Forgive us our 100 trespasses
Update on The Blowout of Blowouts:
The Covenant School in Dallas has posted a statement on its Web site feeling contrition for its 100-0 girls basketball pasting of Dallas Academy.
The Covenant School, its board and administrators, regrets the incident of January 13 and the outcome of the game with the Dallas Academy Varsity Girls Basketball team. It is shameful and an embarrassment that this happened. This clearly does not reflect a Christ-like and honorable approach to competition. We humbly apologize for our actions and seek the forgiveness of Dallas Academy, TAPPS and our community. The school and its representatives in no way support or condone the running up of a score against any team in any sport for any reason. The school’s board members, Head of School Kyle Queal and Athletic Director Brice Helton have acted to ensure that such an unfortunate incident can never happen again.
Covenant school officials have met with and personally apologized to Dallas Academy Headmaster Jim Richardson and Athletic Director Jeremy Civello and wish to extend their highest praise to each member of the Dallas Academy Varsity Girls Basketball team for their strength, composure and fortitude in a game in which they clearly emerged the winner. Accordingly, The Covenant School has contacted TAPPS and is submitting a formal request to forfeit the game recognizing that a victory without honor is a great loss.
Head of School
Catholic Church Supply should say the Act of Contrition for charging $24 for 100 of these cards.
If indeed the Internet scuttlebutt was correct and coach Micah Grimes kept playing a press defense for most of the game, then Covenant should be apologizing. Blowouts happen, but when it’s 59-0 at halftime it’s not stretching to say you can call off the dogs. (Also to clarify: Dallas Academy specializes in kids with learning disabilities, but it’s for the likes of ADD and dyslexia. It’s not a Special Olympics team.)
But if Covenant was so ashamed at Grimes’ alleged conduct, it should have apologized the day after the game — not nine days later, after the blowout attracted national publicity. . Given Covenant had won many other games of the 77-27 variety, perhaps the school could have said something to Grimes previously about avoiding any rub-it-in-your-face conduct before playing a team that hadn’t won a game in four years. And offering a forfeit? That’s just patronizing.
As usual in this story, the classiest person involved is Dallas Academy athletic director and girls basketball coach Jeremy Civello. From today’s Dallas Morning News:
… Civello said his school accepted the “heartfelt” apology delivered by Covenant’s head of school, Kyle Queal, and athletic director Brice Helton.
Civello said the girls’ team, which hasn’t won a game in his four years there, doesn’t want to be credited with a victory it didn’t earn on the court.
“Covenant has a great team,” Civello said. “We wish them all the best for the rest of the season. We don’t think what happened is a reflection on those girls in any way.
“There are a lot of good people at that school. We hope this blows over.”
Win or lose, if your kids get one coach like Jeremy Civello in their lives, consider yourself fortunate.