Thursday, April 23, 2015
Statement Analysis, Deception, Denials, and Sports
I like reliable denials. I also like examples from all walks of life that allow for Statement Analysis to be taught. I may sound like a broken record (uh, what exactly is a broken record, old guy?), but training in Statement Analysis must be repetitive so that dulled life long listening habits can be reversed.
Cheating to win is not sportsmanlike and a victory that came from cheating is not a victory worth celebrating. Does this statement make me antiquated?
Take a look at this video:
Reliable Denials (RD) consist of three components. If there are only two, or more than three, the denial is no longer "reliable." If any of these three components are altered, the denial is no longer to be taken as reliable, in as far as deception detection is concerned.
This makes me "old school" and certainly no fan of the ESPN Sports Center highlight films in which athletes display unsportsmanlike behavior for the camera, while agents insists that these 20 second clips translate into hundreds of thousands of dollars for their clients...and themselves.
Hockey has recognized the element in cheating of unsportsmanlike conduct when a player feigns being injured in order to gain an advantage.
It is deceptive behavior and it is cheating.
For the old school, it is unmanly behavior.
Here is a video from last night's Rangers-Penguins game where a known cheater (history of "diving") feigns injury where he skates to the bench, and the captain, Sidney Crosby, covers the smile on his face. Crosby, one of the most talented players, is often the target of hatred throughout the league for his history of diving. Commonly questioned, but never answered is this:
Why would someone of such immense talent want to win by cheating?
This is often coupled with, "Yeah, but wouldn't you love to have Crosby on your team?"
I would, but he'd have to stop the diving and whining. In one NHL poll of players only, he was voted the most "whining" player in the league, by such an immense percentage, that taken all the other vote getters in the poll collectively still did not reach Crosby's level.
This was a poll by his peers; not partisan fans.
In high school, I was impressed when a classmate openly admitted cheating on an exam and took a "zero", even though he had not been caught. His conscience, overnight, compelled him to the confession.
Below is a video from last night, but in the spirit of fairness, there are also quotes from two New York Rangers who were called for diving in the same game.
2014, the Rangers were called for diving only twice. This made me glad, but here, in one playoff game, they were called for it twice.
Was it, as claimed, a reaction to the screaming of the Flyer's coach at the refs, insisting that the refs be "on their guard for diving" by a Ranger team that had only taken 2 such penalties all season?
It's what I'd like to think.
Statement Analysis, however, often changes my mind.
"I did not dive" is simple, straight forward and reliable. "I did not embellish" is another simple reliable denial.
We need to hear:
I. the pronoun "I"
II the past tense "did not" or "didn't"
III the allegation specifically mentioned "diving", or "embellished"
Let's let the two New York Rangers speak for themselves:
In 2015, if the Stanley Cup was won because of cheating, as in diving, I would not be able to celebrate it. When I was a boy, cheating was considered "anathema" yet if you do an internet search on "diving in hockey", you will not find my opinion shared by many players, many sportswriters, and many fans.
A few years ago, Philadelphia Flyer fans often wrote about how they felt that the NHL, a mega business with millions of dollars constantly at stake, was unjustly favoring the NHL's marquee name, "Sidney Crosby" so that ownership could sell more tickets, city after city, and sell more jerseys, and even raise commercial rates for television.
Sifting through juvenile and partisan comments, and watching video reviews indicated that the complaints were justified. Bizarre events such as Crosby "slew-footing" a player to the ice only to find the player, himself, called for a penalty, only increased the anger towards the player many called "pampered" and "spoiled brat." Even Canada's own Don Cherry went public in demanding Crosby stop diving and the "head bobbing" which was then met with a 15 second delay imposed upon him, reminding even the old schoolers: this is a business first, and a sport, second.
Since that time, Crosby's own behavior, particularly his now famous "head bobs" as well as his screaming at refs, harmed the owners' expectation of sales in that Crosby's reputation has caused him to be despised in city after city, while neglected stars that are not promoted, such as Steven Stamkos and Alexi Ovetchkin, like the Gretzsky's of yesteryear, are cheered.
It would appear that NHL preferential treatment has diminished, as have fans' complaints, in the past few seasons.
Do you find this to be so?
Hockey fans are pretty rough, but the video has much to show. I could not find a compilation without music or commentary, but this one is the 'tamest' of them all.