In Saturday’s Journal Gazette (Sept. 7) I read the account of the Bishop Dwenger-North Side football game. When I got to the last paragraph I was somewhat taken aback and perplexed by the comment of North Side coach Ryan Hall: “They made their adjustments, but we still should have won the game. I thought we were better than they were.”
I wondered on what he based this last assertion. Was it because Bishop Dwenger put up 120 more yards of offense than his team? Or was it because his team was not able to protect an 18-point lead? Or was it because his offense was completely stymied in the second half of the fourth quarter?
Generally speaking, the team that wins the game proves to be the better team, although rarely there is a huge discrepancy in statistical categories that favors the losing team and turnovers, or fluke plays turn out to be the deciding factor. However, none of that was the case in this game. North Side held the advantage in turnovers 3 to 1, one of which led directly to a touchdown; Dwenger’s offense outperformed North Side’s by a considerable margin; and North Side’s offense was shut down in the latter part of the fourth quarter, giving Dwenger the opportunity to score the winning touchdown.
I think a coach needs to be circumspect with his words when speaking about an opponent, especially when there is no empirical evidence to back up his claims of superiority. I hope Coach Hall will think more carefully before speaking the next time he is asked to comment about a game his team has just played. He does himself and the school a disservice when making a comment that demeans or diminishes an opponent.
DAVID OBERSTAR Fort Wayne