Beyond The Score

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Beyond the Score

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Welcome to BEYOND THE SCORE!A Central Vermont Sports blog. We’ll share stories about local players and awesome plays of the week. We’ll also plug in some general opinion about sport and the joy of competing. We hope you’ll add your thoughts and ideas.

Beyond the Score title is taken from Times Argus sports writer, Stephanie Carter, who created a column in the 80’s that explored sport from the point of view of the fan, player, parent, coach and general observer. We hope to bring Stephanie’s approach to this sport blog.

We will keep the blog open to free expression. Mindless dribble will be rejected or ignored but challenging comment and things that open our eyes to what’s going on in CVT Sport will be welcomed.


Written by Roger

January 29, 2010 at 2:09 AM

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  1. High school players waving their arms to rev up the crowd strike me as “bush.” Our players would do better to keep their heads in the game or trade in their uniforms for pants and skirts of cheer leaders.

    Newton Baker

    February 3, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    • During girls basketball tryouts I would have the freshmen players line up at the mid-court line and run in place. I’d tell them to kick their heels up as high as they could behind them. I’d also instruct them to extend their arms straight out to the side and then slap their hands together in front of them. They were asked to do this all at once, run in place, high heel kick, straight arm hand clap while shouting, TEAM, T-E-A-M, TEAM over and over! I’d blow the whistle for them to stop and say, “This is what you do if you want to be a cheerleader. Now if you want to be a basketball player get down in a defensive stance and slide.”

      The MHS player playing to the crowd made me think of a cheerleader. Cheerleaders are amazing athletes and play “outside” the lines. Basketball players play “inside” the lines. Don’t get the two confused.


      February 3, 2010 at 6:38 PM

  2. Player cheerleading serves several useful purposes: 1. It signals to all the world that the core of the team (which, by extension, includes the team’s fans) is WEAK. That’s useful information. Remedial steps can then be (or not) taken. 2. As mentioned, it signals — loud and clear — to the coaching staff that some players on the team are not “getting it,” and need a serious conversation, and that is usually a very good thing to have.


    March 17, 2010 at 11:44 AM

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