83 reasons why not to suck

So I recently read a story about a Florida high school football game that was decided by a score of 83-0. People were debating about how sportsmanlike the winning team was and whether or not they ran up the score.

The back story was that the winning team (hereafter referred to as “the good team”) had lost 41-0 to the same team they crushed this year (hereafter referred to as “the bad team”). Some said that this could have played a role in the lopsided final of this year’s game.

Here’s what I think played the biggest role: The good team wasn’t even far superior to the bad team. The bad team sucked to begin with and they stopped trying. The good team pulled their starters after racking up 42 points in the second quarter. They then threw only one pass for the remainder of the game. So please tell me how they are accused of running up the score.

I guess they literally did the running part – a lot. 257 yards on 24 carries. Then they scored four touchdowns on special teams. Three kick returns and a blocked punt for a TD. And they scored a few more thanks to short fields off of four bad team turnovers. So, again, I ask how anyone is accusing of them being unsportsmanlike.

I guess the bad team would rather have the good team kneel three times and punt every time they got the ball. That’s not a major slap in the face at all, right? Or how about fumbling every time they touch it, sprinkling in a few interceptions to make them feel better? Give me a break. Losing 42-0 that way would be more embarrassing than losing 83-0, if you ask me. But here’s the kicker – Florida imposes a mandatory running clock for their mercy rule. So it wouldn’t have even mattered. The good team tallied 41 points in the second half and the clock never even stopped.

People worry way too much about “feelings” now. People are worried about how the bad team felt after being humiliated. They were worried. I’m not. Maybe if you didn’t blow, you wouldn’t get spanked in such a fashion. The good team’s fans were apparently “embarrassed,” too, according to one of the bad team’s parents. They said they stopped cheering because of embarrassment. Maybe they just stopped cheering because it wasn’t exciting anymore, even for parents. I don’t care how much you love your kid. It has to eventually get boring watching him be better than other people’s kids – just ask my parents.

But can we stop babying these kids? They’re in high school, for chrissakes. The bad team beat the good team by 41 points last season. Assuming that all of the 2008 team didn’t graduate AND quit, and this isn’t a special ed team, there’s no reason your team gets 124 points worse. And unless the good team got a bunch of college kids to come back and play or the entire team did an inordinate amount of steroids, they don’t become 124 points better. I remember the four years for my high school’s football team: first year – awesome; second year – solid; third year – mediocre; fourth year – slightly better. Never once did they go from really good to inexcusably horrible. It doesn’t happen.

Maybe instead of trying to talk bad about the kids from the good team and their lack of sportsmanship, we should try teaching the kids from the bad team that there is a good way to avoid this entire situation – STOP SUCKING. Rather than acting like the good team is in the wrong, how about the coaches from the bad team use the embarrassment as motivation? If you’re a little better, maybe you don’t lose by 83 points. Just because you suck doesn’t mean that someone who is better has no sportsmanship. Instead, it means that you are not only terrible, but also incredibly weak-willed.

This entire debate disgusts me. It’s like giving participation trophies. Teach them a lesson: you don’t get stuff for losing. You don’t go interview for a job and get some salary for not being qualified. If you’re not good, you’re fucked. Welcome to the real world, kids.

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~ by nchaney3 on September 17, 2009.

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