Fraternization Needs To Stop!
by John Jastremski
Dec 08, 2016 | 17714 views | 0 0 comments | 1102 1102 recommendations | email to a friend | print
I’m fully aware that despite the fact that I’m not even pushing 30, I’m about to reach the point where I’m complaining like an old man.

The fact that I’ve come to this point should speak volumes to what I’ve seen in sports over the last few years, but on Sunday it reached a boiling point.

I was getting ready for my Sunday show on WFAN and, yeah I’ll admit it, I’m a slave to social media.

So as I was checking my Snapchat and Instagram accounts, I see that Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. and Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown were having a nice little “bromance” date before Sunday’s game.

All well and good if it’s during the offseason or, dare I say, after the game, but before the game. I thought this was a game that actually meant something?

I don’t root for either team, but I have to admit the idea was nauseating.

Two competitors, two players who are supposed to be among the best in the league at their position are hanging out the night before the game.

There’s no other way around it, it’s not going to sit well with yours truly.

However, when I was watching the Giants and Steelers on Sunday, my anger was taken to a whole other level.

The Steelers score a touchdown and the best wide receiver in the sport in Brown made an unbelievable catch.

All well and good, but when I see Beckham on the Giants sideline smiling like a kid in a candy store, I wanted to lose my mind.

You are supposed to be a competitor? You are supposed to be one of the best the game has to offer, and yet I see you smiling after your opponent scores a touchdown?

If I were a Giants defender, I’d want to take a swing at you.

You are on my team, but yet you are smiling when the opponent does something that hurts our team? What gives?

Sadly, it’s not just Beckam. It’s the sort of reaction that has become par for the course in the world of sports in the year 2016.

The “buddy-buddy” fraternization is out of control.

I’m all for good sportsmanship, I’m all for giving credit where credit is due, but even in a men’s league baseball game I’m going to be ticked off if somebody gets a hit off me.

I like to win and maybe I’m naïve and maybe I’m juvenile, but the idea of my opponent succeeding against my team simply doesn’t sit well.

I’m not stupid, sports is a business. Players share agents, they work out together and when they aren’t on the field, they’re going to hang out. But does it need to happen at my expense?

I care, and I assume many of you care about your teams. I live and die on every pitch, every snap, every play. To see one of my guys celebrating a touchdown for the other team is going to rub me the wrong way.

It goes beyond just Beckham. Every single week, it’s a love fest after the game, exchanging jerseys, taking pictures. Hold on a second, didn’t somebody lose the game?

For example, if I were to lose one of my men’s league baseball games, I’m distraught. I’ll shake hands, I’ll be a professional, but if you think I’m posing for a picture after an 0-for-4 day at the plate with three strikeouts, you’ve got another thing coming.

It’s sadly the world we live in, but it would be nice to remind these professional athletes, that you play to win the game.

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