Jr. Griffins vs. Burros
Reality

West Chicago, IL

#1996 Apr 8, 2013
Reality Check wrote:
The Burros were welcomed back to Main Park a few weeks ago with open arms. The one abusive coach - still on their board. What is the difference between last year and this year? It's an election year.
your right, buckle up, an abusive setting with no consequences
good luck to the kids, they are going to need it
An Ex-Griffon

Frankfort, IL

#1997 Apr 20, 2013
Lets put this ugly chapter of Mokena politics behind us.

Everyone on the Griffons and Burros understands this was started by a few individuals who left the Burros with a ax to grind. Somehow they got the buy-in of the Park District, and all of a sudden the Burros children are not welcome on Mokena fields (after 48 years). Even those of us who moved to the Griffons knew is was a sham. However, we were scared into moving as we were told the Burros did not have a "home".

Political pressure forced the backward members of the park district board to let the Burros boys and girls back on Mokena fields. Now that this injustice has been remedied, lets fold the Griffons and put the children of Mokena back with one organization - the Burros.
parent

Frankfort, IL

#1998 Apr 20, 2013
An Ex-Griffon wrote:
Lets put this ugly chapter of Mokena politics behind us.

Everyone on the Griffons and Burros understands this was started by a few individuals who left the Burros with a ax to grind. Somehow they got the buy-in of the Park District, and all of a sudden the Burros children are not welcome on Mokena fields (after 48 years). Even those of us who moved to the Griffons knew is was a sham. However, we were scared into moving as we were told the Burros did not have a "home".

Political pressure forced the backward members of the park district board to let the Burros boys and girls back on Mokena fields. Now that this injustice has been remedied, lets fold the Griffons and put the children of Mokena back with one organization - the Burros.
If not I don't think either program will have a team this year. It's a shame what a few people have done to this towns football program! Now the parents of this community have to take there kids to Frankfort Sqr, Frankfort, or new Lenox in order to play football. Shame on each and everyone of you who have ruined it for the kids Mokena!
blame game

New Lenox, IL

#1999 Apr 20, 2013
parent wrote:
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If not I don't think either program will have a team this year. It's a shame what a few people have done to this towns football program! Now the parents of this community have to take there kids to Frankfort Sqr, Frankfort, or new Lenox in order to play football. Shame on each and everyone of you who have ruined it for the kids Mokena!
THANKS GEORGE METANIAS!
You helped destroy this wonderful program.
You did the same thing back in South Holland and are doing the same thing in Mokena.

please go away. your kids are grown and its creepy that you still hang around little boys
OUTSIDE OBSERVER

Mount Dora, FL

#2000 Apr 23, 2013
An Ex-Griffon wrote:
Lets put this ugly chapter of Mokena politics behind us.
Everyone on the Griffons and Burros understands this was started by a few individuals who left the Burros with a ax to grind. Somehow they got the buy-in of the Park District, and all of a sudden the Burros children are not welcome on Mokena fields (after 48 years). Even those of us who moved to the Griffons knew is was a sham. However, we were scared into moving as we were told the Burros did not have a "home". Political pressure forced the backward members of the park district board to let the Burros boys and girls back on Mokena fields. Now that this injustice has been remedied, lets fold the Griffons and put the children of Mokena back with one organization - the Burros.
I have heard a lot of rumors lately. The first mistake was the MPD and Griffins did shut the kids out of Main Park because of the back door politics and it back fired on them. It didn't work as we saw the Burros were able to practice at the Meijer field and played their games at LWE and Providence. The poor Griffin kids were the ones that suffered in serious defeat week in and week out as it showed with a 3-37 record for the program. I laugh when I hear the kids get to play a 5th Qtr. What a joke. It's the false idea that the kids who pay the same money as everyone else get rail roaded into a game that means nothing, scores don't count so the politicians can say they got all the kids to play. If you coach right it should be done on Saturday. Its developmental football not HS. The area is dwindling with economic growth and families are economically challeneged and some kids just don't want to play anymore. The area dividing lines have hurt the programs with F. Square taking kids that will go to LWN and New Lenox get the kids that are bused to LWC. The other flight are to the Falcons that still can go to LWE. Who wants to play in that league and travel all over the place to places that don't have any connection to the local area. Kids do like to play against kids that they know or will face in HS. The Burros and Griffins I understand are trying to piece themselves back together and for the kids sake I hope they do, but the Burros program has been in existence for nearly 50 years and they should remain the same. I understand board members from both programs have departed and hope now the programs will prosper for the better. Good Luck to all the kids.
Concerned Parent

Mokena, IL

#2002 Jun 9, 2013
Can someone please let me no whats going on with the Burros Program? I have 2 sons signed up for football and I'm hearing all sorts of rumors. Is there enough kids, do they have coaches, are the jr griffins and burros combining programs? What is the status of the organization? The people running the show need to be more open with all of us parents who have supported this program. We have been there for you and now you need to be honest with us.
Jim McMahon

Frankfort, IL

#2003 Jun 19, 2013
Hey Jr. Griffins, why does the River Valley League website only show you having 2 teams playing football this year? The schedule has no Super Lightweights or Junior Varsity! Oh yeah, because you can't field teams at those two levels. Dennis and George, MAN UP! Admit it is over and let the other families know what is going on. You refuse to return anyone's emails, text, or phone calls. Come clean. Give the families their money back so they can find a place for their kids to play football and cheer! Aren't you there for the kids or has it become only about YOU? Put your egos aside and do what is right. It is the middle of June. Do the right thing and do it now! So much for there being enough kids in Mokena to field two programs. The time is now!
Three days

Chicago, IL

#2004 Jul 29, 2013
How many kids are in the Burros program at each level? And why did so many leave at lower levels?
Tom

Greenwood, IN

#2005 Aug 7, 2013
None of the JR Griffins games will count this year. Specifically due to their lack of numbers in the program! The only reason they were allowed to stay was the lie that George Metantias told the league. He stated that the Burros would merge with them and play in the RVL. By next year, the Jr Griffins will be done! No kids and no money to pay off their 35k debt.
Clueless

New Lenox, IL

#2006 Aug 7, 2013
George has always been clueless.
aren't his kids grown beyond this program?
Just like helping out with the young boys maybe
GEM

Washington, DC

#2007 Aug 8, 2013
Tom wrote:
None of the JR Griffins games will count this year. Specifically due to their lack of numbers in the program! The only reason they were allowed to stay was the lie that George Metantias told the league. He stated that the Burros would merge with them and play in the RVL. By next year, the Jr Griffins will be done! No kids and no money to pay off their 35k debt.
it's a shame those kids will be subjected to more humiliation and weekly beatings because of the political ego. Give it up George.
X-Griffin

Mount Dora, FL

#2008 Aug 8, 2013
Three days wrote:
How many kids are in the Burros program at each level? And why did so many leave at lower levels?
The Burros are still thriving despite the negativity spread. I heard many Kids left the program last year under false pretense to follow their friends and the other ducks to a program that failed. It's a shame. Mokena should have 1 team. Go Burros 50 years!!!
zippy

Mokena, IL

#2009 Aug 8, 2013
p-rents; just don't sit on the sidelines- get involved and be a positive influence somehow- otherwise stop your whining- no one wants to listen to complaints from the bleachers
Sammy

Chicago, IL

#2010 Aug 8, 2013
The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness. For he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you.
Flag Guru

New Lenox, IL

#2011 Aug 12, 2013
Who is the pre-season favorite to win the Flag Bowl? Thats the question now that theres some parity in the league.
Mokena Click

United States

#2012 Aug 13, 2013
Well the Jets will. They always do.... That's amazing they are that lucky when drawing kids names out of a hat.

this stuff is funny

West Chicago, IL

#2013 Aug 13, 2013
isn't the reason the other team came to be is because of beatings and humiliation? didn't a kid get thrown to the ground and verbally abused by a burro coach, didn't a kid get chocked at a burros homecoming event? That would be the beatings, didn't a burros board member get caught shoplifting? didn't a burros board member get caught forging documents to the high school, didn't a burros board member get kicked off park district property for abusing kids, and had to hire a lawyer to get back on the grounds?(the humiliation)the answers to these questions are yes so what are you talking about pea-brain
MokenaJrGriffins Mom

Greenwood, IN

#2014 Aug 13, 2013
I have 3 boys,1 nephew,&many friends& neighbors that have been through Mokena "politics" and watched as the Burros hand-picked only coaches'/board members' kids,as INCREDIBLY talented & up&coming kids watching from the sidelines.My 2nd&4th sons went through the same in Fft.Sq.for years.My son is now in his 2nd wonderful year with the Mokena Jr.Griffins.He LIVES FOR FOOTBALL AGAIN & LOVES going to football practice & games again!And he PLAYS!Many HAPPY boys&girls are ENJOYING and LEARNING more than ever b4 in Football, Flag, Cheer,& Dance w/the Jr. Griffins. We parents are very pleased that this organization erupted out of the past and is SUCCEEDING,as our children are,in the present,& will in the future. THANK YOU, MOKENA JR. GRIFFINS!!! Well done!!!!!
Soccer mom

New Lenox, IL

#2015 Aug 14, 2013
MokenaJrGriffinsMom wrote:
I have 3 boys,1 nephew,&many friends& neighbors that have been through Mokena "politics" and watched as the Burros hand-picked only coaches'/board members' kids,as INCREDIBLY talented & up&coming kids watching from the sidelines.My 2nd&4th sons went through the same in Fft.Sq.for years.My son is now in his 2nd wonderful year with the Mokena Jr.Griffins.He LIVES FOR FOOTBALL AGAIN & LOVES going to football practice & games again!And he PLAYS!Many HAPPY boys&girls are ENJOYING and LEARNING more than ever b4 in Football, Flag, Cheer,& Dance w/the Jr. Griffins. We parents are very pleased that this organization erupted out of the past and is SUCCEEDING,as our children are,in the present,& will in the future. THANK YOU, MOKENA JR. GRIFFINS!!! Well done!!!!!
I cant hardly wait a couple of years till those boys Mature! can you say Ms. Robinson
Congrats Burros

Mokena, IL

#2016 Aug 15, 2013
Congrats to the Mokena Burros for 50 years in our community!! Once a Burro, Always a Burro.
GO BURROS!!

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