Tuesday, October 14, 2008

That's a lot of extra points.

This is a Google Image Search return for "disaster" I can get behind.

By now the story of the Naples High (Fla.) drubbing of Estero High (also Fla.) 91-0 is all over the internet. A few years ago, I remember reading a story about a high school coach that kept handing the ball to his running back in a critical beatdown (the final score was something similar to the Naples/Estero game) because the kid was on the cusp of setting a state record for rushing yards in a game. This coach went so far as to tell his special teams to down punt returns to maximize the yardage that the kid could rush for on each possession. I was pissed at the time, and now that I think back on it, I'm still pissed; the actions of the coach fly in the face of sportsmanship and essentially counteract everything that participation in sports are supposed to instill in kids that play them. By all accounts, this current story is nothing like the old one.

Any time there's a lopsided score, there are going to be fans and sportswriters, local and national, that accuse a coach of running up the score. In this case, it sounds like Naples coach Bill Kramer did everything he could short of encouraging his team to just fall down to keep from piling on. Most of his best players sat for much of (or all of, in cases) the game. Granted, when you're up by 70 at halftime, you'd better not call passing plays, but if you're playing back ups, it's not fair to them to ask them to take a knee. If those back ups happen to break into the open field, they should be able to run for a touchdown and not feel bad about it.

So it is written, and so it shall be.

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