Are You a Good Sport?

"Good Sports" can cheer for someone other than themselves

and you know what? It's very rewarding.
and you know what? It's very rewarding.

Another look at "Good Sports"

This lady used to fear snakes. But being a good sport, she faced her fear and then became an overcomer.
This lady used to fear snakes. But being a good sport, she faced her fear and then became an overcomer.
Good sports love  to take "pies in the face" to raise money for charity.
Good sports love to take "pies in the face" to raise money for charity.
Good sports know how to encourage others.
Good sports know how to encourage others.
Good sports can get laughed-at if it is to promote another person.
Good sports can get laughed-at if it is to promote another person.
Good sports can get "creamed" if it means to help someone else.
Good sports can get "creamed" if it means to help someone else.
Even classics like Mona Lisa can get "egg on their face" once in awhile.
Even classics like Mona Lisa can get "egg on their face" once in awhile.

I hear members of well-meaning organizations such as Save The Whale, P.E.T.A. and others screaming to "high heaven," about a creature, the "Yellow Breasted Half-Bat, Half-Catfish," nearing extinction. And that, if this creature existed, would be terrible news for us humans sharing the world with this and other innocent creatures.

And thankfully, many good-hearted, sensitive people give huge sums of money, sacrifice their time and form a protest rally in Washington, D.C. to get the Federal Government's attention to force them to pass powerful legislation, loaded with buckshot, to protect the, uhhh, "Yellow Breasted Half-Bat, Half-Catfish" from poachers who sell this rare creature's hide for big bucks.

Yeah. Oh how right that is. Can you see some "Joe," lumbering into a trading post in Juneau, Alaska with the hide from this creature, and trying to sell it to the proprietor?
PROPRIETOR: Help ye, son?
"JOE": Yep. Got me a rare hide "frum" a, uhh, well, let me get out my notes. Yeah, from a "Yeller Broasted, Half-Batty, Half-Catfish," and I want to sell it to ya.
PROPRIETOR: Son, I am in no mood for jokes. I am having a really bad day.
"JOE": Naw, sir. Ain't no joke. Trapped, errr, caught this critter down yonder a ways in Looziana in them thar swamps. They say this critter is rare and his hide's worth more than a Ford 250 Super Duty. What will ye' gimme fer it?
PROPRIETOR: Son, this looks like a tube of salami wrapped with cellophane and surgical gloves glued on for fins. No sale. Oh, is this on America's Funniest Home Video's?

And that is how tough "Joe," would have it selling this rare creature's hide.

But did you know, and now I am serious, that there "is" a rare breed of men and women in our country who for many years have been totally-unrecognized, unsung and in my opinion, unappreciated.

They are members of an elite group called "Good Sports." You heard me. "Good Sports." And sorry, guys, I am not talking about Classic Super Bowl Playbacks on the NFL Network or ancient film footage of G.L.O.W. (Gorgeous Women of Wrestling) remember those?

Good sports are most-everywhere. At work, church, neighborhood and in many all-night supermarkets. They are average people, but endowed with huge hearts. Plus a spirit that cannot be dampened by any amount of ridicule, fun-making or being laughed at and not with. Did I say that good sports were a "rare" breed of people? I meant to say "unique."

I've had the honor and privilege of being associated with several good sports over the course of my life. Both on and off the work site. In places that I didn't think a good sport would be, or survive. But they did. With a smile and an enduring spirit that always made me envious. And ashamed that "I" wasn't more like these good sports.

And what hub of mine would be complete without a list? It wouldn't, so here is My "List of Ways to Describe a True Good Sport"?

A good sport can take the most-cruel joke and continue to smile.
A good sport can take anything degrading, both verbal or physical with the toughness of a United States Marine and never quit.
A good sport can take nothing, and working by themselves, can turn the "nothing" into a fantastic "something" for someone else. Not themselves.
A good sport never does a solitary thing for personal glory.
A good sport never advertises his good deeds to those around him or herself. Their main contentment is knowing that they have been a small part in helping a worthy cause. Or deserving individual.

I wouldn't be fair if I didn't present the opposite side of my "good sport" coin. So here is "My List of Ways to Describe a True Bad Sport"

A bad sport pouts if he or she isn't chosen to be office manager.
A bad sport complains to the boss if his or her pencils are not in-line on their desk.
A bad sport "snitches" on anyone in the workplace for being five minutes late.
A bad sport defined is "Dwight Shrute," (Rainn Wilson) on The Office sitcom.
A bad sport mutters and mumbles behind the backs of true good sports.
A bad sport tries his or her best to "best" everyone in the office or even in church.

In my life, and I have to be totally-honest, I have at times, been the bad sport when it came to losing some obscure childhood game. Fact is, "I" despise myself when I lose. But in my older years, I have found out that not all losing is a bad thing. If I "lose" my place in line at the grocery store to allow an elderly person behind me to go first, then I am proud to be laughed at, but still be considered a good sport.

And take it from someone with experience, I had rather live and die as a good sport who tried to do good than a "natural bad sport," who just sat by and didn't turn his hand to do anything for anyone. Or anything.

So with that, I say, "A proud, personal salute to one and all good sports everywhere."
I know a lot of "good sports," on HubPages. Most of them are on My Follower's List. No joke.

"Good Sports" can take a joke

even if it means damaging their pride. That in itself is a gift.
even if it means damaging their pride. That in itself is a gift.

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moonlake 4 years ago from America

I'm a good sport. I have had to be. The only time I can remember that I wasn't a good sport. A friend put a toy spider on my shoulder when I was pregnant with my first child. We had just been talking about the tarantulas that were hanging on the side of the building. Scared me to death and it wasn't good for the baby. Voted Up on your interesting hub.


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bac2basics 4 years ago from Spain

Good Morning kenneth. What a lovely hub, I really enjoyed reading it. The pic of the Mona Lisa didn´t half make me laugh as well...so a good start to my day. It also brought to mind ( not the Mona Lisa pic) My lovely late husband bless him. We used to have a pub and he and Jock one of our bar staff, both had their hair and beards completely shaved off in front of a packed house to raise money for charity. One of our customers made a huge great big pair of scissors out of wood as a joke for the event, and the lady mayoress came with an outsized cheque to show how much had been raised. Having this done paid for the entire kit for a lifeboat crew member, so it really was worth doing.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and interesting. Good sports are really people worth knowing. Great hub. Loved the pics.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear moonlake,

that was not funny. The spider joke on you. Didnt your friend know you were with child??? Id say YOU are a GREAT sport, not a good sport in allowing this to happen to you.

In fact, I personally applaud you!

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

back2basics,

this was a great example of what I was talking about in this story. People who do not care to tarnish (for fun) their pride to help someone else. Bravo to you and your friends!!!

Thanks too for your kind remarks.

And I was right. Most Good Sports on HubPages are ON MY FOLLOWERS LIST!

Kenneth

(also a GS)


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Gypsy Rose Lee,

Thank you, dear friend, for your sweet comments and compliments. You are a very special follower and writer. I appreciate YOU as my FOLLOWER and Friend. Keep in touch with me. Id love that.

Your Friend,

Kenneth


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Maybe this info. wasn't mean't to be funny but that's how it struck me.

Thank you for my afternoon laugh which was needed.

Voted up and interesting, Joyce.


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

This was a very encouraging hub Kenneth! How many times do people crawl up in their little shells and become defensive. We all need to learn how to be good sports and not take everything we hear to hear, as well as "living on the sideline" What I mean by this is doing what we do behind the scenes not trying to be noticed, like the water boy on the sidelines. He may not be noticed but plays an important role! Thanks for this hub Kenneth, voted up and a few more! :)


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

I always try to be a good sport and I know you're a good sport! Good hub!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Writer20,

yes. And no. A mix of humor and advice. And thank you for knowing the difference. You are a very talented person, writer20. And I appreciate your comments and input. YOU inspire me to write better hubs.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, Josh,

I agree with you. And "I" am as guilty as anyone for, as you say, "crawling into my shell," and not facing society. I think that if I would be more open to being a BETTER sport, my life might be a bit better. I got to work on that. Thanks for your comment.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear catgypsy:

Thank you, sincerely, for your comment and you are right. YOU are a good sport and thank you for saying that about me. I appreciate your support and encouragement in all that I do. I just hope that I can be as good of a friend and sport to you as ALL OF MY FOLLOWERS have been to me.

Kenneth (and Festus)


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Learning to be a good sport begins in childhood. It's obvious as adults whether or not we learned to be good sports as children. You have written an excellent hub here. And here's to all the good sports here on hubpages - including you!


Debra Emerson 4 years ago

Very good advice and I agreed with the others who left a comment. That also includes you as being a good sport.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, vocalcoach,

Thank you so much for the warm remark. That helps me to stay focused on the positive side of life. You are also right that the learning of being a good sport is learned at childhood, and sadly, so is the negative trait of being a sore loser.

I would hope that down through life, I would be able to succeed in being a good sport to those I meet.

Thanks again!

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, Debra,

Thank you, dear friend, for your comment and warm compliment. God bless you richly!

Kenneth

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