Thursday, December 07, 2006

Texas High School Football

While I heard about this a while ago, I just this morning felt the urge to blog about it, after reading Rick Reilly's column in SI. To make a long story short, a high school football coach in Texas kicked a couple of players off of his team after they missed practice after donating blood. There was a public outcry over this incident, of which Rick Reilly took part in, eventually leading to the reinstatement of the players (they still lost their starting spots). Personally, I think we're overdoing it just a bit.

High school football, especially in Texas, is very competitive. Whether or not you agree with this fact is irrelevent. Kids that sign on to play Texas high school football know what they're getting themselves into. As evidenced in movies like Varsity Blues, football isn't merely a sport; it's a town tradition and the way of life. Again, you may not agree that this is healthy. Fine. But it is what it is and these kids choose to participate.

When agreeing to participate, the players are agreeing to follow the rules of the team. It isn't outlandish to assume that following the rules of the team would require attending all practices, meetings, and games, barring a good excuse. Breaking team rules incurs punishment. End of story. I don't see why the fact that they were giving blood matters at all. The fact of the matter is that they missed practice without telling their coach beforehand. Perhaps if they would've went to him the day before, he may have been more receptive. Maybe not - but at least the kids would've known their punishment in advance.

Giving blood is a worthy cause. That being said, the blood bank isn't going to run out if you wait until Sunday to give blood. To give blood mere hours before a mandatory practice is irresponsible and against rules that players agree to upon joining a team. Perhaps they shouldn't have been kicked off of the team - but players get kicked off of teams all the time for reasons that some would find unfair. Some coaches are harsh disciplinarians; get over it. The real shame of the whole case is that his authority was undermined by those who caused an overturning of his decision; all caused by a bunch of whiners.

3 Comments:

Blogger Danny the Manny said...

Varsity Blues? Really?

Friday Night Lights takes the cake in this arena, I'd say.

We Are Marshall.

9:11 AM, December 07, 2006

 
Blogger Jewboy said...

As Danny points out, Friday Night Lights (the book not the current TV show) is the bible of Texas high school fottball.

8:04 AM, December 08, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cy-fair bobcats football class of 86 - BFND.

2:13 PM, December 27, 2006

 

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