They could have "let" the other team score a couple of goals. Saw a Real Sports segment where the opposing team let a handicapped player shoot a goal. Isn't that what sportsmanship is supposed to be?
I think the thing that's getting missed here is that this coach probably would still have his job if he hadn't sent that idiotic e-mail to the newspaper. He didn't get fired right away for winning 100-0, it wasn't until after calling out his bosses publicly that he got canned. Never a good idea.
Am I missing something? Did somebody get hurt?
"On-base percentage is great if you can score runs and do something with that on-base percentage," Baker said. "Clogging up the bases isn't that great to me."
Of course, it takes two to tango. As much as we can criticize Covenant for winning 100-0, would it be fair to criticize Dallas Academy for getting into a game that they knew would end up extremely lopsided with no benefit to either team?
I'm torn on this and I assume we don't know the whole story. Like someone else said, especially at the high school level, a coach is a teacher more than anything. High school sports offer a fantastic opportunity to develop the whole self: mentally, phsyically, socially, and in the development of character.
The values of integrity, respect, sportsmanship, and teamwork should be the number one thing a high school coach tries to pass on to his or her players. Focusing on wins and losses and the scoreboard is the absolute wrong way to coach high school sports (and most of the time gets in the way of winning). Firing a coach based on a score of a game is in total contradiction to that philosophy. The school is essentially sending the message that the final score is more important than those values a high school coach is supposed to be conveying.
"In our sundown perambulations of late, through the outer parts of Brooklyn, we have observed several parties of youngsters playing 'base', a certain game of ball. Let us go forth awhile, and get better air in our lungs. Let us leave our close rooms, the game of ball is glorious"
I don't know the coach of Covenant but he seems to be a "Damn the torpedos, full speed ahead" type personality. If that is the case, he needed to schedule like minded schools. Dallas Academy obviously wasn't that kind of school.
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I think there is enough blame for everyone.
Dallas Academy put their kids in a bad situation. As others have said, that game shouldn't have been played. If your team has issues with ability, you owe it to the kids to put them in a league where they at least have a prayer of winning. To put them in a league where they are completely over their heads is just setting them up to get drilled repeatedly. What lesson is learned then?
For Covenant, I think you need to know when enough is enough. My kids have played on good teams where they clearly outclass the opponent. The coach does say that we owe it to the other team to play our best. Which the kids then do and beat the tar out of the other team.
But when the issue is no longer in doubt, you've scored enough so that there is absolutely no way the other team will come back (like leading 59-0 at half), the coach should empty the bench, pull back the defense, slow down the offense, and allow some semblence of face-saving for the other team.
If you read that article that Sandy posted, the Covenant point guard scored 48 points off numerous steals and was described as a "lay-up drill". If that were my kids, I'd say "OK, let's stop doing that, let them bring the ball up court and see if they can run an offense".
I believe that if you have the ability, you should honor it and use it and beat the snot out of a team. But there is a difference between beating the snot out of a team and grinding totally and completely under your boot heel and show no mercy. Yeah its a tough cruel world, but this still is children playing sports.
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-LTlabnerIf you can't build a winning team with that core a fire-sale isn't the solution. Selling the franchise, moving them to Nashville and converting GABP into a used car lot is.
And further more, even if he was he fired for the way he handled the game, he should have gone against his principles just save his job? If he felt treating the game as a real game waa thw right thing to do, but knew he was going to get in trouble for treating it that way, then I have respect for him.
Really, the truly sportsman-like way to handle this situation would've been for the coach at the Covenant school to go to the other school's coach and ask them to forfeit after 1 quarter or the first half once it became obvious that the game was out of hand.
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