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Grandmother explains grandson’s poor performance in Maryland high school playoff basketball game, takes blame

Mar 16, 2013, 1:40 PM EDT

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Over the years, we’ve seen players blame poor performances on a myriad of things but this might be the first time that a grandmother has come to the aid to explain a poor performance.

Back on Thursday, Goddard Duval High School (Maryland) were upset in the Class 4A boys regional basketball semifinals by Upper Marlboro Wise who defeated them by the score of 85-54. The upset was made even more shocking since Duval had beaten Marlboro twice in the regular season.

Duval’s leading scorer Michael Cunningham was part of the reason why the team fell this time around as he provided one of his worst performances of the season as he scored only six points in the contest.

The Washington Post did a game story about the loss and it appeared that Michael’s grandmother read it and felt the need to explain her grandson’s poor performance in the comments section:

I just wanted to go on record in defense of my grandson’s, Michael Cunningham, weak performance last night by letting readers know that he was battling a severe cold. He called me early in the day and asked could I bring him cough medicine or something because his throat was sore and he was stopped up but he wanted to be at the game. I found out when I got to school that he also had a fever. I should have taken him home but being the kind of person he is, a total team player, he insisted he would be better by game time. I left him some mild over the counter medicine but had no idea that he hadn’t eaten all day because his throat was sore so I feel totally responsible for his lackluster performance last night. Now know this, this is not an excuse because basketball is a team sport and last night the best TEAM won. I just wanted everyone to know why Michael was so off his game.

Clearly, those are pretty legitimate reasons to explain why Michael had such an off game and kudos to his grandma for taking some blame for his poor performance.

She should have went with the Alka-Seltzer Plus….


Grandmother explains grandson’s poor performance in high school playoff game [Prep Rally]

  1. cbking05 - Mar 18, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    More Grandmas, and Mothers as well, need to speak up more often when this occurs. Be accountable for your loved ones mishaps. I just hope this Grandma learned her lesson…

  2. skids003 - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Why , of course, it just COULDN’T be the kids fault, could it? Not in this day and age, it’s always someone else’s fault.