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Having gone to West Side,  I always noticed how our school played second fiddle to Roosevelt in the minds of the elders in my neighborhood as well as the sports writers. I understood history was on their side.

As I understand it, Roosevelt was the place where black kids attended high school during the segregated times of the city…before white flight. Though all Gary High Schools were all black during my time, Roosevelt always seem to get the attention AND ALL THE CALLS whenever they played West Side.

Didn’t matter to me. I was a proud Cougar. Could have gone to Horseman but had to follow in the foot steps of my bro and sis as well as several other close neighbors and attend the best school in G.I., West Side! I went to ALL the games before I got to West Side because my bro and sis went there, and of course I went to all of them when I got to high school. I was and still very passionate about my Cougars.

I remember how Winston Garland used to stick it to the Side when he played at Velt. I remember it all too well. I guess El Dubb alumni can understand when I say OH HELL NO to a Velt Alumni coaching West Side. They’ve had to go through it with Notty.

I think the people on that school board are F’d up. They are botching the coaching hiring of football and now they choose the enemy to coach West Side! That’s like the Bulls signing John Starks… just makes no sense.

I’m sure he’ll be a great coach. But couldn’t they have found someone with Cougar blood! Hell I’ll take ole Ike back before I’ll take this. I now understand what John Boyd was talking about when he left the Side for MC. He mentioned how he could get NO RESPECT, being one of three coaches in Gary history to win the state championship ( the other two- Mallard and Heflin- coached at that scrub school Velt).  I mean, Boyd was an alumni of West Side! HE WON THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. WHILE COACHING IN GARY! He went there, taught there, ran his mouth there ( I went to school with him and boy could he do this!). AND he was a hell of a coach there.  now I know why. The people on the Gary school boards are Panther Homers. 🙂

I would take Omar (Wirt’s old Coach) over a Velt alum. Wirt was chumps anyway. The rivalry between West Side and Roosevelt will just not be as good with Garland at coach.

HE’S GOING TO CHEAT FOR VELT. When the games on the line, he’ll pull his best player or something like that!

JUST KIDDING. I’m not that much of a fanatic.

But I do think its a sad day in the history of Gary West Side high school basketball… But it could have been worse. We could have gotten Notty. Oh hell no!

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