not sure if you have heard the story about the little league championship game in bountiful, Utah. To make a long story one of medium length, here is what happened. Bottom of the sixth inning, two outs, the Red Sox are leading the Yankees by one run with two outs and a runner on third. The Yankees best hitter is up. On deck, if the Yankees weakest hitter, an undersized cancer survivor. Given this situation, the Red Sox coach walks the best hitter and the cancer survivor strikes out.
The two coaches nearly come to blows and the liberal media got on this like stink on a money. Rick Reilly and the media blasted the coach for this. Apparently, in the new world, we need to find a way to be nice to our opponents. The fact of the matter is that there are winning and losers in life. The thing worse would if they didn't keep score. Children need to learn how to live with disappointment. Sports are a great way of teaching this.
And you know what, I am speaking from experience. I have been one of the worst players on a little league team. And guess what happened--- i practiced and got better. Maybe the cancer survivor will never be intentionally walked himself. However, he should at least have the chance to try. because if we are going to try to "compete" in things but not really push ourselves to the limit, then how shallow is the victory?
For a more biased account of the events, check out rick reilly SI column about this.