It amazes me how as things change, things really stay the same.

It's an amazing day that we live in. With today's technology you have the ability to follow the action of all county football games on a Friday night, from your living room sofa if you so desired. All you have to do is know where to go and who to follow on Twitter.

I graduated high school in 2001. That's really not that too long ago. Some of you out there reading this have pairs of shoes that are older.

Back when I was in high school I never imagined hearing about a coach getting fired for throwing a basketball, or whatever reason you want to give. And you would not see a lawsuit if a coach was fired.

I remember when Fishers football coach Rick Wimmer was at the helm of Merrillville's football program (my old high school). His time leading the Pirates predated my high school years.

Football coaches would routinely get in a player's face, yank on a face mask and direct the player's head in whatever direction they really wanted. And it was OK. The player wasn't hurt. And you bet the player got the message.

Are coaches like that still? I'm sure there are a few, but there probably aren't too many. In this day and age they have to be worried about how a parent is going to react.

They might hurt the player's feelings. Remember when a player worried more about making the tackle to stop a touchdown than to worry about how a coach may or may not have yelled at them?

I played tennis at Merrillville. Actually my old doubles partner, Dathan Echols, is now Fishers assistant band director.

I remember an away match, Michigan City or Chesterton. Dathan and I were on junior varsity and one of the varsity players tossed a tennis ball out the window at a car on 80/94 (for those of you not familiar with northwest Indiana, think 465).

The entire team ran the next day at practice. We didn't need our rackets for most of the practice.

Fishers readers, ask Dathan the next time you see him. I'm sure he remembers that practice too. It's pretty hard to forget.

I don't know if that could happen today. How dare a coach punish a player who didn't deserve it? And players never deserve it.

That was just the way things were done. I remember in elementary school there was a paddle in the principal's office. No way that would be OK today.

For the record, I am not saying that throwing a basketball at a player is OK. Far from it.

What I am saying is that I hate that we live in a politically correct world where we give kids trophies at half time (OK, not really at half time, but you know what I mean). Everyone gets a trophy and everyone is equal. No one is better than anyone else.

I have two young children. When my son gets old enough and wants to play a sport he will, but what will they look like by then?

I love sports. I always have, and God willing I always will. I just don't know that I will want my kids to participate in something that you can't keep score, no one wins, whatever you want to call it game.

What about you?

How has things changed in your lifetime? Do you think that things are better today than they were when you played sports in high school or as a kid?

I truly want to hear from you. Send The Times your letter to the editor at news@thetimes24-7.com. Be sure to include your name, hometown and a phone number to contact you for verification. We'd be happy to run those letters.

This is not a call for letters saying you support Coach Mac or you think the schools were right in what they did. This is just a guy taking a walk down memory lane and asking you to join me.

That's all for now. I'll see you guys out there in the stands.



Rick Holtz is the webmaster for Sagamore News Media. He is an award-winning journalist and the former editor of The Times.