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It’s just a game, man

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By Nick Schrager

 “This will not stand, you know, this aggression will not stand, man.”

That’s a quote from one of my favorite movies, “The Big Lebowski.” 

In it, he was quoting a speech given by former president George H.W. Bush.

I bring up the quote because last week, Stephen Lega brought to my attention a story run on Whitley County’s The News Journal website. 

The story is about a very special parent named William Asher. He is being charged with third-degree assault because his son got replaced with another runner during one of their school’s baseball games. 

I know, sad, right? 

Well, we should not stand for this.

According to the story (and I’ll include a link at the end of the column), after his son was replaced with a pinch runner, Asher entered the dugout and began a confrontation with Whitley County Coach Kyle Adams. After throwing a fit at the coach, he allegedly pushed Adams and then “put him in a chokehold or headlock.” 

Other coaches and players intervened and restrained Asher. In the process, Asher then allegedly struck another coach.

He was arrested about five minutes later. 

I think this is just one example of inappropriate behavior in the sports world. I am no stranger to seeing this kind of behavior, and some of you aren’t either. 

Last summer, I covered the youth baseball and softball teams in Marion County (I am also looking forward to getting back out on their fields.) One thing I noticed while covering the teams was that a small minority of parents treated each and every one of the games like they were the World Series. 

They yelled at coaches, umpires, the other team’s players, and even at their own kids. 

I remember being astonished and thinking, chill out man, it’s just a game, it means nothing. 

The poor attitude in a sense even acted like a disease and spread. 

At one point, the parents’ demeanor rubbed off on their children. During another game, I remember one team being completely rowdy, bringing heckling to a whole different level. 

Incidents like these are not isolated. There are also examples from all over the country where parents take the game way too far.

Honestly, the games are meant for fun. All sports are, professional or Little League. I know that people want to see their children succeed, but remember; “It’s just a game, man.”

And with that said, I’ll leave you with this: “The Dude abides.”

Here’s the link for those interested in reading the story: http://goo.gl/c7Uq5H.