The beautiful people of football and their fans have never been confused as sport aristocracy; it’s not polo or cricket out there on the pitch. No one is making afternoon tea for the opposition.

Their nobility is in their want to crush bodies and tailgate pre-game like their brethren at NASCAR and Monster Truck and Tractor Pull.  Sometimes words can hurt, but gridiron people are a sticks and stones lot, not a “I am sorry for hurting your feelings,” group.

But in any case, Charly Cardilicchia, the head coach of the Westshore Rebels football club recently stepped over the line of what is acceptable by talking about competing teams and players that the BC Football Conference did not approve of.

The league reprimanded him and he was trotted out to the mics to say, “Recently I made statements on my personal Facebook page and to potential recruits that were critical of other teams, coaches and players in the British Columbia Football Conference. My statements were not true, inappropriate and irresponsible on my part as a leader of a team in the BCFC.”

He was required to post an undisclosed dollar figure as a bond, to ensure he doesn’t do it again.

“I take seriously my role in the conference and regret putting the Westshore Rebels in this situation. I apologize to the VI Raiders, Okanagan Sun, the players and coaches I specifically mentioned, as well as the member teams in the BCFC.”

Somewhere in Langford, good old Stew Young cringed.

Cardilicchia is the 2017 BCFC Coach of the Year.

“The BCFC has a social media policy in place for all members, and we expect it followed,” said league president Tyler Mclaren. “We will hold those who don’t follow it accountable, and we expect our head coaches to set the example.”

“A bond has been put in place and will cost the Rebels some money if it happens again, but we don’t think it will happen again,” said Blake Roberts, BCFC vice-president of media and business development.

The speech from above sounds like it was written by some middle-rank officer over at the Department of National Defence.

Hopefully, the league will give coaches and players some room to display their competitive character. Muzzling players and coaches from freely speaking makes for boring and fake repartee. Repeating cliché-riddled speech, makes dry what could otherwise provide competitive entertainment; competitive speech adds to the hype for future games.

“We trust this is a one-off situation, and others including Charly, take notice and learn from this, and not have history repeat itself. The BCFC has expressed to the Westshore Rebels and Charly that this isn’t acceptable, and I am confident they understand the league’s position. The goal is we can all learn from this and not have it happen again from anyone in our membership.”

The 2018 BCFC season begins on August 5th with the  VI Raiders visiting Chilliwack against the Fraser Valley Huskers and the Rebels in Langley against the Rams.


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