AND FINALLY, LOVIN’ LIFE…
AND FINALLY, LOVIN’ LIFE…
Here are my most popular blogs from last week, Sunday – Saturday.
And this didn’t make our TOP TEN, but is worth a look.
One of the highest and entirely legitimate expectations citizens have of their local governments is transparency. Openness. Honesty.
On its website the City of Franklin writes that it is reviewing funding options for emergency response, fire and police services. A survey was sent, according to the city, to all residents asking how to pay for those services (Many Franklin residents informed me they never received the survey in the mail).
Here are excerpts from the city’s website with my comments that follow in red. The city is disingenuous and misleading in their account:
The survey results were presented to the Common Council on Tuesday, August 7th. The complete presentation is available below.
Highlights from the presentation include:
The Common Council will now evaluate the community’s feedback and decide whether to proceed with a referendum vote this fall as part of the 2019 budget process. If a referendum is scheduled, the question would be on the November 6, 2018 ballot. There may not be a referendum this year. That’s because, in part, of the split results.
When I worked in the news department at WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio from 1978 to 1989 there were regular times staff wen on the air and interrupted scheduled programming to fund raise. Despite being a recipient of state and federal financing, we literally begged for money.
Our justification for people to call in with pledges varied. We offered quality programming. It was award-winning. In-depth. Objective. Couldn’t find it anywhere else.
It was embarrassing.
Don’t get me wrong. We did excellent work that I was very proud of. The reputation I built allowed me to get hired at WTMJ.
I daresay all media back then bent over backwards to be fair. That’s no longer the case in the business, but the players won’t admit how the industry has suffered, mainly because of self-inflicted wounds.
Last Friday WTMJ’s Steve Scaffidi interviewed Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist Christian Schneider (a never Trumper BTW) who’s a regular guest on the program. During the interview Schneider said:
“There’s nothing newspapers love talking more about than the importance of newspapers.”
How very true.
Last week more than 300 news publications across the United States committed to an effort by the Boston Globe to run editorial on Thursday promoting the freedom of the press, in light of President Trump’s attacks on the media.
Then on Sunday the Journal Sentinel ran two columns totaling more than 1,380 words, in essence bragging about the incredible service they provide.
Of course they’re important. But in my view they’re just not as vital, or as good as thaey used to be.
The New York Times has been around since 1851, when it was known as the “New-York Daily Times.” The paper was there to cover the Civil War and the two “Great Wars.” It witnessed the Stock Market Crash of 1929, the Great Depression that followed it, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and the fall of Richard Nixon.
The Washington Post is nearly as old, having been founded in 1877.
Both of these journalistic giants have been in business long enough to know how far respect for them as “keepers of the flame” has plunged in recent years, as each of them has permitted itself to turn hyper-partisan.
But now, in the era of President Donald Trump, both papers have dropped all pretext of objectivity. Both are now allowing their writers to engage in snark. For those uninitiated, Urban Dictionary explains that snark is a neologism formed by combining “snide” and “remark.”
The Times’s snarkiness is subtle, appearing in a column by op-ed writer Charles Blow that argues that the Trump presidency should be placed “on hold” essentially until the “gathering fog of suspicion” around him can be cleared. Apart from being totally unfeasible — the Constitution contains no option for invoking a “timeout” during a presidency — the recommendation is also extraordinarily one-sided: Barack Obama was enveloped more than once during his presidency by similar fogs, yet a search of the Times’s archives yields no such article by Blow or anyone else.
From the New American:
The mainstream media has completely betrayed the trust of the American people. ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN aren’t even feigning objectivity anymore. Instead of being the guardians of a free nation, they’ve become nothing but agenda-driven shills for leftist ideology. They are propogandists worthy of comparison to Nazi Joseph Goebbels or Pravda when it was an arm of the Soviet Central Committee.
Hillary Clinton likes to blame her election loss on so-called fake news, those click-baiting non-stories that appear on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. But fake news isn’t the real problem. People are only attracted to sham stories because they no longer trust the media to tell them the real stories. Not only are stories on mainstream news reports biased; they are often mistake-ridden.
In the past few years, there are dozens upon dozens of examples of factual mistakes in the mainstream media. CNN has had to issue multiple corrections on their ongoing Trump-Russia collusion reporting. ABC’s Brian Ross was suspended for mistakenly reporting that President Trump ordered former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn to make contact with the Russian authorities.
Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.
So, not only are the mainstream media biased, they’re also incompetent. Headlines and scandalous snippets that the news shows can flash on chyrons trump facts, and they are what is important to the mainstream media. They eschew fact checking in favor of sensational headlines. They create salacious news narratives, meant not to inform but to sell advertising.
Meanwhile numerous polls suggest the public doesn’t have much faith in the media. The Christian Science Monitor examined the issue in, Why journalism is shifting away from ‘objectivity’:
One of the reasons for this lack of trust, suggests Professor Smith, a longtime leader in the Society of Professional Journalists and chair of the committee tasked to revise the organization’s ethics code, is the erosion of the value of nonpartisan, neutral reporting.
“Most people are willing to understand and listen to both sides, to the possibilities of compromise in both the liberal and the conservative management of government,” he says. “So why would any organization want to alienate a huge segment of the population by suddenly deciding that we want to punt on neutral reporting and instead feed the beast on the left and right?”
Why, professor? Because their bias is more important to them than objectivity.
From the Journal Sentinel:
Journalism is mission work, an honest cause beyond our eyes. Like nursing, teaching and police work, it’s built on a foundation of accuracy, trust, wisdom and character.
If only they’d practice what they preach.
THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY NO-NO!
While attending the fabulous Milwaukee Irish Fest this weekend I had many thoughts, including the following:
1) Irish Fest has many great beers. Mine of choice was Sprecher’s Irish Stout. But wow would it be nice to have Guinness on the grounds.
2) Things are tough in the UK on the culinary front in a couple of ways.
There are now 4000 pubs in London which is about 1 pub for every 2000 people – a huge reduction from what it used to be in late 1870’s. Although Pubs popularity has declined they are still a very important part of London life and at least one can be found in all major towns.
Basking in the shade of St Paul’s Cathedral, this pub is located in the heart of the city of London, on the historic Roman Road, Watling Street.
After being burned down in the Great Fire of London, the historic building was rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren in 1668 to house his workers and, most importantly, provide somewhere for them to drink. The plans for St Paul’s Cathedral were actually drawn up in what is now the dining room.
The pub has always acted as the living room of the community. Long time family friends would go for a drink on a Sunday afternoon to the pub behind their house. They rarely made arrangements to meet anyone, they just showed up, and so did everyone else at some point or another. They would sit down for a drink or two, and discuss the politics of the day, or their health, or that great old standby, the weather. Most of these people they wouldn’t see any other time, but they could count on being part of the community at the local pub. This stable social network ensures a pervasive feeling of community that includes anyone who shows up at the pub.
Alas, the economy has been devastating to the British pub.
With over 188,000 members around the world, the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is considered one of the most successful consumer campaigns ever. Their aim is to have good quality real ale, ciders and perries and to have thriving pubs and clubs in every community.
CAMRA was founded by four real ale enthusiasts in 1971 when traditional rich-flavored ales were under threat from brewers producing bland and flavorless beer. Through CAMRA’s tireless campaigning, real ale is now produced by over 1,500 breweries across the UK – a tenfold increase since the campaign started.
CAMRA believes well-run pubs, whether in rural or urban areas, play a critical social role in UK culture as the centers of community life. CAMRA supports the traditional pub as the best place in which to enjoy real ale and to try one of the thousands of superb beverages now produced across the UK.
The group has done the research and has discovered that the average price of a pint of beer in London is now £5.20 ($6.64) and regularly tops £6 ($7.66). Across the country, the average is about £3.50. Craft beer in supermarkets costs about £1.50 per bottle or can while mass-produced lager and bitters averages less than £1.
What happens when that happens? Simple, except to the bonehead taxers.
Drinkers stay at home, leaving pub owners high and dry. Camra says alarmingly, more than a dozen pubs a week are closing.
56% of drinkers believe the price of a pint of beer in a pub in the UK has become unaffordable.
Camra’s national chairman, Jackie Parker, said: “It’s no surprise that most people are finding pub pints unaffordable, given the tax burden they’re facing. Beer drinkers will naturally look to more cost-effective ways to enjoy a drink, such as buying from off-licences and supermarkets for home consumption.
“The result is incredibly detrimental to our local communities and to our own personal connectivity. Having a good local makes people happier, better-connected and more trusting. Furthermore, pubs help bring communities together and support the local economy. The reality is that there are very few places that can replicate the benefit provided by our nation’s pubs, and once they’re gone, they’re gone for ever.”
So what’s the reaction in London? Take a guess.
There’s serious talk of even more tax increases in November.
They never learn.
Potatoes and millennials
Millennials often get blamed these days for the demise of plenty. I’m not sorry at all when I say the rap against this rather weak sector of the population is true.
One of the latest criticisms of millennials that has been generated by their very own whining involves the …
At Irish Fest this weekend the incredible aroma of potato pancakes, just short of slightly burnt and darn near perfect, permeated the grounds. You were dying for cole slaw, rye bread, and deep-fried cod.
Ah, the potato.
I vividly recall those times Dad, Mom and I would drive to our closest McDonald’s at 27th and Morgan in Milwaukee. Mom always had to run for the order. There was no drive-thru at the time, or for many, many years after.
Dad and I would wait in his Buick. Finally, the food came, still warm (and greasy). And those fries. To a kid they were way beyond out of this world. How could they taste like this? The “Birds Eye” frozen stuff Mom placed in the oven compared to this was like eating…well, I won’t say.
From my perspective, there are other potato dishes that stand the test of time.
The baked potato?
That baby, while I like, may have worn out its welcome decades ago. Way too simple and ordinary.
We like to cut those potatoes up, place them in aluminum foil with green pepper and onion and butter, or at least the onion and butter, and place ever so lovingly on our Weber grill.
And I’ve blogged about this before, but I haven’t had great scalloped potatoes sine by dear beloved Mom passed away.
Growing up, it didn’t matter at our house if the Easter ham was the kind served in the White House. If Mom didn’t prepare her scalloped potatoes, perfect and bubbling all over, it was like, okay, what’s for Mother’s Day?
That brings us to the millennials, the group that is terrified to do anything on their own, like do a job interview, ask the opposite sex out for a date, or cross the street without a smartphone.
What’s the latest with this wussy bunch?
They don’t like potatoes.
That alone, without going any further, is mighty weird.
What don’t millennials like about potatoes?
From the Telegraph:
Although “spuds” are part of some of Britain’s most cherished dishes – such as fish and chips and Sunday roasts – experts claim younger people are increasingly finding the vegetable unhealthy and inconvenient to cook.
Instead they eat more rice and noodles, which have seen a significant sales boost due to their “healthy and exotic” image, it is claimed.
Potatoes, unhealthy? Not according to The George Mateljan Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation.
Potatoes are a very popular food source. Unfortunately, most people eat potatoes in the form of greasy French fries or potato chips, and even baked potatoes are typically loaded down with fats such as butter, sour cream, melted cheese and bacon bits. Such treatment can make even baked potatoes a potential contributor to a heart attack. But take away the extra fat and deep frying, and a baked potato is an exceptionally healthful low calorie, high fiber food that offers significant protection against cardiovascular disease and cancer.
1) President Donald Trump views air-assault exercises at Fort Drum, New York, on August 13, 2018, before a signing ceremony for H.R. 5515, the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. Photo: Carolyn Kaster / AP
2) An Indian woman looks down the barrel of an 84mm rocket launcher during an Indian-army exhibition at Panther Stadium in Amritsar, India, on August 11, 2018. Photo: Narinder Nanu / AFP / Getty
3) Women from the Dominican Republic are apprehended by the border patrol for illegally crossing into the U.S. border from Mexico in Los Ebanos, Texas. Photo: REUTERS/Adrees Latif
4) Ed Bledsoe tries to hold back tears as he searches through what remains of his home on August 13, 2018, in Redding, California. Bledsoe’s wife, Melody, his great-grandson James Roberts and his great-granddaughter Emily Roberts were killed at the home in the Carr Fire. Read Bledsoe’s full story here. Photo: John Locher / AP
5) Victims of clergy sexual abuse and their family members react as Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro speaks during a news conference at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg on Aug. 14. A scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report released Tuesday revealed decades of child abuse allegations against more than 300 accused “predator priests” as well as claims that Roman Catholic Church leaders covered up the crimes and obstructed justice in order to avoid scandal. Photo: Matt Rourke / AP
6) The collapsed Morandi Bridge is seen in the Italian port city of Genoa, Italy. Photo: REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
7) Italian rescuers climb onto the rubble of the collapsed Morandi motorway bridge searching for victims and survivors in the northern port city of Genoa on August 14, 2018. At least 39 people were killed when the giant bridge collapsed in the deadliest bridge failure in Italy in many years. Photo: Valery Hache / AFP / Getty
8) A man points his light at the Milky Way during the peak of the Perseid meteor shower at Mavrovo national park in Macedonia. Photo: REUTERS/OgnenTeofilovski
9) A girl lies in a hammock, with the Milky Way in the background, during the peak of the Perseid meteor shower in Kozjak, Macedonia, on August 13, 2018. Photo: Ognen Teofilovski / Reuters
10) An alligator named Muja is seen in its enclosure in Belgrade’s Zoo, Serbia. Muja is officially the oldest American alligator in the world living in captivity. He was brought to Belgrade from Germany in 1937, a year after the opening of the Zoo. Muja survived three bombings of Belgrade, the Second World War and all the hardships the Zoo went through. Photo: REUTERS/Marko Djurica
11) Victor, a 620kg (97st) polar bear, is given an allergy test at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park near Doncaster after he and a smaller bear began suffering from abscesses on their feet. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA
12) A flying pig entertains crowds at the Queensland Royal Exhibition Show, known locally as the EKKA, in Brisbane, Australia. Photo: AAP/Dave Hunt/via REUTERS
13) A girl poses for a photo on a giant water lily leaf during an annual leaf-sitting event in Taipei, Taiwan. Photo: REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
14) A 1,800 square meters flower carpet on the theme “Guanajuato, cultural pride of Mexico” and made with over 500,000 dahlias and begonias is seen at Brussels’ Grand Place, Belgium. Photo: REUTERS/Yves Herman
15) A woman is concealed as she walks through a field of very tall sunflowers to cut some down in Ballygawley, Northern Ireland. Photo: REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
16) President Donald Trump meets with supporters from a group called “Bikers for Trump” at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Photo: REUTERS/Carlos Barria
17) Ivanka Trump tries out a pen that projects an image of the Moon as she tours the Astrobotic Technology facility with CEO John Thornton (L) and U.S. Representative Keith Rothfus (R) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo: REUTERS/Jason Cohn
18) Ivanka Trump poses with Kristina Hilko, Lauren Shovlin, and Anna Nesbitt, members of the Girls of Steel Robotics initiative, at the Astrobotic Technology facility in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo: REUTERS/Jason Cohn
19) A street artist creates soap bubbles in front of Old St. Nicholas Church in Frankfurt, Germany, on Aug. 12. Photo: Frank Rumpenhorst / AFP – Getty Images
20) People prepare hundreds of hot dogs in an attempt to break the Guinness record for the longest hot-dog line in Guadalajara, Mexico, on August 12, 2018. The record was set by creating a row of hot dogs that measured 4,649 feet long. Photo: Ulises Ruiz / AFP / Getty
21) A crown, flowers and pictures are shown placed at Aretha Franklin’s star on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. Photo: REUTERS/Mike Blake
22) The marquee on the Fox Theater shows the word “Respect” in memory of singer Aretha Franklin in downtown Detroit. Photo: REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
23) The name of Aretha is posted above the Franklin Street subway station in memory of singer Aretha Franklin in Manhattan, New York, August 16, 2018. Photo: REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…
HEROES OF THE WEEK
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work out. Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!”
President Donald Trump on former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman
“Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices. Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won’t let that happen. They are closing down the opinions of many people on the RIGHT, while at the same time doing nothing to others…….”
President Donald Trump addressing his 53.8 million Twitter followers
“This is the post-Trump world were living in now. We’ve lost complete respect for everything and everyone in Washington. We’re now at a point where no one in D.C. works together. No one looks for common ground. The reality is, while this is going on in D.C., the American economy is growing at 4.1 percent, unemployment is down dramatically and taxes and regulations have been cut. What gets lost in the big media’s over-the-top coverage of petty D.C. beltway crap like the Omarosa tapes and revoked security clearances is that America is doing pretty great – again.”
“Local government officials in Illinois are resorting to fear mongering and hyperbole instead of learning the real facts. I thought it was important for Illinoisans to understand that Foxconn is a positive development with ample environmental protections that will make the Midwest the epicenter for cutting-edge technology. While it’s understandable that Illinois politicians want the best for their communities, they’re doing a disservice to their constituents when they don’t do their homework on this transformational economic development project.
“Foxconn is investing in an innovative and environmentally friendly water system that will recycle the water used in manufacturing, which will nearly eliminate the return of any manufacturing processing water into Lake Michigan. Because of this new technology, Foxconn’s daily water usage will be reduced to a mere 2.5 million gallons per day.
“To put this into perspective, Chicago is allowed to use 2.1 billion gallons per day. It’s interesting that a 2014 study found Illinois loses roughly 60 million gallons a day to leaking pipes, water main breaks and aging infrastructure. When you take that into account, Foxconn would use less than five percent of what Illinois leaks in a day.”
Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) is sending a message to Wisconsin’s neighbors to the south in order to clear up misconceptions on Foxconn and its environmental impact. This week he sent an open letter to Illinoisans
“My two teenage sons start school Monday. They’ve been walking through metal detectors to get to class since sixth grade. I don’t mind that at all anymore. This year, their public high school will start another kind of program. A different, new trend. Students will have their smartphones locked up in pouches.
“I do get some parents’ concerns. But — insert my applause emoji — I am thrilled my high-schoolers won’t be able to use their phones at school. In a note to parents, the principal says this will help stop a string of problems. Students cheating on math tests, distracting themselves and friends, even taking calls during class.
“The school also says ‘a large portion of students’ rush to lunch to get on their phones, isolating themselves while playing games. It hopes this new policy will help kids develop crucial face-to-face social skills. And use their new free time to join the extracurricular clubs that meet during lunch period.
“Maybe they’ll also tell more silly jokes. Flirt. Actually finish their lunch?! And I can think of another benefit.
“My sons will have six hours of the day free from the nonstop barrage of bad news alerts. The latest shooting, terror attack, disaster or potty-mouthed tweetstorm. Invaluable time to relax, and connect, without phones. I’m grateful to see some schools investing in that.”
Jennifer Ludden, National Public Radio
“Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade — our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace.”
Former President Barack Obama on Aretha Franklin who died on Thursday at the age of 76
“Jokes are not real. People assume that when you say something that you believe it. It’s purely comedic invention. You know, I do this whole bit about Pop-Tarts and how much I love them. I don’t love Pop-Tarts. It’s just funny. It’s funny to say it, so I say it.”
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld explaining why he’s never apologized for a joke
“Before the election, we did a lot of Trump material, a lot of political material, and it was fine. … After the election, you started to hear comments from the audience, whether it was a yay or a boo, and we said, ‘We don’t want that. We’re not here to preach.’ So we started limiting the divisive political material from the act because you get that on late-night TV. It’s not something you want to pay [for]. We’re just trying to be funny.”
Comedian Steve Martin
“When it comes to politics, you don’t want to make half the audience feel like they’re inappropriate.”
Comedian Martin Short
“Omarosa’s new book Unhinged is out. And it’s already an Amazon best-seller. That’s just because Trump frantically bought up all the copies so no one can read it.”
Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
The president’s tweet calling former staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman a “dog” for betraying him and his administration with her new book, “Unhinged,” and her stash of secret White House recordings
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Here are this week’s highly interesting reads:
Today is the last day of ELVIS Week.
At Graceland today:
Departs The Guest House at Graceland at 8:30 a.m. and returns by 6:30 p.m.
$119/adults; $89/children ages 5-12; children under 5 are not permitted.
Rock ‘n’ roll has its roots in the music of the Mississippi Delta and blues and R&B artists such as B.B. King, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, and Ike Turner. The Graceland Excursions Mississippi Delta tour will trace the influences that inspired the creation of rock ‘n’ roll music. Expert tour guides will narrate this day-long adventure that takes a detour down the backroads and explores the deep roots of blues culture and blues history, while discovering delicious foods and reliving a musical revolution powered by raw emotion. Delta Tour includes:
7:00 PM. Graceland Soundstage, Elvis Presley’s Memphis. $55
Celebrate the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s greatest hits with Elvis live in concert and on the big screen, in the tradition of Elvis’ legendary, live concert tours. A live, rock ‘n’ roll all-star band will accompany Elvis and bring this stage production to life at Graceland with former members of The Stamps Quartet and a very special guest appearance by TCB band member Ronnie Tutt. A not-to-be-missed concert event.
August 18, 1977, the funeral procession for Elvis was held. The caravan was led by a silver Cadillac followed by the white Cadillac hearse with Elvis’ body and 17 white Cadillac limousines on a two and a half mile ride to Forest Hill Cemetery Midtown.
In this video you’ll hear Elvis’ recording of the traditional gospel song, “Farther Along” that he personally arranged in 1966.
Each week during this year’s high school football season as I have in previous years, I’m giving out a weekly POO Award to the Wisconsin high school football team that committed the most egregious act of poor sportsmanship by trying to humiliate its opponent.
My goal is to try to build awareness of the importance of sportsmanship.
POO stands for Piling On Offensively (Or if you prefer, Pouring it On Offensively)
For new readers, here is why we do the POO:
Pouring it on in high school football
Posted by Kevin Fischer on Oct. 6, 2007
BRADLEY TECH 64
MILWAUKEE WASHINGTON 6
That was the final score of the high school football game last night at historic South Stadium where I’m the public address announcer.
Bradley Tech remains undefeated and is clearly the best team in the City Conference, a conference not famous for high-quality football. The Trojans are a talented, disciplined, physical squad that like Milwaukee Riverside last season could go deep in the playoffs.
But what happened last night at South Stadium should serve as a lesson to other high school football programs. You don’t run up the score on a team that is already hopelessly beaten.
Everyone knew the Tech-Washington match-up would be lopsided. On Tech’s first three plays from scrimmage, they scored three touchdowns, and the game was quickly out of hand.
Leading 44-6 with about a minute left in the first half, Tech got the ball again near midfield. Refusing to run the ball or have the quarterback take a knee, Tech put the ball in the air, desperately trying to put 50 on the scoreboard before halftime. Tech got down to the one-yard line as time expired. Thinking there was still a second left on the clock, the Tech coaches frantically tried to call a timeout. Again, not satisfied with a 44-6 lead, Tech coaches (I emphasize coaches, not the players) wanted another TD.
As the referees huddled with the football on the half-yard line, I turned on the microphone and said, “Our clock has run out.” Admittedly, I was hoping common sense would prevail and the half would be over.
A few seconds later, crew chief Chuck Hinz picked up the football, faced the press box, and lifted the football above his head, signaling that yes, the half had indeed run out and no, Tech was not going to score 50 just yet.
That made the score 44-6 going into the second half. By WIAA rule, whenever the point differential between the two teams in the second half reaches 35 points or more, there is a running clock that only stops on a score, a charged timeout, the end of the 3rd quarter, or an injury.
Trust me. Had it not been for the running clock, Tech could have scored 80 points.
With 20 seconds to play in the game, Tech again refused to take a knee at Washington’s 2-yard line. Instead, the quarterback handed the ball off to a running back who scored an unnecessary and unsportsmanlike final touchdown to make the score 64-6.
I want to be clear. As I mentioned, this is a very good Tech team. The players only do what they are instructed, and Tech’s decision to run up the score at the end of both halves was uncalled for.
The counter-argument is that you should let the kids play and that competition is good and that you can’t fault Tech for Washington’s inability to stop them, etc, etc. etc.
We’re not talking NFL here, folks. This is high school football. There are many ways you can continue to play and keep the score respectable and avoid a brawl from happening.
You put in subs. You run the ball. You don’t call timeouts when you’re ahead by a mile. You take a knee and let the clock run out. All of these ideas were apparently lost on the Tech coaching staff.
Remember, this is a game featuring high school kids, many from the inner city. You start rubbing the other team’s face in it, and they get frustrated. I’ve seen it time and time again. They take swings and punches. Two Washington players got ejected as well as a coach. While I don’t condone those actions, Tech helped manufacture the bad attitude on the field.
Thankfully, no one got hurt in this one-sided affair.
Coaches are also teachers. The Tech coaches blew a golden opportunity to demonstrate to the athletes and the fans in the stands the value of fair play.
Tech also may have done a disservice to MPS football. It’s rare a TV crew shows up at South Stadium to film highlights, but last night, Fox 6 was there. After the 64-6 debacle, my guess is the TV sports directors will be reluctant to send cameras to future MPS games. What for? A 64-6 shellacking isn’t dramatic video.
And by the way, I’ve been going to City Conference football games for 40 years. I’ve NEVER seen a team fall behind the way Washington did last night and rally for a comeback victory. NEVER.
Shame on the Bradley Tech coaching staff for a total lack of good sportsmanship.
—October 6, 2007
Back to 2018 and this week’s dubious winner:
Abbotsford 78, Crandon 0