by Alexandria Echo Press
September 22, 2011 at 7:00 pm in Alexandria Echo Press
Gideon Hartsell, a special needs student at JHS, works his way onto the football field Continue Reading
Tags: Alexandria sports, cardinals, Football, gideon, hartsell, Sports 4 Comments »
That’s awesome. A memory that will last forever.
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What an idiotic decision! Presume that the team would have lost by 1 point. How can you tell your VARSITY team that you are having them work out in the off-season, spend 8 hours a week or so at practice, and ask your assistants to spend numerous hours viewing tape and other activities and then try for some ‘feel good’ stuff?
If you’re going to do something like this, pick a game where the outcome is already decided or have the young man do it in a JV game. It’s one thing to recognize one of your mates who isn’t good enough to play when the game isn’t on the line, but it’s a disservice to all involved to do it in a close game.
Before anyone gripes that I’m a ‘sports is life’ guy, I’d note that I was a bench warmer for the most part. I got in the game on special teams where I was an asset (giving a starter a breather without being a detriment on the field) or when the game was decided.
One play doesn’t usually decide a game, but imagine how the strategy would have been affected if Alex’s regular kicker made the PAT and the other team didn’t. Then it’d have been a 3 point game and that opens up more options for a coach.
The sentiment was noble but the timing was horrific.
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What an incredible story!
I can’t help but reply to the comment that this was “an idiotic decision”. This was an Alexandria Cardinals, regular season, high school football game. We are not perennial state champion contenders, nor is our team having a season that is good enough to be playoff bound, unfortunately. At the end of the day this is still a game! The Cardinal coaches and players should be commended and honored for what they did.
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Shame on you “GOSER”. I was there and watched this moment. Something I will never forget nor will Gideon. Obviously, sports to you is just about winning or losing. Hopefully sports will teach our kids much more about life than just the final outcome of the game.
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