Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Sadly, I've Known Guys Like This...

Joseph in IL sends in this lovely story about sportsmanship... NOT.

T-ball argument leads to huge fight between coaches, assault charge
Here’s a general rule of thumb: If coaching a youth sports event, one should not become so enraged with an opposing coach that he or she physically charges them and attacks them so violently that it warrants an arrest for assault.

Sadly, two South Bend, Ind. T-ball coaches failed to heed that simple advice, with a coach aggressively attacking his opposing equal number, knocking him to the ground and pummeling him while his players looked on in tears.
Now, I'm not 100% sure here, but in our local baseball league, *all* T-ball games are tied. With some of the kids barely able to hold a bat, it's hard to keep score with any sort of fairness. In the next step up from T-ball, they keep "score", but it's very informal and quite open to interpretation. To attack another coach, though, over a call? Seriously? Dude, get anger management help.

I've known coaches like this, unfortunately. One of the dads who coaches basketball came very close to assaulting one of the teenaged referees at a game last season - their team was missing a star player, and they were getting their @$$e$ handed to them by my son's team. The dad was getting frustrated and arguing with the ref over every single call that went against his team, and by about the middle of the game one of the other coaches talked to him and he sat down.

Now, I'll admit my bias right out in the open. I'm not a sports guy. I'll watch the sporting event du jour because TheBoy is really into it (and any time you can spend with your kid doing something they like is time well spent), but professional sports? Nah. Not my thing. Grown men getting paid seven figure salaries to play kids' games? Our priorities are very much misplaced in this country - and, gee, no one seems to care that sports stars are also in that "wealthiest one percent"...

When you start attacking someone more than 20 years your senior at an event intended to teach 5 and 6 year olds how to begin to play the game of baseball, though, you have a problem...

That is all.

5 comments:

Old NFO said...

Misplaced priorities, and probably failures as kids themselves... sigh

Dave H said...

and probably failures as kids themselves

No kid is a failure. They're just made to feel that way by their parents. So it's probably a learned behavior.

Xenolith said...

AMEN to Pro Sports! Rome fell when circuses were lavishly funded to keep the mindless sheeple back THEN complacent. Vicarious surge of excitement when YOUR gladiator doesn't get eaten by the lion and all that....
Hint to sheeple: GET OFF YOUR ASS!

Borepatch said...

Remember 10 years ago when that Hockey Dad killed that other Hockey Dad?

GreyLocke said...

I took my kids out of T-ball and quit being a volunteer umpire after getting threatened by a parent of one kids from a visiting team. I never umped my own kids games, but when we were short I would fill in while another ump took over umping my kids game. After I was threatened, I said that's it and pulled my boys out of that league. At my older daughter's softball games someone threatened to "Take the umpire out" myself and other parents informed the parent making the threats he would have to go through us first. I then told the ump I'd take him out for beer and barbeque after the game if he wanted. Other parents offered the same thing as well, on both sides. Some people just don't have the sense or courtesy that the Lord gave to all.