Thursday, October 7, 2010
The wussifying of America
A high school team from Rhode Island has refused to play another school, citing the size of their opponent...
"This is strictly a safety issue,'' St. George's headmaster Eric Peterson told the Boston Globe. "We are trying to keep our kids reasonably safe in a game that can be terribly exciting but has risks."
Meanwhile, the risk of losing via forfeit -- the game may or may not be recorded as a forfeit, depending on the decision of a committee of three ISL headmasters -- is not something that concerns St. George's athletic director and football coach John MacKay. He said, "People don't understand what schools like St. George's are all about. Our students are into much more than athletics. Athletic success is so secondary in a place like this.''
This would be like Bishop Timon refusing to play St. Joes or Tonawanda refusing to play North Tonawanda. It seems like there is more going on here than we're being told. My hunch is that the Rhode Island school thinks the Lawrence Academy team (from Massachusetts)recruits it's players. They have three offensive linemen over 300 pounds. But refusing to play the game? I disagree with that tactic. The ironic part is that the Rhode Island team is 2-0. Soon to be 2-1.