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January 30, 2014

Sport debacles leave me empty

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Winning is much more compatible, unless you look at it another way and see a positive side. There usually is, if you take the trouble to find it.

How many of you have ever sat or stood in the stands and it was just too painful to watch? You may have been there to watch your child perform — or a grandchild. The people are screaming. The coach is lambasting his players. The entire hockey game was turned into a mockery.

The ice rink resembled an igloo. The only heat came from the mouths of tormenters. The score came out in favor of the opposition, 9-0. We had but four shots on net.

When it was over, my son turned to me and said, “Dad. Forget the outcome. They were really bad sports. After all, it was just a game.”

Writer and photographer Tom Vartabedian is retired from The Haverhill Gazette. He contributes this regular column.

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