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Is celebrating a blowout bad sportsmanship?

In their first game in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, the U.S. Women's National Team broke multiple records. At a score of 13-0, the U.S. pulverized their opponent, Thailand, in an epic blowout. Many took to Twitter to celebrate the incredible win for the USWNT, the reigning WWC champs, as did the team itself on the field. But others were hesitant, saying no matter the team and no matter the stakes, celebrating another team's massive defeat is just bad sportsmanship. What do you think?

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There's no question that any winning team deserves to celebrate, but where is the line? USA Today's Andrew Jospeh explains:

Like many sports, there are unwritten rules of decorum when it comes Playing The Game. Baseball players get upset about things like bat flips and bunting during no-hitters. In soccer, players generally subdue their reactions to goals in lopsided matches or against former clubs.

Excessive celebration, in many respects, is flagged on the actual court or field. Pointing, finger waving, and standing over opponents are all prohibited, and that's just when it comes to the written rules. As Joseph points out, athletes are expected to follow certain guidelines as well. 

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Some critics felt the U.S. Women's National Team was the latest offender in unsportsmanlike conduct, after players celebrated each of their 13 goals against Thailand like it was their first. The USWNT, the defending Women's World Cup champs, beat Thailand 13-0.

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But when it comes to the USWNT's latest celebration, there was no pointing or excessive gloating in sight, only pure joy as the team broke record after record with each individual goal. Furthermore, as USA Today's Nancy Armour points out, in a World Cup setting, goal differential is nearly as important as securing wins. 

"You don’t want to take your foot off the pedal because you want to respect the game and play through and play them as we would play anyone else," Kelley O'Hara said. "It is a tournament. Goal differential matters.

The USWNT are defending champs. If they don't come out with a bang, something is wrong. No one should hold back the team's celebration.

The Americans have a title to defend, and they're not about to apologize for the aggressive – and enthusiastic – manner in which they do it. If you don't like it, then stick to watching games in the park.
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Admonishing the USWNT for its celebration post-blowout is nothing more than sexism in sports on full display. If critics don't throw the flag at male teams when they pulverize others on the court, field, or pitch, they have no leg to stand on. 

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Is celebrating a blowout bad sportsmanship?
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