Trash talking is part of sports. Competition would simply not be as much fun without good-natured ribbing and teasing.
At my former place of employment, two of my “superiors” were Chicago Bears’ fans and I am a diehard Dolphins’ fan. We enjoyed some good natured ribbing and teasing, even when the losses hurt.
Even if you never purchase Chicago Bears’ tickets, or Miami Dolphin tickets, or any tickets of your favorite pro or college team, even if you only make it to the local high school football field, even if you get no further than the jr. pee-wee pop warner game on Saturday morning, or even if you don’t make off your Sunday afternoon couch…you will hear trash talking.
And you may even contribute to the conversation.
If you do, here’s the rules to keep the Trash Talk proper:
1. Keep it clean. No explanation needed.
2. Keep it impersonal. No personal attacks on players or fans or coaches. No talking bad about someone’s mama or how some idiot blankety blank coach doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Or how that stupid kid can’t catch worth a darn.
3. Keep it cool (and sober!) Even positive trash talk can get over-heated and turn into a brawl. Say it with a smile and accept it with a smile.
4. Keep it fun. Teasing, joking, fun pranks, it’s all good. Vandalism, cruel taunting, hateful speech, NOT GOOD.
5. Keep it in it’s own place. And that place is when you’re talking about the game. Don’t let your team loyalties hurt a friendship or even a marriage.
I married a man who hated the Dolphins and now, 29 years later, he loves them—you never know what will happen when the trash talking stays sweet.