An Amazing Display of Sportsmanship

Michigan won their game last night with an incredible buzzer-beater. In case you missed it (or just want to see it again) here's the video:

 

Huge win for Michigan, and a heartbreaking loss for Houston. The emotions were strong on both sides, but the cameras didn't catch this amazing display of sportsmanship from Michigan player Mo Wagner:

 

He couldn't have been more classy. Before he ran over to celebrate with his teammates, he stopped to console the Houston player who failed to block the game-winning shot.

This is what sports are all about. Whether you win or lose, you have to do it with class. For every amazing buzzer-beating win, there's always the other team who just had their hearts ripped out at the last second.

Of course it's the worst for players, but we as fans shouldn't forget about this either. Many people get very involved with the games, and crazy stuff at the end of games can have a strong emotional impact. Just ask any Lions fan about that. As a life-long Lions fan, I couldn't even begin to list how many times the Lions have had victory snatched away from them right at the end. The worst part is that many times it's not even the other team scoring, but some ridiculous rule that nobody knew about or a horrible mistake by the refs.

So what I'm saying is, let's all try and be more like Mo Wagner was last night, and be respectful to each other all the time. He could have just run over and celebrated with his team, and that would have been perfectly fine. But by taking just a few seconds to stop and say some kind words, he set a great example for everyone to follow.

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