Friday, January 23, 2009

The Pussification of America

Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing. Vince Lombardi, former coach, Green Bay Packers
A Texas high school girls basketball slaughtered rivals with a score of 100-0. Instead of celebrating a great victory, officials of The Covenant School want to forfeit and actually apologize for what they call a "shameful" win over Dallas Academy. It is the perfect example of what many have called the "wimpification of America," but this takes it to the ultimate extreme. It goes beyond wimpification. It is pussification. A statement on the Covenant Web site, dated January 22, says "The Covenant School, its board and administrators, regrets the incident of January 13 and the outcome of the game with the Dallas Academy Varsity Girls Basketball team. It is shameful and an embarrassment that this happened. This clearly does not reflect a Christ-like and honorable approach to competition. We humbly apologize for our actions and seek the forgiveness of Dallas Academy, TAPPS and our community." Did Covenant's team cheat? No. Did they bully the other team? Was there anything, other than winning, that they should be ashamed of? No! It is tragic to be ashamed of an honest victory. The only thing the school officials and the team members have to ashamed of is their feelings of shame for winning a sporting event. According to an AP report, Kyle Queal, head of the school, issued a statement that said, "It is shameful and an embarrassment that this happened" and "a victory without honor is a great loss." What is going on here? Political correctness is a major factor in all of this, and we see it manifested by such things as feelings of guilt for Harry Truman's decision to drop the A-bomb on Japan, thereby ending a war that would have killed an addition half million people had he decided against it. "Oh, we hurt so many people," the PC crowd says with moist eyes. Well, yah, it was war. Hurting people is the traditional goal in a war. But a basketball is not war, and the goal is not to physically harm people. The goal is to win, and to win as big as you can. The only thing that might be injured is the losing team members' egos, and if their egos are that fragile, they shouldn't be competing in a competitive sport. Period. The wimps at The Covenant School seem to have missed this point. Instead of throwing a celebration to honor the girls who scored a 100-point game, they are ashamed and embarrassed by the win. The call it a "victory without honor," but where is the dishonor in outscoring an opponent in a sporting match? A parent who attended the game said, "spectators and an assistant coach were cheering wildly as their team edged closer to 100 points." Okay, but that's to be expected when your team is winning. You cheer them on. You want them to defeat the opponent, and by as large a margin as possible. It's normal. It's a sporting event, not a fist fight, not a war. AP quoted another parent, whose daughter was on the losing team. "I think the bad judgment was in the full-court press and the 3-point shots," said Renee Peloza, whose daughter plays for Dallas Academy. "At some point, they should have backed off."
The person that said winning isn't everything, never won anything. Mia Hamm, professional soccer play, retired
Backed off? WHY? Can you imagine Lance Armstrong being asked to "back off" so as not to embarrass the other bikers in a race? Would you expect your favorite football team to go easy on another team in order to preserve their fragile self respect? Should politicians demand the vote counting be stopped as soon as they win by a handful of votes because they don't want to dishearten their opponents? Offered up as a lame PC excuse, AP noted that Dallas Academy "has eight girls on its varsity team and about 20 girls in its high school. It is winless over the last four seasons." AP further noted that Dallas Academy specializes in "teaching students struggling with 'learning differences,' such as short attention spans or dyslexia." Okay, but so what? Jay Leno has dyslexia, yet he reads jokes in rapid fire before a live audience. He's rather good at it, too, but should Jimmy Kimmel or David Letterman tell fewer jokes or jokes that are less funny so that they can achieve lower ratings, thereby sparing Leno's sense of dignity? Of course not. My ex-wife is dyslexic. She was an excellent athlete. As for the "short attention spans" of some Dallas Academy players, that may affect how well they do in math class - but what's it got to do with shooting hoops? The AP story quoted a pussified director of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS). The Covenant School and the Dallas Academy are members of TAPPS, which oversees private school athletics in Texas. The pussified director made an unbelievably pussified statement: "On a personal note, I told the coach of the losing team how much I admire their girls for continuing to compete against all odds," AP quotes him as saying. "They showed much more character than the coach that allowed that score to get out of hand. It's up to the coach to control the outcome." The pussified director apparently believes that coaches should pull a team back when their lead becomes too large. This is idiocy. How large is too large for a winning margin? Three points? Ten? Fifty? What kind of weak-kneed mind considers a basketball score to be "out of hand?" Subscribe to Chicago News Bench