Is a lopsided score a form of bullying? - KMSP-TV

Is a lopsided score a form of bullying?

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

On a field in Queens lit only by a street lamp, the young men of the Bayside Raiders may have a hard time to seeing in the dark. But Coach Anthony Griffin says the lessons they're learning are about much more than just football. He says the core values of good sportsmanship are embraced by youth programs across the country.

"As a coach you have to realize when to take the gas pedal off," he says. Not following those unwritten rules could result in one team running up the score. That is what happened at a game in Houston when one team beat another 91-0, leading a parent of the losing team to file a formal complaint accusing the rival coaches of bullying.

"In general bullying is a serious thing and we want to guard against that with our kids," says Dr.Jonathan Fader, a psychologist. He says that while the lopsided victory may have been distasteful, he agrees with a Texas district committee that determined the parent's claim was merit less.

"My understanding in this situation there were lots of parents who felt that team was better than ours," Fader says. "It's really more about how the athlete or the team thinks of itself rather than a 91-0 match."

Back in Queens, coaches say mercy rules prevent games from getting to lopsided. Players say they see the benefit.

"I like respecting my opponent," the quarterback says. "Making sure that football stays football and it doesn't remain personal."

  • Queens NewsQueens NewsMore>>

  • G subway line shutting down for 5 weeks

    G subway line shutting down for 5 weeks

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:37 PM EDT2014-07-26 01:37:26 GMT
    Beginning Friday night, a portion of the G subway line that connects Brooklyn and Queens will be shut down for five weeks.
    The MTA says there will be no service between the Nassau Avenue station in Greenpoint and Court Square in Long Island City until Sept. 2.
    Beginning Friday night, a portion of the G subway line that connects Brooklyn and Queens will be shut down for five weeks.
    The MTA says there will be no service between the Nassau Avenue station in Greenpoint and Court Square in Long Island City until Sept. 2.
  • The Big Idea

    Making New York City more energy efficient

    Making New York City more energy efficient

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:45 PM EDT2014-07-26 00:45:49 GMT
    More than half the population of New York City rides public transportation to work. No other metropolis in this country even approaches that percentage or the MTA's total number of riders. For that reason, New York likely ranks as the most energy-efficient city in the nation. But what would it take to make the city even more energy-efficient or even self-sufficient?
    More than half the population of New York City rides public transportation to work. No other metropolis in this country even approaches that percentage or the MTA's total number of riders. For that reason, New York likely ranks as the most energy-efficient city in the nation. But what would it take to make the city even more energy-efficient or even self-sufficient?
  • Camping without leaving NYC (or even Manhattan)

    Camping without leaving NYC (or even Manhattan)

    Friday, July 25 2014 5:15 PM EDT2014-07-25 21:15:28 GMT
    If you thought camping meant leaving New York City, fuggedaboutit. Inwood Hill Park in Upper Manhattan and several other parks in the five boroughs are waiting for you and your family. New York City's family camping program, run by the Parks Department, is in full swing. No cars needed; your MetroCard will get you there.
    If you thought camping meant leaving New York City, fuggedaboutit. Inwood Hill Park in Upper Manhattan and several other parks in the five boroughs are waiting for you and your family. New York City's family camping program, run by the Parks Department, is in full swing. No cars needed; your MetroCard will get you there.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices