A high school girls’ basketball coach was recently fired because he won. What?? Yes. As a result of winning, he was fired. Don’t believe me? Read it here.
Okay, so they had a margin of victory of 100 points – I think that’s pretty good. The losing team didn’t score a single point, not one, zero. I’m sure losing by that margin may have hurt the self esteem of the team that was beaten. Hold on, they haven’t won in four years. Not a single game. I think they’re probably used to it by now.
I have significant athletic background and have competed on many levels in individual and team sports, and you know what? There were always winners and losers. I’ve played on championship teams and teams that always seemed to be in a rebuilding phase. I was never accused of being too good or working too hard. No team I was ever on got told, “You should have gone easy on them, they not good.” What’s the point of competing? It’s to win. I can hear Michael Phelps saying, “No, don’t give me a medal just because I swam faster than anyone, give the medal to Monaco, they’ve competed in 25 Olympic games and have never won a medal.” (I’m not kidding.)
We compete because we want to win. We keep score so we know who wins. Right or wrong, good or bad, the success of any coach is measured by wins and losses. The success of any athlete is measured by the number of times they won.
The fired coach refused to apologize, “For a wide margin [of] victory when my girls played with honor and integrity.” Can you imagine a parent listening in to the coach speaking to the girls during a time-out? “Now Suzie, how about miss some shots, we’re too good.” Come on.
It seems obvious to me, a basketball team that hasn’t won single game in four years should pursue other interests.
Wait, this just in, the team now apparently regrets winning and want to forfeit the game????? Read it here.