If any of you follow me on Twitter (@ppp24 if you don’t follow me you should) you must know that I am not happy with the football coach at Cumberland Gap Middle School. If you are wondering why it is because he is, in my humble opinion, a yellow bellied coward.
The Gap has been scheduled to play Jacksboro Middle School all season. The Gap brought a fairly good-sized football team to the Jacksboro Jamboree. The Gap has claimed they are down to nine players and kept rescheduling the game against the Eagles. Monday night they just didn’t bother to show up.
Let me tell you where I see the problems. First off I was a coach at Jacksboro for years, I played with one member of their coaching staff and coached another, so I feel pretty well qualified to talk Jacksboro Football. The problem is this is a dominant Jacksboro team. They have steamrolled over the competition this year. This is the kind of Jacksboro team that is dominant even when showing mercy and playing the back ups. I am pretty sure it was the fourth string that gave up the safety to Norris.
The problem lies in the fact that the coach at Cumberland Gap is afraid of the beating he will take from this team. Soldiers Memorial from Claiborne County was absolutely dominated by the Eagles in all aspects of the game. I imagine when the coach of the Gap saw this game he probably peed his pants. He needs to man up and bring his team down. Yea there is a better than decent chance they will get beat but at least they will have learned to compete against long odds.
You see a coach is also a teacher of life lessons. In this the coach of the Gap is a failure. He is teaching that it is OK to just not show up for an obligation. He is teaching them to fear defeat. From what I am told of Monday he is teaching them it is OK to lie. YOU see Monday about 20 minutes before kickoff someone from the Gap called and said that someone from Jacksboro called and canceled the game. I know this is not true because all the proper preparations were in place for the game. At Jacksboro they know that sometimes we play football in the rain.
I also have heard some parents concerned about their kids playing in the rain. Though I can appreciate parents that care about their children’s well being I know that football has been played in the rain and worse weather for ages. It is OK the rain won’t hurt them. I see teams play in the rain all the time. I have yet to see an injury that would not equally occur in dry conditions.
Finally I have to call out whoever it was that canceled the CCHS Homecoming Bonfire. REALLY??? I hear it is unsafe. That just sounds like you do not have faith in your faculty and administration to maintain a safe environment. Why don’t you just tell everyone involved they are incompetent because that is exactly what you did by canceling it. You made yourself the captain of a huge failboat. There will be a homecoming bonfire next year if I have to put it on myself.