Tragic, Odd Day For Coaches; Winter Storm Warning


Coaches Are Often Held In High Regard...But Are they Above the Law?

Coaches Are Often Held In High Regard...But Are they Above the Law?

 

On This Date in History:  You may have read on these here pages a few days about about the Cherry Case.  It had to do with the Cherry Sisters who were so awful, they were popular.  People came in droves to theatres all around the country to see the terrible sister singing act just so they could hurl insults, rocks and garbage.  Newspapermen were consistently cruel but one went too far when he described one of the sisters as being a matronly 50 years of age.  She sued and the case became a landmark in libel law. 

Tragic and Sad Loss

Tragic and Sad Loss

Well, today we have a new case that will be a precedent setting case.  This past summer, a high school football coach was working out his boys when he decided they needed to run wind sprints.  The heat index was high in the 90’s but that’s not too extreme for summer.  At the end, one of the boys unfortunately went down and eventually died from heat stroke.  Apparently the boy was using Creatine and also was on some sort of medication, but no autopsy was performed. It is an incredibly sad and tragic story for the boy and his family.  They will probably never be the same.  The school district had a significant delay on the follow up investigation.  Now, the coach has been charged with a form of negligent homicide in the boys death and he was arraigned on Monday January 26, 2009.  On this date in 2009, the coach is out on his on recognizance until the trial in March.  Coaches across the nation are watching this case closely.  The story is turning into one of international interest.  Here is a note of interest; the game has always been dangerous.  President Theodore Roosevelt threatened to ban the game if the rules weren’t changed to make it more safe.  A Sports Illustrated study shows that from 1967 to 1990, some 300 deaths were attributed to football with 1990 being the only one with zero deaths.  Yet, this is the first time a coach has been charged with a crime.

Team That Lost Is Not Defeated

Team That Lost Is Not Defeated

Meanwhile,  on this date in 2009, a Dallas high school basketball coach is without a job.  Coaches summarily are fired for losing too many games.  This coach was fired for winning too big.  He was the coach of a girls basketball team that last week beat another girls team 100-0.  Reports are the winners were ahead 59-0 at half time and was still shooting 3-pointers in the 4th quarter with many of the starters playing well into the second half.  The national public outcry was loud and the school administrators made a public apology saying it was “shameful” and an “embarrassment.”  The other school’s players didn’t complain but instead said they just wanted to get better.   They knew that the other girls had been playing ball for a number of years and that they were just learning.  The coach couldn’t just let things lie.  Instead, he responded by saying that his players had nothing to be ashamed of and disagreed with the

Heisman Didn't Get Fired, He Got a Trophy!

Heisman Didn't Get Fired, He Got a Trophy!

administration.  That administration fired him over the weekend.  I want to know who scheduled the game in the first place.  Our team in Junior High once beat anothter team 74-0 and another team 83-3.  We were just playing the game. We couldn’t just quit and lie down and if we did, the other team really would have been humiliated.  The greatest college football loss was 222-0 with Georgia Tech beating Cumberland in 1916.  Neither team got a first down because Georgia Tech scored every time it got the ball. Tech coach John Heisman wasn’t fired…they named a trophy for him.  Some reports claim that the game was called after 3 quarters with some of the players on Cumberland going over to Georgia Tech.  Now, that is shameful.  It’s parents who usually get all worked up over it .  But, the coach probably should have kept his opinion to himself.

Weather Bottom Line:   Well, it’s here and it’s still going to be a wait and see proposition.  Okay..there is the snow on Tuesday morning.  It’s the sleet/freezing rain prospects on Tuesday that cannot really be said with 100% certainty.  When we make a forecast, we generally do the best we have with the data available but we’re talking about such a small area of different conditions that it’s really tough what to say when you want to pin point it to a specific location.   The earth is 25,000 miles around and, in this case, a

NAM 00Z Tue Snow Accumulation Through Wed Eve

NAM 00Z Tue Snow Accumulation Through Wed Eve

mere 40 miles can be the difference between a foot of snow and sleet and freezing rain with everywhere in between getting something in between.  Now, when I look at the breakdown of the 18Z Mon 01.26.09 GFS, it comes out with 4 inches of snow through Tuesday morning.  Then there is about 3/4″ of frozen precip followed by another 3.5″ of snow on Tuesday night.  That seems to hold with the graphical depiction of the 00Z GFS Tuesday Snow accumulation forecast.  The NAM 00Z Tuesday breaks down with 6.2 inches of snow until midday Tuesday at which time it turns to over 1.1 inches of freezing precip through Tuesday night.    Either way, its a mess.  I suspect what will happen is that the northern part of the viewing area will see all snow and thus be closer to 10 inches if not an even foot in some areas by the time its all done with Wednesday morning.  In Louisville, I kinda lean a bit toward the GFS though would think that a 2-4 inch total first followed by closer to an inch of frozen precip then with maybe an inch at best of snow on the back side on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.  Down south, it will be more of a sleet/freezing rain/rain/sleet/light snow

GFS 00ZTue 01.27.09 Snow Accumulation Through Wed Eve

GFS 00ZTue 01.27.09 Snow Accumulation Through Wed Eve

scenario.  Having said all of that, the exact totals in your backyard is really really pushing the limits of what humans can do.  Remember, some of the frozen precip will fall as sleet, which is okay by me because that won’t be as much of a problem as freezing rain.  I’m hoping that most of this stuff falls in frozen form.  Nevertheless, I suggest you do as I am doing and that is to prepare for a few inches of snow through Tuesday morning then followed by a real possibility of icing roads and powerlines in the afternoon,  especially from Louisville and points south.  Hopefully, any ice won’t be overly thick and the winds not high enough to cause power outages but be prepared for that possibility.  Then, expect another round of an inch or so of snow  on Tuesday night and early Wednesday.  Expect cold conditions to persist into the weekend when things may moderate a shade.  A Winter Storm Warning is in effect into Wednesday morning.

4 Responses

  1. I sent a comment through on yesterday’s post. Did you get it?

    It is a shame about the tragic loss to the Gilpin family. I don’t profess to know everything about this story but I can’t help but feel pretty sorry for the coach here also. I mean, reckless homicide seems a bit of stretch to me. I don’t see where a conviction here will serve anyone. Do we want this guy to go to prison for pushing his players a bit too hard? I mean, ban the guy from ever coaching again if you like but a felony conviction and possibly PRISON???–that seems a bit much. What we seem to have here is a horrible, tragic accident–not a crime. I certainly harbor no ill will toward the Gilpin family certainly; their loss is incomprehensible. But I think we may have an extremely overzealous prosecutor.

  2. Especially when one considers the kid was on a medication that apparently can cause heart attacks and the creatine may be an issue. Why there was no autopsy is incomprehensible. When I played football in high school, the heat index was always way high and the temperatures were usually in the 90’s every afternoon in the early season. I guess we were more acclamated to it but, if I recall, the heat index really wasn’t that extreme. The coach has already been punished and has punished himself, even though it may not have been his fault. I’m not sure what purpose this serves either. It just takes a tragedy and doubles it and extends it, at least based on the information we have now.

  3. We don’t have all the data, that’s for sure, so we’ll have to wait and see. I overheard someone saying that the Gilpin kid had not been in school that day because he was sick. Had you heard that? If so, you wonder why he was too sick to go to school but not sick enough to miss practice? Certainly that could have contributed also.

  4. Hadn’t heard all of that but I’m not paying that close of attention these days. Meanwhile, back to the weather…I’m hearing tree branches breaking all over the place, including three in my yard. It’s our favorite tree too, slowly disappearing before our eyes. Power has gone off an on 3 times and I’ve heard some transformers go. I hate ice.

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