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Bryan Preston

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May 2, 2013 - 8:31 am

Kids, learn a lesson here. Don’t react positively in any way to any good thing that happens as long as you’re anywhere near a school, especially if you happen to believe in God. Just don’t. It’ll cost you.

This past weekend, the Columbus [Texas] High School Mighty Cardinals had just won a boys relay race when a runner’s final gesture got them disqualified.

As he was crossing the finish line, Derrick Hayes pointed up to the sky. His father believes he was giving thanks in a gesture to God.

“It was a reaction,” father KC Hayes said. “I mean you’re brought up your whole life that God gives you good things, you’re blessed.”

Columbus ISD Superintendent Robert O’Connor said the team had won the race by seven yards. It was their fastest race of the year.

Though O’Connor cannot say why the student pointed, he says it was against the rules that govern high school sports. The rules state there can be no excessive act of celebration, which includes raising the hands.

“I don’t think that the situation was technically a terrible scenario as far as his action, but the action did violate the context of the rule,” Supt. O’Connor said.

So…the team had the victory taken away from them and can’t compete for the state title. Because a kid pointed to the sky after the race was over.

And because we have idiots in charge of so many things in our society.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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"Crap" is acceptable, but in the new America, "holy" is not. I'm afraid I may have to ban you.
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Kids need to learn at an early age that there are petty despots everywhere.
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"The rules state there can be no excessive act of celebration, which includes raising the hands."

I'd like to know what acts constitute appropriate celebration. I mean, if pointing to the sky is considered excessive, maybe they should just change the rule to state, "There can be no act of celebration."
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Why don't they just get honest and say they want to ban winning?
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Holy crap that's disgusting!!! (can I still say THAT?)

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"Crap" is acceptable, but in the new America, "holy" is not. I'm afraid I may have to ban you.
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He should just say he was looking and identifying drones flying overhead violating his privacy. Then the ACLU will back him.
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Strangely enough, excessive acts of celebration don't seem to be out-of-line in the real world. Obama took a lengthy victory lap after finally authorizing the takedown of Osama bin Laden. In fact, he milked that for days and days in all the national and international media, even though he had apparently been very reluctant to give the okay.

Perhaps Derrick Hayes is a Republican. A Republican taking a victory lap is a far, far different thing than a Democrat taking a victory lap. Just ask George Bush how many hits he took for his "Mission Accomplished" press conference.
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