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Watch high school water polo player's not-cool reaction to loss

May 07, 2013|By Chuck Schilken

Ah, the postgame handshake line. What a great tradition in youth and high school sports.

It's the perfect opportunity to show that no matter how intense things got in the heat of battle that it was really just a game, there's no hard feelings and the important thing is that everyone had fun.

Or is it the perfect opportunity to get one last cheap shot in on your opponent?

A high school water polo player from South Florida chose the latter route after his team lost in a state championship game late last month, and his actions were captured in a video that has gotten nearly 2.7 million views on YouTube.

Check it out above. Following Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas' 13-10 victory over Miami Belen Jesuit school, the two teams were going through the traditional postgame ritual when one sore loser stuck out his elbow and sent an Aquinas player flying into the pool.

I love how the Belen kid tries to play it so cool, just casually continuing in the line as if he hadn't done a thing. But some Aquinas players noticed, and a lot of pushing and shoving ensues.

Luckily, order was quickly restored and, according to the Miami Herald, several Belen players came to the St. Thomas side of the pool deck to apologize for their teammate's actions and offer congratulations.

So sportsmanship prevailed afterall.


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