Sports have turned into a joke if passing on third and long at a certain point in the game has become unacceptable. Personally, I think we've been misusing the term "sportsmanship". In my view, "sportsmanship" occurs before and after the whistles. Sportsmanship IS not swearing or taunting other players. It's knocking a guy on his can, and then helping him up and saying "nice job". Sportsmanship IS NOT so-called "making an effort to not run up the score", just for the benefit of the other team. It's NOT, say, running on third and long simply so the other team won't feel bad. Maybe I'm viewed as hyper-competetive or even harsh, but if passing is what you do best in a certain situation, then do it. Teams and coaches should give their best effort in all situations. Personally, if I were playing, I'd be insulted if the other team didn't give me their best effort, whether that be stealing second with their fastest player late in the game or shooting numerous three-pointers in a blow-out. If you don't show up to play, then don't complain about the other team.
YES! I TOTALLY AGREE!