Anger can be a good tool in the sports toolbox. Players can use anger to forge through a difficult time, gather up more energy or power to the end of a game. Anger becomes a problem when the negative effects outweigh the positive ones.
Some negative effects of anger:
- Causing injury to yourself or opponent.
- Decreasing performance output.
- Reflecting poorly on you and/or your teammates.
- Losing a game or match.
Ben’s performance sets the standards for anger meltdowns in a team sport. I wish there was an award, but you’ll have to settle for the, well, display in the penalty box.Read reviews of real products and movies. No fake stuff.
How could Ben have handled his anger problem effectively?
Acceptance – He could accept the Sharks are outmatched against the Canucks.
Removal – He could remove himself from the situation, though being sent to the penalty box for a fight doesn’t count and defeats the purpose.
Self-control – Catch yourself before you make an outburst or a threatening action toward the opposing goalie.
Grow up – Realize that your selfish actions cause your teammates to suffer.
The Sharks have no chance of coming back and winning this series.