On ‘blowouts’ and backlash
Last week, a joke made at the top of the article, “Lady Yellow Jackets split with Model, Bardstown,” drew some criticism from parents, players and even administration for not being “supportive” of the progam. The lede in question read, “Ladies, if you’re in the need for a blowout before the holidays, don’t go to the stylist. Just come on down to a Lady Yellow Jacket basketball game. The girls from Woodford County High School have yet to play in a close game and that trend continued Tuesday night with a 74-39 loss to Bardstown.” While I appreciate that the joke in the lede of the story did not land the way it was intended to, I disagree with those who claim it showed that neither I nor The Woodford Sun support WCHS girls’ basketball. For many years, the Sun has covered WCHS athletics, and I have been on the job for seven months. During those seven months, I have written passionately about Woodford County sports, and I am proud to serve this community I grew up in and cover the sports teams of the high school I graduated from in 2012. However, my aim is to be a journalist — not a cheerleader. My duty is to state the facts. I thought it was clear that I was alluding to the fact that every girls’ game thus far — both wins and losses — had been lopsided. Twice in the first five games, the Lady Yellow Jackets dominated the competition and ran away with the game. Another three times, they were on the other side of such a result. The scores of the games reflect that. At no point in the article in question did I criticize players, coaches or administration. I simply detailed the game last Tuesday at Bardstown and what transpired during it with factual analysis. I have nothing but love for the Woodford County community and all its athletes and programs. It is my hope that anyone who has read my work, particularly my profiles of student-athletes, is able to see that. If anyone has any concerns or opinions to the contrary, I am not a hard person to reach. Call, write or email me anytime, and we’ll talk it out.