Another Tradition Goes by the Wayside

Dartmouth’s women skaters have warned student fans not to bring tennis balls to todays game against Princeton (now underway). Junior forward Katherine Weatherston wrote in an email that, “Princeton cried and complained that they were humilated last year so we will be penalized EVERY time a tennis ball is thrown onto the ice.”

While throwing tennis balls might be just a touch immature and disruptive, it remains harmless fun. Do athletes suffer from such low self-esteem that throwing tennis balls or otherwise taunting makes them unable to play?