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  1. 24 points
    Many of my coaching pals knew I had this opportunity come my way and now I can OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCE to tune in on MONDAY SEPTEMBER 11th, 2017 for the 1st episode of the 35th Season of WHEEL OF FORTUNE!! I was selected for Teacher Week and filmed back in late JULY!! Check your local listings !!!
  2. 21 points
    I know I haven't posted on here in a LONG time and rarely am I ever serious... but I feel like this is as good as an occasion as any to make an appearance. Although I am not as seasoned as "Bud", I have seen my share of coaches through my years. There will never be another Larry Wright, he single handily put modern day Sheridan on the map. He has a complete section on Sheridan's Wiki page for the love of God... if that isn't bad A don't know what is. So this post is to you "Bud" Wright...
  3. 21 points
    Yesterday was a tough emotional day for me. However, I am in a good place with the decision that I made. There are a few reasons why this decision was made, but first and foremost it came down to family and the time spent away from them. I love my players and the coaching staffs I have been fortunate to coach with and was honored to be with all of them! The past 8 years have been truly a blessing for me and my family! Pike is a GREAT place to work! Wtih all of that being said, I didn't leave to take the job at Plainfield. First off, it isn't open! Secondly, Brian Woodard has done an outstanding job there! Thirdly, and most importantly, Brian is a friend and for someone to even hint that I left Pike for Plainfield isn't fair to him, his staff, his players or his family...Its reckless and uncalled for! He doesn't deserve that type of disrespect. Good luck to all those fortunate enough to be playing this weekend!
  4. 19 points
    Mr. Faulkens, Our football crew had the pleasure of working at West Washington HS Friday hosting Indianapolis Washington. I just wanted to pass along what I thought was the best display of sportsmanship I’ve seen in many years of working. First of all, Indpls Washington only brought 12 kids to play, so it was safe to assume the game could easily get out of hand quickly. Early on, one of the Indpls kids got injured and did not return. Late in the second quarter, another of the Indpls kids had to be looked at after a tackle. In an effort to keep the player in the game, West Washington took a time out so the “injury” could be looked at without him having to be removed. He ended up coming out for a few plays anyway. Since Indpls was down to 10 kids, the West Washington staff pulled one of their kids so as to not have an advantage with numbers. West Washington continually ran underclassmen in and out of the game to give them experience, but to also not run up the score as they could have. During the contest, West Washington players were constantly helping the Indpls kids up off the ground. I believe we may have had a total of 5 flags during the game and three of those were false starts. The score could have easily been 100-0, even with a “running” clock in the second half. I just wanted to pass along my thoughts on what I observed working this contest. Bad behavior gets criticized and reported, but rarely does good sportsmanship get attention. I copied this on to the IHSAA Sportsmanship report on Arbiter. Regards, Craig T. Sparks, LUTCF
  5. 19 points
    Here's the deal ... he said something as simple as LCC and RCHS have been playing since the 40s or the 50s. He didn't say that LCC won a state championship in a particular year. And frankly, even if he did, who cares? He wasn't saying it to be disrespectful or to one-up someone else. He offered it as a tidbit of info to show that there has been play between these teams for more than just LCC's recent stint in the HC and as part of the history that a lot of HC programs share. The issue at hand is that somehow, you saw it as some kind of disrespect or an opportunity to "show him" and I merelt saw it as a fellow HC member sharing some history that he found. My guess is that 98% of the thread saw it similarly. It wasn't a challenge or a ruffled crest or a beaten breast. As for being on the same side, that's subjective. Do I like the Knights and support them as much as I can? Sure. To that extent we are both on the same side. To the extent that I see everything as a challenege and as a swipe, we really aren't on the same side. Sure, there are folks that hate LCC, but there are also some that are indifferent, and others still that, regardless of what color jersey they wear, share the same types of goals and admiration for fellow gridiron warriors because we are a special breed. And yes, here I am going to be very biased in saying that football players are a special warrior class that share a bond that I think is really hard to understand completely until one has strapped on a helmet and gone toe-to-toe with someone. We tell the kids that every day and we tell them that's the kind of stuff that always binds you to the guy on the other side of the ball regardless of score and regardless of school colors. While you see everyone against us, I constantly hear from our rivals how much they wish they could get their programs to the level where are kids are. How much they appreciate the sportsmanship of our players ... going as far as to call both youth and varsity Knights the most polite rivals that they have ever had the pleasure to bang heads with. I have had coaches drive up from Indy just to watch a youth game and tell me how impressed he was with the kids. While you think the whole world is against LCC, I don't see it as the whole world. I understand that there are a lot who stand against us, but that won't make me shut out those who would stand with us or even just want to talk general football. Maybe I have been a little more snippy to you recently, but I'll be quite honest with you, it's because it's getting old. There's a time and a place for battles and most of the fights that I have seen you fighting are a lot of times in your own mind or taken to a level way beyond where it was ever originally expected or intended to go. There always has to be a last word, even if it means taking the oiriginal post way out of context to manufacture a new area to address. Please forgive me as I am an older man, but my level of patience after three plus seasons has kind of reached it's point.
  6. 16 points
    Perhaps they struggle with the English portion of the SAT?
  7. 16 points
    It's the world we have ceded over. We have elected officials and emplaced bureaucrats that have nothing in common with those of us they rule. We have said nothing when the crazies began to dominate our media and journalism. We are reaping what we have allowed to be sown. Sorry....going all OOBs here.
  8. 14 points
    Truly, truly going to miss seeing Coach L leading the Trojans. I'm an Indy import but he was there during the most formative times in my kid's lives. He IS the "Chatard" that both they and my family knows. His influence on the life of my children is indelible. An important part of what they are and will become is what he helped make them Seven State Championships in 14 years. That statement stands fairly alone in the history of Indiana HS football. It stands minimally in light of the future fathers he helped guide. Over half of Chatard's current State leading 13 Championships came under Coach Lorenzano's leadership. He's truly defined and left his stamp on the program. As incredible as that is, Coach L "brought a swagger" and "inspired everyone" to quote my oldest son....long since gone from Chatard. That same son, today, walks with that inspiration and swagger he got from "L". I suspect he will always walk so. Those State Championships dwindle in light of those truly, truly tough, inspired kids who swagger in his wake. Lives and generations beyond will be touched by that....long after the medals and rings fade. Coaches touch most of our lives as kids. They give us so much more than they gain...that's why they are such special people. They certainly touched and molded mine many years ago in HS and College....but much, much moreso in HS. Whatever they receive, they give back tenfold. Even so, it's a rare coach that touches the parents so deeply as well....as Coach L has done within our family...along with some other wonderful coaches at Chatard (other than Dad, perhaps the biggest male influence on my youngest son was his Freshman line coach). Though it's inadequate, all we can do is thank you Coach. Our family has a special place in our hearts and thoughts for you. Edit - apologies for the overlong post. I could have written a book, though, on his behalf.
  9. 14 points
    I would rank them as follows: 1. LCC 2. Doesn't matter....
  10. 12 points
  11. 12 points
    Shhhhhh Nobody cares about those facts because it doesn't sensationalize like the great sport of Football.
  12. 12 points
    SERIOUSLY?? If you cannot achieve and earn a 2.0 then NO ATHLETIC TEAM should be a priority.
  13. 12 points
    School boards do not hire and fire people. You have administration in place to do that part of the job. Your school board is in place as a system of checks and balances for your Superintendent and to make Corporation decisions. Extra curricular and teaching hiring and firing are not in their job description. However some boards show disrespect to their administration and over step their boundaries!
  14. 12 points
    Here you go Stink, just for you. (Queue up Gin and Juice for full effect) With so much drama from the STC, it's kinda hard hangin' out on the TGD, but I, somehow, some way, keep coming up with relevant posts like every single day. May I say a little something on this thead dude, tell a little bit about the Braves crew? Third week o' November and the party's still jumpin' 'cause the Braves ain't done. We got 4 good kids that can run the ball, but which one has it will perplex you all. So what you gonna do? Quit? Got a pocket full of weapons and can throw the ball too. So turn off the lights and close the do', but (but what?) we do love them trophs! So we get on the bus with it, hands up, break it down, while you Tiger fans hide the kids. Rollin' down Fif-ty, with that trophy, sippin' on Gatorade, laid back. With our minds on the Title and the Title on our minds! Rollin' down Fif-ty, with that trophy, sippin' on Gatorade, laid back. With our minds on the Title and the Title on our minds!
  15. 11 points
    I would like to appeal the the folks behind this wonderful message board to create a sub-forum to be moderated and lead by DrivenT. I think sometimes his hot takes get lost in the wash with other threads taking attention away. I would suggest that the sub-forum be titled "Hey kids, stay off my lawn" - with DrivenT.
  16. 11 points
    Showing excitement by fist pumping and cheering on your players, is not a "Bro Culture". You can be a leader of Young men and Grown men by creating a culture in which kids and people want to be in. It does not mean that you treat them as peers. It means they understand that you care about them and can rejoice in a moment with them, you aren't afraid to celebrate their successes. I have found in my years of coaching that I am a much better coach when they know I care, rather then when we have dictitoral type of relationship. None of this means there is not discipline and order. You all would hate watching Westfield play. We celebrate with our kids all the time. We even celebrate a turnover and try to be enthusiastic as possible at all times. We have built a team dedicated to family, service and hard work. Our numbers continue to grow from the youth leagues up. Our mission statement is to "make playing football at Westfield one of the most incredible experiences of your life." We take kids to College game, to a haunted house, we host a Special Olympics football camp, we have won the Indiana Blood Drive 3 of the last year, we have raised almost $50.000 for cancer. Oh and by the way, we won a State Championship and were runner up once. We won 4 sectionals in a row, won two regionals, won 2 semi-states. We fist bumped and chest bumped and encouraged all the way in all of these endeavors! We are in the business of building young men who will be future leaders and what a great forum football is to do that. Building leaders doesn't have to be mean and uncaring. Read the book, " Lead for Gods sake". Read, " The Energy bus". People will follow those who they know care for them and root for them. The do as I say because I am coach days are over. I for one say " Thank GOD"!
  17. 11 points
    Always my favorite threads of this time of year.......... Rinse Repeat
  18. 11 points
    The school board does not have every right to weigh in on hiring decisions. The school board's role is school policy, not administrative. The administration is responsible for interviewing and school board DOES have final say. But if the school board declines a hire, they are showing not only lack of confidence in the hire, but a lack of confidence in administration. That is a major problem. The ultimate decision to keep a coach or teacher should ultimately lie with the principal, AD, or superintendent.
  19. 11 points
    Coach Wright is 1 game away from earning his 400th career win as HC, living legend does not even come close to explain his impact at Sheridan and Indiana High School Football. I will always remember our games in 2000's with his teams. Coach Wright and his Sheridan Blackhawks will be in action this Friday looking for win #400 vs Taylor. I wanted to start this thread to express my gratitude, and congratulatory remarks to Coach Wright and the Sheridan Program. I would love to hear any great Coach Wright stories from folks out there, I know there are some doozies and I have a few of my favorite memories I will eventually share. Cheers to you Coach Wright and the Sheridan Blackhawks
  20. 11 points
    The football off season is boring. Let's shake it up! I've seen multiple posts in this forum along the lines of "...I can't believe [insert Name] from our school isn't being recruited to play [insert Position] in college." Let's take a look at one hypothetical situation, Johnny Q. Bradford is the all-conference quarterback and career passing leader for Gnaw Bone High School. He's a captain of the Football, Basketball and Baseball teams. He led his team to their first sectional win in two decades this year. (Gnaw Bone unfortunately lost a tough Regional matchup against those cheaters from Cardinal Higi HS). Johnny seems like a smart kid and gets mostly A's and B's in school. Every week since the end of the football season, at least a dozen people ask Johnny "Where are you going to play next year, John? I bet the recruiters are knocking down your door!" Even though John is the best Quarterback to come of out Gnaw Bone since Smedley Fenderson (Class of 1928) the odds still aren't good for our boy John. Here are some numbers for your perusal: Number of athletes: There are 1,088,158 athletes playing high school football on 16,047 High School teams. This means that there are roughly 16,047 (or more) starting Quarterbacks in the country About 10,000 of those starting Quarterbacks will graduate this year At least 5,000 of those graduating, starting QBs have some level of interest in playing college football Availability of positions: The average college program has no more than 6 QBs on their roster Only 1 or 2 new athletes (lets call it 1.5) are needed on per team per year to replace exiting athletes Here are the number of football teams at each level of collegiate competition:D1 FBS Teams - 126 D1 FCS Teams - 123 D2 Teams - 164 D3 Teams - 243 NAIA Teams - 79 NJCAA Teams - 67 (this is "Junior College") Total College Teams: 802 Assuming that no more than 1.5 quarterbacks per team are needed, here is an estimate on the number of quarterback athletes needed at each level of competition: D1 FBS - 189 D1 FCS - 185 D2 - 246 D3 - 365 NAIA - 119 NJCAA - 101 Total QB Athletes needed: 1,203 There are multiple theories and much wisdom about how to get Johnny recruited. This post isn't about that. It's about understanding the basic odds that he faces in playing ball at the next level. For this example, let's pretend that every high school has a pretty good quarterback and that college coaches pick their recruits by randomly drawing names out of a hat. In that scenario, here are John's odds of playing QB in college. In each case, the % chance is cumulative and includes that level of football and all levels above it. This reflects the thought that if (for example) John is willing to consider playing at D2 schools, he has 189 D1 FBS + 185 D1 FCS + 246 D2 schools that might make him an offer. Here are the raw odds:Chance of playing QB @ D1 FBS: 3.6% " @ D1 FBS or FCS: 7% " @ D1 FBS/FCS or D2: 12% " @ D1 FBS/FCS, D2 or D3: 18% " @ NCAA or NAIA: 21% " @ NCAA, NAIA or NJCAA: 23% For a variety of reasons, the odds are actually worse than this. But let's consider these "best case" or "optimistic" odds Availability of scholarships: Here's where the real bummer comes in. In Division 1 FBS not everybody gets a scholarship. There are 105 roster spots and only 85 of those guys get scholarships. Philosophies differ per school, but the difference between the 85 and the 105 number is often unproven underclassmen who work and train (and pay for school and go to class) but have no guarantee of a scholarship down the road. At lower levels there are even fewer scholarships and they are generally partial scholarships. Here are the number of scholarships per team at each level:D1 FBS - 85 Scholarships per team (all full scholarships) D1 FCS - 63 Scholarships per team (mostly partial) D2 - 36 Scholarships per team (mostly partial) D3 0 Scholarships per team NAIA 12 Scholarships per team (mostly partial) NJCAA 24 Scholarships per team (mostly partial) Expressed another way, here are the average scholarship amounts that a football athlete receives at each level: D1 FBS $17,551 D1 FCS $10,882 D2 $4,938 D3 $- NAIA $6,577 NJCAA $1,920 Said another way... some of the D1 athletes will pay for their schooling with football. Most of the rest will pay to play their college to play football. Even at the D1 level, it is estimated the value of the scholarship is worth less than being paid minimum wage for the number of hours that a college athlete will put into their sport. In summary: John's odds are not good to play D1. The scholarships aren't very substantial below D1. Stop asking him where he's going to play college ball. That is all. Thoughts?
  21. 11 points
    These guys went undefeated in Middle School!
  22. 11 points
    Clearly on a page devoted to HS Football we here are going to take notice but if it is unjust, shouldn't the attention it has drawn generated by the fact it happened to Wimmer be a good thing for all teachers.
  23. 11 points
    1994 - Urbania Giants 27 -21 over the Urbania Cowboys. Giants win by scoring on the game's final play using a trick play called "The Annexation of Puerto Rico".
  24. 10 points
    Who logs the time? Is it just time spent at practices? Man if I got paid $22 an hour for everything I did football wise, heck even $5 an hour if I was allowed to count Film, meetings, Staff meetings, at home film, JV games, evaluating Middle and Freshman games, post Friday night games where I am downloading film, stats, etc. I would blow out my current stipend which is VERY GOOD.
  25. 10 points
    Most of us who have coached at any level have most likely been there at one point or another very light and funny comedian John Christ says what most struggling FB coaches are thinking Its been tossed all around social media if you haven't seen it take a min and watch pretty funny stuff!
  26. 10 points
    That didn't take you long......what a week??? Lets see in a week you have managed to highlight the "poor' programs in the state, advocating removing football from schools, called for multiple head college coaches to be fired already or on the "hot seat' This place has not changed from the days of Coach Tim Adams as it pertains to coaches and their families. We allow what is reported, nothing more, nothing less. I know shall go in the shame corner for allowing myself to get *%#!?*ed into the DT vortex of ridiculousness
  27. 10 points
  28. 10 points
    How much you wanna make a bet I can throw a football over them mountains?... Yeah... Coach woulda put me in fourth quarter, we would've been state champions. No doubt. No doubt in my mind.
  29. 10 points
    At the youth level, I'd disagree with this. Yes, you always strive to have the kids win or attempt to win, but ultimately, for youth players, it should be about fundamentals, working with others, growing individually and as a team, and fostering a love/appreciation for the sport.
  30. 10 points
    I would start the player who gave my team the best opportunity to win a game.
  31. 10 points
    Nice article about John Harrell, it focuses on the basketball side, but the Football community owes this man a great deal of gratitude. http://www.ibj.com/articles/62140-lopresti-the-unlikely-nerve-center-of-indiana-high-school-basketball
  32. 10 points
    I don't understand this move. Granted they're independent, but the don't have to put together the schedules they do by consistently playing some of the best around in Indy and Cincinnati. IMO, stepping down to 5A is like saying they want to seriously challenge themselves in the regular season, but not in the playoffs when hardware is on the line. They'll probably run through 5A next year with an average margin of victory around 25 ppg.
  33. 10 points
    I would put significantly more value on the opinions of the coaches than the opinions of the media.
  34. 10 points
    Haha, way to introduce yourself to the forum and represent your school in a positive manner. We are working hard on the field, I think it's almost ready for you...
  35. 10 points
    They've outscored 3 opponents by 1700? Wow, how did they not get listed on the run up the score thread?
  36. 10 points
    Thank you for your service. I was US Army 86-90 but I believe we serviced so Americans can have all freedoms. Do I like the idea of players kneeling? No, but that is there right that was fought for them.
  37. 10 points
    I wasn't at the game but rumor has it that WW was up 41-0 at half and someone yelled "what would Muda do?" Running clock half later we won 41-7. Kept it at 34.
  38. 10 points
    I, too, thought it was ambiguous. I cannot believe that anyone in his right mind would "commend" the quitters. And I know these are high school kids and, by definition, incapable of thinking through all the potential ramifications of things. But petitioning to get their coach fired with at least two games remaining? That is stupid and dishonorable even for teenagers.
  39. 10 points
    This kind of thing happens when the game becomes about the coaches and not about the players. There's nothing as exciting as grown men tricking 12 year-old kids. They probably patted themselves on the back for two days.
  40. 10 points
    Roncalli donated a pitching machine to Howe a few years ago. Roncalli also forfeited a girls softball game to Marshall when the Rebels were leading 21-0 after the first inning. Roncalli spent the next two hours working with the girls from Marshall on the fundamentals of softball. Now that's a class school and program.
  41. 9 points
    I know he's not supposed to talk about winning or not, but there's leaked footage of @Coach Nowlin in the bonus round. The camera makes him look more cartoonish ... kind of like a young Peter Griffin.
  42. 9 points
    Just found out that, due to an injury to one of the officials scheduled to work the game, I've been assigned as a substitute and will be working the back judge position. Throwing a bone to the old guy in his last go around. Very nice. Should be a lot of fun.
  43. 9 points
    It is with heavy hearts that we say good bye to Jim Daily, a long time member of our Pioneer football family who passed Monday morning after an unexpected heart attack on Friday. A 1980 Pioneer graduate, Jim had never played football himself, but joined the youth staff in 2000 when his middle son Evan (2010 graduate) began playing, grabbed onto the details of the wing-T that then head coach Mike Johnson taught, and made a huge impact in our youth program, coaching 13 seasons from 2000 thru 2012. Those efforts in youth league are still filtering thru our Varsity program yet today. In addition, Jim volunteered as our video man, filming from on top of press boxes in wind and rain and cold for the last 15 seasons and counting, of which he was named All-State video man by Pioneer coaches for his quality of work (I'm sure many of our opponents can vouch for our film quality they saw when scouting us). Jim really enjoyed the success of the 2014 and 2016 IHSAA State Runner-Up teams, and filmed those from high above Lucas Oil Stadium. Jim was a tremendous supporter of every kid that passed through our system, and he eagerly awaited watching the Panthers compete the next 2 years in particular. Jim was a great man who volunteered many, many hours for the benefit of the program, and he will be truly missed by all of his football family. God bless Jim and let his sudden passing be a reminder to all of us that everyday is a blessing in itself, so make the most of each and every one!
  44. 9 points
    I can confirm The TW will be remaining with the Indianapolis Fire Department and not heading to Bishop Chatard.
  45. 9 points
    I dont care what anyone says, but seeing the 60 and 70 and 80 year olds still coming out to High School football games is where it is at. No matter what KingTut, you personify what high school football is all about. The days you cant come to a game will be a sad day in high school football. Anyone dedicated enough to a program to come out for that long is someone I would want supporting the team.
  46. 9 points
    I will be the first to personally apologize for my role in getting this thread into the dumpster. 21 Banners, I apologize for attacking you and your intelligence level. That was immature on my part. I get tired of a lot of the same narrative about LCC and fans always looking to jump overboard if anyone even sarcastically takes a shot at the Knights. You have a tremendous program, one that 99.9% of the state would love to be a part of or match in success level. Be proud of it, you don't always have to start firing back even if the shots are meant to be serious. The play on the field is so loud I can't hear what you are saying anyway. Most people will admit they are jealous of the success LCC has had, which leads to the hate. Now, the thing I hate more than anything is the enrollment argument and complaints by LCC fans looking for some kind of sympathy or something...When you play in 1A ball and have players like Anthrop, Cronk, Denhart, George, etc. etc. you are going to win regardless of your enrollment. I've said it a hundred times and I will always believe it. I have seen 5A schools with 5x the number of students as LCC not have 4 athletes the size and talent level as those 4 I named. The LCC coaching staff is tremendous as well and would put a competitive team on the field even without athletes at that level. Would they dominate the state? Probably not, I am a firm believer in it being about the Jimmy's and Joe's over the X's and O's. I can draw up an offense right now that is schematically better than any defense you put on the field, but without the players it simply won't work. LCC also has the benefit of great feeder programs in youth ball and junior high ball that prepare their athletes for what is going to be expected of them if they want to succeed at the varsity level. That is huge, again I have seen 5A programs that do not have this luxury. These 2 areas are where I believe LCC and Linton are similar. Both coaching staffs are great. Both youth programs and junior high programs are great. Would I say one is better or worse than the other? No. I have no way of measuring that as I haven't experienced LCC's youth programs first hand or seen their coaching staff in action in the offseason or in practice. But I know they are both great examples for their players and great mentors of the game. Now, am I saying Linton is as good of a program as LCC? Absolutely not. Nobody in their right mind would say that is true. Linton doesn't have the athletes LCC has, plain and simple. They don't have the same level of success, although Linton has been a very good program for a very long time and has a lot to be proud of in their hillbilly neck of the woods. Everybody has room for improvement, Linton and LCC included. Linton just has a little bit more improving to do in order to get to the LCC level. Now, for the love of God, can we just enjoy the rest of the season and hope that the 2 best 1A teams in the state meet week 15 and play a helluva game whether it be Linton, LCC, Pioneer, West Washington, Lutheran, Fountain Central, or whomever? *disclaimer: nothing in this post was meant to be in anyway disrespectful towards any high school athletic programs in the state of Indiana.
  47. 9 points
    In the hopes to bringing awareness to teams that aren't quite up to the level of their opponents, the IHSAA should allow more practice time for teams that lose in the previous week by >35. This list has been forwarded to the IHSAA, to hopefully open their eyes to the need to allow these teams to improve themselves. Please sign our Change.org petition. This weeks list includes: Alexandria(2A) Benton Central(3A) Bloomington North(5A) Bluffton(2A) Brown County(3A) Caston(1A) Clarksville(2A) Covington(1A) Edgewood(4A) Elkhart Memorial(5A) Elwood(2A) Evansville Bosse(4A) Franklin Central(6A) Frontier(1A) Indianapolis Broad Ripple(2A) Indianapolis Marshall(3A) Jennings County(4A) Lawrence Central(6A) Leo(4A) Martinsville(5A) McCreary Central(Ky.) Mount Vernon (Fortville)(4A) Noblesville Home School North Daviess(1A) North Judson(1A) North Vermillion(1A) Norwell(3A) Oldenburg Academy(1A) Pike(6A) River Forest(2A) Rochester(2A) Salem(3A) South Bend Clay(4A) South Bend Riley(4A) South Bend Washington(4A) South Dearborn(4A) Springs Valley(1A) Taylor(2A) Triton(1A) Turkey Run(1A) Union City(1A) Western(4A)
  48. 9 points
    http://www.wthr.com/story/27498190/2014/11/27/sheridan-family-named-a-finalist-for-nbcs-together-we-make-football "After being nominated for NBC's Together We Make Football, the Wrights did not win the grand prize of a Super Bowl trip. But thanks to Colts owner Jim Irsay, Bud Wright and a guest will travel to Arizona for the big game this weekend."
  49. 9 points
    I was at a CP game this year and saw a parent verbally attacking a coach and challenging him to a physical confrontation, all while the game was in progress. That was a fine example to their children about how to handle their issues. Let's not just look at coaches and players in this equation, but what are they hearing at home to erode their respect and confidence in their staff?
  50. 9 points
    My father always told me about getting his "bell rung" when he played football. He didn't come out of the game. Now, he likely would not have had a choice. He would have come out, and they would have made him sit until he passed an impact test. We have made great strides in the area of player safety since the 1950's. It's horrible when we lose a young person playing football. It's horrible when a young person is killed in a car accident or by suicide. It's horrible when someone is taken before they have a chance to live. It's up to the parents to determine what is best for their child. If a parent believes his son or his daughter should not be playing a sport, then I don't fault them at all. That said, I could step off the curb and get hit by a Fed Ex truck. I could have a heart attack because I love McDonald's hash browns. We accept the risks because we love to live. That's part of life is that we are mortal. My thoughts go out to the family of this young man who recently passed likely as a result of injuries playing football in NY.
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