Unbreakable kickball feud

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Unbreakable kickball feud

An intense game begins during third block.

An intense game begins during third block.

Emily Weiss

An intense game begins during third block.

Emily Weiss

Emily Weiss

An intense game begins during third block.

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Kentucky had the Hatfield and McCoys.  But another feud much closer, yet just an intense, can be found inside the walls of the LCHS gym.

The feud between Coach Jason Butler (faculty) and Coach Kirven Davis (faculty)  in kickball is an ongoing tradition. It has been running for three years, and each team has their different views from one another. The coaches try to keep things fun and less serious.

Danny Lin (12) is in Coach Davis’s third period. “I think that Butler goes above and beyond in order to ensure his team’s victory,” Lin said. “He uses random and ‘made up’ rules that disqualify integrity and sportsmanship in the sport of kickball.”

“It’s kind of like the Harlem Globetrotters and the Generals,” Butler said. “Coach Davis’ third period always shows up ready to play but just can’t seem to win.” When facing the heavy acquisitions of  “cheating” or “making up rules,” Butler and Davis always bring in a third party, someoone who is usually there to break up the controversy of a call made between the coaches.

When asked to have a official game of kickball among the classes, Lin said, “Considering that this is only a minor game taking place at school, I feel like there would be no reason for umpires and it would only make the kickball game more serious. It would take the fun away from the game.”

Butler has a different response to the question. “I’m always okay with a fair and legal game,” Butler said.

The feud between these two is a tradition that has yet to be broken. Lin said, “Honestly, I think that it’s pretty childish that Butler and Davis are arguing so much over an unofficial game of kickball that will be forgotten the next day.”

But like with the legendary Hatfield and McCoys, the feuding is half the fun. Butler and Davis continue their third period battles with a kickball every block day, all in good fun. Their students have learned that just in case things become more feisty than fun, they are probably gonna play it safe – and  side with whichever of the two controls the gradebook.

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