Winning by more than 50 points could lead to suspension for high school football coaches in Connecticut. What to do when your team is creaming the opposition? Play on, write Volokh Conspiracy and Laissez Faire Books blog. It’s better for the losers’ self-esteem to lose big than to be protected from competition.
I can testify from the Highland Park High homecoming game against Evanston High my freshman year: Sometimes, they put in the subs and it doesn’t help.
There’s a chapter in my book, Our School, about the character-building effects of getting clobbered in sports week after week and coming back for more. I just ran into one of the students in that chapter, Neary, at Downtown College Prep, which is holding its third graduation tomorrow night. She’s just finished her freshman year at Cal Poly and was visiting her old school.