Yes, he had favorites. In the world of sports, favorites are called STARTERS, or FIRST STRING. Mendoza never hesitated to rip into his "favorites" during film study or bench them in the middle of the game for not carrying out assignments. It's easy to be a parent who wants their kid to get a chance to play, and cry like a little girl with pigtails when he or she doesn't. Understand that freshman, sophomore, and JV teams exist at SJB, so if your kid wants to play, he can play. HS varsity, college, and NFL coaches don't put players on the field just to be nice or to give them a token chance. There are people besides your kid on the team who are trying to earn scholarships because their parents cannot possibly afford $50,000/yr. Chances are, if your kid is 2nd string on their HS team, sports are not in their future. That's not being mean, or pro-jock, its just true. Who would send an idiot who can't spell to a competitive academic team contest just to make parents happy? You're going to deny the 5th ranked student just so the parents of the 400th ranked student don't throw a tantrum? Psht. Grow up. Whenever there was a blowout in EITHER direction, the 2-4 string players got a chance. That's sports. Lastly, Mendoza always put academics first and he was VERY GOOD at getting his players recognition from college scouts. Grad class of 2001 defense: 7/11 starting defensive players got scholarships, myself included. THAT'S SAYING SOMETHING.