Here are links to what others are saying about Arlington's 107-2 loss to Bloomington South in girls basketball and how other states handle overmatched high school teams. Check back later for updates.
Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette
Ben Smith writes, "What's ridiculous is that Bloomington South and Arlington would schedule each other to begin with. Once that happened, 107-2 or something like it was probably inevitable. You can't tell your subs to go in there and not try to score, defend, etc. So you're pretty much in an impossible situation."
The Big Lead
"Current Indiana Hoosiers point guard Jordan Hull attended Bloomington South, but as far as we can tell neither he, nor any of his Hoosier teammates participated in this game wearing a wig, Ladybugs style."
Under the headline "A 107-2 Girls Basketball Score Reflects the, um, Triumph of the Free Market," Bob Cook writes, "When schools schedule each other, perhaps there should be a line in the contract that immediately voids the game if there is a change of control of the school. Perhaps in the long term the state takeover will be beneficial for Arlington, but if students and parents are voting with their feet that they're not sure, and the school is essentially a startup with an established name, no one should be treating it as if it's the same school as last year."
Dan Fogarty writes, "WRTV is looking for video of the game, according to whoever operates their Facebook page, but I really hope they don't find it, because you have an easy enough time remembering games like this without a constant YouTube reminder. And to the Arlington high team: I hope you all become surgeons. Beautiful, beautiful surgeons, with lots of money and big apartments and handsome suitors."
These are ficticious names: "In Indiana high school news, the Bloomington South girls' basketball team beat Arlington High 107-2. 'Daffy' Martha Douglas led Arlington with 2 points, and Shirley 'Hedgehog Hands' Flatley had one assist after bouncing the ball off Douglas's face and into the basket."
Quad Cities Times
"Thanks to a mercy rule implemented by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union this season, lopsided games are finishing much quicker. ... Like the Iowa High School Athletic Association, which put the rule into effect two years ago for boys games, the contest turns into a continuous clock if one team leads by 35 points or more after the first half. The clock is only stopped for a timeout taken by either team, the intermission between the third and fourth quarters, a foul that results in free throws or if there is an injury. If the team trailing by 35 points or more trims the deficit below 25 points, the normal timing will resume."
KSCW-TV Wichita, Kan.
"Wamego's Lady Raiders had their tomahawks in full swing in the opening game as they rolled up a 72-23 win over Chapman in which the mercy rule was in effect for the entire fourth quarter. ... Wamego scored the game's first 18 points, holding Chapman off the board until only 0:52 remained in the opening period. The Lady Raiders ... led ... 57-19 going into the final period, (triggering) the KSHSAA running-clock rule in the fourth quarter. In that 'running-clock' fourth quarter, the Lady Raiders were able to outscore Chapman 15-4 to seal up the 49-point victory."
Jessica Isner writes, "That's quite a defense--that's for sure. ... (Arlington coach Ebony) Jackson isn't a fan of the mercy rule, but what other solution is there to this debacle? She said that the way Bloomington South conducted itself was 'not OK,' but she also said she wouldn't have wanted the game to be called. What would her solution be, then? For the Bloomington South players stop trying?"
Hoosier Sports Nation
Message board post has an idea for how Bloomington South should have been coached: "Once it's 45-1, you can still let all of the girls play and do the following: Run a 2-3 zone instead of a press. I don't know that South pressed the whole game, but to score 107 points in 32 minutes of game time, a team is chucking up a shot every 12-15 seconds. You can't do that without pressing and turning the opponent over. Work the clock for 20-30 seconds each possession before shooting."
"The IHSAA's sportsmanship rules are non-specific about blowouts, calling for coaches to 'always set a good example for members of the team and fans to follow,' to 'instruct members of the team in regard to proper sportsmanship' and to 'treat opposing coaches, participants and fans with respect.'"
Travis L. Brown writes, in a story from January, "At what deficit does a football or basketball game become out of reach? To the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, it's at 40 points. In early January, TAPPS instituted a 'mercy rule' for football and basketball that will come into play in the 2012-2013 season. The rule mandates that any game which reaches a 40-point difference after halftime will be subject to a running clock for the remainder of the game. This includes plays that end out of bounds and play stoppages for fouls in both sports. 'When schools start beating someone 100-0, it seemed like a good time to put in that rule.' TAPPS director Edd Burleson said."
Lake Highlands (Texas) Advocate
Christina Hughes Babb writes, "As much as I dislike bullying, especially in the form of a coach and parents urging players to humiliate a weaker team, I'm not sure that rules are the answer in cases like this. If someone is employed as a football or basketball coach, especially at a pricey private school, shouldn't part of the job requirement be good judgment, good leadership skills and sportsmanship? Sure, not all of them will demonstrate these things at all times, but when they don't, they can be reprimanded as anyone else who fails at a job. Is putting mercy rules in place tampering with the integrity of the game? Might it backfire and embarrass the losing team more than a blowout?"
Mining Journal (Marquette, Mich.)
Steve Brownlee writes about a 9-2 loss for a high school hockey team, quoting the losing coach: 'When you're rebuilding like this, I'm just looking to finish out every game,' Miners coach Eric Hill said, talking about avoiding the eight-goal mercy rule in high school hockey."