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PCS: Too shy to show Sports Spirit?


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Recently, there’s been talk going around—especially amongst sports-spectating Juniors—about guidelines for PCS sports spectators. During a Boy’s Varsity Basketball game between PCS and Trinity several weeks back, what some students claimed as “school spirit” was perceived by parents of the opposing Trinity basketball team as “unsportsmanlike conduct.”

“It was a tie game at the half when I arrived,” said Junior Jaivin Patel, an avid sports-goer at PCS. “I was shwanging with my friends all day and I really like to support Puma athletics. I try to go to as many home games as I can and I always bring the boom squad. I wild and out and go hard. I always stay within the guidelines but this day was different.”

According to Patel, the situation went down like this:

“I was hittin the whip, pushin that swerve, poppin that shmoney, and rockin the nae nae. I was also singing CoCo because we were ballin but the system and the parents were killin my vibe. No other team had complained except . . . Trinity. Once I arrived, we started wild’n out because the X factor had come through. I was yelling, cheering the Pumas on and being a positive beast of energy until things started getting chippy. PCS was making a run and the Trinity parents and coaches were getting upset. The Trinity coach got a technical foul for yelling too much at the refs and the parents were insecure about the children’s lack of basketball ability. I started singing “Fancy” at the freethrow line to throw them off guard. The players on the other team laughed and found it harmless but the parents on the other team were complete . . .  I complimented a person on their team’s shoes because he had some baller Kobe Vipers. The parent took it as an insult even though I’m a huge Kobe fan and completely meant it to up that players shwang level. He said: “Stop it, just stop,” and his wife said: “Yeah, talk about sportsmanship,” when I was being nothing but positive. I then got up and supported my team and protected myself by saying I did not break any rules and that I was simply being positive and wild’n out. I have spirit even if others don’t and I’m not afraid of people trying to kill my vibe. Because of that argument, the teammates on our basketball team supported me and my homie Louie saluted me. Then the dad say’s “Shut up. . .  and what kind of headband even is that?” Louie was wearing a dope . . . headband and this man felt like a big shot by making fun of a teenage boy. After the game was finished and we wrecked them thoroughly, my big homie Alex defended me outside and verbally wrecked them. He also wrecked them on the court with a whopping 37 points. After all this was over and we beasted on them, the parents . . . complained to the administration. I am not allowed to sing when opponents are at the freethrow line anymore which is ridiculous because I am not being negative at all. I am just simply stating facts like I am fancy. They don’t know that and I wanted them to know. It is not against the rules and I find the way the situation was handled stupid and ludicrous. It does not state in the rule book that I cannot sing as long as I am not being negative. At other big public high schools, entire bleachers are going wild and people are yelling all over the place. Because of one teenage boy singing at a basketball game, all this has to happen. That’s stupid. If we weren’t such a small school, we could do that. We need to take spirit and Puma pride more seriously and give more rights to the crowd. I am not saying anything derogatory and I am simply giving my team the Home field advantage. This is sports, not the spelling bee. I think a clear cut set of guidelines has to be made and I believe that as a school, we have to give more energy at games.”

 

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