Have you guys heard about Aliquippa? About their basketball team’s super classy reaction to winning silver medals at the PIAA Basketball Championship?
In the moments after the final buzzer, the Quips’ players, clearly emotional after such a momentous letdown, didn’t seem interested in accepting the runner-up medals or trophy.
As the Prep Charter team aligned along the free-throw line at one end of the court, the Aliquippa players were scattered and some headed to the locker room. Once the Quips gathered and the medals were presented, the behavior of some could be interpreted as unsportsmanlike. When senior Herb Pope, a two-time all-state player and New Mexico State recruit, was handed his medal by coach Marvin Emerson, Pope immediately dropped it to the floor. It didn’t help that Pope was not standing in line and Emerson had to walk across the court to deliver the medal.
Then, when the team was to accept the silver runner-up trophy, the players reluctantly took it and then placed it on the court near the free-throw line and began to walk off the court. A couple other players retrieved it.
As I read that, I turned from a hot young cool chick into a seventy-year-old, purple-haired school marm who wants to find these kids, take their bubble gum, and use a rolled up newspaper to smack them upside the head for about an hour or so … just until I feel better.
It can’t be said enough. That was super classy.
Losers lose and they lost.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go boil an egg, get my hair reset, play some gin, and drink my Ensure until my stories come on.
The whole lot of them have been named the next Annoying Burghers and their crowns are in the mail … and by crowns I mean GET OFF MY LAWN, SONNY!