Harpeth coach receives bloody message
This week with UT taking on Bama, I've been thinking a lot about how some fans just take things too far off the field. Reading quotes from some Bama fans saying that Fulmer was worse than Osama Bin Laden just make me chuckle because it's so extreme (and I am sure there are UT fans who felt the same way about Spurrier). You know, it's a game. It's supposed to be fun and enjoyable. If you're issuing death threats, you've probably missed the whole point.
Of course, death threats sound like they'd be a walk in the park for what a local high school football coach is facing. Over in Harpeth, offensive coordinator Robert Brown's team is having a bad year. They're 0-9 this year and there's a lot of grumbling. A large group of players quit the team saying that Brown was being "verbally abusive" to the players (Hello?!? It's high school football..when you screw up the coach is gonna yell at you, not invite you over to sing a few rounds of Kum-ba-ya!
Apparently there's someone or a group of someones out in Harpeth who have decided that just quitting the team isn't enough. They've begun a campaign against the coach that included inconviences such as putting For Sale signs in his yard and moving his basketball goal down the street. But now it's escalated a bit more. Friday night, someone left a dead goat behind the back tires of his wife's minivan. A bloody goat with its neck broken and its ears cut off.
You know, I can understand dissatisfaction. I can understand venting that frustration--shoot, I do it all the time here. Also, witness the popularity of FireRonZook.com. But to take it this far to where you are killing an animal to try and make your point--maybe you should step away a minute. If it angers you that much, don't go to a game. Don't play on the team. Move on and grow up. It's not cute, it's not funny and it certainly help the situation any.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 10/24/2004 07:10:00 PM