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By James Abeare
Telegram Columnist 

High school coach gets suspended for winning


November 7, 2019

A Long Island, New York, high school football coach was suspended for winning-and winning big time.

The final score was 61-13.

Now if you are a follower of American college football a score like that happens frequently.

In fact it may be encouraged to move up in the polls to make the college football playoffs.

But to suspend a coach for a game for doing what he is supposed to do, WIN, seems somewhat unamerican.

People haven’t been this upset over a win since the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team beat Thailand 13-0 in their first game for the World Cup.

The coach in question, Robert Shaver, got in trouble by a Nassau County committee saying Coach Shaver could have avoided such a lopsided win by pulling his starters in the fourth quarter.


We are now going to have some sort of government agency tell a coach how to coach so he doesn’t win by so much?


Is Leftism creeping into everything?

We don’t want to hurt the other team’s feelings by winning?

Coach Shaver said both teams were undefeated and didn’t want the Cyclones from South Side High School to mount a comeback and beat his Plainedge High School football team.

An official with the National Federation of State High School Associations says that in most places lopsided wins are handled by running out the clock or stopping play.

Stopping play??!

They do want to avoid bad feelings.

Look, losing is a part of live and, though sad, makes you stronger .

To stop play because a team is winning is ridiculous and shouldn’t happen.

I guess in New York a margin of over 42 points triggers a review.

Jim has been a columnist for the Telegram for over 5 years. You can contact Jim at [email protected].


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