Invoking the inner Jordan
OK, sometimes enough is just enough.
Every once in a great while something pops up and it just leaves me scratching my head.
This time the honor goes to Becky Jordan, who is a member of the Kanawha County Board of Education.
While browsing the great information superhighway known as the Internet the other day, I happened to stumble across a story done by television station WSAZ. By the time I finished reading it, I just had to laugh and shake my head.
During Monday’s board meeting, Jordan came up with the grand scheme of trying to get a rule implemented which would make it mandatory for middle school athletic coaches to make sure all their players get some playing time.
Of course, the juicy details of this novel idea are something I can’t wait to find out about. However, that’s not going to be possible until the next board meeting later this month when more specific details are supposed to be brought forth.
Although I figured I already knew the outcome, I decided to give Bill Vincent, Wood County’s middle school athletics director, a ring on his cell phone. When I asked him if he had heard about this he said no, but was quick to respond after I told him the crux of the story.
“I don’t think that would fly at all,” Vincent said with a chuckle. “Middle school is one step away from high school. We’re not talking elementary or pre-elementary.
“In my opinion, that’s crazy. That’s just nuts. The proposal is making it a participation sport. It’s making it recreation. Everybody (coaches in Wood County) tries to do the best they can and be fair.”
Well, perhaps someone should tell Mrs. Jordan to use her favorite search engine and type the name Dylan Moses of Baton Rouge in her browser. He’s a kid who received Division I football scholarship offers before he started high school this season.
After thinking about this idea a little more, I still can’t grasp it entirely.
When I was growing up at least to some degree I suppose I might’ve been a player – at least at times – who would’ve been “helped” by Mrs. Jordan ill-advised idea she’s trotting out. However, I would never dream of having a rule like this as something which would be the reason I was put into a game. It’s an incredulous idea.
Perhaps Mrs. Jordan could learn a thing or two from Michael Jordan if she even knows who that is.
Now, I was never a fan of Michael Jordan. I also can proudly say I never owned a pair of his shoes, either.
But, he does have some great quotes including “just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game,” as well as “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games.
“26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
Contact Jay Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org