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The question is inevitable (and answer is simple)

Every year, I get asked why such and such school gets more attention and more coverage.

Every year, I try to explain it is all about how schools work with the media.

Tonight, I experienced my greatest example to date.

I arrived early at Boyd Anderson. I typically like to arrive 45 minutes before kickoff, which is enough time to say hello to both coaches, get rosters and situate myself in the press box. Well, I didn't get to see the BA coach (he was busy), but got the rosters and headed to the press box (along with the competitor) at 6:25.

When I got there, I was basically told to stay out. Yes, that's right. The press box was off limits to the PRESS because there were too many people up there. What a joke. I asked for the athletic director, but he didn't show until 7:30.

My lead story for Broward was forced to be rushed at the conclusion of the game. Because of the quick turnaround, I did not even get a quote from Boyd Anderson - which makes my story (and me by association) look bad.

So, when I get a question from Boyd Anderson later in the year about why Deerfield Beach or Cypress Bay or St. Thomas Aquinas gets more coverage, i'll gladly remind them about tonight. Sorry Cobra fans, but you were slighted with what you will read tomorrow, and there's no one to blame except the school.

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MSROB

POOR BABY..GOT HIS LIL FEELINGS HURT..COULDN'T PLAY BMOC AT BOYD ANDERSON'S GAME..U MEDIA TYPES "DIS" THESE KIDS SO BAD 1 WEEK..THEN EXPECT THEM TO KYA THE NEXT 'CAUSE YOU THINK U GOT HE POWER OF THE PEN..WHAT U WROTE AGAIN SHOWING YOUR 'PRIDE' HURT&'DON'T THEY KNOW WHO I AM ATTITUDE'..TREAT PEOPLE LIKE U WANT TO BE TREATED & THEN YOU'LL RECEIVE IN KIND. NOW THAT'S "FAIR". I WISH MORE SCHOOLS WOULD TREAT Y'ALL LIKE THAT,MAYBE YOU'LL GET THE MSG..IT'S ABOUT THE CHILDREN--NOT U !

Bob Emanuel Jr.

And you apparently missed the entire point.

Boyd Anderson did not get its stats in the paper, nor did any quotes from the school run, because of deadline constraints. That hurts the kids - not me.

coral reef

The team you need to cover this year is Coral Reef with there 2-0 start. This is worthy of a good write up with the new coaching staff that has been put together there, Yes they are a young staff but a hungry staff at that, so the spirit of the coaches are rubbing off on the players. Please don't make me come back to this site and say I told you so. I probaly will leave out some coaches but they all have worked hard. Coach Miller, Corbin , Ward, Narder, Don, P aka the legend, Day, Greg and of cause coach Clements. Has off to all the coaches.

coral reef still sucks

How about everyone stop telling the press who to cover and let them do their job. Apparently some schools are ignorant and don't want their kids to be covered. And so are the fans who completely miss the point like "MSROB". And just because Coral Reef beat two of the worst teams in the county does not mean they will stand a chance against Killian, South Dade, Homestead, Palmetto, or Southridge. Just so you know beating terrible teams does not make you good.

god

Wow. This coral reef guy can't be serious?? Miami gardens chargers pop warner team can beat them!! When u win a district game then u can talk. ( Currently on a 28 game district losing streak) u guys really think u even deserve to be in the same county as a northwestern or booker t. Come on now, and for the boyd anderson ppl don't be trashing the miami herald bcuz they do a great job with high school so appreciate it. Your kids are the ones who need the exposure as much as possible so they should never say its too much ppl. Idiots. Anyways jus take lessons from Northwestern. When did you ever hear them say its too much ppl in the press box. Haha. Wow. That really floats my boat

Edward

Cover Columbus more often (there's been an improvement lately in coverage but it can still be better, certainly more consistent). Yeah, they're a private school without a big class (readership) but they're pretty damn good year after year. And being such a small school makes their story pretty interesting. So far as I know they're the only private school playing at a 6A level in all of Florida (certainly all of S. Florida).

reader

Colum-dumb plays 6A because of FHSAA rules stating that any school providing education to a single sex must double its enrollment numbers for classification. So an All male population of 1000 would not make them a small school. Just one with no females on the attendance logs. So if they are the only private school on the 6A level, they are also the only private school buying into the GMAC stuff where they are exempt for scrutiny of their shall we call it... come to our school we'll pay your way method of enrollment?
Not interested in Columbus or their claims of glory.

Bulldog Fan

Come to South Broward High School anytime not only will you be let in the press box will buy you a hot dog and coke.

Bulldog Fan

Come to South Broward High School anytime not only will you be let in the press box will buy you a hot dog and coke.

GER

My request is simple, just print the scores and stats for the schools that turn in their information. I know WCS is a small private school, but our coaches and players work just as hard as others and deserve to get recognized for their efforts, win or lose.

Edward

Reader,

Columbus isn't exempt from GMAC rules on recruiting. To the contrary, we've been penalized by the GMAC twice over the past 7 years or so. Additionally, our administration has come forward to the GMAC when there have been inadvertent violations of GMAC rules. Some years back, for example, the administration discovered that a player had lied about his age. The school immediately informed the otherwise oblivious GMAC and accepted all penalties.

Consider checking your comments for missing verbs, clarity and coherence before you call someone else dumb, dumbass.

Finally, we've consistently been number one in our district over the past 7 or more years and the AP ranked us 9th in the state in their preseason ranking. We've backed our claims and observers agree; including this blog: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/hssports/2008/09/columbus-is-rea.html

RICK TRUTH SPEAKER

WOW, I'M SORRY THAT HAPPENED TO YOU. DURING THE 7 ON 7 PLAYOFFS. I GOT A CHANCE TO MEET BOY'D ANDERSON'S COACH AND HE REALLY SEEMED LIKE A PRETTY NICE PERSON TO ME. I LOVED THE CONTROL HE HAD OVER HIS TEAM. I'M SURE THIS WHOLE THING PROBABLY WAS JUST A BIG MIS UNDERSTANDING.

PS. BY THE WAY. I THINK YOU ARE DOING A GOOD JOB. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. I'M ACTUALLY A NORTHWESTERN ALUMIUNUS AND A BULL FOR LIFE, BUT I BELIEVE IN GIVING CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE.

RICK TRUTH SPEAKER

WOW, I'M SORRY THAT HAPPENED TO YOU. DURING THE 7 ON 7 PLAYOFFS. I GOT A CHANCE TO MEET BOY'D ANDERSON'S COACH AND HE REALLY SEEMED LIKE A PRETTY NICE PERSON TO ME. I LOVED THE CONTROL HE HAD OVER HIS TEAM. I'M SURE THIS WHOLE THING PROBABLY WAS JUST A BIG MIS UNDERSTANDING.

PS. BY THE WAY. I THINK YOU ARE DOING A GOOD JOB. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. I'M ACTUALLY A NORTHWESTERN ALUMIUNUS AND A BULL FOR LIFE, BUT I BELIEVE IN GIVING CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE.

*******

I think the most significant suprise Coral Reef has given football was beating American. They are not a bad football team,they were (7-3) last year. Andre picked American to win 38-7 over the Cudas. Thr Cudas won 30-24. They still have a long way to go but they have stepped up to every challenge to date. If nothing else, it is a good underdog story. I hope they continue to succeed

Sonatcolumbus

That Columb-dumb comment is pretty ignorant. As for GMAC rules, we abide by them just like Northwestern, Booker t, and all the other schools. Just like you say reader, Like we buy our way, I am sure other schools do to. To think there are some schools out there that say All the players have a 2.0 or if an F school have a 2.5. Rules are bent EVERYWHERE. Do not be the first to throw the rock when you definitely live in a glass house. And for your information, Columbus is one Hell of a school. Check the records; It's all there. Not only in sports, but also in academics.. Like I tell my son, if they rag on you because you go to Columbus, it is because they couldn't go. I am sick of the trash Columbus takes. And I didn't even go there in high school. I went to the other All Male private school in dade county.

coral reef

Coral reef will be a contender in the district. Although they lost to Braddock, once clemesnt incorporates a passing game coral reef will be hard to beat. I predict the will beat south dade, southridge, and palmetto as district games.

charger4life

First of all, all of your schools are doing a fantastic job. To balance school and sports is a tough enough task. So let's stop bashing these kids because they're all courageous to play such a dangeruos sport. Some of you need to check your grammar. Learn how to spell before criticize others. As for the media, you're doing the best you can so keep up the great job. Shout out to the North Miami Beach Chargers. They've been a power house for nearly a decade, but no one shows them any love or respect. They've also been district champs for the past 3 years and counting. Look up Max Jean-Gilles. He's an offensive guard for the Philadelphia Eagles. He starts for the time being. You'll see that he graduated from NMB

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