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There’s a football team in Everett, Washington that has been dominating their opponents this season, outscoring them 170-0 in the first 3 games. They’re such a powerhouse, that teams are forfeiting rather than playing the games. The push to forfeit the games seems to be coming from the parents rather than the schools themselves. Here’s a quote from one of the parents:
“We can’t put our 5-foot-8, 125-pound quarterback up against their nose tackle who happens to be 6 feet 5 inches and weighs over 330 pounds. He’s going to put that kid in the hospital.”
Yep, that’s certainly both ends of the spectrum.
The thing is, this high school is private, Archbishop Murphy, and because of that they aren’t limited to district lines to pull players from. It sucks and may be unfair, but those are the rules and these schools agreed to play within them.
So just how big is this team? There are 6 players over 250 pounds and three of those are over 300 pounds. Big kids, but it certainly leaves room for some averaged sized kids. The total roster is 42 kids.
Look, in any high school sport you’re going to have a range of sizes, from skinny freshmen to large seniors. My son pays hockey and his scrawny ass was checked by a bigger kid and he ended up with a broken collar bone that had to be a surgically repaired.
Never in any of his games, from Mites on up did we ever look at the other team and decide not to play them because they had some bigger players.
Jerry Jensen is the coach for Archbishop Murphy and here’s what he said:
“That your Friday game has been forfeited, to me doesn’t really ring true to what we’re trying to teach our young adults here. This is their opportunity to face adversity, power through it, and it will serve them well in their life.”
And he’s right, you’re always going to go against people who are bigger, stronger, smarter than you – you can’t avoid it and you shouldn’t want to. While it sucks to lose out to someone, it’s going to happen.
These parents who are insisting that the games need to be fair are what’s wrong with this country – we’re turning out a whole generation of kids who think that life is fair and if it’s not, they don’t want to play.
Good luck to these kids in the future – your parents have turned you into pussies who would rather lose than try. You build character in the trying, not in the winning.