WCVB: Coaches for the Framingham High School football team have been placed on leave as the school investigates an incident that left several players with large blisters during practice. Gary Doherty, the team’s head coach, said a number of players got blisters on the heels of their hands during the conditioning part of practice. The coach said the players were doing bear crawls at the time.
“In 26 years of coaching football, I have never seen anything like this happen,” Doherty said in a note sent to parents that was obtained by the MetroWest Daily News.
The school district released a statement Sunday, explaining why they’ve chosen to put a temporary halt to all football activities.
“Given the size and scope of this incident, where there were a number of students and adults involved, we decided it was prudent to cease football activities in order to collect relative information objectively and expediently,” Dr. Edward Gotgart, the acting superintendent of schools said.
“Placing staff members on administrative leave is part of this process and should not be deemed as a punitive measure; the goal is to ascertain the facts surrounding an event before reaching any judgment,” the acting superintendent said.
There’s the pussification of American. Then there’s 50 feet of shit. Then there’s this. Seriously, we’re not even talking about coaches saying mean things to kids, or coaching playing kids who just got their bell rung, or the usual stuff from overbearing parents. We talkin bout BLISTERS!!! BLISTERS!!! We’re not even talking about the game. We talkin bout BLISTERS!!! Something that literally everyone gets on the first day of football or soccer or whatever other sport you start at the beginning of the year. Something that could be fixed with a bandaid and/or a glove.
Never mind the fact that this happened because they just put in new turf that obviously caused these irreparable BLISTERS!! Kids have been doing bear crawls at football practice since the beginning of time. And obviously if they do them on a new turf surface like this, there is a chance they can get BLISTERS!!! It’s not the coach that’s causing the BLISTERS, it’s the playing surface. Obviously. Perhaps they should suspend the company who put the turf in for causing so much emotional distress to these poor delicate flowers.
As you can see, he has clearly never played a sport his entire life. When he was a kid he couldn’t wait to get his PhD just so he could seem important and force people to call him “doctor.” The quicker you get your PhD, the quicker you completely lose touch with reality.
The best is how he said that this was not a “punitive” measure, and that they were simply doing an “investigation.” Into what? The source of BLISTERS?? This requires an investigation? And don’t tell me that it’s not punitive. The mere impression that students and other people get when a coach is put on suspension like this is 100% punitive. If it weren’t then they would be allowed to keep coaching.
The worst part is that superintendents do shit like this because they’re caving in to a small but vocal group of soccer moms who think that telling kids to toughen up is the worst thing you can do to a person:
Yes Kathy, and your response was typical of suburban soccer moms who have done their part to create a nation of naniburgers.
Then there’s this:
Thank God my son didn’t show up to practice and get…….BLISTERS!!!!
Anyway the coach was allowed back today after they completed their “investigation.” My question is, what the hell have they been investigating for three days? Did they do some case studies? Did the superintendent do bear crawls on the turf in order to make sure it was the field that was causing the BLISTERS and not the coach taking a knife to every single kid’s hands? LOL. Yea right. No way he’d ever put himself through that trauma.
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