There are several schools of thought when it comes to running up the score. There's the "Steve Spurrier Run 'Em Up" philosophy (blow out your opponent until they beg for mercy.) Then there's the "Tee Ball Let's Make Sure Everyone Plays and Screw the Score" mode of operating.
It seems pretty obvious that The Covenant School in Dallas subscribes to the former. How do I know? Well, because they beat another team 100-0 in a girls' high school basketball game. The
worst part? Their opponent, Dallas Academy, is a school that caters to students with learning disabilities.
But they won't be playing Covenant again this season; they canceled their Jan. 30 game against the team. After the game, Dallas Academy informed the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools that it was withdrawing its girls team from the league for the rest of the season.
"We just said, 'The hell with it,' " said Jim Richardson, Dallas Academy's headmaster.
Against Covenant, Dallas Academy was surprised to see an obviously superior team keep the pressure on until it scored its 100th point in the fourth quarter. "I'm sure they could have won by 30 points and still had just as good a time," Civello said.
To make matters worse, the Covenant coach, Micah Grimes, has issued what appears to be a really weak attempt at an apology, saying that "It just happened."
Pardon me for being blunt, Mr. Grimes, but that's just stupid. 100 point games don't just happen in the NBA, they don't just happen in college basketball and they sure as hell don't just happen in a girls' high school basketball game, especially against an opponent that's losing 59-0 at half.
Grimes also went on to describe the game as "a learning experience" which is just embarrassing. The good news is that both the headmaster of Covenant and the director of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools seem pretty willing to make amends; while I'm not one to typically call for someone's resignation, it would be nice if part of that process involved teaching Grimes how to dictate a better apology.