When it comes to school spirit, CovCath should be acknowledged and congratulated for definitely being at the top of the heap. There are times, however, when things go a little overboard.
Last year, during warm-ups for the 9 to 0 game, the visiting student cheering section singled-out an important player on the home team and made their message clear. Calling him by first & last name: "Hey M. M. you ____, ____ you you you you" Probably about 40 to 50 participants, with fingers pointing and oscillating toward the player,as if their arms were connected to a common actuator. Now teen boys will be teen boys and similar things happen at many schools. Some are just so much more organized.
Last month at the regional soccer final, a different member of the host school's football team got the razzin': "B.G. you ____, B.G. you ____" to a staccato beat. It could be heard loud and clear from in front of the VA hospital, 200 yard away.
IMHO, calling an opponent by name and taunting with foul langage is over the line. If we are going to sing the praises, then let's acknowledge the opportunities. This is for parents, administrators and mentors to address everywhere.
Now the GCL is known for great school spirit also. A few years back when big mo came to town, they hadn't the familiarity with our players to get on a personal level, so their cheering section simply generalized with the clever chant: "inbred, inbred, inbred". Am I naive to think it was directed at the home team only, or was it meant for all residents south of the Ohio River?
The boy at the purple nation, however, may have been exposed to the right kind of leadership. At last year's encounter at PBS there was plenty of spirited support for the athletes and pride for the school - but vugarity free. During the late moments of a sound whuppin' they even offered kind advise to those wearing blue: "drive home safely, drive home safely".