The tradition of the British Empire labeled some sports like soccer as the “common man’s game” and cricket as the “gentleman’s game”, so what kind of sport is best for the modern gentleman? The answer is: any!

A gentleman is a man of action so he doesn’t just sit around and play Xbox. He goes out — you know — into the world! Activity should be a regular and natural part of everyone’s day, ultimately leading to fitness and some sense of accomplishment. Sport can also be a great social activity and a chance to expand your circle of friends and acquaintances and meet different people. This goes double for teams sports like rugby, soccer, basketball or yachting, but even if you’re more into individual sport like running or cycling, you’ll find regular competitions or social sports clubs or groups where you can socialize with like-minded people

How should a gentleman behave “on the field?” Well, the Webster Online Dictionary defines sportsmanship as: “conduct (as fairness, respect for one’s opponent, and graciousness in winning or losing) becoming to one participating in a sport.”  Or — it’s just a game. Be nice. There’s a long list in the international sport of un-gentlemanly behavior, from John McEnroe’s racket and referee abuse to American’s Cup yachtsman Dennis Conner calling his Kiwi foes “losers” to Mike Tyson biting Evander Holyfield’s ear. A gentleman knows that winning really isn’t everything.

Conducting yourself with dignity and playing fairly most certainly is.

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