Sportsmanship is an aspiration or ethos that a sport or activity will be enjoyed for its own sake, with proper consideration for fairness, ethics, respect, and a sense of fellowship with one's competitors. A "sore loser" refers to one who does not take defeat well, whereas a "good sport" means being a "good winner" as well as being a "good loser".
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- There is a difference between spontaneous and/or good-natured displays of enthusiasm and calculated displays of obnoxious self-indulgence. That train has already gone so far down the wrong track, there’s probably no turning back. So our suggestion here is a more modest one. Hey, knuckleheads, is it too much to ask that you confine your buffoonery to situations that don’t directly damage your team? Week after week, game after game, we see guys who think nothing of incurring penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct, costing their team’s valuable yardage, even late in close games.”
- Bob Costas, as quoted by Michael Klopman in "Bob Costas’ Rant On NFL Touchdown Celebrations: Stevie Johnson’s Plaxico Stunt Inspires Monologue (VIDEO)", Huffington Post, (11/28/2011).
- To keep shooting at a folly after it is dead is unsportsmanlike.
- Samuel McChord Crothers, The Gentle Reader (1903) p. 272
- Players, goalkeepers and non-playing Club personnel are responsible for their conduct at all times and must endeavor to prevent disorderly conduct before, during or after the game, on or off the ice and any place in the rink. The Referees may assess penalties to any of the above team personnel for failure to do so.
- Rule 75 of the National Hockey League Rule Book, as quoted in "Official Rules. Rule 75 - Unsportsmanlike Conduct". Nhl.com. (Retrieved 2016-01-24).