October 19, 2005

The Agony of Defeat: In a story that will not become an inspirational ESPN movie starring Gene Hackman, a Florida high school has dropped its football program midseason after losing its first six games by a combined score of 299-0. The Doral Academy Firebirds, who returned 13 starters from last year's 0-11 team, still had the toughest part of the schedule to come. During the first six games of this season, they lost 29 out of 45 players with season-ending injuries to their pride.

posted by rcade to football at 11:20 AM - 17 comments

Tough decision-what do you do? The kids are the ones who have to go out there and play. Obviously, they've been taking a beating, not just on the score board, but physicially as well. I realize your'e supposed to finish what you start and overcoming adversity is a life lesson, but when the kids are getting hurt, maybe the school administrators did the right thing. Maybe they should look into one of those 8 on 8 leagues. I don't know. What would you do if your kid was on that team?

posted by Desert Dog at 11:33 AM on October 19

Don't they know how to recruit? It's Florida. There is plenty of talent to go around!

posted by bperk at 11:52 AM on October 19

Frankly I would want to play it out so that I could make a little history: "Worst. Football team. EVAR." - that's something to honor when wearing your letterman jacket. "Yeah, I was varsity quarterback. My passer rating went down in history. -12. They tell me it's a statistical impossibility - but here we are."

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 12:31 PM on October 19


posted by batman at 12:49 PM on October 19

"Yeah, I was varsity quarterback. My passer rating went down in history. -12. They tell me it's a statistical impossibility - but here we are." "I also hold the record for "Most times sacked" in a game, 17, and a season, 132. The doctors say it might explain why I have a hard time driving to school now, as I often forget where I am going, or how to use the turn signals."

posted by grum@work at 01:52 PM on October 19

"Or that I don't, in fact, have a car."

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 02:01 PM on October 19

"For that matter, they tell me I was once hit by a car on my way to a game, but damned if I remember it."

posted by The_Black_Hand at 02:14 PM on October 19

only 12 players?you have to quit the season

posted by HOE.O.K. at 04:26 PM on October 19

They should have recruited from the Math Club. Those guys are used to getting beaten up. I'm not sure what sort of team building experience is generated when your team is that awful. Maybe how to lose gracefully? The real question is who's gonna date the cheerleaders now? And who are the cheerleaders going to cheer for? Nothing sadder than a cheerleader without a sweaty football player to swoon for.

posted by fenriq at 04:51 PM on October 19

My local high school has an okay football team -- it's the cheerleaders that are really pathetic. None of the girls want to cheer when they can play a sport instead.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 04:57 PM on October 19

For years, cheerleaders have been developing their own society that's completely independent of the need to have a sports teams as the target of their spirit.

posted by rcade at 05:06 PM on October 19

They're breeding them sports-free cheerleaders down South. Keep an eye out for their debut at the 2008 Republican Convention!

posted by yerfatma at 05:47 PM on October 19

I'm sure I'm not the only one but cheerleading as a sport on its own is kind of stupid. Unless they have guys in football pads doing drills along the sidelines.

posted by fenriq at 06:25 PM on October 19

lbb has there been any threads on whether cheerleading is a sport or not?

posted by tron7 at 11:49 PM on October 19

I sense one is on its way.

posted by chicobangs at 06:57 AM on October 20

Yay! Go Spofi!

posted by yerfatma at 08:12 AM on October 20

What have I done!

posted by tron7 at 01:55 PM on October 20

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