Leading off today:
I hear that the athletic department at Fort Edward is going to have T-shirts made this week.
The Flying Forts' logo will be printed on the backs. And, stamped on front will be their new motto: "Doing the right thing since 2008."
Fort Edward, you'll remember, is the school whose boys coach tried to have the team from Martin Luther King thrown out of the state basketball tournament on the eve of the 2006 semifinals in Glens Falls because he didn't like the idea of having to play an opponent that draws it's students from a wide geographic area. Never mind that MLK is a residential treatment center, which means that it acquires players not by recruiting them, but rather by having them assigned there by family-court judges.
At the very same time that this was going on, the Fort Edward school board was working diligently to not fully investigate allegations of drinking by some of the school's athletes including members of the basketball team. There were even photos on the Internet showing a star player standing next to a girl who had a bottle of something stronger than Dr Pepper in her hands.
The allegations had been floating around for months, but apparently no one wanted to act on them because the inevitable penalties would have ruined the basketball season.
Now, we have the football team running it up on Bishop Gibbons over the weekend in a sectional quarterfinal. The final score was 78-7. Now, believe it or not, it is possible for a score to be that lopsided without having to speculate about whether the winners were running it up. You can't expect third-string running backs to not try to score, yadda, yadda, yadda.
But, as James Allen of The Times-Union pointed out, it's hard to interpret going for two-point conversions in the late stages of such a blowout as anything less than intending to embarrass a badly-beaten opponent.
First, the Flying Forts passed for two off of a fake kick to make it 72-0. Then they tried running for two out of a regular formation -- never mind going through the motions of sending the kicker out there for another fake -- on the