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Watching the Philadelphia Flyers win against the New Jersey Devils last night was in a word, exhilarating. For any Flyers fan out there, it was amazing to watch Boucher turn into a puck stopping machine in a whirlwind 5-game series, especially after his lackluster play in the final run of the season. Watching the team rally after losing Gagne and Carter to shot blocking injuries and the rest of them still taking pucks to the body, blocking shot after shot, kept me on the edge of my seat. Can you say Giroux? During the 5-game series there were fights, hard hits and great checks. Even the goalies were poked and prodded. No one was spared. There is a lot of animosity between these two teams that goes back a long time, a rivalry that is tenacious to say the least.
But did you watch the game? The WHOLE game? Did you watch the traditional handshake at the end? This is one of my favorite traditions in hockey. It’s where the two teams that just tried to beat the snot out of each other on the ice shake each others’ hands and say, “Good Game”. The team that lost may be saying, “Good luck in the next round.” The team that won might be saying, “You gave it a good go.” I imagine the team that lost at least can feel like they gave it their best, played their hardest. So check it out, look at the players faces.
Now think about it. Next time someone in your classroom does something good or *gasp* better then you, instead of getting all bitter and upset, congratulate them and say, “Good Job”. It makes you feel better and it is just good sportsmanship. Ask yourself, “Did I do my best?”, “Did I put try my hardest?”. Be a good sport and congratulate people on a job well done, a game won, or an award earned. Those people will be there for you when it’s your turn to be congratulated too!
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