Thanks to Commenter Sunrise for first making mention of this in my original story below. Micah Grimes, the head coach of the Covenant School who unleashed a 100-0 beating on Dallas Academy, has been fired.
In an effort to be fair and balanced and Fox Newsish, I welcome you all to click the above link and listen to the Mike and Mike clip regarding this incident. Mike Greenberg is of the opinion that my thinking, apparently, is "pathetic". (I did not write that letter, and I think it was poorly worded and a poor example as to why I disagree with this move, for the record).
Look, again, I have no desire to see anyone embarrassed. Dallas Academy is apparently a small school that specializes in teaching kids with learning disabilities. Admirable, no doubt, and good for them. I don't see how that's relevant to this story, though.
It's pretty obvious that the girls on the Covenant team wanted to score 100. Should we fault them for that? If we have a situation where their coach is forcing them to play and run up the score against the team's collective will, that's a different monster and truly disgusting. But if it's a group of 15-17 year old girls who want to score 100? Somehow that's wrong? Again, I say, we are focusing only on how the losing team feels.
To Dallas Academy's credit, they did not complain or cry. The girls on that team have kept the game in its proper perspective: it's a game. Per every report I have read, they played hard throughout. Powerful lessons can be learned by playing a game through extreme adversity.
But there's nothing to be learned by Covenant? That's the position Mike and Mike have taken on this. I guess there's nothing to be learned about working hard and actually receiving a carrot. That there are situations that you get rewarded for hard work. How often in today's society do we find the hard workers getting shafted while people wait on handouts?
Look, I am not a parent. If my daughter were on Dallas Academy's basketball team, my head would have spun after this happened. I can appreciate any of the parents at the game flipping out over the continuous press or the three point shots (even I think that's excessive). What I cannot appreciate is a man losing his job for his kids playing too well.
This sort of thing is indicative of the 'everybody is a winner, everyone gets a trophy' mindset of our society. For 5-6-7 year olds, fine. The truth of life, though, is that it is not fair. Some people are better at science. Some better at repairing automobiles. Others are better at basketball. We live in a world that, right or wrong, values competition. Competition ranges from school to sports to jobs and everything in between. What do we teach these girls, be they the girls of Covenant or of Dallas Academy, if we tell them that there is a ceiling on hard work? Or that everyone is going to win?
I think that the girls of Dallas Academy have learned an amazing lesson that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. I hope they did, at least, and I hope that the coaches at Dallas Academy made sure to point it out to them. They played hard. They worked hard (I assume). They got beat. Badly. But they never gave up. They showed great, great character in defeat and, if and when, defeat raises up again, they should be ready to face it head on.
In the same line of thinking, though, I believe the girls of Covenant learned a valuable lesson as well. They learned that hard work can pay off. They learned that they can achieve through preparation and training. And they also, I hope, learned how to win with grace and to also play hard against impossible odds. Eventually, those girls on the Covenant basketball team will face some sort of awful defeat. It may be in life or it may be in sport, but regardless as to its context, I like to think they've learned how to handle themselves as well.
I find it repugnant that a man would lose his job over this (unless it was him and him alone that was pushing this beating onto Dallas Academy). It punishes girls for playing well and almost destroys the lesson that Dallas Academy appears to have learned. Again, Dallas Academy has my utmost respect for not only the way they handled themselves during the game, but after the game. These 15-17 year old girls have taken this ordeal with grace and humility. We could all stand to learn something from Dallas Academy.