Thursday, October 30, 2014

Aquinas Coach In Denial


Coach Chris Battaglia's statements to media shows:

  • Complete lack of personal accountability: "And I wouldn't go back and do one thing different than I did."
  • Diverts attention away from those (including him) who made the mistake : "Who's the human being who did this? How do you live with yourself knowing you did this to 50 kids."
  • Sends wrong message to athletes about the way they handled the bad news : "Lot of kids violent, a lot of kids upset in that way and I can't blame them."
SCATS ~~ Once again, a major LEARNING OPPORTUNITY was missed by the adults involved. Once again, the "message" is that winning is the ONLY THING THAT MATTERS in high school sports. This coach's lack of knowledge of the rules reminds me of our past hockey coach who admitted he NEVER READ HIS HANDBOOKS! 

Battaglia's failure at his job is what cost these kids the game. It's really that simple.
  

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

SCATS I 100% agree with you on this issue. Frightening, for me and I'm sure for you.

SCATS said...

To 11:49AM ~~ I'm thoroughly disgusted and disappointed. The fact that this is a PAROCHIAL school makes it even harder to swallow.

WHO is paying for the lawyers that filed this purely FRIVOLOUS lawsuit?

Anonymous said...

They are most likely Aquinas alum and doing it Pro-Bono

Anonymous said...

The coach may be to blame in your mind, but this really falls in the lap of the Athletic Director. The AD has the responsibility of eligibility issues.
The real issue is Rush Henrietta. When they find out tomorrow at 10:00 am who they will be playing. Rush will have a little more than 24 hours to prepare for their game of the year. Pittsford & Aquinas will continue to prepare for Rush. What does Rush do?? To me Rush is in the worst position of all as far as preparation for playing in a semi final playoff game.

SCATS said...

To 3:17PM ~~ Maybe ...

Think of the potential for FURTHER embarrassment if alumni ambulance chasers LOSE the court case.

Or if the judge throws the entire thing out ...

Or if the judge rules against them ...

Or, best yet, if they win the court case and end up getting trounced in the next game!

SCATS said...

To 3:21PM ~~ I stand half-corrected. It should be BOTH of them held accountable.

As for R-H, does it really make THAT much difference which team they play in terms of being prepared? It's the end of the season. They should be ready for action, period.

(I secretly hope R-H crushes the opposition!)

Anonymous said...

Rush, they should live up to their name!

Anonymous said...

Preparation for a football game is very team specific. Every team you play has different strengths & weaknesses. 11 players on the field each with a responsibility when the ball is snapped. Each player needs to understand what to look for & how to handle specific situations. Preparation is the most important part of playing the game of football. I openly hope R-H wins BIG. 3 former Greece players coach at R H.

SCATS said...

To 5:03PM ~~ Your explanation was exactly what I was waiting for! It epitomizes EVERYTHING that is wrong with HS sports these days. What you described for needed prepping is fine for the overpaid pros, but not for a bunch of teenagers. Just my opinion :)

Anonymous said...

Once more we see a brilliant example of "adults" screwing up and kids paying the bill.

What the hell is going to be the punishment for the Coach and AD of Catholic Jock School?
Probably just sore backs from getting congratulated for almost pulling it off.

Screw ALL School Athletics. Lets get back to educating rather than entertaining kids!

SCATS said...

To 10:21PM ~~ INDEED!

Anonymous said...

1021 Obviously. Of the same mind set of scats. Thankfully you both are in the vast minority of those thinking that way about athletics in our schools and it's place in the educational process that athletics represent.
To scats. Before you say I can't prove that you represent the minority thinking in our community, neither can you disprove my sentiments in this regard. So let's put it to the test.
Recent rumors have been circulating lately about a lighted athletic field under consideration by the district as part of a Capitol improvement plan.if this should happen, I propose a friendly token wager of $1.00 with you that it will be passed by the voters. Wadausay? Of course I will be at a distinct disadvantage as I am one voice, one vote. You on the other hand are one vote but with a huge following and audience to appeal to thru your blog by talking against it in an attempt influence voter attitudes to support your position. By making this wager with you I'm actually betting that YOU CAN'T DO IT!

SCATS said...

To 3:10PM ~~ I completely disagree about "being in the vast minority" as far as valuing education over sports goes. Look at our declining enrollments. They are partially driven by those who WANT BETTER for their kids!

Regarding the "rumor" you mentioned, it is a fact. GCSD has been trying & trying & trying (via the rabid sportsbooster groups and a bunch of testosterone-hyped dads ~ BOOYAH) to get one or more TURFED/LIGHTED fields for a very long time. Their ability to get what they want is somewhat improved by attaching it to OTHER capital improvement projects.

Regarding your "bet" ~ it doesn't involve a level playing field, typical of those who push for sports ;) Therefore, no TY. It has NOTHING to do with the BLOG.

They've already discussed having this vote inbetween a bunch of other upcoming votes to try to water down the turnout. On top of that, only the in-school crowd (which such groups are a part of WHEN IT SERVES THEIR PURPOSES (and ONLY then!)) will bother voting ... unless some sort of MAJOR district scandal makes headlines within 2 weeks of the vote.

Instead, I will bet you that less that 5000 Greece residents vote to APPROVE the plan as it now stands. That low turnout will prove that the tail wags the dog in Greece, once again.

SCATS said...

To 3:10PM ~~ I can't tell you how ECSTATIC I am that Odorisi is in the minority with people like me :) Perhaps the pendulum is swinging back towards common sense once again.

Anonymous said...

Again your overwhelming ignorance regarding athletic competition spills over in your comments. There is more to playing the sport than preparation for your opponent . No sport rivals personal preparation than the game of Football. It is the most demanding by nature because it is a CONTACT SPORT. Both physical and mental preparation is paramount to compete competitively and safely, with emphasis on safely. I don't care what level the game is played on from pee wees to professional, preparation in both areas is necessary to help avoid serious injury. One lapse in either by a player during a game or practice can be catastrophic . As far as preparation for an opponent goes, knowing the strengths and abilities of your opponent lends it self to a players mental preparedness on the field on game day. All necessary to perform competitively.
Regarding the AQ situation, it exposed the ill's of high school sports as it stands today. While the games haven't changed what has changed is adult parental attitudes regarding winning at all costs. When I played and coached, this factor was non existent. The kids played to win and lose. They accepted the rules and the outcome, Not so today. Parental interference in both areas has compromised the sport by their win at all cost attitude which pressures coaching as well as administration. We saw this a few years ago in Greece when the hockey coach was justifiably suspended by the Super raising the ire of hockey parents who leaned on the BOE and ultimately reinstated him.
On a side note, I saw nothing in the judges decision that indicated his opposition to scholastic sports programs. His decision was based on the circumstances involved in the rule under question.

SCATS said...

To 2:02PM ~~ I always love being called "ignorant" by someone who has his FACTS wrong! LMAO!!! Thanks for the laugh :)

Anonymous said...

I didn't say you were totally ignorant I just said you were ignorant of what it takes to prepare kids to compete. As far as the facts go based on my personal involvement in sports programs as a player and coach, unless you have similar qualifications, you are in no position to question my comments in this area. So laugh if you must it makes no difference to me . By the way, being called ignorant on a specific topic is not an insult. In reality all of us are ignorant on certain topics as no one knows everything. Would you except ". Uniformed in it place?

SCATS said...

To 4:17PM ~~ I didn't claim that you called me "totally ignorant" so please don't put words in my mouth to divert attention.

FYI, I don't go around spouting off on this BLOG about things I have no knowledge of !! I do a lot of research on many topics each week. I also don't claim to be an expert very often either, but I'm definitely pretty well schooled on a wide variety of issues. There are a wide range of knowledge levels between "ignorant" and "expert." I'm somewhere towards the middle about football in particular. I know MUCH more about baseball.

That being said, calling someone "ignorant" is insulting to me, and probably to most other people as well. Calling someone "uninformed" is just the politically correct way to call a person ignorant. Anyone who knows me is aware that I have a deep disdain for political correctness, so TY for making your intention to insult clear.

Regarding your previous comments, Webb was never "suspended." He was FIRED by Achramovitch... and then he submitted his letter of resignation. The BOE refused to accept his "resignation" and reinstated him to his position. In the end, this was the beginning of Achramovitch's demise, because the BOE essentially stripped him of his power to act as a Supt. He was neutered. Ineffective. His plan to eliminate kindergarten at West Ridge sealed his fate as personna non grata in Greece Central.

Anonymous said...

To Scats, congratulations on you're very well written essay
I response to my posts . However, the subject matter and meaning of my original post which was on topic, became over shadowed by my use of the word Ignorance. It would appear to me that you possibly became fixated on what you considered an insult of sorts because if the appearance of that one word in my comment which addressed the need for preparation .
I say this because no where in either of your responses do you address my thoughts related to the topic. Instead, you concentrated your responses in the direction of that word, and the injection of the Webb incident that at not time appeared in my comments and totally inconsequential to my comments and irrelevant to the conversation.
With regard to that incident, with out going into the specific details of what actually took place , as a person very close to that happening, I must tell you that your account of that situation is inaccurate in some important relevant circumstances and correct in others.

SCATS said...

To 1:07PM ~~ TY for the kudos :) I'm proud of my abilities.

As for ignoring the direction of your previous posts, you seem to forget that: 1 - YOU brought up the hockey incident ( 11/01/2014 2:02 PM ~ "We saw this a few years ago in Greece when the hockey coach was justifiably suspended..."), and 2 - my BLOG post, which you responded to, brought it up referring to the lack of familiarity with the handbooks/rules on the part of the coach.