It’s a different world from the one I grew up in. Some of the changes are great, but a lot of them make about as much sense as hurling yourself off a cliff to see if the landing hurts. (I actually did that, accidentally, and boy, does it hurt.)

It’s a different world from the one I grew up in. Some of the changes are great, but a lot of them make about as much sense as hurling yourself off a cliff to see if the landing hurts. (I actually did that, accidentally, and boy, does it hurt.)


Here’s a for instance. Recently, a Texas high school football team beat another team. I’ve always assumed that was sort of the point of having a football game in the first place, but apparently I’ve been wrong. Some parents of players on the losing team filed an official complaint and are having the winning team’s coaches (not the players) investigated for "bullying." Seriously?


The parents are questioning why the winning team’s coaches didn’t have their players cut the losing team more slack. Granted, the winning team REALLY won — 91 to 0. That’s a Texas-sized whoopin’ in anybody’s book. However, from what I’ve read, the winning team’s coaches did all they could short of having their team walk off the field. They saw early on that the opposing team didn’t stand a chance. To try and help even things up without further embarrassing their opponents, they pulled their top players and put in their second and third string players for the majority of the game. They still skunked the other team.


What more could the losing team members’ parents ask for? I guess they expected the winning team’s players to stand still and let their boys stroll to a touchdown or two so their delicate feelings and egos (not sure if it’s the parents’ or players’ egos) wouldn’t be hurt. Yeah. That would’ve made the losing team feel like winners.


Excuse me, but what has happened to the hard core fact that not everybody wins every time? What has happened to turning a loss into a win by working harder? Obviously, if you lose these days, all you have to do is grab the nearest complaint form (and maybe an attorney) and, shazam, you get to be a winner.


Huh? Wonder if there’s a complaint form for all those stock shows, 4-H competitions and other contests I lost? Come to think of it, my feelings are still kind of hurt over that fifth grade, citywide extemporaneous speaking championship I was robbed of, too. Get me a form!


Happy birthday Thursday to Barry Towles, Ed Vaught, Tinisha McGill, Vincent Lee Ingle, Jack Cotterman and David Reding, all of Sherman; Tyler McLaren and Kevin Jerome Smith, both of Denison; Rev. Margie Hamilton-Scott of McKinney; Cheryl Howdeshell of Bonham; Tatum Bates of Pottsboro; Dewayne Matter of Longview; Stewart Mills Crane of Reno, Nevada; Sheryl Rector Petty of Blossom; Collin Hannan of Colbert, Okla.; Savannah Schoen of Frisco; Sharlene Powers of Sadler; Liam Hill of Whitesboro.


Happy anniversary Thursday to Randall David and Julie Louise Hughes of Sherman, 12 years; Dennis and Sharion Sather of Sherman.