If things were up the me...
by Scott Brown, Sports Editor Email Scott
Oct 26, 2005 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
I’m often asked my opinion on a lot of things, and I’m more than happy to give them. Unfortunately, my opinions usually don’t result in any change.

But it never hurts to let people know where I stand. So here’s what I would change if it were up to me.

Perhaps the most exciting TCHS sport to watch is Lady Wildcat volleyball. Trigg County won their first district title last week with an exciting three-game match over two-time defending champion and rival Caldwell County. Dozens of people saw this.

IF IT WERE UP TO ME, fans who wanted to attend that week’s Wildcat football or soccer game would have to attend a home volleyball game that week in order to pick up their ticket for the football game. You would find out what you were missing.

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Trigg County’s schedule this year has two home games to start the regular season and two games to end the season. All of the games begin at 7:30 p.m.

IF IT WERE UP TO ME, high school football games would begin at 7:00 p.m. With the Wildcats averaging over 35 points a game, that makes for long games and an earlier kickoff means players, students, and fans would get home a half-hour earlier.

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On the topic of football, Perdue Field has played host to the Integra Bank Bowl for five years – during which time Trigg has also hosted five playoff games.

Perdue Field also hosts J.V., freshman, middle school, and little league football games; the annual Relay for Life; and countless other school events.

IF IT WERE UP TO ME, Perdue Field would have a long overdue face lift, including brighter lights, a new concession stand, new sound system, and an new press box sign. The new sign would replace the current sign that incorrectly lists the seasons of two state championship teams and hasn’t been updated in nearly a decade.

While we’re at it, the soccer field at the complex could use a nice set of permanent bleachers like were recently installed at Caldwell County.

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On the topic of little league football, fan conduct at these games are much worse than those at high school games.

The same can also be said of little league basketball.

IF IT WERE UP TO ME, each player and cheerleader would get two free passes for their parents or other family members that would give them free admission to these events. Everyone else would be required to pay two dollars at the gate.

The money would help offset the cost of uniforms, officials, and equipment.

Troublemakers usually won’t pay to get into an event. If the troublemaker is a parent, revoke their free pass and ban them from the rest of the season.

There are too many parents who don’t feel like following the rules and sportsmanship should apply to them.

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On the topic of bad sportsmanship, there was another ugly incident following Trigg County’s loss in the boys’ Fourth District Soccer Tournament last week.

Several in attendance said a Wildcat player made an obscene gesture and made inappropriate comments toward the Caldwell fans after the game.

Three years ago, Trigg’s soccer season ended with punches thrown at University Heights players in the region tournament.

IF IT WERE UP TO ME, this type of conduct would result in an athletic suspension for the player that would continue into the next sport he/she plays. And I think that may be too nice of a penalty.

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On the topic of soccer, this may be the most understood sport offered by the KHSAA.

Soccer is a rough sport. It has strange rules and not enough officials on the field at one time to enforce them. This results in fans questioning calls (rather loudly at times) whenever they see something they disagree with, whether it violates the rules or not.

IF IT WERE UP TO ME, every fan that walked through the gates would receive a rulebook to brush up on how the game of soccer is supposed to be played.

Fans also wouldn’t be allowed to direct any speech toward the field until the rulebook is read cover to cover.

There would also be no complaining about rough play because soccer is a rough sport. You don’t hear football fans complaining about their son getting tackled “too hard.”

I realize that football players wear protective equipment and soccer players don’t, but you know that going in. That’s one of those strange rules in the book you should be handed when you come to the game.

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Schools from across the state will vote this week on whether private schools should be classified separate from public schools, thus creating separate championships for public and private schools.

IF IT WERE UP TO ME, this proposal would fail. Reason? It’s ten years too late. Public schools have cried foul for years about how public schools can draw in students from anywhere, while they have boundaries they must follow.

But instead of addressing this ten years ago, the KHSAA has let this fester until a group of unhappy athletic directors from Louisville schools (who are usually getting beat by the private schools) put the “separation of powers” proposal on the table.

But who has recruited more in the past ten years? Public schools or private schools?

The Louisville Courier-Journal used Kentucky's Open Records Act to examine recruiting complaints investigated by the KHSAA from 1999 to 2004.

In the complaints, 23 public schools were accused while only eight private schools were accused.

Maybe the public schools have resorted to recruiting to level the playing field against their private foes and should point the finger at themselves before suggesting such an absurd proposal.

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In closing, IF IT WERE UP TO ME, NASCAR would contract ESPN to replace NBC as the second network to televise their races, there would be a college football playoff system, UK football coach Rich Brooks would be given four years (one complete recruiting class of his own) to prove he does know how to coach college football in the 21st Century, David Ortiz would win the American League MVP Award, and the Trigg County High School Band would get concession income only for the games they actually were in attendance for and played.

I’m sure there are some of you who are glad these things aren’t up to me.

Scott Brown is the sports editor for The Cadiz Record. He can be reached at sbrown@cadizrecord.com.
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