When winning isn't everything

When winning isn't everything

There are 2 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Dec 1, 2007, titled When winning isn't everything. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

OSCODA, Mich. - When folks need inspiration, they often draw on the motivational octane of pigskin messiahs, grizzled men of gridiron fame with trick knees and broken noses who preach the American virtues of ...

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Football Parent

United States

#1 Dec 14, 2007
My son played on that quitting team last year and was deeply affected about the decision to quit, the boys that had this last change to play were devestated about the way things were handled. Most of the boys that played wanted the opportunity to show the community that they would still play as the underdogs being outmatched and outsized. It amazes me how that the blame for the short season seems to be all gears toward the team and not the adults that were to be the leaders of this team. Coach Davis who was the Asst. Coach last year, did not have the same attitude then as he does now, it's unfornuate, my son was quite close to him during the season and beyond and has sense found out that sometimes it doesn't matter your age, some take a long time to grow up. Your comment about the toothpick retaliation reported that none of the guilty persons were football players, nor where none of them graduated. Still kids. You are correct that the events of last year will be something we will never forget or forgive. It will be something that will shape my sons life, hopefully he will be able to put it to a learning lesson and benefit from it. I grew up in this community and went to high school here and hope that this area wakes up and realizes that the academics are more important, but the sports have to play an important role.
concerned oscodian

Eau Claire, WI

#2 Dec 14, 2007
Football parent: I hope your son knows that there are many of us in the community that knew exactly what went on. I believe that the adults (aka the coach, asst. coach, school administration) could have and should have handled the situation much differently. I see no difference in the playing this year; the kids still lost many games. So what was so different to have people expound that this season was so much better and everyone is so proud of this year's team? Did last year's team just quit or did the school quit them? I believe it was the latter. Of course academics is more important than sports but when you want attention to be drawn away from an area of concern what do you do? You create a diversion. That's exactly what happened in Oscoda. The only real crime this time is that it involved kids. Don't look for any empathy from those adults that were involved in the decision to cancel the season. They want to make sure the diversion worked and hope that the people in the community will buy all the propaganda they hand out. I'm sorry your son had to learn this type of lesson from the one place he should have felt safe. Just tell him there are people who understand and he shouldn't let this take control of his destiny. "This too shall pass".

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