Rick Reilly rips H.S. basketball team ESPN promotes elsewhere
At the very least, USA Today ought to remove Yates from its national rankings — the school is No. 1 — as a statement about basic sports decency. That’d be the un-Wise thing to do.
Meanwhile, Yates is rated No. 2 by ESPN RISE, the network’s magazine devoted to fetishizing high school sports:
No. 2 Yates (Houston, Texas) won its first two Class 5A playoff games by lopsided margins of 126-61 over Sterling (Houston, Texas) and 104-48 over Friendswood (Friendswood, Texas). Head coach Greg Wise eased up on the throttle slightly in the Sterling game once the Lions were leading 40-7 after the first quarter.
Yes, kudos to Yates for only outscoring Sterling 86-54 the rest of the way.
I eagerly await Reilly’s condemnation of ESPN RISE for promoting Yates as well, especially if it gets picked for the magazine’s April 1-3 National High School Invitational Tournament, or as Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer prep sports writer Paul Shugar called it, “April Absurdity.”