2002-02-16 / Letters

Boiling Over "Boyle-ing Points"

Boiling Over "Boyle-ing Points"

Dear Editor;

I am writing in response to Mr. Boyle's recent comments concerning the Christ The King (CK) girl's basketball team. In his most recent column, dated 2/9, Mr. Boyle makes references to CK's team "flexing its muscles" and "sending messages". 

As a coach of Christ the King's current team, these comments are very disturbing to me. I didn't see Mr. Kevin Boyle in the stands at either one of the games he mentions. It must be convenient to pass judgment on a team that wins by a large margin.... especially when you really don't have any of the game "facts". 

My first suggestion would be that if you choose to make negative comments about a topic you should at least do some investigating. I would very strongly urge you to contact the coach at Bishop Kearney, Cathy Crockett, and ask her opinion on how the game was played. I can assure you there were no "messages" being sent, no humiliation intended, and no negative feelings after the game. So, your references to anything being "personal" are ridiculous and unfounded. 

As far as the Molloy game (by the way the final score was 71-32...a 39 point difference not 55 as you suggested) give their coaches a call also. I'll gladly supply you with their numbers. Your statement that their team is comprised of all freshman and sophomores is absolutely true. Perhaps their coaches were mistaken to enter them in the Varsity division with such a disadvantage physically and experience wise. 

I can guarantee you that in both contests our team did not attempt to embarrass anyone or run up any scores. In both games ALL 14 of our players played in the first half, our starters played less than half the game, we sat in a zone most of the second half, and our players were directed NOT to fast break at all in the 4th quarter. So, believe me, we understand the importance of sportsmanship.  But, as you stated, "Sometimes blowouts happen." You are right... but yet somehow we seem to always be wrong.  That is extremely unfair.

You are right that sports are about competition. It's also about sportsmanship, teamwork, developing a strong work ethic, forming friendships, being disciplined and it is about winning. Most people play games with the goal of victory. We set high expectations at CK.  Our players try to attain them.  That's what life is about.

I don't feel your comments were fair to our players. The only people making anybody into Goliaths and villains are those who don't really look at the entire picture. I ask you to do that before passing judgment the next time. You might be surprised at what you find.  It might just be a group of nice, hard working, talented kids.........who respect their opponents a lot more than you have chosen to think. They don't "flex their muscles" or "send messages". They play a game they love, sometimes at a level much higher than their opponents, sometimes not so high. Either way, I would appreciate some respect for them----or at least some educated writing and not opinions based on assumptions or half-truths. I think that would be fair.

Thank you for your time. Feel free to print this letter in its entirety. I hope you do.

JILL COOK

ROCKAWAY BEACH


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