Published: 08:53 PM, Thu May 17, 2012
Vaughan: Don't bother comparing N.C. football teams to other states
I love the people who visit our Preps Spotlight blog, I really do.
Especially the ones who choose to leave a comment.
If you haven't visited, the address is blogs.fayobserver.com/ earl. Stop by sometime.
Discussion is good. Different ideas are good. And I often enjoy the debate.
But there is one thing I don't care for.
Moaners and groaners. People who approach life from the glass-half-empty perspective.
Even worse are the ones who come to live somewhere and take shots at how horrible life is here and how much better things are back where they are originally from.
My current case in point is a poster who is attacking the quality of high school football in this area.
He claims to be from Texas, although since he hides behind an anonymous screen name and reveals little about himself, we don't know if that's even true.
At any rate, he's been waxing about how there are any number of states, such as Texas and Georgia, among others, whose teams play high school football far better than North Carolina's teams.
That may be true. That may not be true.
But here's something that is true. I could care less. I don't live in Texas. I don't live in Georgia (although I used to years ago.)
If you like high school football there better than what we play here, fine and dandy.
And if you'd like to go watch it in person, I quote the late, great columnist Lewis Grizzard on a solution to your problem: Delta is ready when you are, brother. Buy yourself a one-way ticket to Odessa Permian, put on a Mojo T-shirt and don't come back.
Maybe the football in this state isn't the highest caliber. I don't know, you don't know, and none of us are going to know.
The reason is there's no national championship for high school football, at least not one contested on the field. Oh, sure, we may now and again play an out of state team, especially if you're talking those schools that border South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia.
But come the end of the regular season, there's no national high school football BCS - thank God - that will decide who's best in the country. Any titles handed out will be of the mythical kind, voted on by pollsters, who I seriously doubt have ever seen all or most of the teams they are voting for.
So if you think they do high school football better in Texas or Georgia or even Rhode Island, God bless you and enjoy yourself.
Me, I'm happy with the game we play here in North Carolina. And I wouldn't be anywhere else on a Friday night in the fall than watching our teams.
Scholastic sports editor Earl Vaughan Jr. can be reached at email@example.com or 486-3519.