This letter is in response to Mary Jo Monnin's article on Oct. 7 about the football game in which Forestville beat Franklinville, 69-6.
Franklinville coach Dave Pavone was very critical of Forestville coach Steve Greenough for running up the score and keeping running back Larry Croft in the game long enough to rush for a state-record 458 yards.
The memory of Pavone is remarkably short. It was only two years ago that he chose to keep Nick Waldron, an athlete he was touting for the Connolly Cup, in the game for him to score seven times against Little Valley. I fail to see any difference in the situations.
Many coaches have lost the ideal that we are teachers of young men and women. We love our sport, but at times we also dishonor it. Therefore the adage "what goes around comes around" still lives on. Will there be an end to this?
If all of us could reach back to the qualities of sportsmanship and humaneness and let our athletes enjoy the best parts of our sport, we would all be ahead of the game. What doesn't help is more of the "pot calling the kettle black!" We have all been down this road before. Someone, somewhere needs to stop the nonsense.
Little Valley Central