Maybe it’s cognitive science and a study of how the mind works?
Not sure about the locker room pep talk. Or, the determination on the mind of athletes and coaches. Or, what benefit there is in amateur sport in rubbing your opponents’ faces in a lopsided score?
The University of Guelph women’s rugby team is strong. People who know the OUA league, the game and the Gryphons program know that very well. The team is 5-0, won the past three league titles, outscored opponents 453-8 (that’s correct) this season and, for some reason, pounded York University 106-0 on Oct. 7. Guess the Mercy Rule was not working on that day or maybe Guelph was just getting a jump on Thanksgiving – for the talent on its roster.
I find it hard to believe that Guelph, or any university, would deliberately run up the score. Maybe something bizarre happened – like a complete meltdown by York, a team that now has a record of 1-5. Not sure. I wasn’t at the game. In fact, reports from both schools that usually occur on sports, for some reason, didn’t come on this game.
When is too much just that – too much?
Then again, is it greed or just pure sportsmanship?
Can coaches and players control what some people define as more than a game, but a humiliation.
The most lopsided score in university sports history is 222-0 in a football game. Georgia Tech beat Cumberland College of Tennessee by that score many years ago.
Cumberland also closed its football program.