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George Freeman's Expert Bowling Tips

-Be A Good Sport
02/13/2001 - By George Freeman
      We all love the game of bowling. Granted, it is a love/hate relationship sometimes, but nonetheless, we are all in this sport because we enjoy it. The very nature of league and tournament bowling dictates that there will be "winners" and "losers". If you've been involved with this sport for any amount of time, most likely you've been on both sides of this coin.

      No one likes to lose, but sometimes it just happens. It is important to remember that bowling is not life or death. The sun will come up the next day regardless of who wins on any given league night. Throwing things around and using derogatory language after a loss does not change things, and makes the person using that type of behavior look foolish. Learn to be a good sport when you lose. If you can't walk up and shake your opponent's hand, at least have the level headedness to not use behavior that would be looked down upon. It will make bowling with you much more enjoyable.

      On the flip side, no one likes a gloat. Sure, it's a great feeling when you win, and you should express such feelings. However, there is a line between being happy and gloating. Remember, next time, it could be you that is on the loser's side of things. Don't rub it in your opponent's face that you beat him, that makes you look just as foolish as if you had lost and used the behavior listed above. Be a good sport: Shake their hand, wish them well, and let it at that.

      We all want to win, and we hate to lose. Good sportsmanship will make both experiences better.

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