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Do sports teach us to cheat?

Last week we asked:

Is there a link between the behavior in sports and the daily behavior of individuals?

88% YES

12% NO

Other comments:

>I believe there is a link but your basketball analogy is not part of it. The foul that you talk about is not a one-way thing. The team being fouled can stay ahead of this game by sinking free throws. It's the old risk-reward scenario. It's done in the open and there is no possibility of not getting caught and facing the consequences. The real link is in the boorish behavior by players and coaches that is tolerated by officials, fans and the media. And this crosses nearly every sport with a few exceptions like golf, skiing, and others.

>You are off the mark on this one. There are rules and consequences for fouls in basketball, both of which are exercised in the example you give, so you can't simultaneously call it cheating. And you still have to make baskets to win. The link would better be described by intentionally fouling someone yet hoping that you don't get caught (but in your situation players are hoping to get caught to stop the clock at the end of the game). If you foul and hope to not get caught, that would be a potential link with cheating and daily behavior.

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