The 2010 FIFA World Cup begins this weekend in South Africa. As you might imagine, last-minute preparations are at a fever pitch. World Cup soccer is a big deal and rightfully so. It is one of the few sports where no one nation has an unfair advantage. A successful team can come from a poverty-stricken country or an economic superpower. Every race, creed, color, religion, and ethnic background will be represented. Soccer may very well be the poster child for sportsmanship in terms of accessibility.
That being said, there’s a little known fact about the 2010 World Cup. The referees are being taught English…swear words. World Cup referees are learning some of our favorite four-letter outbursts in an effort to quell on-field abuse and altercations. According to the AP, the referees are only being taught English profanities. Does this mean players from other countries don’t curse? Not hardly. Whether real or imagined, athletes from English-speaking countries have developed a reputation for verbally abusing officials and each other. Foul language usually causes a negative sports experience. There are just better ways for us to talk to one another.
Another lesson here has to do with reputation. What people think of you does matter. Opportunities have been lost and relationships broken because a person lived up or lived down to a certain reputation. Reflect the positive light that shines within you. Until next time…
Be a Good Sport!