Friday, July 25, 2014

Politics is more fun than soccer

CIPPERLY
John Cipperly, a soccer and softball coach in Lansingburgh, showed a lot of class in getting his old job back.

http://www.cbs6albany.com/news/features/top-story/stories/burgh-coach-reinstated-17998.shtml?wap=0

I don't know why the Board of Education let Cipperly go - outside of, according to the above clip, that they want to use active teachers in coaching roles - but I have to give the Board credit for listening to the public and bringing him back.

That said, I've never heard of the guy. But that doesn't mean anything since I really don't follow high school sports any longer. Obviously, given the outpouring of support the coach received after he was initially fired, many do follow it and care enough to show up at the BOE meeting to successfully convince the Board into changing its mind.

Sounds like it's a win/win/win and how things are supposed to work. The Board wanted to make a change - which is not necessarily a bad thing - the public didn't like it and voiced their opinion about it. The Board listened and went back on their previous decision. And Cipperly, who is by all accounts a pretty good coach, got his job back to the delight of his players, past and present.

That's why I like politics more. If Cipperly were in the political realm, he would hold a grudge, make the BOE president's kid run sprints instead of kicking a soccer ball around (it's a hypothetical because I don't have any idea if the president's kid plays soccer or not) and then sue the BOE for causing he, his family and his dog emotional distress. In turn, the BOE, not liking it's authority challenged, would hunker down, go into executive session and start a whisper campaign - complete with a fake Twitter account with the hashtag #coach'spervertcousin - against the coach for improper behavior his third cousin may or may not have engaged in back in 1979 ... on school grounds, no less.

In the end, outside of the BOE having a little egg on its face, which comes with the territory, everyone is happy. Happy endings do not lend themselves to column fodder.

20 comments:

  1. I thought i read the board didnt know about it?

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  2. The board fired him? I thought the board could only act on what is put before them??

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  3. Glad to see some City of Troy employees have goid morals and values that seem to be list elsewhere in the City. It's the kids and residents that suffer from poor decision making of higher ups. Glad this one has a positive outcome to it!

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  4. Peter Ryan son in law. Enough said.

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    1. Mike Harkin (son in Law) cover up a bulling incident in 2012 the result the coach is now a Head coach

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  5. Board president is a Board of Elections democrat employee. You wonder why the district has hit the skids. Enough said.

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  6. Board president Jason Shover works for some insurance company. VP is retired from the state. Check the website.

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    1. He works for Liberty Mutal

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  7. Why do people post when they don't know what they're talking about? No wonder Troy has hit the skids.

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  8. @6:55am.....you need to get your facts straight.....enough said.

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  9. Ex president Mary Sweeney BOE appointee, Ed "vindicated' McDonough didn't seek another term, BOE appointee. The only thing missing is Galuski (ripped off $34,000) is not the district treasurer. That's part of the reason the school has hit the skids. Enough said.

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  10. The only sport team in lansingburgh that is even competitive is baseball. Why not try to induce new and better coaches to help better the programs?

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  11. Franco wont post the facts that hundreds of fraudulent absentee ballots were processed through Lansingburgh High School
    The Burg is a wash with the worst of the worst dirty politicians and opportunists that rub elbows with the declining moral turpitude running rampant there

    Moral turpitude
    Moral turpitude is a legal concept in the United States and some other countries that refers to "conduct that is considered contrary to community standards of justice, honesty or good morals." This term appears in U.S. immigration law beginning in the 19th century.

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    1. Please explain how "hundreds" of absentee ballots are processed "through the high school". There are less than 200 seniors in any graduating class. Maybe 20 of those kids are 18 and eligible to vote in November of their senior year. Let me guess - you are 7/27 4:14am and 7/26 6:55am. You make stuff up.

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    2. That post sounds like the ranting of a regular on the political side. Do not pay attention, no one does.

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  12. Now that Bill Dunne has had time to rest up from the rigors of collecting and screwing up 15 petition signatures, they should appoint him to the Burgh Board of Education. He'll get that place straightened out.

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    1. I wonder how many tubes of chapstick he went through from the stress. Fifteen whole signatures. He must have really worn out those flip flops pounding the pavement.

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  13. A good teacher was saved the kids spoke in volumes about him..let this one rest already

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  14. A police captain came to my house at 12:30 am on the 29th woke us up Because of an Email my son wrote. He said no complaint was filed and he didn't think it was serious but he received a call from Ms DeDominick. He wasn't even going to file a report on his early mornig visit. I guess this is payback for being critical of powers in charge, more to come.

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