When do we Stop Playing
Players often run into many hardships not only on the court but also off the court.
These hardships may sometimes be personal and therefore also make it quite difficult for
them to carry out and play a game. We have seen in the passed that sporting events have
been cancelled due to some crisis. We have also seen games played during a time of
crisis. For example the Dallas Cowboys game the day President JFK was show. However,
when do we decide when a certain crisis is bad enough to cancel a game?
There are three types of crises that we encounter in the sports world. There are
personal conflicts such as a player loosing his son or wife. Or there are conflicts that
affect not only the player but also the team, such as the coach or general manager passing
away. Lastly, there are crises that effect that whole nation or a large group of people. In
my opinion games should only really be cancelled if there is a large group of people such
as a nation or state that are affected. For example Adrian Peterson lost his son last year
and still went out on the field and played his heart out in order to in a way redeem his
son. It is a very strong aspect of Peterson to be able to focus on the game and play one of
his best games a week after his son died.
When a team’s coach or general manager passes or becomes ill I think it is
important that the team goes out there and tries its best to win for these people. The coach
puts in a lot of effort and time to get the team to win therefore I am sure he would want
for his team to perform well.
However when a national tragedy occurs games should be cancelled. Similar to
what Crosset said in his letter after 9/11 “The first thing I want to say is that there is no
playbook or procedure manual for working in the aftermath of such a horrific tragedy.”
When a crisis like this occurs there is just no way for people to come together and
participate or even watch sports. Sports are important because the fans make it important.
When a crisis like this happens there are no fans to show support as well.