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05/24/2012

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Shaqwaha Barnes- Graham

I can agree that anger is an emotion. However I do not agree with "anger" being an excuse for people hurting other people. I do not care if you a athlete are an ordinary person, you should not throw fits because you are losing. That is basically what all of the athletes that loss a game are doing, the are throwing a fit. It is okay to get mad because you lost a game, no one likes to loss. However to get make and start breaking things, or hitting people is not right. In my eyes when any one that is an adult takes their anger out on something that involves violence, they are acting like a child. The blog talks about how there are different ways to take away your anger, so anyone who losses a game, go take a run or go swimming. Trust me it could help.

Erik Ishimatsu

The sports psychologists were a good source in my opinion. Since they deal with athletes and their psychological states they would be natural experts on the topic. The reason behind not interviewing athletes and coaches could have been because of conflicting views of how they express or deal with their anger. If Malcolm Ritter had interviewed both the athletes and coaches, yes, it would have been a different article because they have a more personal story to tell. The article would be based on athletes sheer frustration of a situation instead of an in depth description as to why they were so frustrated in the first place.

I believe that frustration and anger is very often associated with some kind of physical, often violent, outburst no matter who you are. The fact that athletes are trained to be physical doesn't change the fact that they are human and express their emotions in such a way. I have often felt such emotions and have wanted to hit something, anything to alleviate my anger. Oftentimes I find that it is very effective in calming me down.

Professional athletes are always "on stage" and in the spotlight. I think that if a camera followed around an average person all day through their moments of failure they would find similar reactions as these athletes. When it is someone who has excelled in life and is successful I agree with Ritter that society tolerates the behavior more. It helps the rest of us to feel better about our own shortcomings since, if even the best are not perfect, than we are doing alright.

As to the subject of locker room journalism; I am not a fan of this practice. When the athletes decide they want to go pro, they are putting their lives up for public display. I think that locker rooms should be held private so that they can let loose and release their emotions without having the whole world watching.

Robert Rushton

1) I believe that he made the right choice in not interviewing professional athletes. I feel like athletes would just say things that would make them look better in this situation. The sports psychologists are the professionals and they would know better than anyone else about these kinds of situations. They study sports related anger for their professions. Asking the coaches opinions on these kinds of situations might not be that bad of an idea however. Coaches are the ones who have to deal with this kind of anger on a daily basis in practice, or even in games. Also, coaches more times than not played professionally in the sport they are coaching, so they have experienced that kind of pressure and anger that comes with professional sports. I believe that the article would have been a lot different if Malcolm Ritter would have used athletes and coaches in this interview. All athletes’ situations are different. If you asked one athlete why his anger gets to him he might say that it was his personal life that pushed him over the edge, not even the anger from sports. However you could ask another athlete the same thing and he could say that it was indeed the disappointment of losing in sports that pushed him over the edge. What I’m trying to get at is it would be so inconsistent because all athletes are different.
2) I don’t think that athletes should get treated differently than anyone else when it comes to relieving anger. They are still people and they are expected to act like civilized people when they are not playing professional sports. I think that people give them leeway because they are such fans of professional sports. I don’t think this is right but that’s what it seems like. I actually have burst out with anger before. High school sports are similar to professional sports in that they both can cause great stress. After a while you just need to relieve that stress. Sometimes people can do it in a respectful and peaceful manner, but sometimes people find that causing pain to their own body is a better way to relieve that stress. Personally I don’t punch things when I get angry, but throwing things seemed to get the job done when I had to relieve stress. I agree that you could use your stress relief in a better way other than breaking things. Weight lifting is a great idea of how to use your stress in a positive way. Weight lifting gets your heart going, and when you stop lifting weights your heart will start to slow down, causing your anger to slowly decrease.
3) Both ideas work in this situation. I believe that professional athletes do have higher tempers then normal civilians because they have constant pressure to win. I think that it seems to the public that athletes have anger issues because you always hear about the negative things that are happening to professional athletes. I don’t think this is fair to the athletes that can handle their anger. I do think that we allow professional athletes to get away with things like. People think of professional athletes as gods and don’t want anything bad to happen to them. The public can always think of something worse that the athlete could have done and that makes it okay for them. Steroids cause the user to be angry by raising testosterone. This can cause the athlete to snap easier and more often. With this in mind I do believe that steroids and anger are very much comparable.
4) I don’t believe that locker room journalism should be banned. If locker journalism banned professional sports will lose fans because this is what fans are interested in. There could be some rules put into place but all in all I think that the journalists should be able to continue what they are doing. You wouldn’t as good of coverage of sports if you didn’t allow locker room coverage. Also, fans love seeing what the coach is talking about to their team before and after the game. When it’s all over, it comes down to what the viewer or the public likes because they are going to be the ones most affected if a ban was put on.

Collin Goedken

Collin Goedken

1. In my opinion, interviewing only sports psychologists in the article shows that Ritter is only trying to show one side of the story. If he would have interviewed the actual players and coaches, they may not have said what he wanted them to say. If he had interviewed other players and coaches the article would be different. This would have showed how the players feel about their anger and this might not have been what the author would like to hear.

2. Violent outbursts by athletes on inanimate objects are not necessary. Since, they are professional athletes, people look up to them. Often times people allow athletes to get away with such acts. I have been angry multiply times in my life. Sometimes when I get mad I do take out my anger on inanimate objects. Doing these things does release some of the angry but I’m not sure why this would. For me, I like to run or lift weights when I get upset. These kinds of ways are more constructive because they are helping out the body while releasing energy at the same time.

3. I do not think that professional athletes have more of a temper than other people. I think because they are watched daily and looked highly on, that whenever they do something bad, they are instantly criticized. And I also agree that people tend to tolerate bad behavior of people who excel. I think this is because people look at them as their idols, but when they do something bad it is often overlooked by the good deeds that they do.

4. When athletes win or lose, there is always media around. I think that sometimes the media just goes to far to get their information. I don’t think that locker room journalism is acceptable. What happens in the locker room after a game should be between the players and coaches. If a player feels that they need to share part of that information to the media afterwards that is fine. But there doesn’t need to be a journalist in the locker room making his or her own judgments on player’s conversations.

Millie Luedtke

1) In my opinion, sports psychologists are not the right fit to consult the situation. Yes, sports psychologists study the brain and are experts on athlete’s behaviors, but they have no further experience. In order to understand how an enraged athlete really feels, one would have to be put in an experience to take the full just of it. I think Ritter’s choice to take the perspective of a psychologist instead of a coach or an athlete, is to see what an expert has to say. If this article included interviews from an athlete or a coach I think it would have been a lot different. I believe this because athletes and coaches have been in that situation before and they live in that environment everyday; coaches see the high amount of stress that go on athletes because they push them everyday to make them better. If an athlete perspective were included in this artlicle, it would have a lot more explanation to what really happens.

2) A violent outburst of an athlete does not define who they are. Many fans and critics will remember the committed outburst but it is not who the athlete really is. Citizens in everyday life can and will get angry and last out, whether they slam the door shut or punch a wall or yell out swear words, everyone does it. In my experience, after I slam a door or kick a fender I fell a lot better; after all of that anger is channeled out of ones system, many times, ones feel a lot better. We as the viewers judge athletes so harsh when they commit a violent outburst because we forget that they are people too and they get frustrated too. I think many times. People think that professional athletes are prefect and never get angry but that is a false conclusion. I also believe that in small amounts it is good for athletes to get frustrated and worked up because it shows how much they care and their drive to do better. I disagree with Mitch Abrams’ assertion that anger can be diverted tom ore constructive actives such as running or lifting weights because when you get angry for a split second you get everything off of your chest, and when you lift weights or go on a run, you think about it over and over and I think that can be even more dangerous. Sometimes one needs to lash out it to if off of their chest versus thinking about it while running or lifting weights.

3) I think athletes have more of a violent temper compared to other people because thousands of people are watching them every game/ race/ match. Athletes are not only competing for their team but their state and sometimes their nation. That is a lot of pressure to put on oneself. On top of competing for their nation, they are also been watched by millions around the world. Critics will often times only focus on the athletes who crack and have a meltdown and many times not on the athletes who excel. If critics can only tolerate athletes when they excel, then they have no idea for what they are talking about. For some athletes, it takes many years of hard work and frustrated outburst before they become successful. Athletes should not be judged on weather or not their outburst is expectable due to their successful career.
William Moller would respond to Katz’s assertion by saying the following, he believes that fans criticize too harshly on athletes and their drug uses because citizens do it everyday and still suffer some consequences. Citizens also don’t get as nearly the amount of attention as athletes do because they’re in the spotlight of thousands of people. The steroid use that Moller writes about is comparable to Ritter’s explained anger problems because when one gets angry, they usually strive to make themselves better and sometimes they get greedy and try to take the easy way out by cheating; that’s when the steroid piece comes into play. Many athletes use steroids because there normal self is not cutting it for them. They take this drug because they are under great amount of pressure and need to be better so they cheat by using drugs.

4) I think that there should be rules on locker room journalism. This is because, not only are journalists asking athletes about the big game, but also about their everyday life. Athletes live for their games and when reporters stick a camera right in their face after a big loss or a big win, many times they are going to be pretty emotional. We, the viewers, do not have the right to judge athletes and how they handle their emotions. Many times viewers forget how much the Stanely Cup or the World Series or Super Bowl means to an athlete. In most cases, they’ve had to travel state to state just to fit on a team and from their travel almost everyday leaving their families and wives back home. Wining the big game to athletes is more to them just then holding up the trophy, it is everything that they have sacrificed over the years and to finally to see all of those years hard work paid off is a dream come true. Who are viewers to judge if an athlete starts to cry after a game or send a quick prayer? When we watch a sports game, we are not only watching a game, but also taking a step into an athlete’s life. We do not have to right to judge how an athlete should act. For example, many viewers taunt Tim Tebow about his religious views, I don’t think this is right. People can agree or disagree but they do not have to protest it. Viewers are taking steps into athletes’ lives and athletes don’t deserve to be hated on just because their lives are being broadcasted. Yes, it is nice to have biographies on athletes and nice to know what an athlete believes and doesn’t like but its not right for their every single move to be broadcasted. Another example of viewers judging harshly on athletes is when Kevin Garnett won the NBA playoffs with his team, The Boston Celtics. During his interview at the end of the game, he started crying and was thanking god for all of this work to pay off. Many viewers thought he was putting on an act to get attention but really we the viewers just don’t understand what a big win like means to an athlete. Overall, I think athletes should get a little more privacy when it comes to professional sports. This would get rid of some of the negative talk that takes place everyday on athletes.

Connor Stoffregen

1. Ritter did a good job interviewing the sports psychologists for this article. It in my opinion was appropriate to interview many of them considering that many of the psychologists interviewed had done some kind of research dealing with amateur, professional and collegiate athletes and anger that comes along with the stress of playing in a win loss sport that has many fans. Ritter in fact actually did include an interview that Stadoumire had taken part in, who was involved with one of the incidents, but Ritter did not interview any of the coaches on the subject , mainly I think because the coaches may have to take a neutral stand on the subject.
2. The sports psychologists say that the stress involved with the environment that the athletes play in can create a lot more tension than that of a normal person going through day to day experiences, making these violent outbursts more acceptable than if you or I punched something in our office. If I truly get mad enough I have quite a temper and with turn my anger into a physical outburst, but it takes a while for me to get to that point. In fact it does help it is just like any other sense of release. Anger can be diverted to other activities, but it sometimes takes a lot of control to channel that anger.
3. Our society does tolerate the outbursts of professionals mainly I think because we understand as a society that these people are under a great deal of stress, or at least more so than a normal person working in a cubicle. Moller is correct I think that we do in fact place athletes on a pedestal, but that doesn’t mean we always judge them harsher than we would a peer. Steroid use is completely different than anger problems, steroid use is a way to become a professional through cheating not how professionals deal with the stress that comes along with being the best at what they do, and being expected to always come through in the clutch.
4. Locker room journalism can go both ways in my opinion, at times the journalists can get in the face of someone who was just publicly embarrassed and those athletes being interviewed do not always look very happy with the reporter for asking insensitive questions. On the other hand though it can be very useful to get information that is insightful. I wouldn’t really call it intrusive but insensitive to the player that just went through a loss of some kind. I don’t think that guidelines are needed, but the reporters should be more sensitive to the player’s situation. A potential rule could be don’t force the losing team to interviews in the locker room, but wait till the players want to be in an interview ie.) the press meeting after the game.

Ryan McCoy

1. In “Athletes and anger: When the passion boils over” Malcolm Ritter made the right decision to interview the sports psychologists because they have a knowledge about athletes as a whole and they don’t focus in on just one athlete. Instead the psychologists talk about reasons that some of these professional athletes lose their temper. Ritter had chosen not to interview the coaches or players because they just will apologize for the incident and won’t go into depth about why these athletes do these things. The main point of this article was to understand the reasons behind the incidents. The article would be more about certain accounts and would not explain the feelings, emotions, pressure, and stress on the athletes.
2. Most of the incidents that you hear about are remembered by the public because these players are watched so carefully. If you were to go and hit something you would not do it in-front of 100,000 fans. You should also consider the age of these athletes. Were you the smartest person when you were 22 years old? Did you ever make a mistake when you were younger? It is the same with these athletes, they might lose their temper when they lose the game and are stressed about not messing up. I don’t agree that athletes can just run or lift weights to get rid of their anger. The athletes lose their temper in the spur of the moment, or if they mess something important up for their team.
3. Some professional athletes are violent because they have never had to deal with the punishments that typical people deal with every day. When athletes do mess up it is known by everyone. This is because of YouTube, ESPN, and newspapers. The athletes are called out on it and it will be remembered by the fans for years. The professional athletes can usually just pay their way out of any fine or penalty they are charged. This is because society holds them above other people and the rules that they have to follow. I think athletes should be punished in other ways instead of making them pay money. Also athletes are told to express themselves in physical ways throughout their entire lives. Anger is use by them to improve their game and to use it on the field or on the court. Moller wrote about the reasons athletes use steroids and it is the same reason they lose their temper. It is because they are under such pressure and they will do anything to get ahead of the competition, even if it means cheating. The reason athletes will do this is because they are loved if they win and if they lose then they are hated. This is part of the reason athletes lose their temper.
4. I think that locker room journalism is bad for the athletes because they don’t want to talk about why they lost or blame anyone. Instead the athletes should decide if they want to be interviewed after the game. This would be better for the athletes because then the journalists are not in their face after a big lose. The media is always following athletes in their everyday lives. I think everyone should hold athletes accountable for all of their actions. Also I think journalists should not follow the athletes but instead the journalist should focus more on the coaches after the games and less on the athletes. This would create less pressure on the athletes and would help them focus on what they are paid to do instead of creating more problems for them.

Brian Seda

1. In my opinion sports psychologists are very credible and reliable sources to interview and incorporate into this article. The reason that these psychologists are good sources of information is because they are well educated in their fields. They have gone to school for many years to learn about sports psychology, which makes them reliable on the topic of anger in sports. They know how the brain functions and why humans make the decisions that they do. Sports psychologists would be able to understand why athletes make these decisions when they are under pressure to win at all costs. I think that Ritter decided not to interview athletes and coaches because he thought that they would have a very biased opinion on the topic. In my opinion I do not think that athletes would admit to every getting angry. I feel that professional athletes would say that they were disappointed in themselves and their performance caused them to get mad. Athletes and coaches who are mad usually are not willing to elaborate to the public what caused them to become angry. I think that Ritter knew that athletes and coaches would not want him to ask questions about anger in sports because they usually try to avoid the topic at all costs. I think that his article would have been less biased if he asked athletes and coaches about how anger and sports go together. I would have liked to hear the response of coaches and athletes because they truly have an insight on how anger and sports go together. Ritter’s article would have been more two sided and would have had more meaning in my eyes if he had interviewed athletes and coaches.
2. There is a certain extent that athletes can be angry and mad after the loss of a game. When the athletes hurt themselves by punching or kicking things they have gone too far and should be heavily fined by the league. These fines should be at least $100,000 to really get the message across that this behavior is not tolerated in their sport. Athletes are always in the spotlight, so every little outburst they have is taken way to far by the media. Athletes deserve a little bit of privacy after they lose a game. It is understandable that athletes get mad at reporters in post game conferences when they ask dumb questions that are meant to get under the athletes skin.
I have struck an inanimate object after the loss of a basketball game. When I did this it helped me get my emotions out and afterwards I felt that a little bit of the stress was gone. It was helpful to discharge my feelings in this manner after we lost the basketball game. I agree that anger can be diverted to more constructive activities such as running or lifting weights. When you are mad it seems that doing these activities can help you calm down and get your anger out. However most athletes will not run or lift weights after a loss. They are usually exhausted from giving it all they had during the game. I also think that the best athlete’s emotions are never too high or too low.
3. I do not think that athletes have more violent tempers than other people. I feel that we are more aware of their outbursts because of all the media coverage in today’s sports. I also agree that we tend to tolerate bad behavior on the part of people who excel. For example I thought that Amare Stoudemire should have been heavily finned and suspended a few games for punching the glass of a fire extinguisher, but he did not receive any fine and was allowed to come back and play in the series against the Heat. We do put athletes on pedestals and we judge their behavior a lot more harshly than we judge our own behavior. If we get mad and punch or kick something we don’t think about it, but if athletes do it we think that it is completely wrong. I think that athletes should be role models and refrain from this behavior, because they know that thousands of people are watching their every move. I think that Moller would say that Katz’s assertion was wrong and that athlete’s behavior is just like our everyday behavior. Moller would say that we hear about athlete’s behavior a lot more because they are always in the media’s spotlight.
Steroid use is comparable to the anger problems in Ritter’s article. Athletes are expected to win at all cost and they have the hopes and dreams of a whole city resting on their shoulders. They are under tremendous pressure to succeed and win at all costs. This explains why athletes take steroids to help them become bigger and stronger, so they can excel in their sport. This also explains why athletes have anger outburst and can sometimes seem on edge. Athletes experience more pressure than any normal human being will ever have. Athletes can’t always be perfect and sometimes they slip up and their anger boils over.
4. I feel that locker room journalism is okay to a certain extent. Locker journalism provides they public with an accurate look at what the coaches and players are feeling after the game. Sometimes reporters take their questions too far and when they do this they are being insensitive to the athlete or coaches’ emotions. Reporters know that asking these questions will make the players or coaches extremely angry and mad. I think that there should be some rules and guidelines set forth for post game interviews. I think that all of the players and coaches have to want to be interviewed. If a player is mad after a game they should have the choice on whether on not they want to be interviewed. It should not be mandatory at any time for a player or a coach to have to be interviewed after a game. If this guideline were set into place it would not allow for an athlete’s anger to become public during a post game interview. Instead a player would be able to deal with their anger behind closed doors. For example after LeBron James lost in the NBA finals he should not have to be interviewed by the media, because everyone already knows that he is extremely disappointed and upset. Locker room journalism will always allow for the public to see what the athletes and coaches are thinking, but sometimes their emotions should not be made public. When athletes and coaches anger rants are put out in the public it makes kids think that it is okay to use these words or language in school. There are thousands of kids who watch sports and look up to the players and coaches. That’s why it is important for coaches and athletes to keep their emotions in check and deal with their problems behind closed doors. If these guidelines were set into place it would get rid of some of the negative anger and emotions that sports bring out.

Mitch Brown

1. The sports psychologists were appropriate to consult for this article. Since their job is dealing with athletes they gave a key insight into athlete’s emotions and how it affects them and their performance. He may have chosen not to interview any coaches or athletes because they could have given a conflicting/bias view of how they deal with their anger. If Ritter included other types of interviewees it would have ruined the article. They would not have added any useful insight toward the topic.
2. Since professional athletes lives are surrounded by their sport, violent outbursts that occur are most likely caused by a loss in their sport. Being athletes may contribute some but not to a large extent. Everybody can have violet outbursts at one point or another. Just because someone is an athlete doesn’t mean they are more prone to having outbursts. I have hit an object before because I was angry. Mitch Abrams’ assertion that anger can be diverted is helpful for anger that has been building up inside you for a long time but anger that comes to someone because of an action is not always the easiest thing to divert at the moment.
3. Since professional athletes spend a lot of time in the spotlight we are more aware of their outbursts. These days with the technology we have it is extremely easy to see current events. If a professional athlete has an outburst it is hard to not find out about it. I agree with Jonathan Katz claim that “we tend to tolerate bad behavior on the part of people who excel.” It seems to be part of the news to see someone who excels in life shoe bad behavior. Since we see it so much we have become used to the behavior. If Moller were to respond to Katz’s assertion he would strongly disagree. Moller’s view is total opposite that of Katz’s view. Yes, the steroid use that Moller writes about is comparable to problems discussed by Ritter since steroid use can lead to anger issues.
4. Locker room journalism is acceptable up to a point. As long as it doesn’t become intrusive to the athlete it is ok. As with most everything there should be rules as to what is acceptable with locker room journalism. I would suggest be respectful to the athlete and to not be intrusive. If they want you to leave or to not be questioned journalists should respect their choice.

Atharva Bhagwat


Atharva Bhagwat

1. In my opinion, sports psychologists are the perfect people to consult in this situation. Sports psychologists Study the brain activity of both famous and rookie athletes, which broadens and compares the scope to a point, were they could analyze the brain patterns of each athlete to see how it they compare to one another. Ritter’s choice to take the view of a sports psychologist in my opinion is to see how most athlete’s coupe with anger and other emotions instead of the opinion of just one player. The fact that Ritter’s choose the sports psychologists is in my opinion a bigger and smarter move since sports psychologists opinions are based on fact and testing and not only on the feeling of one player at a given time. Ritter’s article could have been different if he interviewed the general population and see how they coupe with anger instead of high profiled athletes.


2. Sports psychologists say athletes receive more pressure and anger through their work environment. An average person doesn’t receive the amount of anger as an athlete does because their surroundings might not let him express it. Sports psychologists say this because, an average man who expresses anger in their work environment might be considered crazy or strange. If I truly get anger I turn green, if my life was a movie, however this isn’t a movie so I control my anger and don’t punch tables in the office. I agree with Mitch Abrams since anger can be diverted to a better cause like football, which can be the difference between a win or loss.

3. In my opinion athletes have more temper issues because they’re in the spot light and everyone is watching them. Athletes play for their club, town or even country, which escalates the cause of their anger because they feel they let their country down, if the athlete miss’s the game-winning touchdown, goal or buzzer beater. There anger is also a publicity stunt to grow their reputation and get their names out there. Most people would say that anger is only for athletes who excel, but in my opinion this is a wrong assumption because athletes who get angry are mostly just in it for the spotlight and more of a publicity stunt than anything else. Moller might respond to Katz statement by arguing for the athletes because fans and critics criticize them too much on certain issues like drugs. The steroid excerpt Moller talks about is comparable to Ritter’s anger problem because athletes who get angry due to losses and or failures may extend their abilities by using steroids or other drugs so they don’t feel it next time.


4. I think locker room journalism is outrageous because the media puts these disappointments on display for the world to see. The media should have some rules on locker room journalism because this is one of the reasons many athletes assert anger because they are kept reminded of each disappointment. If I was to make the rules on locker room journalism, I would limit the access of usable data for public display also I would focus more on the positives as it can lead to better lifestyles for the athletes. Locker room journalism for the most part is wrong by me and I hope the media can stop publicly humiliating players just for the sake of a good story. Locker room journalism should be limited and or banned in my opinion.

steven acevedo

I disagree with what Ritter said in his article. One reason why I disagree with Ritter is that his points are just on the individual athlete and the personal reasons they become angry. I think that an athlete that becomes angry is not angry only at themselves, but at what their performance does to others. I do not think that sports psychologist are the people to consult because they are not in the spot light like athletes are. I think that athletes and coaches are the only people who truly know how it feels to become angry because of how poorly one performed. I think that there are more important reasons to look at when seeing why athletes become angry.
Ritter does not mention the camaraderie that comes with team sports. When we see star athletes fail they are angry not only with themselves, but also because they failed there teammates and even the city they represent. When a player lets down his or her team by not performing, he or she knows that they can end up causing serious problems to their team. This could cause star players to leave, or if it is the star player not performing, the bench players that do not have guaranteed contract can be let go because they do not play well with the star player on the team. Players can also become angry because they let their city or school down. Sometimes the pressure is not from playing in front of thousands of people; it is the pressure to not let the city or school down. Ritter mainly focuses on professional athletes and their anger issues, when really the anger in athletes starts when they begin to play their sport.
Another reason why I disagree with Ritter is because he fails to mention that some of these players are playing for their jobs. I think many people would get angry if they were fired for not performing well at their job. Not all players are angry just because they did not perform, they are angry because they know that they can lose the job they have that supports their family. Some athletes are playing for their next pay check and not performing up to their standard will lead to them having to give up their passion.

Eric Soong

In "Athletes and anger: When the passion boils over" Malcolm Ritter claims that the pressure of winning and losing is making anger management a important issue within sport players and I have the exact same opinion. I agree that working in a intense environment of either succeed or fail will produce pressure and make people testy because my experience as a gamer competing in the e-sport environment completely confirms it. I play video game professionally by practicing regularly and competing in tournaments for the prize. The pressure of working as a professional gamer is very similar to working as an athlete; for example, there is only either succeed or fail and there is no gray area. Every single mistake that one made will be enlarged by the camera and it can really create heavy pressure for a player. There is only so much pressure that one can take and becoming angry seems to be the easiest way to let this pressure out if one does not think carefully and through. Being able to think through and manage the anger rather than getting controlled by it makes the difference between a successful gamer and a fail one. The game I play is named League of Legends and it is a very competitive game that require one to understand and utilize all kinds of strategy. The funny fact is that in almost every single great League of Legends strategy guide written by the professional player has a chapter that has nothing to deal with the game itself in it - anger management; as a matter of fact, it has become a common sense in my industry that one failed to manage their anger will never success because the emotion will affect their thinking and they are more likely to make the wrong move when it comes to important decision making.

Eric Soong


1. I believe that it was the correct choice for Malcolm Ritter to interview the psychologists instead of the athletes for his article because it can be very hard to speak completely fair with no partiality. The athletes and coaches will most likely say whatever makes themselves look the best if they were interviewed. The article would be not as convincing if the author include interviews from the athletes and coaches.

2. I believe that violent outbursts of professional athletes are completely unnecessary and should not even occur at all since there is always a better solution then hurting someone. I remember slamming the door in an argument with my brother when I was a child and it was never helpful for the situation. My parents taught me that there were better ways to release my anger such as eating, and this is why I absolutely agree when Ritter cites sports psychologist Mitch Abrams' assertion that anger can be diverted to more constructive activities.

3. Professional athletes do have more violent tempers than other people because the heavy pressure in their working environment. I have the same opinion with Jonathan Katz when he claims that "we tend to tolerate bad behavior on the part of people who excel" because the Kobe Bryant raping incident that just happened few years ago was the best proof. William Moller's argument of the society putting the athletes pedestals has no real conflict with Katz's statement. Society judge the athletes' behavior more harshly then its own but at the same time we forgive and tolerate them easily.
4. I think locker room journalism is definitely intrusive since it is invading not only the player's private space but also personal emotion; however, it should not be banned because the true feeling from the player is what the audience expected. Even though it is very harsh for a player to talk about their lose right after it just happened, I believe the player should take it as a challenge to make himself stronger mentally.

Blake Dawson- PHIL 114

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Posted by: Shaqwaha Barnes- Graham | 06/11/2012 at 08:37 AM
Posted by: Robert Rushton | 09/09/2012 at 04:12 PM
Posted by: Mitch Brown | 09/12/2012 at 10:20 PM
Posted by: Eric Soong | 05/15/2013 at 09:50 AM

Athletes are certainly more predisposed to fits of aggression than ordinary people. Consider that the way behavior is facilitated is either internal or external (invert or extrovert). Also keep in mind that athletes operate on a physiological and psychological scale, far more demanding than those who do not receive adrenaline boosts on a regular basis. Explosivity and aggression are nurtured characteristics, by that alone you promote a scenario response relative to that mindset. The average person likely forgets what it felt like to lose growing up. We have ingratiated into our biology; a thirst for competition. A desire to prove dominance, attract mates, and promote "success"; however it is to be measured. As we age, our concerns deviate to our jobs; which then essentially takes the place of competition in the "working" world. For those whose scope of competition has never deviated from the courts or the fields however, what does that entail? Can you really judge them in an unbiased manner from within your cubical and profess to know their given circumstances? Athletes will always trend toward a more aggressive outlook relative to the general populace; it is inherent nature.

Lozano, Brian

If somebody were to go around saying that they have never been angry before others would look at them as crazy, or simply as a liar. Anger is a normal human emotion that at times can get the better of people. Professional athletes are constantly in the spotlight being watched by millions of people, so when their anger gets the best of them many people see it. The masses are so quick to judge professional athletes that they forget that most of the time the same thing happens to them at times. Many average people throughout the world purposely commit self-harm on a daily basis due to anger; but if an athlete accidentally hurts himself out of anger the media blows it out of proportion. Athletes commit their lives to their sports so for them to make a mistake can be very frustrating, even up to the point where they take out their anger on something. Having millions of eyes constantly watching can add tremendous pressure to any situation, so to not perform well can send any person over the edge. It would be understandable for the media to write a long story about anger in sports if an athlete were to hit a teammate out of anger or abuse towards loved ones at home; but not about hitting a water cooler, breaking a baseball bat, or throwing a football helmet on the sideline. There is a great amount of pressure on these athletes’ shoulders to perform well, and fans are so quick to judge an athlete that does not perform up to their unrealistic standards. Ritter mentions a few big names that have hurt themselves out of anger in professional sports, but fails to mention the hundreds of names who control their anger on a daily basis and succeed in their respective sports. This is a perfect example of how the media blows a small situation of the water. When the sports media has nothing to report they begin to analyze every decision that athletes make.

Lozano, Brian

If somebody were to go around saying that they have never been angry before others would look at them as crazy, or simply as a liar. Anger is a normal human emotion that at times can get the better of people. Professional athletes are constantly in the spotlight being watched by millions of people, so when their anger gets the best of them many people see it. The masses are so quick to judge professional athletes that they forget that most of the time the same thing happens to them at times. Many average people throughout the world purposely commit self-harm on a daily basis due to anger; but if an athlete accidentally hurts himself out of anger the media blows it out of proportion. Athletes commit their lives to their sports so for them to make a mistake can be very frustrating, even up to the point where they take out their anger on something. Having millions of eyes constantly watching can add tremendous pressure to any situation, so to not perform well can send any person over the edge. It would be understandable for the media to write a long story about anger in sports if an athlete were to hit a teammate out of anger or abuse towards loved ones at home; but not about hitting a water cooler, breaking a baseball bat, or throwing a football helmet on the sideline. There is a great amount of pressure on these athletes’ shoulders to perform well, and fans are so quick to judge an athlete that does not perform up to their unrealistic standards. Ritter mentions a few big names that have hurt themselves out of anger in professional sports, but fails to mention the hundreds of names who control their anger on a daily basis and succeed in their respective sports. This is a perfect example of how the media blows a small situation of the water. When the sports media has nothing to report they begin to analyze every decision that athletes make.

Nunez, Karla

In “Athletes and Anger: When the Passion Boils Over”, I agree with Ritter because as an athlete I personally know how upset an athlete can get when they do not get the results they wanted or wished for. There is so much pressure in every player to try their best since they do not want to let their teammates down and when their performance is not what they wanted it can make an athlete angry—most of the times at themselves. They train everyday one way or another whether it is on their sport, their arms, legs, or abs to increase their strength and endurance, therefore to not get the results they wanted can be very upsetting and disappointing. To make the situation of not doing their best worse an athlete has to deal with the disappointment while knowing that if they would have done something in their performance differently it could have benefited their team. With all that pressure an athlete is in it can result in not being able to control their anger, but an athlete should not let that affect their performance. When an athlete uses their anger in a sport as motivation it can have a positive result (get great results); however, when an athlete lets his anger affect the way he thinks or plays that is when being angry has a negative affect—this is typically when an athletes make a wrong decision.
An athlete dedicates time to improve or achieve a certain goal in their sport , so it is normal for them to be furious when they make a mistake. Most people would get angry if they made a mistake on something that they dedicate their time to improve—I assume. Besides people in general sometimes get angry and sometimes it makes them hurt themselves or break something just like the athletes that Ritter stated in his article. It is no surprise that with all that pressure an athlete would get angry especially when millions, if not more, people are watching them with certain expectations that they want the athlete or team to do.

Briana Oropeza

In the article “Athletes and Anger: When the passion boils over” many athletes came into my thoughts because of the things that had been discussed. I do not agree with the saying that the anger is okay as long as it is not hurting anyone, because that is not what is used in other work areas. So I asked myself why it would be fair for an athlete to go by such circumstances. For example, when John Lackey played for the Angels after a bad inning or someone got a home run off of him immediately after would be foul language that whoever was watching closely would be able to notice. If John Lackey was a lawyer and went into to court, and after not winning a case would say bad language would it pass as easily as it does on the baseball field? Another player I would like to use for example is Josh Hamilton when Hamilton started the season as an Angel he had high expectations that were not being met as much as I am sure how upset he was he managed to maintain composer and continue on with his routine. Not once have I seen him throw a bat, throw his helmet, throw the water jug, or even get into arguments with a coach which has been done by others. In the article, it also states that because of a more intense environment this is what challenges these athletes to control themselves. To me this is basically giving an athlete an excuse to behave in a certain way that is not appropriate, but because of an excuse already made for them it would be considered acceptable. This kind of behavior is not expectable for any kind of work environment, and these athletes that are playing this is their job and in some cases it can be lost if they are unable to maintain themselves.

Bryan Ortega

I think Malcolm Ritter had everything exactly right in his article “Athletes and anger: When passion boils over.” Every athlete that plays a sport is under a huge amount of pressure. Not only to win for their city but just to win for themselves. Athletes devote their entire life to their sport. They spend countless hours at the gym, with their coaches, and with their teammates. If someone is to put their whole entire day, day after day, into a sport, would they not want to win? Would it not upset the person if they feel they put all that effort into nothing? I have been playing football for about four years now. I have never been on a winning team. I was always angry after a game because the wins and loses mattered to the fans and how they looked at us. Not to mention I felt like all the practice and hard work I did was for nothing. I could not imagine how a pro athlete would feel. That is why I understand how sometimes the anger just takes over and they do things they would not normally do. It is ok for athletes to show their anger but they just cannot let it control them. Punching a wall or breaking a chair I think is acceptable. Everyone has gotten to that point sometime in their life. Anger is normal. However, punching a person or yelling at a referee is a whole different story. That is when the athlete has lost control of their anger and needs to calm down. Anger is a part of life and it can be helpful in some situations. Athletes just need to learn how to show it and they should learn where to show it and where not to show it. Athletes just show how much they love the sport through their anger.

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