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Exhibit A: seriously misplaced sense of self importance.

I was making a general statement. If you personalized it, you might want to take a moment for some introspect. If not, at least try reading for perspective rather than misquoting tidbits to react to.

Or don't, and I'll be your huckleberry and offer up exhibit B.

Either way, my point is proven.

-- Posted by ConsiderThis on Thu, Oct 23, 2014, at 2:31 PM

The irony of an anonymous post complaining about anonymous posts. A post complaining about assumptions assuming that the people that post here do so while having no involvement. A post emphasizing winning when our teams don't win. A post claiming that the best players playing when the coaches won't let parents see the players stats.

-- Posted by Wishinonehand on Thu, Oct 23, 2014, at 1:44 PM

Consider this, I need a dictionary?

-- Posted by dudewheresmycar on Thu, Oct 23, 2014, at 12:43 PM

Had a sayin' back in the day, "Before you complain about the cook, be prepared to take over the kitchen."

-- Posted by junkyard dog on Thu, Oct 23, 2014, at 12:23 PM

It's funny how the complaints are directed at the team programs rather than the ones that only rely on individual performance. It's shamefully laughable that some parents have such a skewed vision of how well their child/relative is able to perform and it tends to run on the side of EXAGGERATED. Throw in an unwarranted sense of entitlement, add some seriously misplaced sense of self-importance and sprinkle that with some serious lack of accountability, and you will have created that mediocre human that so many people are quick to defend (it's also known as commiseration). Unfortunately, a coach only has a few hours a day to attempt to reverse a lifetime of behavior that has been learned, encouraged and condoned by the "adults" in the homes of some of the players. The purpose of a competition is to win. As a coach, you play the kid who shows up, works hard, values improvement and doesn't make excuses. As a player, you learn life skills that someone at home should have taught you and you do so without blame-shifting or playing the victim role. Last I heard, practices are open so ANYONE is free to go in and observe. However, my understanding is that the local anonymous sports experts are "too busy" to coach so I am assuming that also means that they are too busy to attend practices where they would be able to witness, firsthand, the performance of both the coaches and the athletes. At the very least, it should be considered, if only to provide a minimal sense of credibility to the rant.

The best part is that there are always options. Typically, when one does not appreciate or approve of something, you look for said options...but that takes thought, some time, introspect and an ability to look beyond a narrow, biased point of view. So you think the schools need fixing? Volunteer your time, resources and expertise or simply VOTE, that can change a lot of things in a hurry. You think the District needs more books? Go back to school, become an Administrator, or better yet, have a fundraiser and stop complaining about the proposed levies. You think the coaches are unfair? Spend YOUR time coaching, become a booster, volunteer when you can, or simply show up to a practice... or better yet, get up from your computer, call, and set up A CONVERSATION WITH A COACH. Still have excuses as to why you can only be limited to anonymously ranting and are left to ASSUME what's happening (or not happening) on the field or the court? Don't watch, listen to or allow your kid to play, sign them up for a program where everyone gets a trophy and a pat on the back just for paying a $20 registration fee. Better yet, move and take your dogmatic negativity with you. It benefits neither the coaches, the players nor the community...which, by the way was one of the weak defenses (it's bad for the kids) presented here. Although Mountain Home sports will have to somehow find the courage to move forward without you(sigh)... it would certainly be the TRUEST of travesties for the people, young and old, of Mountain Home to lose access to such experts in team management, religious profiling, budgeting, training & conditioning, and administration. (Insert the heaviest of sarcasm all throughout that last sentence )

-- Posted by ConsiderThis on Thu, Oct 23, 2014, at 12:04 PM

Just curious, based on observation: What or who determines or decides which news stories go up on the website for the Mountain Home News?

HAPPY FALL TO YOU ALL!

-- Posted by ItsJustMeAgain on Thu, Oct 23, 2014, at 12:00 PM

Heard a rumor that might please those that have called for change in MHSD. The rumor is that Mr. McMurtrey is resigning effective 1 July 2015. Can anyone confirm or debunk this rumor?

-- Posted by Old guy on Wed, Oct 22, 2014, at 4:08 PM
Response by Brenda Fincher, Publisher, MHNews:
Yes, that has been confirmed.

I heard it through the grapevine....

McMurtrey to resign???

-- Posted by lifetimemthomey on Wed, Oct 22, 2014, at 4:07 PM

The football program? Please. It's ALL the sports programs barring a very few coaches. The volleyball program is so unfair right now that unless you go to the right church or are a coaches kid you can forget your kid playing. Statistics? What are those? Whats the mission statement for the sports programs? Aren't sports suppose to teach fair play and sportsmanship? Do they think the kids don't see whats going on? What kid is going to put in extra work when they are much better than a church starter as it is? A coach is going to preach values and hard work while they're playing scrubs over much better players? The coaches get exactly what they want. The kids that are better than their chosen players quit and never play that sport again. There's your answer for why the sports programs don't have kids turning out.

There is absolutely zero direction from the school board. Each coach rules their kingdom with an iron fist and an open checkbook. This duck and cover type of administration of our schools has got to end. When's the last time a school board member sat in a classroom, visited the Hacker roof, went to a game of any kind, or had a kid in the system? How can you run a district if all you do as a board is sit on high once a week and rule from your ivory tower? Lets do rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock, and get some new blood on that board. For those that have been out of touch since the last time we bought new text books, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=405Nh2H4U...

-- Posted by Wishinonehand on Wed, Oct 22, 2014, at 1:01 PM

What makes it so interesting is that we have known since 10/14, the Statesman has an article on 10/21, and the News is the last to speak of it.

I know the school admin. reads this site. I have a question for them. What are your plans, current and future for the Mountain Home High School Football Program? Refusing to comment will provide no solutions. Please step up. Do not make this an Athletic Director's of 2 months problem. I would like to see you own up to your mistakes (assuming you realize you have made them) and provide a working plan for the future of Mountain Home Football. You may even respond right here on this site. Thank you. Look forward reading your response.

-- Posted by dudewheresmycar on Wed, Oct 22, 2014, at 7:11 AM

Interesting article to go along with the current conversation http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/10/21...

-- Posted by joe_smoe on Wed, Oct 22, 2014, at 6:30 AM

Now that the sports article from last year was posted... It does refresh my memory. I remember reading that article and it hit me across the forehead. Granted, some of the starters may have been going through the motions, but I recall a handful of hard working and dedicated starters. When I saw ALL of the starters being called out and being told in the news that they had no heart and gave no effort, I just remember thinking wow. Saying that to the team in a locker room is one thing, calling 100% of them out in public is another. Hindsight is 20/20, but if emotions were that high at the time it would have been best to bite your lip and save your frustrations, or at least until you got to the locker room.

-- Posted by My-2-cents on Tue, Oct 21, 2014, at 5:21 PM

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