High School Blow-Outs: Yes or No
Had an interesting discussion today over lunch with a basketball coach on the subject of total points scored in a high school game. All these kids with dreams to play in the NBA and make a pile of money - and many forgetting about a back-up plan or education. Got around to my big question: why crush an opposing team in a game by more than 80 points?
At first, we disagreed. After lunch, and we each paid our own, he ended up siding with me. I knew I should have been a lawyer. Remember, we're talking about a high school game. Ah, education and sports as my friends at OFSAA like to call it.
Some followers of this blog will know that I have a tendency to go on a bit of a rant on certain things - such as ridiculous scores that come across my desk. Yes, scores in which teams win by blow-outs in a 32-minute game. I know those games happen. I find out. I also am aware that some schools choose not to report scores knowing I will ask questions. Sorry, but that's my job - and, yes, ridiculous scores occur in many sports and I ask more questions.
I really can't understand why teams press and score, then score and press, when the other team is so weak. It must be depressing or demoralizing or both for players on the losing side - even though some will shrug their shoulders and say something to the contrary. If you've been on the losing side of a team that got hammered, you know what I am talking about.
And, of course, the reasons and excuses show up too. People trying to justify why it was so important to maintain whatever chemistry, other teams being inferior, that playing catch on the hardwood is not the right thing to do, and on and on. There are coaches in the U.S. who see nothing wrong with blow-outs.
Well, if piling up points and blowing teams away by ridiculous scores in a school game is fine with coaches, then some Greater Toronto Area schools should consider aiming for 212 points in a game - the U.S. national record held by Louisiana's Grand Avenue High from Quincy. They set that record back in 1964. Not sure if anyone keeps that kind of history in Canada.
I see Yates High School, from Houston, may be getting close to the Grand Avenue record. Yates, which has won something like 40 games in a row and set a Texas record, beat another high school 170-35 in a game that created lots of controversy and questions of sportsmanship. At halftime, it was 100-12. Nothing wrong with that either - right? Oh yeah, there was a scuffle too. Last I heard, no weapons.
It's time to do something about ridiculous scores or risk the consequences.