Sunday, January 3, 2010

Sports & Punishment

Oklahoma State was once again plagued by a team player not adhering to team rules. Therefore, he was suspended and could not play in the Cotton Bowl. Definitely a play-maker on our team, and we did need him on Saturday. However, if your team is based off of 1 person, your team is in trouble. We had many other play-makers out on the field Saturday, but did not possess enough gut and determination to pull out a victory in their last game. This suspension led many "Cowboy fans" to put statuses on their Facebook and Twitter blaming it on Coach Gundy. Comments regarding how basically he wanted our team to lose and how he knows his fate. What?! A coach wanting his team to lose because he punished a top player for breaking team rules? A coach who played for this exact team a little over 20 years ago? I don't think least in my opinion. In the end, it was those players out on the field who didn't make the plays to win the game, not the coach. Defense was excellent, but our offense was less than admirable.

But, enough about the game. Lets talk about punishment. I applaud the coaches who will forfeit good players so that team rules are adhered to and punishment is given. Believe it or not, OSU is not the only school who has given out punishment to players. Look at Michigan State. They have let go of 14 players this year for various reasons with punishment of violations of team rules being the No. 1 cause. (OK, I honestly wouldn't know anything about Michigan State besides I watched the Texas Tech/Michigan State game last night lol) I remember going to a high school basketball game several years ago, and parents of a team player held signs welcoming their son back to the team and getting to play again. You see this player had been caught drinking, which was a team violation. This certain player was definitely a play-maker and a valuable asset to the team. He was benched several games, but I do believe they went ahead and won the state championship that year.

Players should have to deal with the consequences of their actions. Isn't that what we teach children everyday? There are good and bad consequences.

If a coach lets one person slide, he must let all slide. And, what control does that show over their team? In conclusion, I support Gundy and I support all coaches like him. I am sorry Cowboy fans have started to get rude. This isn't us. "Ever you'll find us, loyal and true, to our Alma Mater, O-S-U."

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