What should you do in a blowout game?
I’ve read plenty of stories about massive blowouts in high school sports, including this week’s hot-button girls basketball game, where Bloomington (Ind.) South destroyed Arlington 107-2. I’ve never been able to figure out proper protocol for a game like this.
Regardless, this is the most interesting take I’ve seen so far, from Indianapolis Star sports columnist Bob Kravitz:
...I'm not going to spill crocodile tears for the folks at Arlington, mostly because I don't think those young ladies want our pity. Don't want to get beat 107-2? Get better. Work harder. That's how it works in life. If someone is better than you, work toward their standard. And someday, you, too, will be better.
Kravitz makes some interesting points. Would people care if the predominantly poor school were a rich, religious school? In Tampa Bay, would the uproar be greater if the losing team was Tampa Prep, not Hudson?
If sports are an extension of the classroom, then shouldn’t learning how to get back up without needing an extra hand be a valuable lesson?
Read Kravitz’s take, and discuss. What’s the proper protocol in a major, major blowout? Do you agree or disagree with his stance?