like everyone in the nation, surely you’ve heard about the John Jay kids who went gunning after the official in their loss at Marble Falls this past weekend.
BSP has actually seen John Jay play football, since my niece’s ex-boyfriend used to play for them. I even kept a John Jay seat cushion in my closet if I ever should go back.
Let’s get to some bottom lines:
1) Those kids went gunning after the official, for sure. No mistaking it, they went after him. Other players did not. Why?
2) I’m just wondering why this time? If you’re a senior, which at least one of the boys was, you’ve played a down of football before. You’ve dealt with blown calls before. You’ve heard the N-bomb before. Why does this happen now?
3) What was truly going on? Ok, there’s a lot of emotion from players in these high school games. Sure, players have wanted to hurt other players. But officials? Seriously? I just want to know what was going on during that game. The officials had previously ejected two Jay players for “trash talking.” I’m going to talk about rural and urban sports in a minute.
You won’t like to hear this, but if you are an “urban team” and go out to “rural environments” to play sports, you aren’t going to get calls. It’s just the way it is. My dad used to coach high school football in Georgia, where its every bit as big as it is in Texas. Their school had beaten a rural team 66-3, and the only reason it was that close was because in the second half, they were penalized virtually every other down. They were ahead 52-0 at the half. After the game, the home team’s coach refused to shake hands, and my dad’s team had to be escorted by police to their buses.
Yeah, that might sound like excuse-making for John Jay, but it’s something their players should have understood before they got off the bus at Marble Falls. Getting jobbed by officials shouldn’t have even played a role in that game.