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CHENEYFREE PRESS Thursday, September 17, 2015 Football is back and ev- erybody is giddy over it. And yet, as always, there are things happening in the sport watched and played by mil- lions of Americans that make you scratch your head about what it's doing to our culture. Two of those events wasted little time imposing them- selves on our national con- science, taking place on the opening weekend of high school and collegiate play. One was close to home, the other a little further away. Both of them evoked pas- sions over what is known as "the cheap shot." First, the one close to home, which took place in Eugene, Ore. during Eastern Wash- ington University's payday game with the University of Oregon Ducks of the Pac-12 Conference. Late in the fourth quarter as former EWU quar- terback Vernon Adams, Jr., on a run up the middle, went into the slide designed to protect players from injury, EWU linebacker John Kreifels launched himself at the spot Adams was aiming at, pass- ing over the sliding Duck and delivering an indirect blow to Adams' head with his forearm and elbow. Adams was down for a moment, then staggered to his feet and eventually left the game. He returned to the side- lines a few minutes later, but did not reenter the game. Kreifels was ejected from the game for targeting, and upon exiting, taunted the Oregon fans with a gesture of "bring it on," something that drew not only their ire, but that of EWU head coach Beau Baldwin. The second incident oc- curred in San Antonio, Texas during a Friday night football game. In a video that garnered nearly 10 million views on YouTube, a pair of John Jay High School football players are seen targeting a referee, lin- ing up behind the official with one player running into him while the other then plowed into him while he was down. The official was luckily not seriously injured. Both John Jay players were ejected from the game against Marble Hall High, which John Jay lost 15-9, and sub- sequently suspended from school. According to a Sept. 9 Reuters story, the Northside Independent School District also put John Jay assistant coach Mack Breed, 29, on administrative leave pending on investigation into reports he told the players "that guy (the official) needs to pay for cheating us." Apparently John Jay players and coaches were upset at the officials for calls made against them they deemed unfair. Are these incidents one and the same in defining a cheap shot? In the Texas case, obvi- ously officials are not to be hit - in any manner - dur- ing the course of the game or afterwards. Officials are not part of the game, and no mat- ter whether their calls were fair and perceived differently, or truly not balanced, there's no excuse for something that could amount to an assault. Indeed, Marble Hall po- lice have launched a criminal probe of the incident. But take the officials out of form of intimidation as part of strategy. Baseball has the brush-back pitch, basketball the well-concealed elbow jab, hockey, well, that's Webster's sixth definition of the word "intimidation - see Hockey." And, there was a lot of extra emotion permeating Eastern's game with Oregon, especially since Adams ,is a former Eagle and teammate of just about everyone on the current squad. But football is also played fast, and sometimes players make the wrong choices in those split seconds. Kreifels' actions after he was ejected and leav- ing the stadium, taunting the fans, lacked sportsmanship and shouldn't be part of the game, and Baldwin took the correct course of action in not only chewing him out in front of the fans, but also suspend- ing him for the next game. Hopefully, lesson learned. But while these incidents the equation and insert an op- are undesirable outcomes of posing player, and absolutely yes, this is a cheap shot. It's a physical sneak attack with the sole purpose of inflicting injury as payback for some perceived insult. Kreifels' incident came dur- ing the course of the game, in the heat of battle, as it were. Most sports feature some competition, people shouldn't let them color football, or any sport, in a negative tone. Sports, played correctly, teach camaraderie, teamwork and sportsmanship and respect. And these are qualities that are often found lacking even among the non-athletic among US. Write to the Point ig hanges are t at th eney ree ress By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Some of you may have noticed a slight difference in the Cheney Free Press's coverage lately. If you haven't, it will become more ap- parent over John McCallum time. In the past, areas of news coverage here at the paper have typically been divviedare now moving to topicalgan here at the Free Press chamber of commerce work- up geographically, meaning coverage. This means thatin August 2000, one of the ing for allthree cities, four if someone will be covering A1 is now the contact per- reporters, Ruami Dyck, was you count Spokane, which government, community son for all things education assigned to cover area busi- annexed the Spokane Inter- and education news by city. in Cheney, Medical Lake nesses and their issues for a national Airport and areas For instance, I have covered and at Eastern WashingtonBusiness page. around it in 2012 and in Cheneygovernment and ed- University while I'm your That lasted just over aessence became somewhat ucation while staff reporter man when it comes to gov-year as Ruami eventually of a West Plains city. The A1 Stover has been covering ernmental news for all three found it difficult to generate Cheney Merchants Associa- the same in Medical Lake, cities on the West Plains and stories, not for lack of effort, tion also came into being a as well as government and points in between, but for lack of volume. Since few years ago and has been community news in Airway To this, we've added a then, business on the West very active, as has Greater Heights. new area of coverage - Plains has taken off. Spokane Incorporated, but That haschanged. InsteadBusiness. Actually, it's not There is now a much of geographicalcoverage, wethat new. When I first be- larger and more involved See Write to the Point page 5 FREE SS Vol. 119 - No. 22 Press Production Manager Randy Warwick Pressman Mark Cordes Sales Steve Barge DeeAnn Gibb Front Office Dawn Chernak Rachel Stuart Editor John McCallum Reporters Paul Delaney AI Stover Graphics Brittani Montecucco John Myers Bookkeeper/Office Manager Debi Labish Publisher Harlan Shellabarger The EditOrial Board is composed of Paul Delaney, AI Stover, Brittani Montecucco, John McCaUum and Harlan Shellabarger The Cheney Free Press isT h e F r e e P r e s s r e- published every Thursday quests that contributors by the Free Press Publish- observe the following dead, ing Company, William Ifft, lines, which will be strictly president. Periodical post- enforced: age paid at Cheney, Wash. 99004. Published at 1616 W. OBITUARIES, MEETINGS OF GOVERNMENT First Street, Cheney, Wash. AGENCIES - Tuesday, 10 a.m. 99004. 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I was perplexedZealand. For the first time A year ago I relocated to the as to why the city would not in state history, fire offi- west side of the state, send any equipment or per-cials asked for volunteers Recently, I called back to sonnel in such a dire state of because they could not get ask some of my former crew emergency, enough resources. members how they were We are in a summer of handling the rash of state-unprecedented size and See Letters page 5 iiliiiiii p John McCallum A1 Stover Paul Delaney Editor Staff Reporter Staff Reporter Main contact for all editorial content. Coy- Covet/all Education (Cheney, Medical Covet/all Business, Medical Lake High ers Cheney, Medical Lake and Airway Lake and Eastern Washington Universily) School and Eastern Washington Univer- Heights news as well as selected Cheney as well as selected Cheney High School sity sports. Contact for miscellaneous High School sports. Sports. sports. jmac @ .aeyfreep @cheneyf @ c.bea ress.com