Could the Red Team Have Cheated?


Yesterday was Isang Binhi’s first annual sportsfest, and some of the choir members experienced one of the two feelings: pride or ticked.

For me, my feelings for the sportsfest were between pride and disappointment, nonetheless I leaned towards the feelings of disappointment. A factor that majorly contributed to the near-failure of the first annual sportsfest for the Isang Binhi choir was the notion that the judging and guideline “panel” had somewhat favored for the Red Wangs, which would be the official name of the red team. The blue team’s Blue Warriors, the team that I was a member of, may not have won the sportsfest if I and several of the blue team members have not called them out for the following guideline mishaps. (Luckily, we did… barely.)

Cheerleading: Blue Team Wins 3-2
Accusation: Red Team Judges

Personally, I thought the Red Wangs won this one. They had far superior dancing moves, less cringeworthy lyrics, and better organization. The Blue Warriors’ cheerleading, I have to admit, was catastrophic, excluding the teams’ costumes–which you have to admit were fairly creative. However, they had two judges: a senior relative of a red team majority family, and my grandma, who already knew that every family member excluding me was on the red team.

Siatong: Red Team Wins 22-8.5
Accusation: Alternating Measurements

How to measure the distance between the stick and the bottle: “roll” your stick, and, for every time you land your stick flat, count one. We have done that–both teams–but the panel tried doing something else. I scored nine points for the blue team in this game, and they written it as a seven-and-a-half. When I asked them why they had me for “7 1/2”, they claimed that they measured the distance incorrectly. Dad scored the game winner for the Red Wangs with fourteen points, and, unsurprisingly, they unchanged the score–unlike what they did for mine.

Kickball: Draw at 4-4
Accusation: MLB Officiating Moment

With the Red Wangs winning the sportsfest three games to one, it was imperative that the blue team win kickball. Prior to the beginning of kickball, members of the red team insisted–really–that kickball is a game similar to that of baseball, except “with a soccer ball, and your foot”. Red Wangs’ starting kicker was out in his first attempt–the ball landed barely on the right side between the bases in the view of the first baseman. Nobody knew that, as everybody behind the kicker shouted, “Foul! Foul! Foul!” As a witness, I ran all over the field, shouting to inform everyone that the ball was in. Fifteen seconds later, the first baseman reached for the ball, and tagged him out. Every person on the red team insisted it was a trail game–and that he was out but not officially. This has been a kind of thing they have been doing throughout the entire sportsfest.

In the starting kicker’s second attempt, the ball flied towards the first baseman. He dropped it, but was able to tag the kicker out in time. The kicker attempted to make a slide, but failed to hit the first base with his right leg. All the red team members cried that he was safe. The blue team insisted–and we were right–that you had to tag the base. He, the kicker, was already out, but he walked to the first base.

Suddenly, you have people on the red team shouting, “He’s safe!”

Sliding AND touching the first base are fundamental skills of baseball, let alone kickball. And the kicker failed.

The judges made the controversial call that he was safe. That kicker, as a result of the failed call, would eventually run home to score.

But even with these cheating allegations, the Warriors would have won 4-3. The Wangs claimed that the blue team cheated because one of the base runners failed to tag the base before running home. I was getting a drink, so I could not tell whether the red teams’ claim was correct. Many asserted that the runner legitimately scored anyway, so I was not sure exactly why they would complain about that call in particular. But I was definitely certain that the first baseman was out, not safe.

Mom assured to me that the Blue Warriors won kickball 4-3 since the judges have clearly given up on the scoring, given the harsh complaints from both sides of the game. In the end, unfortunately, the judges gave both teams four points, resulting in a draw. When I asked why they decided to do this when it was obvious that blue team won, one of them answered, “That was just a game. Just for fun, you know.” So were the other nine games, but… nevermind I guess.

I asked some of the Red Wangs’ team members how the sportsfest was, especially my family, given that they were all on the red team. Their response:

“This sportsfest was okay given it is the first, but the next time we do it, the rules should be enforced. There were a lot of blue team members complaining which have resulted in the changes in judging and guidelines, and I think that’s unfair.”

Daniel, who was also a Red Wangs player, said something similar.

“The sportsfest was okay, but I thought it was fairly disappointing at some extent, and the games could have been better… the blue team players are sore losers, having to complain about every little detail. It results in the changes of rules, which shouldn’t have happened.” – Daniel, something along those lines.

Why complain about the blue team whining, when it is the abysmal officiating and judging that we should all truly complain about?