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Just when I thought this world couldn’t get any more weaker, this happens….
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Malden to forfeit its game with Everett https://t.co/IwcrnkWp5i
— Danny Ventura (@BostonHeraldHS) October 15, 2018
I know our website really sucks for ads, but I honestly think the Boston Herald might be worse. If you wanna attempt to read Danny Ventura’s column then click here:
Everett officials confirmed that Malden has decided to forfeit Friday’s football contest between the schools. The reason Everett was given was that there was a safety concern, given the wide disparity in size and talent (Everett is undefeated and Malden is winless, having lost each six games by 30 points or more). Everett superintendent Frederick Forestiere expressed disappointed in Malden’s decision to forfeit.
“We would never go out there and hurt any one. We played Medford last week and no one got hurt,” Forestiere said. “There is so much tradition in this rivalry, the schools have played more than 120 years. You know, there was a time when Malden beat us 10, 12 straight years, we never once thought about forfeiting. With all the tradition, I would hope people in Malden would let them know that they are disappointed.”
Forestiere said he would reach out to Malden officials, who did not respond to calls, once again in hopes of persuading them to change their minds.
You gotta be shitting me. This can’t be real. I understand Everett is a traditional football powerhouse, but so what? That’s part of sports. My team in high school SUCKED. We routinely got murdered by everyone that wasn’t North High. No matter who we played they were bigger, stronger, faster, and we had absolutely no business being on the same field as them.
But guess what? We played it anyway. Because, maybe, just maybe, this would be the day week that the other team got too drunk the night before due to the fact that they didn’t take us seriously. Check out the press release from Malden High principal Chris Mastrangelo:
Malden High School is committed to assuring the safety and well being of all students. With this as our guiding goal, I have made the difficult decision to forfeit our Varsity football game scheduled against Everett for Friday, October 19. There are a number of factors which made this decision a clearer one for Malden. Our program has suffered a number of injuries that has diminished the student-athletes who are available to compete in the scheduled game. Currently more than half of our 39 available players are freshmen. The roster size in a game that requires physical contact could not be ignored and shaped my decision.
Our student-athletes, as well as our coaching staff have continued to compete in practice and on the field despite the disparities. Our student-athletes are representing Malden High School with pride, respect, and sportsmanship. I am proud of the efforts that they have put forth on the field and in the classroom.
This decision is based solely on the safety of our players. I wish Everett the best of luck in the upcoming play-off system. We will be back on the field when the play-off system proceeds on October 26 competing against teams with similar roster sizes and records. We look forward to completing our season, culminating with the Thanksgiving Day game against Medford.
Safety??? It’s FOOTBALL!! They signed up to play the most violent, pain inducing sport known to man kind.
And guess what? If Everett is up a billion to zero at halftime they’re gonna put their scrubs in anyway. Good God, this is the most emasculating move I’ve ever seen.
Principal Chris Mastrangelo is a real piece of work too. First of all, he’s an “interim principal” because the real principal resigned.
He spends his days virtue signaling on Twitter:
Malden High School celebrates Pride Month…all of our students should know that they are safe and welcome. pic.twitter.com/T30hIzamY2
— Chris Mastrangelo (@CjMastrangelo) June 1, 2018
And he has no problem when the other Malden High School sports teams beat the shit out of Everett. We know this because he taunts them by retweeting news of their victories:
Three to one? Sounds like bullying. And there are more concussions per capita in soccer than in football.
But that’s not nearly as bad as the treatment English got in boys and girls soccer:
But yet they showed up to play anyway, despite the fact that there was a good chance they could’ve gotten hurt playing against a team that is clearly better than them.
Just look at the athletic department’s Twitter account. They almost NEVER tweet about the football team. It’s all soccer and cross country. And they ONLY tweet when the team wins. How are your kids supposed to feel supported when the athletic department is clearly so ashamed of them that they won’t even mention your progress on the school sanctioned social media account?
Some have claimed that Malden is right to do this because Everett “cheats” by “recruiting” better players from other cities:
Everett produces tons of D1 players, and many who have made it to the NFL. If you lived in Malden and your kid was really good at football, who could blame you for pursuing your legal right to school choice your kid to the football factory next door? Why would you ever let your kid play for a school where the principal forfeits a game against the city that borders you because you might get a boo-boo? We HATED Doherty in high school, but we played them and took our licking anyway. Everyone survived.
And honestly, Malden doesn’t exactly look like a pushover. Maybe they’re having a bad year but the 2015 team looked pretty good:
Guess how many teams forfeited to them? Zero.
Here’s my question – did the principal consult with the kids or the coaches before making this decision? Because I can’t imagine any football player or coach signing off on such an emasculating move. Answer – of course not. Because gutless administrators like Chris Mastrangelo don’t really care about kids.