OK, Sam Grubenhoff, sports reporter for Northwest Florida Daily News, since you asked for a personal point of view regarding Seth Stringer's, sports editor for Northwest Florida Daily News, published column about the FHSAA 1A football state championship. Here's mine:
The insulting title sets the demeanor for the entire column: "State Title Drought Continues" The opener addressing Baker specifically, then by pure ignorance alone, Seth had the audacity to include the entire area, suggesting our entire community is humiliated by our Baker football team, which isn't true. I couldn't be more proud of our Baker Gators!
Seth's column takes a turn for the worse with the line "a dose of humility the area could've done without." So, according to Seth, it is best to win every game in the season, earn your place in the state finals, and just not show up to the Class 1A state title championship game. Seth goes on to rub salt in the wound, by reminding readers (members of our community) that it has been 25 years since Baker has won the Class 1A state title. (Impressive writer, trying to demoralize present and past high school football students.)
"All we have since then is a series of near-misses," the column continues. Seth certainly suffers from pessimism, because clearly that means we've had several teams of skilled athletes whom succeeded in their season and earned their place in the playoffs. Seth broadsides the entire region when he writes "An 'A' for effort, an 'F' for execution."
Thank goodness Seth chose to be an sports editor and not a teacher, because obviously grading comprehensively isn't his specialty. Did Seth compare the games players' stats, yards, interceptions, etc.? The score is the determining factor of which team wins the game, but doesn't determine who played best.
Then in closing, Seth suggests Coach Brunson isn't pleased with his team this year, which is absurd. What Seth fails to realize is that his article is being read by the very community he insults. As a member of our community, it's discerning when our very own local newspaper publishes such a demeaning article about young, impressionable students in high school.
What kind of adults does that? Shame on you.
Sabrina Lewis, Crestview
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