Saturday, February 03, 2007

Claiming the Foul

Last night the EO Smith Men's Varsity team squeaked out a victory in overtime against Rockville High School in an overly physical game.

During the game a rarity occurred, one of our players raised his hand when he fouled a Rockville player. This practice used to be perfunctory on the basketball court. Players could get a technical foul if they didn't acknowledge ownership of the foul.

In fact, there were even strategies around assuming responsibilities for fouls. If your star player was in danger of fouling out, other players would be quick to raise their hands to claim responsibility for a foul the star might be charged with. It is an exercise in sportsmanship and team bonding that has disappeared.

I miss it.

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