Giving A Little Love
Giving a little love in sports means to pat a person on the back when someone makes a basket, giving one a high five, or just slap their hands.
In many games that I’ve covered now for the past 15 years, it never gets old. I know of it first-hand as a player, referee, spectator, coach and now as a reporter.
Does it really work when your teammate make a great assist, defensive play, or basket, or do you just go by the flow and don’t care either way?
I’ve seen them all.
There have been times when a guy makes a free throw and puts his hand out for a little love from his or her teammates, but they didn’t come and give him some love, and he missed. It didn’t happen once or twice, it happens a lot more than you realize.
The shooter most of the time gets in a routine, and when that routine is different, he or she thinks about it and misses. Not always, but more times missed than makes.
And how many times does it take when a player makes a fine pass that results in a basket? Does the player, that got the basket, go over and high-five his teammate that made the pass? Most of the time, they do give their teammate an encouraging word, slap them on the rear, or give a nod in thanks for the pass.
It only takes a moment to be a good teammate and thank the passer, shooter, or defender that pulls down an awesome rebound, or blocks a shot… it matters.
Love is shared with teammates, and it makes for good sportsmanship with opponents as well. It’s good to help a teammate or opponent up off of the floor, when they dive to get an errant pass or bobble. The hustler also needs to get some love, not only by his teammates and his fans too, but to the opposing team on occasion.
In this area, I see more and more love between opponents. Even the coaches acknowledge good play and sometimes mentions those plays when giving reporters a quote after the game.
When fans see the respect of the players on the court, it usually trickles down to the fans, and that’s when I get excited. Most of our high school players will not go on to play college ball, and we all should make it a habit to reward their play with applause or acknowledgment of something.
In hockey, the crowds throw out hats when someone scores a hat-trick. Of course its a dog-eat-dog kind of game, but in return they get love after games; after shaking their opponents’ hands, they kick their goalie’s leg guards in appreciation of their goal tender’s work.
In baseball, your teammates gives you some love when you hit a home-run. The teammates might come out of the dugout and exchange high-fives.
There is love in any sport and occupation. At work, in most places, you get a pat on the back if you do a good job. Sometimes your place of employment rewards you with a dinner, a little token of appreciation, or even sometimes a bump up in salary for your hard work and years of service.
Most places of work have parties for their workers, like picnics and dinners, with small tokens of gifts.
Even at home, thank your spouse, your kids and your neighbors for being nice. Tell your spouse and your kids that you love them, and appreciate them.
Always remember to really show you care; do something nice and spread that love around.
Whatever the case might be, giving a little love goes along way in how you perform on the floor, in the field, or in the workplace. It’s not just up to the coach, teammates or fans… it’s up to everyone
to give some love. The player that doesn’t get the love shown, will sometimes not give it all he or she has because he or she feels that they aren’t appreciated. It’s not always that way, but a little love goes a long way.
Next game you play, or during the next game you watch, reward. Reward the play with a high-five, pat on the back, or a pat on the rear if you’re a player. If you are a spectator, cheer and applaud. And if you are a co-worker or a boss, a sincere thank you goes a long way into making your team the best that it can be.
And I thank all of you for reading my column and my sports pages for the past 15 years, and for helping me to help you in getting the correct sports coverage out to the readers.