[eDebate] Thanks to our competitors

Ross Smith smithr
Wed Apr 1 17:38:14 CDT 2009

I've received some e-mail and facebook praise (thanks!). I want to issue 
a broader reply.

Maybe it's just too obvious to state, but I've rarely been a person of 
few words (once you get me going)  . . . .

Thank you competitors. Every one of you, coach and debater, who face our 
teams and push our teams to think harder, research deeper, get outside 
of our narrower confines. You pose questions to our coaching, without 
which questions we could not learn and improve.

On occasion, hopefully rare, we do not reciprocate or we fail to 
appreciate. When we (being human) are at our worst we might denigrate. I 
hope and trust not, but know that we mean not.

We can't do it without you.

What are the best debates you have judged or debated in? They are 
closely contested. They reflect a commitment to excellence. That 
atttribute can never be one sided.

We are at our worst and best when we put everything we have into a 
debate and come up on the short end.  But who gave us the opportunity to 
be triumphant and feel that the win was meaningful in the first place? 
Our competitors.

Thank you.

Ross K. Smith
Director of Debate
Wake Forest University

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