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Where Has Civility Gone In Sports Today? Please Read.
A great article was written in the USA Today(Click here to read) about the recent negative showings in sports or life for that matter and how it shows a decline in civility over the years. Now this is strictly opinion, but, I have to wholeheartedly believe in the general idea behind this. I will explain a bit about the article and then give you my reasons for agreeing with this philosophy.

The article starts out...When South Carolina Republican Rep. Joe Wilson interrupted President Obama's address to Congress by shouting "You lie!" last week, at least one man was elated. "I thought, 'Great, now the notion of civility may be back on the national agenda,' " says P.M. Forni, who heads The Civility Initiative at Johns Hopkins University, an effort that promotes etiquette. After last weekend, Forni might want to hire extra staff. It looks like incivility is storming the gates.

First came tennis star Serena Williams, who lost her U.S. Open semifinal to Kim Clijsters on Saturday not with an errant shot on the last point, but because of a blistering salvo at a line judge who had called a foot fault on Williams. Williams' expletive-laced tirade threatened the woman with bodily harm. The tennis player, who was fined $10,500 and went on to win the tournament's doubles championship Monday with her sister Venus, initially issued a lukewarm apology. Then, in a statement Monday, she apologized more directly and said her behavior was "inappropriate."

On Sunday night came rapper Kanye West, who bum-rushed the stage at Radio City Music Hall during the MTV Video Music Awards to interrupt Taylor Swift as she accepted the statuette for best female video. West snatched her microphone and ranted that Beyoncé should have won. West subsequently apologized to Swift via his blog, saying, "That was Taylor's moment and I had no right … to take it away." But, he said, "I'm just real." On the premiere of The Jay Leno Show Monday night, the rapper added, "It was rude, period," and told Leno he wants to take time off to analyze "how I'm going to make it through the rest of this life."

"I don't think society is coming off the rails," says Lizzie Post, great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post and a principal at the Emily Post Institute, which monitors the nation's P's and Q's.

Some people disagree. "Two things are happening: One is a mad desire to be the center of news, and the other is a sense among these people that they can get away with anything," "Something will have to happen to make us stop and examine our behavior." says Letitia Baldrige. "American society is among the most informal in the world, and often that informality crosses over into incivility," Forni added. "Now, you add the informality of the Internet to this culture, and all bets are off. It's an age of total disclosure and total expression, with very little concern for the feelings of others." The ability to comment about others from a distance and with anonymity is the Web's hallmark and its poison, says Jerry Bowles, co-founder of SocialMediaToday.com, which keeps tabs on the impact of social media on society. "The Web seems to turn most people into adversaries, and in doing so, we tend to lose the ability to really talk to each other," he says. "This is particularly true for politics on the Web, where the comments tend to run to the extremes and sometimes can be downright seditious. I find it scary." (USA Today)

Back to my opinion of this and why I feel so strongly about the topic. It has become ever so popular to brash instead of boring, cocky instead of classy and smug instead of smart. It has become cool to be stupid and out right disrespectful not only in sports, but in everyday life. Back in the day there were morals and ideals we held high and dry to keep this country in line and even though we had situations back then(like the famous picture up top left), they were handled with class and had genuine motives. Today we are motivated by the wrong things. Instead of shaking hands and walking off the court, we are punching each other out over nothing or breaking valuable equipment that should be appreciated and not taken for granted. Instead of respecting the game we are mocking it. Instead of respecting the fans who are paying the salary's, we are climbing up in the stands to punch them out and instead of respecting our opponents, we are trash-talking, fighting and destroying property. How embarrassing! Our previous generations would be disgusted over how we treat each other, our favorite activities and our institutions. Hopefully things start to change. We have to start caring more. It is not that hard to be nice. "Kill em' with kindness" as my father always told me.

I make such a big deal of this not only because it has been sickening to hear about on T.V and news but because it has been happening in the league itself. The lack of respect for each other, the rules and the game itself has been disturbing to say the least. I understand the fact that this is a competition and everyone gets upset from time to time, but this is also friendly competition and everyone is old enough to understand the pros and cons that go with it. We all have seen the rules, have constant access to them and have agreed to race accordingly. There should be no reason for the nastiness that has been going around(yes, I have heard most of it) and even if there are problems, we should be mature enough to talk them out without cussing and throwing insults at each other. I have always told everyone that I am willing to talk about things in a calm and cool manner and things will never change if done otherwise. So from now on, I hope to see some change in that. I will have no tolerance. Please understand that I enjoy running this league and racing with all of you but I will not be putting up with that kind of attitude in the future. If you would like to respond to this or talk to me about anything, bad or good, please do so promptly so we can talk it over. Thanks.