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Opening Arguments

Teachable moment

Not exactly losing with grace and dignity:

There was little chance of defeat, when Aledo’s undefeated Bearcats faced Fort Worth’s Western Hills on the football field Friday.

The final score, 91-0, though, led one parent to file an official complaint of bullying against the entire coaching staff.

Aledo ISD administrators say the complaint suggests the coaches should have told players to take it easy on the competition. “I would never ask our kids not to play hard,” said Aledo football coach Tim Buchanan. “I would never tell them, ‘Go out and let them score’. That’s not what you want to teach kids.”

Of course you could say the other team didn't exactly win with grace and dignity. But, c'mon, a bullying complaint? At halftime, with his team up 56 points, the winning coach says he actively began trying to keep the score down, putting in his second and then his third string, letting the clock run continuously and instructing players to make fair catch calls. What we have here is a seriously inept team you couldn't even give points to.

So now the kids on the losing teams will also be seen as sore losers with whiny parents. The game could have been an example to the kids of how to move on from defeat. Great use of a teachable moment there.