Welsh pep talk simply didn't happen

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The Augusta Chronicle has shown their lack of professionalism, and has confirmed that it is a poor excuse for a fair, accurate and unbiased newspaper.

In its Jan. 17 edition, Jeff Sentell wrote that Thomson High School's legendary football coach Luther Welsh came into our locker room and gave my team, Thomson's varsity boys basketball team, a pep talk, but it was not enough to overcome the halftime deficit in our game verses Glenn Hills in the Region 2-AAA boys basketball tournament at Cross Creek High School on Feb. 16.

That was a boldface lie. Coach Welsh did not come into our locker room! Our three assistant coaches and I went directly into our locker room behind our team, discussed strategy and followed them out of the locker room back onto the floor. Now, unless Coach Welsh was invisible or was some extraterrestrial being, he was not there. To make sure, after I was informed about the story (I don't read The Chronicle), I asked my assistants, players and managers if Coach Welsh came into our locker room, and they all said "no." ...

Coach Welsh and I have an excellent relationship. He is very supportive, and if I had asked him to speak, he would have. But, I would never ask another coach to speak to my team! For this irresponsible paper to say that he did is not fair to him.

I'm not surprised. The Chronicle has done this before, and I have sort of let it go. This is why I don't participate in its basketball preview and weekly stats, because they are shadowy and inaccurate. I try to have as little to do with the paper as possible. Its coverage of the tremendous basketball in our area is poor, and in a feeble attempt to sensationalize the bit of space it does give basketball, it told a lie.

If it has any integrity, it will fix it!

Michael Thomas, Thomson

(Editor's note: The writer is basketball coordinator and the head varsity boys basketball coach at Thomson High School. The Chronicle issued a correction to the above-mentioned story Feb. 20.)

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patriciathomas 02/24/07 - 06:03 am
Mr.Thomas, concider your

Mr.Thomas, concider your letter. The Chronicle gives inaccurate coverage so you won't participate? Wouldn't it improve the accuracy if you, or your representative did participate?

getalife 02/24/07 - 07:00 am
Mr. Thomas, what difference

Mr. Thomas, what difference does it make?? Regardless of whether the paper was right or wrong, how important is this issue compared to our soldiers being killed in Iraq or the number of AIDS patients in Augusta or the two or three women raped this month or the children that were molested? Get Coach Welsh to talk to your team next time, maybe they would win!!

pofwe 02/24/07 - 09:50 am
getalife wants to know what

getalife wants to know what difference it makes that the paper was right or wrong. I say the difference between fact & fiction makes all the difference in the world. When we read the paper we expect the truth regardless of the weight of the story. Tell the truth, don't be fictious to the public that pays for and wants the truth.

crackertroy 02/24/07 - 10:58 am
What readers must understand

What readers must understand is that Coach Thomas dedicates a lot of time and hard work in order to take an undersized, rural team to the region tournament. Saying Coach Welsh (who doesn't coach basketball) entered the locker room to talk to his team implies that Thomas has some inadequacy or some amount of disconnect to inspire his players. Not to mention that the paper printed something false and whoever read it still believes it unless they read the editorial section too.

getalife misses the point. Thomas has a life and a large portion of it is dedicated to these young men who need a coach like Thomas in their lives. And what is a basketball coach going to do about soldiers in Iraq or AIDS or rapes? But I'm sure getalife is writing this blog from his or her cot in Fallujah in between IED patrols or perhaps from his or her patrol car on Walton Way or from a room at MCG where he or she daily attends to AIDS patients.

bone 02/24/07 - 11:33 pm
patriciathomas, i rarely

patriciathomas, i rarely disagree completely with you, but this one is a no-brainer: did you concider(sic) the words of the coach at all when you asked your question? of course Thomas doesn't want to participate! if he did participate, he would be approving the HONEST use the chronicle would make of his information; based on his experience, the chronicle would not make such honest use but would instead misuse information he provided. so to answer your question, no; providing information would not improve the accuracy and would instead make him an accomplice in the spread of disinformation.

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