Top Ten Things Not to Do When Playing Sports with Friends

Here is the 39th installment of Ten Top Lists of What Not to Do by Marie Ann Bailey of 1WriteWay at http://1writeway.com and John W. Howell of Fiction Favorites at http://johnwhowell.com. These lists are simu-published on our blogs each Monday. We hope you enjoy.

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Top Ten Things Not to do When Bowling, Golfing, Playing Tennis or Eight Ball with Friends

10. When playing sports with friends, do not laugh at a missed shot. If you do, at best, they may laugh at you in turn. At worst, you may be wearing an imbedded racket, club or bowling ball on your trip to the hospital.

9. When playing sports with friends, do not play doubles with your spouse as a partner. If you do, at best, you will have a small argument about the missed shot. At worst, you might just end up asking your friends for a marriage counselor recommendation before the game is over.

8. When playing sports with friends, do not try to adjust the score to make your team look better. If you do, at best, you will get caught and look foolish. At worst, you may just win as a result of cheating and will need to atone for your indiscretion someday.

7. When playing sports with friends, do not try to avoid paying your fair share of the expenses. If you do, at best, you will be eventually found out and will have to pay anyway. At worst, your friend s will figure out a way to stick you with a bill someday which will require a bank loan to cover.

6. When playing sports with friend, do not purposefully try to outspend them on equipment and clothing. If you do, at best, your play quality will need to match your clothing and equipment price. At worst, your friends will come to some conclusion about your self-esteem which may or may not be accurate.

5. When playing sports with friends, do not drink too much alcohol especially if you are playing mixed doubles. If you become over-served, at best, you may be the cause for the loss of the game. At worst, you may just lose all inhibitions and decide to tell your friends and spouse what you really think of their playing ability, which will make for a quiet ride home and bad morning after.

4. When playing sports with friends, do not come up with the idea to put money on the game. If you do, at best, you will only win a few dollars. At worst, you may lose a few friends.

3. When playing sports with friends, do not set yourself up as the rule cop. If you do, at best, everyone will get tired of your reminders. At worst, you may find yourself gagged and tied up on the twelfth green with a note to the grounds keeper to let you go if you promise not to say anything more about rules.

2. When playing sports with friends, do not be the one who decides which game to play. If you do, at best, you will be blamed if the events turn out badly. At worst, you might be forced into a role of peace keeper since everyone will assume the thing went badly because you suggested it.

1. When playing sports with friends, try to remember the purpose of the game is to have fun. If you don’t, at best, you will be miserable. At worst, all those around you will be miserable as well and may not want to play with you anymore.

19 comments

  1. Think guys are doomed on #9 no matter what. If you refuse your spouse as your partner, you’re probably going to get in trouble. Best to order flowers and chocolate beforehand.

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    1. True. I found the best way is to loudly announce the spouse is the better player of the two of you and it would be more fair to help the other side by loaning her to them. (then order the flowers and chocolate)

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      1. Smarter move than what I do. I remind her of what happened the last time and point out that I can’t afford another trip to the hospital.

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      2. Kirsten · ·

        Ha! That is brilliant John. Well played πŸ™‚

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      3. Thank you so much.

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  2. I think avoiding sports altogether is probably the best option. It is too dangerous.

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    1. I think you may be right. The danger is palatable.

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  3. Good morning, John. I avoid sports mainly because I am a klutz, but I’m also a bit competitive. I like to win so number 1 would my biggest challenge πŸ™‚

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    1. Good morning. I avoid sports as well. Tired of the ER visits.

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      1. Ha ha … my husband tried football in a high school for a couple of months. Told me he quit because he got tired coming home beat up and bruised πŸ™‚

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  4. I am not into many sports but I used to cheer lead for a football tam. Never wanted to play though. But my kids played everything from t-ball to soccer.

    I hate game cops though in just about any sport. Any and especially from the sidelines…people who never played the games but can tell everyone else how it’s done.

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    1. I used to be married to a game cop. Drove me nuts.

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  5. Ah, John, like many I avoid sports, just for the reasons listed above of course… πŸ™‚ and for no other reason at all I can think of. x 😎

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  6. #2 I’ll happily play any game. Cards, anyone?

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    1. LOL.

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  7. Kirsten · ·

    I love when you all do these πŸ™‚ It is no fun when no one wants to play with you anymore. I also learned that if I am better in a sport than my husband (well ex now – nothing to with playing sports :-)) it is best to pretend to be worse!!

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    1. There are reasons exs are exs and usually for the best.

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      1. Kirsten · ·

        Lol…exactly! He couldn’t handle my wicked two handed tennis backhand! πŸ™‚

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