The Daily Reporter has received a plethora of Wows ’n Whistles as of late. For the uninitiated, Wows ’n Whistles are the sports version of Hoots ’n Hollers, this paper’s forum for ordinary citizens to anonymously affirm their satisfaction (Hoots) or, more often, displeasure (Hollers) with local and national happenings.
The Hoots ’n Hollers submissions often have to do with crummy politicians, potholes and taxes. The Wows ’n Whistles have been centered lately on Hancock County high school football and soccer coaches who aren’t doing something to the liking of people who claim to be players’ parents or former players.
Since everyone seems to be riled up, I’ll weigh in with my own Wows ’n Whistles:
Whistles to the people complaining about supposedly unfair playing time in comparison to a coach’s kid. I agree with our most recent W-n-W submitter, who so precisely said, “The cold, hard truth is this: If you are good enough, you will play regardless of who your daddy is.”
Wows to the Doug Peacock coaching tree. The former Mt. Vernon football coach, who retired after the 2010 season, is serving as an unpaid assistant to one of his former players, current Knightstown head coach Pat Mallory. When Knightstown faced Lapel on Oct. 5, six ex-Marauders coached in the game: Mallory, Peacock and assistant Mike Carter for the Panthers and Lapel head coach Tim Miller and his assistants Nick Clarkson and Bobby Ryan. With three former Marauders on each sideline, I’m sure there was more than a little pride at stake. That extra motivation might have provided Miller & Co. with the edge: Lapel, previously 0-7, beat the 5-2 Panthers by a 36-28 score.