Is a 91-0 Youth Football Beatdown Bullying or a Reality Check?

Yes, I'm Going to Work Pat Buchanan into a Post About Texas Youth Football
Up in Fort Worth, there is a very good high school football team: the Aledo Bearcats. They have been crushing teams this season "outscor[ing] their opponents by an average of 77 points per game."

On October 18, though, one parent had enough. After a 91-0 beatdown of Forth Worth Western Hills, a parent got mad:

In the complaint, the dad of a player on the Western Hills High School football team claims Aledo High School football coach Tim Buchanan encouraged his players to bully their opponents by running up the score. Buchanan learned of the online complaint against him Saturday, the day after his team beat Western Hills in a 4A matchup.

"It wasn't good for anybody," Buchanan said. "I've sat and gone over and over and over it on what we could have done differently. The score could have very easily been 150 to nothing."

The unnamed dad said:

"We all witnessed bullying firsthand, it is not a pretty sight," the complaint reads according to MyFoxDFW.com. "I did not know what to say on the ride home to explain the behavior of the Aledo coaches for not easing up when the game was in hand."

Yes, we have reached a point in our society where a dad makes a bullying complaint because his son's team got whupped during a high school football game. Is the apocalypse near?

No. Because of men like John Quinones, the director of the Keller Youth Association Football League:

The Keller Youth Association (KYA) football league has decided to do away with trophies for every child who plays. The league director said the board made the decision in order to teach kids that to get awards, they have to go above and beyond just participating.

Football director John Quinones said the board had talked about eliminating trophies for a couple years. They scaled back to medals for participants over the last few seasons. Starting in the spring, those will be gone too, except for possibly the youngest division. Only league champions will take home an award.

"The biggest thing is we want to teach these kids everything in life isn't going to be given to them," Quinones said. "Your boss when you go to work isn't going to give you a trophy just because you showed up on time."

Kudos to you, Mr. Quinones. I cannot agree more. The Millenials walking around today, acting entitled like the world owes them something . . . these are the kids whose parents read too many self-esteem books and demanded participation trophies for their kids so their feeling wouldn't get hurt.

Let me conjure up my inner Pat Buchanan: "There is a war going on in our country for the soul of America. It is a cultural war, as critical to the kind of nation we will one day be as was the Cold War itself. On the one side there are heroes like John Quinones, on the other side there are effete weaklings like 'Western Hills Dad.' You need to choose which side you are on."

By the way, the Aledo football coach was cleared of the bullying allegations. Score one for the good guys.

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