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Win a game by more than five points… and you lose. This is the idiotic but predictable result of the “self-esteem” nonsense that has infected our country over the last 30 years.

Canada is especially ridiculous in regards to this but in America we aren’t far behind with so many of our “no score, you’re all winners, everybody gets a trophy just for breathing, self esteem is the highest priority” era.

For everyone who sees no harm in this emphasis on self esteem, let me ask you to do this: compare the morality, discipline, maturity, productivity and respect of children 50 years ago to children of today. I rest my case.

Folks, we are HANDICAPPING our kids. No one gives a rip about your kids self esteem except you and maybe your kid if they have been preached “self esteem” often enough.  “Real life” cares about: are you on time, did you work hard, did you produce, did you make it happen…?   And gasp…. DID YOU WIN?

Self esteem, self love, self focus, self forgiven, self, self, self has replaced humility, deference, selfLESSness, competition, self-denial and rewarding accomplishment.

The latter qualities built the greatest nation in the history of benevolence, achievement and production. That former is dismantling that same nation at record pace.

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Win a soccer game by more than five points and you lose, Ottawa league says


In yet another nod to the protection of fledgling self-esteem, an Ottawa children’s soccer league has introduced a rule that says any team that wins a game by more than five points will lose by default.

The Gloucester Dragons Recreational Soccer league’s newly implemented edict is intended to dissuade a runaway game in favour of sportsmanship. The rule replaces its five-point mercy regulation, whereby any points scored beyond a five-point differential would not be registered.

Paul Cholmsky, whose four- and six-year-old boys play in the league, said the intended goal of a default-lose rule might backfire in teaching life skills.

“If there’s one team that’s consistenly dominant and one team that’s not, well, that’s life,” he said.

Mr. Cale said the league’s 12-person board of directors is not trying to take the fun out of the game, they are simply trying to make it fair. The new rule, suggested by “involved parents,” is a temporary measure that will be replaced by a pre-season skill assessment to make fair teams.