Sportsmanship is far more important than wins or losses
While some were busy posting videos of Germany's 7-1 victory over Brazil to porn sites, with videos titled "Young Brazilians get f***ed by entire German Soccer Team," one Brazilian spectator displayed the utmost of sportsmanship.
His name is Clovis Fernandes, and he's the self-proclaimed 12th player for the Brazil national team, according to an interview with FIFATV.
Following the German-Brazil blowout soccer match, the internet has been abuzz with images of Fernandes.
During the soccer match photographers captured Fernandes clutching a World Cup replica and looking on in deep sorrow. Then, later, a smiling Fernandes was spotted handing his prized possession away to a German fan.
Rumor has it, he had these words to say: "Take it to the final! As you can see, it is not easy, but you deserve it, congratulations!" according to the Independent.
Fernandes' display of sportsmanship is exactly the reason why sports have been played for thousands of years and will continue to be played for thousands more.
Sports have a near-immortal stature because they transcend all differences and borders; they are a testament to the achievements of human ability, not those of a nations, races or genders.
Sure, we identify with the teams of our colleges, our cities and our nations, but when we, as spectators, act in bitterness and spite after our team's loss, we become petty and make sports all the less enjoyable and all the less uniting.
Sports are more than wins and losses. Sports are enjoyable for what occurs during the match itself, with all the skill, strength, luck and cleverness that are displayed.
When Fernandes gave away that which signified his love for the Brazil national team and wished the best for those whose team beat his, it was a moment of sports transcending the petty squabbles and shining through as a testament to the human.