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October 31, 2013

KELLY: What do you think XV?

By WILLIAM J. KELLY

Football bullying

Aledo 91 — Western Hills 0. Because of this lopsided score, some parent filed a bullying report against coach Tim Buchanan of the Aledo Bearcats. What is this world coming to? Winning is bullying? Oh! Winning is all right, just don’t win too big. Just tell your players to not play too hard. That would be a sure way to a future defeat.

I remember when I was 10 or 11 that Notre Dame opened its football season with a game with Drake University. Drake did not play in the top college ranks. Notre Dame, even after playing about six teams down the line, would win with scores of more than 90 points. I often wondered how the Drake players felt about that game. Not a good way to begin the season. The game was always a sell out, so I wonder if money for the Drake football program was involved in the scheduling of those games. Of course bullying by Notre Dame was never considered by anyone at that time, and it should not have been and should not be now against the Aledo Bearcats.

Bullying involves the bully and the person being bullied. The bully is always a coward. The person being bullied is always an insecure person, or a person smaller than the bully who is usually afraid to stand up for himself. There are many kinds of bullies, and most are good at discovering weaknesses in a person who they decide to bully. They enjoy seeing this person suffer from whatever they do to them.

I know today’s school authorities would not publicly agree to how we students handled a bully 70 or 80 years ago. We never went to a teacher or principal; we just took care of things ourselves. We just beat the hell out of the bully and advised him that he would get more of the same if he ever did it again. Believe it or not that always ended his bullying.

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