So New Albany and Union County are parting their sporting ways. If you missed it, here is a link to the story in the New Albany Gazette.
To sum it up, New Albany and the four county schools – East Union, Ingomar, Myrtle and West Union – will not play one another in the 2015-16 calendar.
In anything. At all.
Now as you can read for yourself, I see the reasons being given and frankly, I ain’t buying what y’all are selling. And I can’t imagine, no matter how it’s being spun, that all the coaches agree with the decision.
Don’t for one second get it twisted and think Ingomar or Myrtle is scared to play New Albany in basketball or vice versa or New Albany is scared to play East Union in baseball or vice versa.
Two county schools proposed this in January and if it was coaches, I’ll be the first to admit I’m wrong, but I can’t fathom it. The rumored reason is because New Albany’s fans are too rowdy. That’s apparently not okay in sports. I too would much rather fans sit quietly and watch the games. Heaven forbid they cheer their friends on, much less maybe sling a boo or two at the other team.
New Albany’s students putting newspapers over their faces during opposing basketball intros remains a fave of mine. And if you’ve never seen Myrtle fans during a playoff baseball game, you should. They’re beautifully into it.
New Albany will no longer be in the county tournaments. Then it should be called, “Some of Union County” Tournament. Tupelo is still not back in Lee County’s tourney, either. That was adults, too. And it’s still robbing us all of games that could be fun, like Tupelo vs. Saltillo last hoops season.
I’ve seen numerous Monroe County Tournaments and if anyone thinks playing at New Albany is intimidating, try being Hatley or Hamilton playing a Friday game at Aberdeen. No one is seceding from that union.
I can guarantee this. The rowdiness of a crowd isn’t offending the players or the coaches. This has all the marking of “adults” getting their socks in a wad. And it certainly wouldn’t be the first time adult politics have taken over in that county.
New Albany principal Lance Evans said it is a way for schools to schedule other teams they may have been wanting to. So cancel an early-season cupcake game and do that. There are good rivalries being ruined here, which Evans said they don’t want to ruin. Well, this is ruining it. And I’d bet Evans and other admins involved have way better quotes off-record.
Sounds and smells like non-affiliated adults with noses in places they don’t need to be.
The drive-by meat guy has a better chance of selling me his $200 meat tray than y’all do of selling me this. It’s a travesty.