One of ESPN’s star writers wrote an article recently harshly criticizing Coach Greg Wise of Houston Texas’s Yate’s High School basketball team.
What crime has Coach Greg Wise committed? Has he physically assaulted one of his players (as major college coaches have done)? Has he had inappropriate sexual relations with players or students? Has his players been arrested for drug abuse or committed other crimes?
Coach Greg Wise’s players have committed the ultimate sin in Rick Reilly’s book: winning.
“What?!” you ask. “Isn’t the goal of playing in a sporting event like basketball to win?”
Well, yes. But apparently there is a fine line between winning and winning big. Rick Reilly is very opposed to teams winning by what he considers a fair margin. I’m not sure he knows what a fair margin is… do you draw the line at 20, 30, 40?
The Yate’s High School basketball team is currently ranked #1 in the country and plays their hearts out in each and every contest. Sporting events are meant to teach young people discipline, hard work and how to compete. The boys on the Yate’s basketball team took those lessons to heart and dominate the basketball court, winning by 135, 115, 99, 98 & 90.
Coach Wise’s teams win big and may humiliate their opponents. That clearly is not their intention though as every player on the team gets playing time in every game. The team is just that much better than their opposition.
So what should Coach Wise do?
According to Rick Reilly, he should tell his players not to play hard, to be lazy and let the other team score on them and not work to score baskets of their own. Rick Reilly wants Coach Wise to teach his players to be cowards. Rick Reilly does not truly believe in the sports adage that you should always compete with your best self.
Instead of ripping into Coach Wise, Rick Reilly should heap accolades on him for training this group of young men to work so hard and be so successful.
To conclude his asinine article, Rick Reilly said the following:
And I wouldn’t be surprised if he goes for the national record of 211. If he gets it, I hope they add an *:
*Set by Yates High School, Classless of 2010.
If Rick Reilly truly believes the vomit he spouts, he should request that ESPN put an asterisk next to his name on every one of his articles:
*Rick Reilly, founder of the cult of losing/winning by small (but fair!) margins