A Cheating Tiger!

fourthandinchesYeah, I knew a title like that would get your attention!  The world just can’t get enough of this sad story.  Obviously, the damage to his family is just devastating. And many are also wondering what impact all this will have on his future in golf.

What about cheating in our small world?  In many ways it is like a big family. Of course it pales in comparison to the apparent infidelity that has been on every front page and a part of every lead sports story these days.

The of fudging a little extra weight on a player, claiming a ball carrier was not touched when he was, saying a pass was incomplete when it did hit the receiver.  These are just a few examples of things I have seen in games during the past few years. Obviously, the immediate impact of disagreement can set a sour tone for the remainder of a game – in fact I have seen it force some coaches to simply walk away from the situation – ending the game.

But the far reaching impact of this kind of behavior can negatively impact the future of our game.  It certainly can create a situation where individuals don’t want to play specific coaches causing them to avoid tournaments or leagues. And many guys will not even consider acting as a referee for any game because of previous negative experiences.  So the question I put to you is how should coaches consistently acting in this manner be dealt with?  Whether in a league or a tournament – I await your thoughts?

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  1. Michael Winegarden- gridiron painter says:

    This is a problem in every for of gaming, whether computer or table top. What other games have come up with is having three parts to the ranking (at least in tournaments). First is the win or points ranking, second is the aesthetic ranking for quality of models, and third is a sportsmanship. I have seen the overall winner not win a tournament due to poor sportsmanship. Of course that person is likely to get mad, but it becomes more domocratic that way. This system leads to better models, as well as eventually better sportsmanship.

    Michael

  2. Lynn says:

    I’m so out of it, I thought this was about Missouri Tigers football…LOL

  3. hello and good-bye says:

    I’ve been playing in the BEFL for several seasons now,and i’ve learned that cheating comes in various forms. Some coaches start-out having a gentlemens game,and when you score first they try to speed-up the play. Then you have some coaches that will have their cronies ref their games and made bogus calls. The wins and losses aren’t decided by the the play on the field,it’s decided mostly by calls on the field.Can you imagine playing a game and your opponent misses the fg and the ref says he missed. The coach then says these three magical words “Are you sure?” Then the looks up at you and say,The angle i had was bad you’re right the kick was good.I’m not saying that the league is bad and we have some great coaches,but we have some cheaters too. I’ve been on this website and it’s funny that nobody is saying anything. I know it’s just not in our league. As far as answering your question coaches should pay fines and if it continue BAR THEM FROM THE LEAGUE. GET TOUGH COMMISH SO THE LEAGUE CAN GROW AND GET THE RESPECT THAT (SOME) OF THE COACHES DESERVE. RESPECT IS EARNED, NOT GIVEN.

  4. eflfanatic says:

    Quotes from several league and tournament rule sets

    “CONDUCT: We will grant very limited concessions for inappropriate behavior and no concessions will be granted for cheaters. Everyone is expected to conduct themselves in an orderly fashion during the event. ANYONE who causes or engages in inappropriate and/or unsportsmanlike behavior will be warned ONCE. Any one committing a second offense WILL be removed from the event and will be banned from future events, for an as of yet, undetermined period of time. Anyone caught blatantly cheating or attempting to cheat under this format will NOT receive ANY warnings. Cheaters will be immediately removed from the event, WITHOUT a refund, and WILL be banned from future events FOREVER! Any blatantly illegal equipment found during or after check-in will be confiscated and will NOT be returned. Such equipment will be documented, including pictures, and posted as evidence for public knowledge.” Buzzball Tournament Rules / Buzzball World Championship IX – As posted in the RULES WORLD section of the MFCA FORUM under Buzzball Rules in the thread entitled “Buzzfest 9 Rules” on 2/25/2009.

    “CONDUCT: The main purpose of this league is to provide good Christian fellowship through the game of electric football. Each coach should keep this in mind when playing in these events. Everyone is expected to conduct themselves in an orderly fashion during the event. ANYONE who causes or engages in inappropriate and/or unsportsmanlike behavior will be warned ONCE. Any one committing a second offense WILL be banned from the league. Anyone caught cheating will be banned from the league” Dixie League 2009 Rules of Play.

    “CONDUCT: We will grant very limited concessions for inappropriate behavior and no concessions will be granted for cheaters. Everyone is expected to conduct themselves in an orderly fashion during the event. ANYONE who causes or engages in inappropriate and/or unsportsmanlike behavior will be warned ONCE. Any one committing a second offense WILL be removed from the event and will be banned from future events, for an as of yet, undetermined period of time. Anyone caught blatantly cheating or attempting to cheat under this format will NOT receive ANY warnings. Cheaters will be immediately removed from the event, WITHOUT a refund, and WILL be banned from future events FOREVER! Any blatantly illegal equipment found during or after check-in will be confiscated and will NOT be returned. Such equipment will be documented, including pictures, and posted as evidence for public knowledge.

    • Unsportsmanlike Conduct – 15 yards from LOS + warning. Repeated acts will cause you to get tossed out on your keister! We are here for fun. Please behave accordingly.” The Official 2007 Seawall Brawl: Once and For All Rules

    “Disciplinary Action: Coaches who disrupt the good order of the series by failing to follow league rules, striking, or insubordination of league officers/referees will be dismissed by the Commissioner for a period of two years and forfeiting all fees paid to the administration” 2009 College Bowl Series of Miniature Football Rulebook, 1st Edition.

    “COOL RULE (Unsportsmanlike)
    If you as a coach loose your cool:
    1. The first time is a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty.
    2. The second time a player of your opponent’s choice is ejected from the game.
    3. The third time, the game is over and forfeited to your opponent and a $5 fine is assessed. Fine is to be collected before your next game.
    …There is to be no shouting, cussing, or taunting of opponents / referee directly or indirectly to anyone else… Any physical confrontations where you have to be held back, punches are thrown, unacceptable verbal attacks, damaging property of a coach or the facility etc., will result in expulsion from the league. Each coach (not the league) is held responsible for any personal damage they may cause.” PEFL Official Rules “98”

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