I was disappointed watching the last few seconds tick off the clock last night as the Chicago Blackhawks lost Game 7 to the St. Louis Blues in the NHL playoffs. The series was as good as it gets. The pace was intense, players were hitting each every chance they could, and the chirping after the whistle was constant.
However, after the final horn sounded, the players participated in one of the greatest traditions in sports. They lined up and shook each others hands. Just seconds after they were beating each other up, they lined up and patted each other on the shoulders. The Hawks congratulating the Blues, and the Blues acknowledging the Hawks great play in the series.
We can learn a lot about sport from this tradition. You lay it all on the line on the field of battle and when it is over, it is over. You give your all and that is all anyone can ask. Then when the horn sounds, you look your opponent in the eye and say great job. There is no time for excuses, or complaining, just sportsmanship after a great contest.
Hopefully, we can learn from this series. Give it your all and when it is over, it is over.