Bullying in Football? No!
As most Americans know that Texas is a huge hotbed for football: Pro, College, High School and Youth. We down here take it very seriously. Probably too seriously in some eyes but that only means you’re a soccer fan. The motto, “Faith, Family and Football” is pretty prevalent in my dear state.
As the late Bum Phillips wrote about being from Texas;
“… When William Barrett Travis wrote in 1836 that he would never surrender and he would have Victory or Death, what he was really saying was that he and his men were forged of a hotter fire. They weren’t your average everyday men. Well, that is what it means to be a Texan. It meant it then, and that’s why it means it today…”
Forged of a hotter fire, damn straight! Well, most of us that is but while going online Monday morning to read my favorite paper’s sports section I see this as one of it’s stories: “Was Aledo’s 91-0 football win last week a case of bullying?”
Me thinks someone was not forged of a hotter fire.
I remember the score coming across my twitter feed on Friday night but thought nothing of it at the time except, WOW what an butt kicking! In Texas, as I am sure in other states, you will see lopsided games from time-to-time. But I never thought of lopsided win as another team bullying another. I guess in this day and age, I shouldn’t have been surprised by that headline and the subsequent story.
From the story in the Fort Worth Star Telegram; Coach Buchanan said he received notice Saturday morning that a bullying report had been filed against him by a Western Hills parent.
Under state law, school districts must provide a bullying complaint report form on their websites. Aledo High School’s principal is required to investigate the allegations to determine whether bullying occurred and prepare a written report on the matter.
Buchanan said he has the support of the Aledo administration. But he didn’t dismiss the serious nature of the complaint.
“I have to address it,” Buchanan said. “It’s not something you can laugh off or anything like that. What they said was that I should’ve told my players to ease up and not play so hard.”
Western Hills Coach John Naylor said he disagrees with the allegations that his team was bullied.
“I think the game was handled fine,” Naylor said. “They’re No. 1 for a reason, and I know coach Buchanan. We’re fighting a real uphill battle right now.”
Naylor, whose roster had around 30 players Friday night, said there was only so much Aledo could do to stop scoring.
I was incredulous. Who would think of such a thing much less actual file bullying charges over a football game? Well besides most of the Democratic Party and all Obama supporters.
You see the Democratic Party is the party of victim-hood led by the king of victim-hood Barrack Obama. Their motto is “Greatness bad, being a victim is good”.
Luckily, the Coach of Aledo was cleared of the charge but not before having to spend the week explaining to everyone from ESPN to Good Morning America that he is not a bully, just a great coach with a great team.
In today’s edition a copy of the complaint quoted a parent, whose name was not revealed, who said:
“We all witnessed bullying firsthand.”
“Picking up my son from the fieldhouse after the game and taking him home was tough,” the complaint read. “I did not know what to say to my son on the ride home to explain the behavior of the Aledo coaches for not easing up when the game was in hand.”
One section of the complaint asks to list the names of any witnesses to the bullying. The parent wrote: “Everyone in the football stadium.”
This was exactly my point on the rush by those to paint everyone and including themselves as a victim. The father of this young man didn’t know what to say to his son??? Well why not explain the virtue of working harder to get better and motivate his teammates to also work harder so next time something like 91-0 doesn’t happen again. That advice is totally foreign to more and more Americans these days. A teachable moment was wasted. Gone, the opportunity to reinforce the life lessons that should be learned from playing football: Discipline, perseverance, competition, team work. Instead, this father thought it better to teach his son that there really isn’t people actually superior than you only that you and your teammates are helpless victims.