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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

UPDATE: Did Franklin run up the score against South Milwaukee?

Previously on This Just In…

November 8, 2010: “Did Franklin run up the score against South Milwaukee?" Note the remarks in the comments section by "Coach Wood."

The update. Today I received the following e-mail shortly after I posted my weekly POO Award blog:

Hello Kevin,

You may recall that last year, I commented in some depth on your blog regarding the playoff game between Franklin and South Milwaukee High Schools. To wit, I believed that Franklin was guilty of running up the score in the game's fourth quarter.

While I still believe in what I saw, I wanted to offer an apology to any Franklin fans and coaches I may have offended, as it seems my own alma mater (South Milwaukee) did the same thing last weekend.

Up 49 - 7 at the half against an overmatched Thomas More team, SMHS left their starting running back in to score a touchdown with the second-half running clock in full force. While I was not at the game in person, the box score made this clear as day.

To me, this is an egregious example of poor sportsmanship and I have, earlier this week, already directed a letter of complaint to the school principal. Her response was, if anything, even more saddening-- citing the need to leave the kid in so he could somehow impress recruiters and build a college resume. (My own brother recruited for D-III and FBS schools himself, and I happen to know that an extra touchdown scored against flimsy competition won't make any college coach's eyes light up.)

I'm extremely disappointed that this attitude of "winning at all costs", putting "us" first and the other guys a distant second, seems to have taken the place of good sportsmanship and building character-- helping boys turn into men of honor and discipline-- throughout high school football.

My own alma mater, where I played and coached, has proven themselves no better than anyone else in this regard. Lest I seem a hypocrite after last year, I would like you and other Franklin backers to know that I am even more disappointed in my Rockets than I am in other schools who engage in this behavior. Kids on both sides deserve better.

Please keep doing what you do. Even in a small way, I hope that your shining a light on poor sportsmanship will help shame some of these "win-first" people into playing the game the way it was meant to be played.


Rich Wood

South Milwaukee defeated Thomas More last weekend, 68-6.

Rich, thank you very much for your heartfelt e-mail. It's greatly appreciated.

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