Poor journalism

Dear editor:
We are teachers and coaches at Beaver Brae High School in Kenora and we are writing this of our own accord.
Specifically, we are writing to express our disappointment with the May 26 article by Emmanuel Moutsatsos in which he covered the NorWOSSA soccer tournament played in Kenora.
First, let’s acknowledge something that most people accept in life and in sports: for lack of a better phrase, stuff happens.
The weather doesn’t always co-operate on the day of your wedding, nor does it always give you premium conditions to thoroughly dominate your opponents on a soccer pitch.
More specifically in the world of sports, there is such a thing as home-field advantage. The team’s field has its own particular idiosyncrasies that potentially could work to their advantage, but these conditions do not determine the outcome.
Apparently the Boston Celtics of the 1950s and ’60s won all those titles because of the dead spots on their parquet floor.
We also find it ironic that a Fort Frances coach would criticize the facilities of another school. The former Fort High gym was anything but regulation size, yet we have never heard of a rival team blaming their loss to the Muskies on that fact.
The conditions are the same for both teams. And to draw an analogy between a smaller soccer field and a basketball game played with eight-foot rims is one of the funnier things we’ve read in a while.
Fort High had an excellent team and deserve credit for their success over the years. However, the very fact the article opens with a pondering of who they would be playing next suggests the Muskies were guilty of looking ahead (and they would hardly be the first favoured club to do so).
It would have been refreshing to see this possibility acknowledged, instead of an embarrassingly one-sided article.
Champion teams—and here we’re not referring to titles won, but character developed—refuse to make excuses when they come up short, and coaches should model this approach for their players.
Why not congratulate Dryden for their victory instead and move on?
As coaches ourselves, we understand the frustration that comes with failing to reach your goals, but to write a piece that seems to blame everything and everyone for the fact that a very good team had an off-day at the worst possible time of the season is poor journalism and does a disservice to all the teams involved.
Thank you for your time.
Sincerely,
Scott Sparkman
and Trevor Belrose

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