There’s No “Bullying” In Football
We can’t stand players, coaches and fans who whine about opponents “running up the score.” Seriously … games have rules, and the idea is for everybody to put forth 100 percent effort within the context of those rules.
If you’re mad at another team for putting forth superior effort … try harder.
Anyway, courtesy of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram comes perhaps the most ridiculous example of post-game whining we’ve ever seen. According to the paper, the parent of a student at Western Hills High School filed a formal bullying complaint against the coaching staff of North Texas’ Aledo High School last weekend.
Apparently Aledo’s 91-0 victory margin didn’t sit well with the losing team.
Wait … 91-0?
Ouch … that’s bad, but it’s not bullying. Especially considering Aledo’s coach Tim Buchanan started pulling his starters in the first quarter of the game (and threw the football only ten times).
“I have to address it,” Buchanan told the paper. “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.”
Which he did, ironically, as part of an effort to keep Aledo from scoring 100 points …
Nonetheless public school bureaucrats in Texas are investigating the complaint – telling local TV station NBC 5 it will be taken “ just as seriously” as an allegation of actual bullying.
What a joke …
Coach Buchanon should leave his starters in and put up 200 points on this team next time. Bunch of sissies.
UPDATE: For those of you keeping score at home, Aledo’s romp doesn’t compare to Haven (Kansas) High School’s 256-0 victory over Sylvia High School in 1926 (the high school record for most points scored in a game). It also doesn’t come close to Georgia Tech’s 222-0 romp over Cumberland College in 1916 (the NCAA record for most points scored in a game).