As far as I’m concerned, getting your ass kicked every now and then is essential when it comes to building character, and as a result, I can’t really comprehend the recent trend of punishing football coaches for doing their job too well—like the guy who faced a $500 fine and a two-game suspension over a 36-0 win.
Last month, a high school football coach in Arizona decided he’d rather resign than continue coaching at a school helmed by a principal who got angry at him for scoring too many points and I honestly can’t say I blame him.
Last week, snowflake culture reared its ugly head yet again on Long Island, where Rob Shaver found himself hit with a one-game suspension after his Plainedge Red Devils rolled to a 61-13 victory over the South Shore Vikings—a team that was previously undefeated coming into the contest.
Shaver fell victim to a rule that was instituted a few years ago in Nassau County to discourage teams from running up the score, so while he had to know he was facing some discipline when he declined to take his foot off the gas, I give him props for not caving in.
On Saturday, Plainedge took the field without Shaver on the sidelines but managed to do alright for itself, as the team amassed a 36-0 lead over the Lynbrook Owls by the time the third quarter rolled around.
Faced with the prospect of getting yet another coach suspended, they decided to do a little bit of trolling that Barstool reports involved punting on first down and taking a knee in the red zone in lieu of trying to score more points.
The game was eventually called off early in the fourth quarter because this is apparently the point that we’ve reached.
Do better, America. Do better.