SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Good sportsmanship needed at all levels

Published: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 02:47 PM.

At every district tournament or Florida High School Athletic Association-sanctioned state playoff game, an announcement is made to let good sportsmanship show.

It's too bad that announcement isn't made at regular-season games.

Sportsmanship takes on many forms including fans' reactions, officials' calls, the way coaches coach a game and players play a game, and how  players treat their opponents.

I was watching the National Football League playoff game between the San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers on Sunday when 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick mocked Carolina quarterback Cam Newton's touchdown celebration.

Any chances there were of me pulling for the 49ers in this week's game against Seattle went out the window with Kaepernick's classless gesture.

I love the attitude of Emmitt Smith, the NFL's all-time leader in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. Smith, who scored 164 rushing touchdowns and another 11 receiving TDs, said, "Act like you've been there (in the end zone) before."

Smith never spiked the ball or did a fancy dance after a score. He simply handed the ball to the official and celebrated his score with his teammates.

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