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Are Brazilian fans poor sports?
Wed, July 18, 2007

The Brazilian fans at the Pan American Games sure love to root, root, root for the home team and good on them for that. But they may have crossed the line yesterday when they cheered mistakes by Canadian athletes Sue Nattrass and Peng Peng Lee.

"To cheer for their own shooter when they hit the target, which we don't often see in our sport, is one thing," Nattrass said in an interview on her bus ride back to the athletes' village. "But to cheer when the other shooters miss is just wrong. It's poor etiquette."

Is this fair game, or did the Brazilians show poor sportsmanship?

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To me this is the same as fans booing the opposite team which happens almost every game in North America sports, so they cheer when you miss..... that's life, get over it.

PS: BUT I will be against fans cheering when a player is injury, specially if he is serious injure.
Joe, 2007-07-21 01:31:53

I think its more of a case of the unawareness of fans. The Pan-Am Games, as do most other multi-sport games, attract crowds that aren't necessarily "sport-savvy". The Games are more of a novelty to the locals.

As such, there are likely many soccer fans in attendance at the gymnastics and shooting venues in Sao Paolo, similar to how the 1976 Olympics attracted a hockey crowd in Montreal. What the uninitiated fans don't appreciate, is that its not appropriate to make overt displays of Schaudenfraude, when a 14 year-old girl from another country falls off the balance beam. A soccer games is different, as is a professional hockey or football game. The fans are expected to "ride" the players on the other team.

It isn't malicious, its just uneducated, and has nothing to do with the crowds being Brazilian, as opposed to Canadian. Different sports have different levels of expectation from their respective crowds.
Rich Gelder, 2007-07-19 21:15:04

Read above. They didn't boo. They cheered when canada missed. Apperently thats bad. I wouldn't know that. I cheer when the opponent misses the net. I guess its like golf? I have a problem with 56 year old athletes. Why is shooting at the pan am games. I as a fan wouldn't want to annoy a competitor with a loaded gun.
wayne, 2007-07-18 16:01:34

It is a definite display of poor sportsmanship. Regardless of who has done what in the past, regardless of the patriotism or home team pride, and certainly regardless of political patronage it is highly improper to boo; or to cheer mistakes by the opposition.

Booing has become rather commonplace in today's sports world, but should be heralded as poor sportsmanship. Chris Pronger, for example does not need to be booed ever single time he touches the puck. Alex Rodriguez does not need to be booed every time he is involved in a play - regardless of his past antics. Plain and simple - it is poor sportsmanship. As is this situation in Brazil.
Steve, 2007-07-18 14:32:09

One of the people complaining about the booing took the gold medal for shooting. However I don't feel that they are poor sports just for that reason. I remember going to many a hockey games where when the other team came on the Ice you could no longer hear the announcer because the booing was so loud, or even when the other team scores a goal or makes a huge check.
dwain, 2007-07-18 14:27:18

Yes, it's poor etiquette, but if you really think the "Games" are about sport, or sportsmanship, give your head a shake. They are a "friendly" war! It's all about profit, gambling, waving the flag, winning at any cost, being the best at something, . . . anything! Last time I checked sport, and sportsmanship was about physical, mental, and emotional health, comradery, developing friendships, and an appreciation for other cultures. From the instant that governments, media, gamblers, and promoters get involved, the sportsmanship gets buried. Too bad. I think the athletes, for the most part, are focused in the right place; its the fans who need a time out. I think the ancient Greeks were smarter than we are; they abandoned the "Games." The Romans, on the other hand, let it get out of hand, and most historians agree it contributed greatly to their ultimate demise.
Roy, 2007-07-18 13:38:00

Like we are any better. I remember a US kids hockey team coming to play in a tournament in Canada and getting booed because of their presidents foreign policy. So they cheered, how often do they get fans to shooting, like any one knows when your supposed to cheer or not cheer. Sounds like our "ATHLETES" (ya shooting and athletes, why is it even in the games) our sour because they lost
wayne, 2007-07-18 13:27:35

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