Behavior refers to conduct of an organism or system in relation to its environment. This also encompasses other organisms and systems around and also the physical environment. Therefore, we can say that behavior is the response or reaction of the organism or system to various inputs or stimuli whether external or internal, subconscious or conscious, covert or overt, involuntary or voluntary. Behavior is primarily controlled by the nervous system and endocrine system in human beings and people have got different types of behaviors especially when it comes to relating to one another. In this paper, I am trying to explain the relationship between the coaches, the referees and spectators from the opposing team, in a football sport, which I witnessed at Auraria University campus.
Football is one of the games which bring a lot of people together since it is played by eleven players in both sides and a referee who presides over the game with assistance from to other officials who are also known as second and third referees. During the game, the coaches stand besides one another in one side of the pitch. Also, there is a fourth official who restrains the coaches in case of any emotionality due to unfair judgment from the referee.
It was during a sporting event when I conducted a 60 minute behavioral observation of an interaction in a public forum at a Sporting event in Auraria University on a Saturday afternoon at the campus stadium. I was located in one side of the terraces in the stadium and so I could observe the events occurring at the stadium due to the fact that it was an ideal vantage point. I watched a high school football game of one of the undefeated team and that school had won a championship trophy a few years back. I observed the behavior of its coach at the pitch on how he behaved. During the game, the coach spent a lot of time lamenting at officials due to poor refereeing. I had an opportunity to observe him after the game when the official walked out of the pitch. The coach yelled at the ref but the ref did not want anything to do with him. After a moment, the coach told the ref that he had something personal against his team and that everything was clear in his judgment. The coach forced him to apologize but the referee said in retaliation that, he had no reason to apologize to him and that he would not waste his time arguing with him since his team had lost fairly. The last thing that the coach told the referee before walking out of the pitch was that they were human beings and in that case they deserved to be listened to as well as treated fairly. The coach was up in arms against the referee because the referee had allowed the two off side goals that they had conceded despite the fact that the second referee had raised a flag indicating that both goals were scored from off side angles. The coach did not give the official that same benefit of doubt during the game. I also observed the Television commentators when they praised the same coach for behaving to the ref during a school’s football game. But truth remains that there is a distinct line of a coach or a team manager in that matter standing up to defend his players and also being a jerk. It seems more like coaches are always falling on wrong side of that line and that behavior also translates direct to the fans in the terraces.
From that incident, I leant that everybody believes that he or she is right in whatever they do. Even if the coach knew the right channel of launching claims, he still went ahead and harassed the ref. Literary; he was right because even if he followed the right channel, nothing could be reversed since the referee’s decision is final. Even if discipline is the key word in the world of soccer, sometimes it comes later and bearing in mind that there is long history of how fans antagonize the officials and even their own players who squander chances in any sporting event but I must acknowledge that the spectators do know how to play the game better than the players themselves. The fans do believe that they are the best judges and they always know what the player could have done in order to score or not to lose the ball to the opponents.