What does a blowout teach us?

A girl’s basketball game in Minnesota on Thursday night reignited an old water-cooler discussion. Is school sports about sportsmanship? Or is it about toughening up kids for the dog-eat-dog world that awaits them?

Moose Lake-Willow River beat Wrenshall — they’re known as the Lady Wrens — 65-0 this week. Moose Lake’s coach says he played his JV squad for nearly the entire second half, after his team ran up a 40-0 lead, and Wrenshall still couldn’t score. The squad is 0-5 this year.

Over the first five games of the year, the squad has lost 78-8 to Cherry, 68-22 to AlBrook, 63-21 to Cotton (Cotton was coming off a 78-20 loss), and 102-20 to Floodwood. They are ranked 19,968th in the country and 439th in the state, according to CBS Sports.

Tonight, the Wrenshall boys are playing Moose Lake, with a chance to defend the honor of their classmates.

Can kids learn something from a 65-0 loss in basketball? If so, what is it?

  • bsimon

    “Can kids learn something from a 65-0 loss in basketball? If so, what is it?”

    Study hard.

  • kennedy

    Should we tell the kids to give up, or admire their courage? I choose the latter.

    I am not sure if the loss teaches anything, but I admire the group of kids that shows up to practice every day and busts their buns trying to get better even though they have almost no chance of winning (and know it).