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We live in a world where people are more likely to place blame, than they are to think. I get frustrated with this world a lot and I'm well aware I'm not perfect. I'm far from it, but last night, I was actually embarrassed to be from Nixa and it was because of a high school football game... You read that right. Ridiculous, right?
Anyway, Nixa lost to Webb City, but my embarrassment had nothing to do with the scoreboard. Webb City is a football powerhouse year in and year out, so to even give them a game is an accomplishment in itself. My embarrassment came from the post-game reaction from some Nixa fans.
If you follow high school football at all, I'm sure you heard about the ending to this game last night. Basically, Nixa had the ball with less than a minute left inside the 1 yard line on 4th down. They decided to go for the touchdown instead of kicking the short field goal. They were tied, so either would have given them the lead. Well, they didn't score and ended up losing in overtime.
Could they have attempted the field goal? Sure. It was a decision the coaches had to make. There is so much that can go wrong with a field goal: bad snap, blocked kick, etc. And earlier in the game, Nixa had an unsuccessful field goal attempt. Do they really want to risk that again? I'm not saying whether I agree with the decision or not, but regardless, it's not my decision to make. Honestly, I'm not sure what I would have done in the situation. I'm glad I wasn't in the position to make that call.
So, of course, after the loss, some fans were quick to blame the coaching staff. If they would have chosen to kick the field goal and missed, everyone would have been mad about them not going for it. Coaches can't win. My dad has been a high school coach my entire life and I've seen this happen plenty of times before. Somehow, some fans think they know the sport, the team and the situation better than the person who is paid to do the job. I can assure you, a majority of the time, this is not the case.
I knew there would be negative reaction from some fans after that loss. That's just how it goes. Knowing this, I'm not sure why I searched for the reaction on Facebook. It wasn't hard to find and I really couldn't have been more disappointed in people. Some defended the coaches and I'm glad. Others, acted like they knew it all and were calling for the coaches' jobs.
Let's remember the most important thing here: This is a HIGH SCHOOL sport and a lot of these reactions came from 'adults'.
Did all of these people cursing the coaches forget who coached the team the whole game? Nixa had a legitimate chance to beat one of the best football programs this state has ever seen. That's impressive.
I could go on and on, but I won't. I just ask that you think before you post things online. Those coaches have kids and I'm sure those kids saw some of the negative posts. I've been in that situation with my dad and I can tell you that there is nothing worse. Nixa football's coaching staff has a track record of winning that speaks for itself, so I fully support them.