SPORT brings out the best and worst in us.
One of the worst displays of 2013 was not on-field but off-field following the National Rugby League grand final between the Sydney Roosters and Manly Warringah Eagles.
The Roosters' fans were crowing loudly after a 26-18 victory.
They had every right to be happy after grand final defeats in 2003, '04 and '10.
What was galling, especially to a soul who has no affiliation to an NRL club, was the loud booing during the presentation of the Clive Churchill Medal for best afield in the grand final to Eagles' star Daly Cherry-Evans (pictured).
Cherry-Evans may well play for a club which does not "have much love" from NRL rivals.
That's still no excuse to boo, especially when a player is speaking.
Cherry-Evans has not demanded respect, he has earned it.
That motto applies to anyone, not just a rugby league player.
It's all well and good for the Roosters fans to cheer loudly when their grand final-winning players stepped up to the dais.
The same courtesy should apply to the opposition.
How coaches, players and fans react in the after-match hysteria, whether they are victorious or not, is a reflection on their club.
Many people have played their part, on and off-field, in the Sydney Roosters run to their premiership since 2002.
The behaviour of some fans, not all, is what will be remembered by this sports enthusiast, more so than the great tries, bruising tackles or leaps in what was an absorbing contest for NRL supremacy.
After-match presentations at the NRL and AFL deciders and even at the Bendigo Football Netball League were not so great this year.
The AFL has it right in the captain of the runner-up, in this case Fremantle's Matthew Pavlich being able to thank the fans and congratulate the opposition.
What had my blood boiling was the presentation of the premiership medals to the Hawthorn players.
Master of ceremonies Craig Willis was front and centre and in many cases blocked the view of the boys and girls from Auskick presenting the medals to the happy Hawks.
In the BFNL it was worse.
Strathfieldsaye coach Darryl Wilson or acting captain Matthew Ladson were not even called up to speak before the medals were presented to Golden Square's players.
It happened last September to Gisborne, and should not happen again.
On a much more positive note, a shout out to the Forever Young choir and the talented students and staff from Girton Grammar who played such a big part in Wednesday night's brilliant performance at The Capital.
I'm biased because my dad, Richard and uncle Dennis are in the Forever Young choir.
They may not sell as many records as The Righteous Brothers or Doobies, but the Dole Brothers rendition of Yesterday was 10/10.
Fans must lift their game during presentations
That's still no excuse to boo, especially when a player is speaking