Sportsmanship and Nerves In The Episode Butterflies

By January 25, 2013Blog

Two very important topics are covered in the episode “Butterflies” in Anne: The Animated Series, as Gilbert and Anne learn about sportsmanship as well as nervous butterflies.

The episode “Butterflies” in Anne: The Animated Series has the hockey game between Avonlea and Carmody coming up fast.  As team captain of the hockey team, Gilbert finds it very important that his team win.  The whole town begins to obsess about the importance of the Avonlea team winning the game.  Yet, this only makes the Avonlea team fall apart.  Anne helps Gilbert to realize how significant sportsmanship is, and reminds him how much he enjoys playing the game.  The team is able to come together before the game and have a great time while they play.  Anne also finds her stomach has butterflies during the episode, but learns they are a good thing!

The Importance of Sportsmanship

Sportsmanship is an important part of any sport, as it stresses fair play, honesty and respect.  This is a large part of any individual or team sport, as without it the sore loser or even bad winners make the game no fun for everyone involved.  In any game, the drive to win can get in the way of having fun.  But the focus should always come back to how much fun the players have with the game; because without any fun, the players will not enjoy the game.  Losing is never a fun part of any game and can cause some unsportsmanship behaviour.  In contrast, gloating about winning is just as bad.  It is important to have a middle ground, to be happy regardless if you win or lose because you just had a great time playing the game!

How Do Butterflies In Your Stomach Work?

The feeling of fluttery butterflies in one’s stomach is a physical reaction to nervousness or excitement.  As in the episode “Butterflies”, it is in relation to nervousness.  There is a general belief that the fluttery sensation when nervous is a response of adrenaline pulling blood away from the stomach and putting it towards the muscles.  This reduces blood flow to the stomach, which results in a loss of appetite. This sensation is usually a response to nerves about a certain event, in which the body goes into a fight or flight mode that makes the body think it should react to some approaching danger.  The best way to calm butterflies is to take deep breaths and try to relax.

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