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Trae*
03-10-2010, 01:54 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/columns/story?columnist=reilly_rick&id=4977305


reilly is right on in this one ...well expect for the part about the consecutive 100pt games ... he said they failed to set that record but they have tied it with one game left.

I am not generally a spiteful man. I pat toddlers' haircuts, donate to the glee club and mostly greet the world with open arms.

But when I think of coach Greg Wise of Houston's Yates High School, I become darker than Johnny Cash's closet.

The things I would like to do to Coach Wise would curl an executioner's toes. For starters, I'd like to see him dipped in seal butter and dropped into a polar bear's cage.

Coach Wise is the hammerhead who believes it's his right to toast other basketball teams by 100 points. Sometimes more. He thumped Lee High School this season by 135 points, 170-35. Wise's team was up at the half, 100-12. And full-court pressed to the very end!

Wise is to sportsmanship what tsunamis are to beach chairs. So far this season, he's beaten teams by 135, 115, 99 (twice), 98, 90 and 88 points. Trying to get to 100 points in a crushing of Westbury, his players intentionally fouled to stop the clock.

I'd like to clock him.

If Wise doesn't stop, somebody's going to get hurt. In a Feb. 20 home game, Wise refused to pull his foot off the accelerator in a 132-68 fricasseeing of Booker T. Washington. Nobody likes to be humiliated, and this includes fans. Like at some of Yates' games, there was fighting. This time it happened in the parking lot afterward. Shots were fired, though nobody was hurt. This time.

What's it going to take for Houston Independent School District officials to stop Wise? Or suspend him? What's it going to take before Yates principal Ronald Mumphery grows a pair and disciplines his coach? Somebody dying? "These are tough kids from a tough part of town," says Jacques Armant, coach at Lee, which also lost to Yates by 99. "Beatings like this can turn out to be real dangerous."

At the very least, USA Today ought to remove Yates from its national rankings -- the school is No. 1 -- as a statement about basic sports decency. That'd be the un-Wise thing to do.

This is not war. This is not the pros. There's no bonus for belittling young men in front of their parents and girlfriends. These kids are getting their pants yanked down in front of the whole playground. They don't deserve it.

"A lot of my kids went into a kind of depression after [losing by 135]," says Armant. "They thought the game was over, but when you turn on your radio and every deejay is saying how you got beat for an all-time record, it hurts. I took one kid home, and he said, 'Coach, can you please turn the radio off? I can't take it anymore.'"

On second thought, I'd like Wise to spend a day as a speed bump in the Lee parking lot.

I was unable to reach Wise or Principal Mumphery, but Wise has defended himself by saying he practices pressing and trapping, and that doing anything else during the game would be bad coaching. He's said that all 15 of his players -- 11 of them seniors -- play. "The [third string] deserves the chance to play hard and compete too," Wise has said.

Yes, those kids deserve to play hard and compete -- every day in scrimmages against the best team in Texas. In games against schools with no chance, they need to back off. Basketball isn't Greg Wise's personal vanity mirror. He needs to say, "We're going to work on passing. Anyone shoots and they're running stairs at the Astrodome."

But Wise won't say that because Wise is about Wise. He's after records. He wants teenage scalps. He tried to break the record for most 100-point games in a row (and failed). He did set the state record for points in one game (170).

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.

HPorkchopD
03-10-2010, 02:05 PM
I completely agree.

Hyper
03-10-2010, 02:11 PM
Back when I played at sam we got beat 130+ to 40 something by Yates or Lee. After a while coach just had us hold the ball at the point. No shot clock in hs. They weren't to happy but what could they do.

Jeebus
03-10-2010, 02:16 PM
I graduated from lee and at first really didn't think what the coach was doing was wrong. Now that i read this article and seen it from this pov, i suppose the coach is in the wrong. I remember the Lee soccer team being really good sometimes winning double digits to < 5 for the losing team. Granted you can't get 100 point leads, losing a soccer game 12 to 2 is pretty depressing, why wasn't anyone crying then?

mtran
03-10-2010, 02:20 PM
I graduated from lee and at first really didn't think what the coach was doing was wrong. Now that i read this article and seen it from this pov, i suppose the coach is in the wrong. I remember the Lee soccer team being really good sometimes winning double digits to < 5 for the losing team. Granted you can't get 100 point leads, losing a soccer game 12 to 2 is pretty depressing, why wasn't anyone crying then?

probably because lee wasnt ranked nationally. yates is ranked #1 in the nation and theyre putting the pedal to the medal when it comes to beating teams.

the saddest part of all this is that none of those yates kids will learn sportsmanship and humility. once they get to D1 schools and arent blowing teams out by 100+, or even winning, these kids wont know how to act or handle a loss.

kamakaze_22
03-10-2010, 02:24 PM
How about we stop pussifying sports? If you don't want to get blown out...practice harder, play better, or even foul harder. Make them not want to come to the lane. The game is about winners and losers. Sometimes you get your ass handed to you. Buck up and be a man...let it teach you a lesson and maybe work harder towards that goal. A loss is a loss regardless of the point total. This isn't little league...

Would Yates be #1 if they hadn't put up the number they did? Probably not.

Gunz4Sale
03-10-2010, 02:33 PM
If opposing coaches aren't happy, stop Yates from scoring.

mtran
03-10-2010, 02:35 PM
This isn't little league...

true, but this isnt professional sports. these kids dont dedicated their lives to training in the offseason, training between classes and cutting homework to refine their skills. maybe in the ncaa to a lesser extent, and in the pros its a different story, but most of these kids involved cant buy cigarettes, buy a lottery ticket or vote. lets put that in perspective.

it might not be little league, but it isnt a multi-million dollar business (professional) or national exposure with millionaire boosters' support (college).

kamakaze_22
03-10-2010, 02:50 PM
true, but this isnt professional sports. these kids dont dedicated their lives to training in the offseason, training between classes and cutting homework to refine their skills. maybe in the ncaa to a lesser extent, and in the pros its a different story, but most of these kids involved cant buy cigarettes, buy a lottery ticket or vote. lets put that in perspective.

it might not be little league, but it isnt a multi-million dollar business (professional) or national exposure with millionaire boosters' support (college).

I see you didn't play high level high school sports. They do train in the offseason. They play in AAU when the school season isn't in. They play in unsanctioned High School tounaments during the season. It is a million dollar business to the school. They get funds from athletics, especially winning teams.

There has to be a spearation between sports played for sportmanship(little league) and sports played to win. That point is high school.

Trae*
03-10-2010, 03:21 PM
probably because lee wasnt ranked nationally. yates is ranked #1 in the nation and theyre putting the pedal to the medal when it comes to beating teams.

the saddest part of all this is that none of those yates kids will learn sportsmanship and humility. once they get to D1 schools and arent blowing teams out by 100+, or even winning, these kids wont know how to act or handle a loss.

well if you have seen any photos of them they are all fucking thugs not suprising coming out of yates i guess....


the best part about it is none of these kids will ever amount to shit and end up in TDC more then likely ... thanks coach

_lb
03-10-2010, 03:21 PM
black on black crimes

iBoxNY
03-11-2010, 12:13 PM
If opposing coaches aren't happy, stop Yates from scoring.

This.

How about we stop pussifying sports? If you don't want to get blown out...practice harder, play better, or even foul harder. Make them not want to come to the lane. The game is about winners and losers. Sometimes you get your ass handed to you. Buck up and be a man...let it teach you a lesson and maybe work harder towards that goal. A loss is a loss regardless of the point total. This isn't little league...

Would Yates be #1 if they hadn't put up the number they did? Probably not.

AANNNNDDD This.