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Banks v Buford

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Posted: 1/12/2014 2:22 PM

Banks v Buford 


Ok, admittedly, I am a father of a Buford wrestler, so this may seem a bit "slanted". 

That being said, I want to congratulate both teams for a couple of great duals between each other. The kids really put their heart and soul into both duals and it showed.  However, as impressed as I was by both sets of wrestlers, I was disappointed in several Banks fans.  Being the father of both a Buford Football player and a wrestler (2 different kids), I know there are a few Buford folks who can be out of control.  For the most part though, the people I hang with a are very respectful and have good sportsmanship. 

I am not going to say all Banks fans were rude, because they weren't.  However, when one woman is yelling our kids and parents in the stands "yall going to be crying all the way home" and "yall are a bunch of spoiled babies" before the match n I was a bit concerned.  My concerns came to reality when she starting cussing those kids out, because, what I can only assume, they were cheering our wrestlers on.  Then, after it was clear Banks was going to need a miracle to win, another parent started saying we were cheating, and tried to start a fight in the stands.  Finally, when we were down on the floor for the ceremony, the same woman was yelling something about "white trash".  We also had parents get "talked to" in the parking lot on their way out to their cars. 

I know these are a small few, and not the general Banks Cty fans.  Most of y'all were great.  I love your enthusiasm for your kids.  You have a great program, and many of our Buford fans wanted to be loud for our kids this weekend after what we saw from you last weekend.  I was equally impressed that you had your Youth and JV squads there cheering your team on.  Something else Buford can learn from. 

I just wish I would have seen some of the good Banks folks restrain the bad ones from acting like fools. 


Good luck to all your kids as they ready for Traditionals, look forward to seeing you then.
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Posted: 1/12/2014 7:46 PM

Re: Banks v Buford 


I have witnessed the Banks County fans numerous times over the last 4 years and never saw anything inappropriate.. I was not at the match yesterday but am going on past experiences. My experience with the Banks county fans ,coaches and wrestlers was nothing but positive. They were always classy. Your expecting the good ole Bank fans to refrain the loud mouth fans is ridiculous. Maybe the good ole Buford fans should have stopped you from writing this article slamming Banks County? My son has competed against Banks and Buford. I will also say that Buford fans have always been classy, but your post is NOT!
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Posted: 1/13/2014 7:53 AM

Re: Banks v Buford 


I am not going to get into a debate with you about this.  I am simply going to ask that you go back and read what I wrote.  If you still feel the same way about what I wrote, than you are entitled to your opinion and me mine.  I think you may have glanced over a few key phrases in my post.

good day.
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Posted: 1/19/2014 2:47 PM

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In years gone by, Banks had some sportsmanship issues on the mat and in the statds, but lately (like the last 8-10 years), they seemed to have gotten that under control. I am sure the actions you refer to happened, but were the result of one or two unruly "fans". If this had been brought to the attention of meet officials, it could have been dealt with decisively (aka ejection). The VAST majority of Leopard fans/Coaches/Athletes are great folks.
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Posted: 1/21/2014 8:02 AM

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I can't speak to past years, just this one.  I agree with you completely, the program itself is something to be proud of, just a handful of people who need to cool off a bit.
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