Student Sections Controversy
In a story
about the North Catholic at Dougherty basketball game, played 1/17/07, I
wrote that Dougherty's student rooters, camped out in the Looney Bin, seemed
unusually subdued. I received two responses from rooters, and they're shown
below. We'd like to hear your thoughts. Should the students be muffled?
Should they be allowed to bust chops, within reason? This is becoming a
league-wide issue. Your INTELLIGENT comments on this matter will be posted
below. Students AND adults are encouraged to contribute. Even players.
Wanted to chime in about
student sections; I have been doing major event security and
coaching in the PCL for about the same amount of time. And
security is the problem, having an administrator or
administrators at a game is not the answer, having big wigs
from down town is not the answer. None of those people are
trained to handle security problems, such as fights, unruly
behavior etc… First thing you need to do is be able to spot
a potential problem and keep an eye on it. You need to have
conflict resolution skills, if the problem can’t be resolved
you remove the problem. The big wigs downtown ignore this.
They think there presence is enough to avoid problems
(WRONG!) last years championship was a big example of this.
There answer was to close the doors to 2 basketball games
this year Suspend one coach for 4 games for NOTHING he did.
Events go on every day in this city and we have problems at
some of them. If we did what the People downtown did at a
Villanova game we would be the laughing stock of the nation,
picture it. ‘Nova wins, in the fray of things a player gets
hit with a bottle, 2 students get into a fight what do we
Scenario 1: Both teams are quickly taken to the locker room. The fight is broken up and all parties involved are removed. The person who threw the bottle is subject to $250 fine and it is enforced. We are attentively watching the crowd and know where the bottle came from ( I know where are the 50 Flava Flav signs? We didn’t let those in)
Scenario 2: We have poor response time, we celebrate with the ‘Nova student body and don’t even know there is a problem. We didn’t see anyone throw a bottle. So what do we do now? Next year nobody is allowed to watch the Villanova/ Temple game and Jay Wright will be suspended for 4 games.
Now my question to everyone is this, Does scenario 2 sound like we addressed the problem?
I don't know how many
people are even still responding
to this situation Ted
so if it's not worth it don't waste your time and print it, but if you
think somebody is still listening please post this. First off, I would like
to start off by saying that I am a very proud Dougherty graduate, and take,
I won't say offense, but kind of disrespect that proud mother from the
Inter-ac wanted to add your two cents in on the "BIN". The disrespect isn't
directed towards Dougherty, to me she sent it towards the whole city of
Philadelphia. I can say as someone that is 23 years old and a former
Dougherty football player, I see Father Judge, North Catholic, Roman
Catholic, and McDevitt people all aound the city (bars mainly) and still
we have talks about our games, certain plays, and the All-Star game, even
to this day. I hated every loss we ever had (I went to Dougherty so we had
a lot) but our FEW fans let the other team have it, I don't care if it was
70-0, they let them know where they were at. This is, by the way, the city
that threw snowballs at Santa, batteries at J.D. Drew, and cheered at
Michael Irvin's last game (I was there and I loved it) so what would make you
think that high school basketball would be different. Read the articles
about all the fights that have took place over the last two years in
Philadelphia high school sports, one thing you won't see is the KIDS.
Adults, if that is want you to call them, started the fights and gave
whatever schools that were playing, along with the city, a bad rap that
they didn't deserve. To everyone in high school that reads this, if you are
not an athlete, or at least not in that game, abuse, yell, and give hell to
the other team because that is your job, there's a reason why you get a
discount on your ticket, make your school (I hate to say it) whatever it is
PROUD. Back to that Inter-ac parent, I would like to say I'm sorry. Sorry
"that great division" will never have the passion that any team in this city
has. Sorry that you have never been to the "Bin" as you so clearly stated,
but had so much to say about it and the city it comes from. Do yourself a
favor, if you ever have the privilege (how did I figure that word out) to
come to our house, why don't you stay home, you probably wouldn't get it.
I'm sorry Ted I have read your web site for years now, this is the first
thing I ever felt the reason to put my two cents in . . . Huck thanks for the
defensive MVP, keep me alive for the 10 year.
P.S. I'm sorry to hear about the
sad state of event's at CD. Keep
head's up, remember CD was built on the foundation of it's alumni, be proud
and go Cardinal's. R.I.P. Father Kennedy, don't get me wrong, Father Kennedy
did not pass away, thank God, but, when he left a piece of Dougherty may
have left with him.
what the person just said was
so true, what is cd built on
alumni and when father kennedy
left so did an amazing part of
cd, he will be missed but not
forgotten and let it be known he
cannot/ will never ever be
i just need to say to all the cd students/alumni/ faculty/ parents mof cd im a cardinal for life and extremely proud of it, also the cd b -ball team this year is great keep up the good work and we can take down neumen and sjp!