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Sportsmanship---Yogi & Forrest Gump style

As I See It

March 4, 2012
By John Sheda , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

As we make the transition from one set of sports to another, now is a great time to just give "Kudos" to everyone for their hard work in school-sanctioned sports as well as AAU and others. Kudos to the boys and girls, young men and women for their efforts in Volleyball, Wrestling, Basketball, Gymnastics, Band and anything I may have missed. Whether your season was successful by won/loss indicators or not doesn't diminish the hard work and dedication each of you did. Winning and losing are such subjective terms. Take baseball for instance. One can hit the ball hard as a rocket but right at someone, while another hits a slow-moving dribbler that "has eyes" for a base hit. In basketball, one game you're in a "zone" while another time you can't hit the broad side of a barn. Games in all sports are won and lost, not by effort or lack thereof, but by the way the ball bounces sometimes. In all sports, it's a game of inches.

Kudos to all of the coaches who coach there "backsides" off. Why? Because they love the kids and they love their sport and they want to make a difference. Kudos to the referees and umpires for "callin' them as they see 'em." Kudos to the parents & all the fans who support their sons, daughters and team no matter what... But especially for NOT blaming the coaches or the refs when the ball bounces the wrong way. Remember, if you think you can do it better, sign on to coach or ref next year.

Yogi Berra explained so eloquently, "When you come to the fork in the road, take it." Sometimes that's what we have to do. Right or wrong, let's just do the best we can.

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Forrest Gump said, "My mama always said you've got to put the past behind you before you can move on." And as all Cubbie fans annually bemoan, "Wait till next year."

So congratulations to every participant for putting forth your best effort. We are proud of you. You did you best. Hold your head up high and know that on any given day, anything can happen. Congratulations to the Erik Lux, South Tama State Wrestling Champion and to Tyler Walz for his 8th place finish. Congrats to those who did not reach state also. Your efforts are acknowledged. Tough loss for the Girls Basketball team but what a season. Way to go to both the Boys and Girls teams. You did well.

Congratulations to all the basketball teams for providing us with a lot of fun and excitement. Win or lose, your communities are proud of you. Life is a competition. Sometimes you win and certainly sometimes you lose, but either way, we grow. We can become better, we can become stronger. No complaining, no whining. Hold your head up high and announce to the world, "I gave it my best shot."

In our old gymnasium at the Chelsea High School, which closed in 1961 stood this saying right above the scoreboard: "For when the One Great Scorer comes to mark against your name, He writes not that you won or lost--but how you played the game." (Grantland Rice)

And remember, "it ain't over till it's over." That's The Way I See It. Let me know how you see things at or call me at 319-334-4117. Next week.......MY FAVORITE MOVIES OF ALL TIME!



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