Weatherford Democrat

Sports

October 23, 2013

A good ‘problem’ to have

Webb of Thought

— Lord knows the unfortunate decision by a Western Hills football parent to file a bullying report against the Aledo coaching staff last week, motivated by a 91-0 District 7-4A win by Bearcats over the Cougars was, using even the most diplomatic of descriptions, extremely misguided. 

The sincerely virtuous end-purpose of the Aledo ISD on-line reporting system, which is to bring to light legitimate potentially harmful, oppressive and harassing tactics wielded on its students, was potentially diluted by this ill-advised diversion. 

Aledo district officials are compelled to treat the report as any other, to investigate the validity and determine corrective action (if any is warranted) to be taken.  

Western Hills head football coach John Naylor was understandably embarrassed by the filing. Aledo athletic director Tim Buchanan, in his 21st year as head coach of the Bearcats, has never heard of any football team subjected to a bullying claim.

The everybody-has-an-opinion (good, bad or “say-what?”) social networks have gone viral, as have the local, and even national news outlets.  

My Austin-resident nephew woke me from semi-peaceful slumber this morning with a phone call, wondering just “what in the wide, wide world of sports was going on up there.”

Experiencing firsthand the quality approach Coach Buck and his staff deploy in the mentoring of young athletes year-after-year while maximizing their kids’ individual and collective skills to put a superior, class product on the gridiron, the absurdity of such an allegation is merely augmented. 

Given my own personal bent to make light of ... well, most everything that is an acceptable target ... I am going to try to take the high road here, if for no other reason to do my part to get this silliness behind us.  

So, what’s going on (or went on, up here) is that a very talented and deservedly state-ranked football team played a team in the throes of trying to get better.

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