Sunday, January 16, 2011

Spirit or bad sportsmanship?


We watched Arkansas State narrowly beat Middle Tennessee State University last night – the first ASU basketball game we’ve been to in a couple of years.asu game jan 15a

The final score was 69-65, but the ASU Red Wolves enjoyed a substantial lead for much of the game, threatening to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in the final minutes.

I’ve always been struck by how hard the ASU pep band, cheerleaders and fans try to distract opposing players during foul shots, as you can sorta see in the photo above.

I always thought that was poor sportsmanship. I have a dim recollection of Bob Knight forbidding such behavior when he coached at Indiana University, but maybe I’m imagining it.

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