That is in no way right ethically or morally.

I realize winning is important and I have just as much desire to be the champion as everyone else, but if you so blatently cheat, how can you call that winning? Its the same story from third grade: You and the other dude in class decide to sprint across the playground to decide who's fastest. You start the countdown.. 1-2- and he sprints off before ever hitting 3. I assume a similar story has probably happened to about everyone. When has anyone ever gone up to the other guy and been like great job you are totally beat me!? The kid who took off before the go totally cheated.

It is the exact same situation for the Paul Brown story.  It would be one thing if Mr. Brown was trying to prove a point, but he simply did it to win. Not only are his values revolting but what kind of example is he setting for the student he is coaching? They are at a critical age. High school students are so easily swayed by the people around them, especially those with authority they are taught to respect. He is teaching them sports is about winning at whatever the cost. These same students would be the ones to go out take steriods and drugs to enhance their performance. Also, this mindset could be reflected in the classroom. It is better to cheat on the test, rather than fail the class. Avoid failing and neglect whatever morals and principles are in the way. It is a never ending, health-degrading cycle.

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