Stuffed – Too Good to Play

According to the Daily Mail, in order to protect fragile competitors, a girls basketball team has been kicked out of their league because they are too good. The article stated that the Minnesota Rogers Area Youth Basketball Association (RAYBA) team can no longer play in their local basketball league because they are ‘too talented’.

They were thrown out of the league with little notice before a league tournament was to be held. According to their coach, Jason Hanauska, ‘Three teams were threatening to I guess either forfeit the games against us or flat out quit the league.’ So of course, in a display of goodwill and compromise – the league threw them out. 

One of the girls’ mothers Sherri Palmgren told the station: ‘Do we take the (NFL’s) Patriots or Cardinals, who are going to the championship game, and kick them to the curb because they’re too good?’ (They both actually got kicked to the curb in real games this past weekend.)

The Northwest Suburban League have yet to comment on the case.

LetsGoDU has two thoughts on this issue. First, part of sports is losing – get used to it. At least 50% of every basketball team will fail every game. Second, can Kerry Cremeans, DU women’s basketball coach, please put Coach Jason Hanauska on speed dial and see if they have uncommitted players?


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