Monthly Archives: December 2008
There is only one way to describe the performance of the University of Massachusetts offense on Wednesday night. If they were playing a game of 21 in the backyard, they would still be trying to break the ice.
The University of Delaware used a suffocating 2-3 defense to lead them past the host Minutewomen 56-42.
Using their length and athleticism, the Blue Hens were able to sag into their zone and force the Minutewomen into forced shots, sloppy turnovers, and multiple shot clock violations.
- 27% shooting for the game(16-59)
- 21% from beyond the arc(5-23)
- 24 TURNOVERS!
Delaware has been a strong defensive team all season. They have only allowed their opponents to score more than 60 points in a game one time, holding teams to an average of 51 points per game.
For UMass, they scored 21 points below their season average. Senior guard and scoring leader Stefanie Gerardot finished with only five points, well below her season average of 17.
The Minutewomen have 10 days off to find their rhythm on offense before they play host to Northeastern on December 20th.
Plaxico Burress is the latest start athlete to gain more attention for his off-field behavior rather than his on-field performance. Questions remain as to how the gun went off, why he had a gun, why the hospital never reported the gun-wound, and what Antonio Pierce did with the gun. Perhaps the biggest question after this mess is cleared; can these star athletes be role models even with their criminal lifestyles?
Athletes are celebrities now. They are the fastest, quickest, strongest, and toughest people on the planet. Kids look up to them, hoping to one day be them. Pretending to hit the game winning shot like Michael Jordan, or throw the game winning touchdown pass like Tom Brady, kids want to be the next star athlete.
With the recent legal troubles of so many star athletes, the tag of athletes being role models has come into question. Sharon Stoll, a professor who studies the behavior of elite athletes, points out “the environment of athletics has not been supportive of teaching and modeling moral knowing, moral valuing and moral action.”
Athletes are not playing their part in serving as the role model. Ron Artest, Kobe Bryant, Michael Vick and Ray Lewis, are damaging the future of the youth that look up to them.
Just because these start athletes get a lot of media attention and make a lot of money does not make them role models. It is their profession. Sports is their job, and it just so happens their job is televised and under the microscope. As Charles Barkley once said during a press conference, “I am not a role model. Parents should be your role models.”
Role models are the families that take in foster children, or the person that volunteers every weekend after working a 40-hour week. Athletes are not role models, they are celebrities. However, they are people, and people make mistakes. I’m not defending their criminal problems, but there are other people besides athletes that are in jail or have criminal records.