Is it just that we live in football-crazy Texas, or does the Florida high school sports story seen on another online network on Sept. 17 read like a non-story to you too?
A couple of Florida schools played football, and Chaminade-Madonna, a Catholic college preparatory high school, won 83-0. That's a sound whipping here in Texas, but from the way victorious coach tells it, the teams were simply mismatched this fall against Pompano Beach. Of course the C-M Lions are 2-0 and have allowed just seven points this fall.
Although Pompano Beach won the game in 2008, unranked C-M dominated Sept. 12, scoring 42 points in the second quarter to lead 63-0 before coach Tim Tyrrell pulled his started at halftime.
I found this story atop my major email site's homepage. But I was stunned by how it portrays the winning team as the bad guys when all the normal steps were taken by the coach and referees to hurry the game along with the clock running continuously in the second half.
C-M scored on three kick returns; two interceptions set up short-field scores and a blocked punt permitted another quick touchdown. That's six touchdowns in a hurry. No shame there.
C-M averaged about 10.6 yards per carry for 257 rushing yards and threw only one pass in the second half. To open the second half, however, senior CB Demitri Beal, the highest rated C-M player I found in Scout.com's player rankings at No. 137 at his position, returned the kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown for his third score. He is committed to Cincinnati. We call that talent in Texas.
Having seen teams in Texas score 70-85 points on several occasions here in Texas, I am not surprised that the stronger team defeated the weaker team. The margin really does not surprise me either if a coach is doing his job, even with the third team playing.
Many times, teams just don't belong on the same field. But a good coach does not allow the other tam to score to make them feel good. Nor does he tell his bench warmers — who may not play another game this fall — to take a knee on each snap for two quarters.
America and its sports teams have always been about achievement. High school football teams have two ideal goals when they take the field each week: score on every possession and post a defensive shutout.
It's the capitalist/free enterprise method of sports. When you whip an opponent, they either learn from the defeat and improve for next week and next year or they don't. Same in business: If Yahoo makes the best search engine, then Google can either quit trying or be better in every way possible.
I think we all know Google is trying to improve everything even the way Google Earth spins, zooms to those high-resolution photos of my home.
So why does the other network's story include this fourth paragraph about justifying the score?
Politics? Sportsmanship? Love of the game? Someone's son plays there?
It's a safe bet that the argument for greater sportsmanship will not win out over the purpose of athletics in education if America is still America: Teach kids how to win thorough hard work/technique/practice and treat each other with respect and honor.
I also believe in sportsmanship, but all the proper steps were taken here with everyone but the waterboy, cheerleaders taking snaps and the clock running. So what do you do? You teach all off your players to play hard, never give up and score when possible — not just when your D-I starters are in the game.
I hope C-M's leading scorer was a third-team kid off the bench who turned it up three notches in the second half to try to win a starting position. If I were coach Tyrrell, that's what I would want to see from my football squad in a mismatch like this.
83-0 win not outrageous to Texas writer
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