I had a sports psychologist professor in university who specialized in sports aggression. I wonder what he would say about the BYU ladies’ soccer game against the University of New Mexico on Nov. 5, 2009.
I played a lot of high school sports and college basketball. I’ve seen a lot of aggressive play, but nothing I experienced comes close to what happened during this soccer game.
BYU’s Carly Payne had a slugfest with NM’s Elizabeth Lambert. During the game Lambert moved in close behind Payne. Payne did not take kindly to Lambert being on her back so she gave Lambert a subtle no-look, reverse Bruce Lee elbow punch. Lambert responded with a Karate blow to the back.
During another play while Payne was chasing the ball, Lambert came in from behind with a “You’re going down, sucker!” slide check.
During another play Lambert delivered a Kung Fu sideways punch to Payne’s face. Nasty.
And just to prove that Lambert was taking on all comers, she took down BYU’s Cassidy Shumway by yanking on her pony tail.
I know what my sports psychology professor would say. He would invoke the Frustration-Aggression Hypothesis, which is that people get aggressive when they are frustrated from reaching a goal (BYU was winning during all this). Then he would say, “Where was the referee?!” The ref made no calls during these rough plays. Fortunately the league did not miss the rough play. It suspended Lambert indefinitely. Hopefully she will learn her lesson and return a better player.
Now that you’ve seen the still shots, watch the full video.
Announcer: Welcome ladies and gentlemen to America’s favorite game show - Name that Organization! That’s right folks, Name that Organization is the game everryybooodyy loves to play!
In this game show contestants recieve clues about the identity of a mystery organization and then must guess the name of the organization.
(Announcer turns and points at you) Are you ready!? (You nod your head.)
OK – Here we go. Let’s play!
(Cheesy game show music playing)
(Lights dim and tense music plays)
Announcer: Ok contestant, the following are direct quotes from the mystery organization. These quotes express core beliefs held by the organization.
Clue 1. This movement claims that “reliable knowledge is best obtained when we query nature using the scientific method.”
Clue 2. This movement believes that “human values should express a commitment to improve human welfare in this world.”
Clue 3. This movement is trying “to encourage, wherever possible, the growth of moral awareness.”
Announcer: Sssounds pretty good, doesn’t it!? Ok, contestant, name that organization.
(Sound of ticking clock)
Announcer: What do you think? (You shake your head.) Can’t decide yet, huh? OK, here are your next three clues. These are affirmations embraced by the mystery organization.
Clue 4. “We believe in optimism rather than pessimism, hope rather than despair, learning in the place of dogma, truth instead of ignorance, joy rather than guilt . . ., tolerance in the place of fear, love instead of hatred, compassion over selfishness, beauty instead of ugliness, and reason rather than . . . irrationality.”
Clue 5. “We believe in supporting the disadvantaged and the handicapped so that they will be able to help themselves.”
Clue 6. “We believe in the common moral decencies: altruism, integrity, honesty, truthfulness, responsibility.”
Announcer: Wow! Those sound great! Okay contestant, lock in you answer using the key pad.
(You lock in your vote by entering three letters: B – Y – U)
Announcer: (Turning to the audience) Ladies and gentlemen, our contestant has locked in his/her vote. Now we we will present three more beliefs held by the same organization and then poll the audience on the identity of the mystery organization.
Clue 7. “We reject the divinity of Jesus, the divine mission of Moses, Mohammed, and other latter day prophets and saints of the various sects and denominations.”
Clue 8. “[We] place trust in human intelligence rather than in divine guidance.”
Clue9. “[We] reject the idea that God has intervened miraculously in history or revealed himself to a chosen few or that he can save or redeem sinners. . . . [and] that men and women are free and are responsible for their own destinies and that they cannot look toward some transcendent Being for salvation.”
Announcer: Okay audience, using your key pad, please lock in your vote on the identity of the mystery organization.
Announcer (pointing to large screen): Alright folks, we see that after the first six clues the contestant’s guess was . . . “BYU” (audience laughs). Okay, contestant - you have the option of keeping your answer or trading it for the audience’s answer. Do you want to trade? Deal or No Deal?
(Sound of ticking clock. You nod your head)
Announcer: (Turning to audience) Ladies and gentlemen, our contestant had decided to trade his/her response for your response! (Audience applauds.) Let’s look at the audience’s answer in our audience poll. (Pointing to the screen). Survey said . . . !
The Council for Secular Humanism!
(Sound of bells ringing and sirens.)
Announcer: That is correct!
You win, contestant! Thanks for playing, everyone. We’ll see you next time on . . . (audience shouts in unison) “Name that Organization!”