Thursday, August 9, 2007

Calling scrimmages the right call by CMS

There are a few coaches and players miffed tonight because Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools called off a heavy slate of scrimmage games.

I can understand.

Tonight was the first time many of the teams were going to hit someone who didn't wear the same color helmet.

But it's just too hot.

It was 102 today, which was the highest temperature ever recorded on Aug. 9 in Charlotte. It was two degrees off the highest temperature ever recorded in Charlotte.

As I write this now, at 6:42 p.m. -- less than an hour before some scheduled kickoffs tonight -- it's still cook-an-egg-on-the-driveway hot.

I have no doubt that most of the student-athletes tonight would have had no problem with the heat. They've been working out in it since school let out in June, sometimes twice a day.

I worry more for the referees, the scorekeepers and the fans in the stands, sitting on those toasty metal bleachers, just baking in the sun until about 8:30, then roasting in the warm night air until about 10.

I worry about Grandma coming to see her baby play for the first time, or the guy who doesn't know he shouldn't be out in this kind of heat. Just one incident is one too many.

I know teams need to scrimmage, especially with the season starting next week, but it's just not worth the risk tonight.

CMS, often criticized for making the wrong call, should be applauded tonight for making the right one. -- Langston Wertz Jr.


Anonymous said...

Langston, I'm a huge Charlotte Catholic fan and I was actually at the game when it was called off at 6. We had lit up the grill and were cooking burgers.

As much as I hate the game was called, it was too hot. We all kept going to sit in our cars in the AC. You could not have doen that at the game.

Anonymous said...

LW, you were right, it was too hot to play. Independence got lucky again. They got to dodge US!