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Thoughts on the 100-0 Basketball Game

Posted on: January 26, 2009 8:26 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2009 12:13 pm
 

I know a lot of people have been outraged by this story and think this coach should never be allowed to participate in sports again, I vehemently disagree. Someone scheduled this game with the knowledge that the opponent hadn't won a game in over 4 years. Someone made the concious decision to allow this game to happen. Someone assumed that the athletes, who are taught to play and win, would not jump at the opportunity to blow out their much weaker opponent.

Listen, I am a big fan of sportsmanship and doing the right thing. I know that nobody wants to be beaten by 100 points. I know that many of you out there believe they should have called off the dogs after they built a 59 point halftime lead. My response to all of you would be this, this was a lesson to the administrators who planned this outrageous sporting event. I am very upset and disappointed that these young women were beaten so badly, and I think it's absolutely awful. The difference between you and I is that I don't blame the coach, I blame the organizer's.

Do you think Duke would schedule a regular season game against a Freshman High School team? Of course not. This was VARSITY Women's basketball and the girls on the winning team have nothing to be ashamed of other than the fact that they are associated with those who planned the game. I have coached AAU basketball, and it's very difficult as a coach to be a part of a lopsided youth basketball game. The team I coached won 2 State Championships and was very talented. We played a team from the nearby township once that was just a group of kids who wanted to have fun and play a little basketball in the process. After taking a 20-0 lead in the first 3 minutes of the game, I took out all 5 starters and they didn't play again for the rest of the game.

We played the entire second half with only 4 players. The final score was 67-5. The moral of the story is that I should never have agreed to play the game in the first place, and the kids on the other team were demoralized by the loss. As a coach, that was one of the worst feelings I ever had. Not because my kids played hard and won the game, but because I allowed it to happen to begin with. In High School athletics, kids are taught to play hard, shut up ,and do what they're told. When you tell them to take the court and play the game, they are going to do so. If you don't want things like this to happen, then don't ask your athletes to take the floor against an extremely inferior or an extremely superior opponent. It's as simple as that. This is a sad situation that punished all the wrong people. Specifically the girls who played the game, unassuming and unaware of what they were being asked to do, on both benches. Of course it's bad to lose this game, but it's just as hard for the girls who won the game. They did nothing wrong and now this story has gained a tremendous amount of exposure which will subject them to unfair criticism. It's really sad for all involved.

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Since: Nov 4, 2008
Posted on: January 30, 2009 1:11 pm
 

Thoughts on the 100-0 Basketball Game

Tell Urban Meyer at Florida to take it easy on Troy St. or whomever they open the season with next year and see what his reply would be.  It's competition.  I cannot happen.  Asking your team to play down to the opponent should never, ever happen or you are setting yourself up for future internal motivational problems when you have stiffer competition.

The winning coach should retain his job and get a contract extension!




Since: Dec 24, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2009 8:56 am
 

Thoughts on the 100-0 Basketball Game

As an ex-high school and college athlete, I cannot understand ho seemingly everyone is outraged at the coach of this team.  As a track runner, I would never run easier if I was lapping the other team's players.  We would be incredibly happy if we shut out the other team!  I feel that, even in basketball, you should never instill the mindset of your team to take it easy.  It may be considered "running up" the score, but it is truly the ADs fault. Great article Peytontomarvin!




Since: Jan 28, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2009 1:47 pm
 

Thoughts on the 100-0 Basketball Game

How in the hell does taking it easy on the opposing team because of pitty teach any life lesson.  I haven't had one experience past elementry school where people take it easy on the weak.  These kids werent retarded or physicaly disabled, they sucked at they're job.  Maybe they did learn a life lesson.  You have to fight for what you want because nobody will give it to you no matter haw pathetic your performance. 




Since: Jan 28, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2009 5:25 am
 

Thoughts on the 100-0 Basketball Game

The other day, Dallas Academy took on The Covenant School in a high school basketball game. The outcome? Well, that depends on what outcome you are asking for. The outcome of the game itself? 100-0 in favor of The Covenant School. The outcome of the situation surrounding the game? Much anger, resentment, and frustration on the part of Dallas Academy. The outcome of the Covenant coach standing behind the girls on his team? Well, he has been fired.

Call me crazy, but when have we ever taught our kids to strive for anything less than their best? Now, I know that I am arguing against national sentiment here but, for goodness sake, the girls were just playing some basketball. Now, I wasn’t sitting in the stands, so I certainly cannot speak to how the parents, coaches, and players were behaving in terms of their demeanor. Maybe they were gloating more than a younger sibling who beats his brother at Mario Kart. In that case, I certainly understand calling for them to turn tone it down a little bit. But, to ask them to avoid the proverbial mushroom or drive Mario straight into a banana peel is what is unsportsmanlike, in my opinion. Why shouldn’t the girls have continued to play at their best? What kind of an outrage would there be if we found out that coaches and managers of professional teams were working to keep scores of a game closer than they might otherwise be? Once you start getting into that kind of manipulation of a sport, you might as well strip the players down to their underwear and send them out into the ring to fight for the title in Wrestlemania.

The Covenant School commented, after public outcry, of course, that the way their team behaved was not, “Christ-like.” Really? Maybe I’m remembering my Bible incorrectly here but, Christ was pretty blatant about what he did, wasn’t he? De he really try to die quietly, without much more fanfare than this year’s Miss America pageant? What The Covenant School did was not about trying to embarrass the girls of Dallas Academy. They simply tried to play basketball. And they did so… very well. There is no doubt that the girls of Dallas Academy showed great poise in their defeat. They are obviously quite resilient teens that are learning how to be extremely gracious and resilient losers. But, in this whole mess, are they really learning the right lesson about sports themselves. The last time that I checked, sporting events were competitions. One team pitted against another, fighting it out for the best record, the trophy, bragging rights… yes, bragging rights. While participating in sports as a youth is certainly about character building as well, what kind of character does it build when you tell a bunch of kids, “Don’t worry. Playing basketball isn’t about scoring points. It’s about how you feel when the game is over.” Well, I guess that it’s Dallas Academy who are the winners in the end. Because, I’m sure that they are feeling much better than The Covenant School girls who, at the moment, are just waiting for their own crucifixes to be finished so that they can climb on up (though we would all like to see them do that in a public and showy way, I’m sure).

But then, isn’t there the off chance that the Dallas Academy girls don’t want to be coddled? Isn’t there the chance that, maybe, they just want to play without the opposing team pitying them? Maybe not. I suppose that, the next game they play, they should start off with an extra 40 points, just to be fair.

Maybe it’s just me…

 

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Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2009 12:32 am
 

Thoughts on the 100-0 Basketball Game

IMO- the coach was fired because he coaches at a Covenant Christian school.  And he did not teach his girls to play with a christ like attitude.  Why would you be shooting 3 pointers and playing a press defense the whole game?  Other than to totally humiliate the other team. 

That being said.  I don't think he should be fired, i mean come on he has a family to support and he was in a way just doing his job.  They could have had a meeting with him and told him if that ever happens again to take it a little easy on the other team.  IDK this whole story is insane.  The team that lost doesnt really seem to care too much, so why is everyone else making a huge deal about it?




Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2009 12:29 am
 

Thoughts on the 100-0 Basketball Game

You did not do any research.

It took me a couple minutes to find out that the winning team applied full court pressure in the 4th quarter of the game.  They did not call off the dogs until it was 100-0 with about 4 minutes left.  Guess what?  No score after that.

The coach was totally unrepentent.

If I'm the AD, I would have apologized and fired the coach, but would have left it at that.




Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2009 11:38 pm
 

Thoughts on the 100-0 Basketball Game

  My thought is I disagree whole heartedly about fireing this coach.They did there job and done it well.If the coach would lose games they would be fired to.I didn't hear if the coach put in the backup players or not but just because they played a press that is part of the game.

  As for the other team I give them great credit for playing the games after a losing streak like they have and not only that but playing with a lot of determination through the whole game.

  They have nothing to be ashamed of.They got beat badly but where good sports about it. Started no fights, caused no problems and tried through out the whole game.My hats go out to this school for the determination.

  However the coaching staff on the losing team should consider retireing.When a team can't score 1 point in a game that says something about the coaching staff.Not that they didn't win a game  in 4 years but not scoring 1 point in a whole game thats on the coaching staff.Drive on the other team and shoot to go to the foul line and if they can't make a foul shot then practice till they get it right.

  Does people think the winning team should of walked off the court and not played?That would really be a put down to the loseing team.




Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2009 11:25 pm
 

Thoughts on the 100-0 Basketball Game

Crap like this really shows how America is being pussified. Why is the losing team being reprimanded and their coach fired? That is absolutely ridiculous. They should be congratulated on their accomplishment. 100-0 is a bit harsh but sports is ALL about competition. You don't tell them to just mess around. It's a shame that the team that got annihilated is getting rewarded with basketball tickets and media attention. Why are we rewarding absolutely terrible play? If they didn't like being scored upon, they should have played better defense. Why is everyone making such a big deal about it? A coach should never get fired for doing his job.I agree the coach should not have been fired, but to say sports is all about competition at the high school level is flat out WRONG.  I am also not saying the coach should have told them to mess around, but he should not have been running a press the entire game.  When you are playing a team with 20 girls in the school, show at least a little mercy.  This is not the pros this is high school basketball and you have a HUGEEEE lead. 




Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2009 9:54 pm
 

Thoughts on the 100-0 Basketball Game

Crap like this really shows how America is being pussified. Why is the losing team being reprimanded and their coach fired? That is absolutely ridiculous. They should be congratulated on their accomplishment. 100-0 is a bit harsh but sports is ALL about competition. You don't tell them to just mess around. It's a shame that the team that got annihilated is getting rewarded with basketball tickets and media attention. Why are we rewarding absolutely terrible play?

If they didn't like being scored upon, they should have played better defense. Why is everyone making such a big deal about it? A coach should never get fired for doing his job.



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Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2009 9:34 pm
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