The Shove Heard 'Round the County
By Dan O'Donnell
Everyone else seems to have a take on this now-infamous shove, so I guess I should, too. Did the kid headbutt the coach first? Probably. Did the coach overreact? I suppose. Was his two-game suspension justified? Sure, why not.
I'm sorry, I guess I just can't get as worked up about this as most, because I just don't see it as a big deal. Of course, I am in no way condoning violence of any sort against children (or anyone, for that matter), but of all the incidents to become a countywide outrage, this isn't it.
Every day in this county alone, hundreds of children are seriously neglected or abused, but few if any get a fraction of the indignant media attention of this "Shove Heard 'Round the County."
The player wasn't hurt and, while I don't pretend to have any inside knowledge of Coach Grochowski's motives, it doesn't seem to me that he acted with overly malicious intent. Football is a game predicated on highly-charged emotions that, on Friday night, unfortunately got the better of him. Was he wrong? Absolutely. Does he deserve to be Milwaukee County's villain-of-the-moment? Probably not, because one glance of the headlines on our website's front page reveals far worse than him.