Monday, January 19, 2009

This is the Stuff Headlines are Made Of

Setting: 5th grade girls basketball tournament, high school gymnasium, Championship game
Time: 6 o'clock Sunday, 1 hour delayed start time

Situation: Tight game, competitive little girls, intensity on the court.

Dialogue:

Coach #1 yells at the referee, protesting that a foul wasn't called on the opposing team:
OVER THE BACK, REF!!!

Coach #2 laughs and shakes head, not seeing the foul, then questions loudly:
OVER THE BACK?


Coach #1 gets angry and yells at Coach #2:
ARE YOU MOCKING ME? ARE YOU MOCKING ME? I WILL MAKE SURE YOU NEVER MOCK ME AGAIN. I WILL COME OVER THERE AND KICK YOUR A**. MOCK ME AGAIN. MOCK ME AGAIN!!!


Coach #2 stunned, comes back with:
WHAT? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? THIS IS A 5TH GRADE GIRLS GAME. AND YOU WANT TO FIGHT? (thinking I haven't been in a fight since Elementary School)


Coach #1: YEAH! I'LL BEAT YOUR A**! COME ON OVER HERE!!!!

This is the point where the headline could have been made. You've seen em before.


Asssault on Coach Stuns Colleagues
Parents Assault Rugby Coach During Game
2 Coaches Fight, Expelled From League

And you wonder how in the living world such a thing could happen. How could grown men come to blows over 10 year olds out there playing a GAME of basketball?

This, friends, is how it happens: Coach #1 has so little of a life that his significance rides on the outcome of this game. Or maybe that person is just an angry person in general. Or maybe he's just having a bad day. Whatever the case, he throws down the gauntlet.

And then Coach #2, being a man with God-given testosterone flowing through his body, feels the primal need to protect himself and BOOM, you've got yourself a bloody fight right there on the hardwood.

Thankfully, Coach #2, being the level-headed husband of mine, just said, YOU ARE CRAZY and turned away. His wife thought she was going to vomit for about an hour.

11 Wonderful Responses:

Chere said...

Oh my...I'm so thankful Tom is a "non-emotional-type"/calm fellow...that served him very well today, it seems...Wow. He nailed it on the head when he called him crazy..sure sounds like it.

Amanda said...

Oh, don't you love Tom for being calm? That could have just been awful!!! Tell him the Herrolds are singing "I'm proud of you, I'm proud of you..."

In the meantime, let's go toilet paper that other coach!!!

Kathleen said...

Wow! Was this at an Upwards game?! Glad your husband kept his cool!

Melinda said...

Oh. My. Word! What is wrong with people these days that they are so quick to let a situation control them? Good for your husband! That other coach was completely crazy!

Shannon said...

Hate it when adults ruin it for the kids! Sometimes we parent best by what we don't do. I'm sure your kids will remember when Dad chose to take the "high road". Way to go Tom!

♥georgie♥ said...

OH My Goodness...I so woulda been sick

4 Lettre Words said...

So unbelievable! I think you nailed Coach #1. Can you imagine getting that upset over something so small? Okay...can you imagine getting that upset over something big???

Definitely crazy.

Michelle said...

I am so glad your husband was level headed. Although he has so much experience with games I am sure he couldn't believe the whole thing. I bet you felt sick. I would have too. Hopefully the kids were all ok. :)

Baloney said...

Amazing. Can't believe people act that way!

♥georgie♥ said...

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Melinda said...

Just wanted to stop by and say Congrats on your nomination!