Jeff Vorva's Extra Point: I hope the wonderful JRW parents get what they deserve

  • Written by Jeff Vorva



The Jackie Robinson West parents and coaches are suing Little League International.

They are suing Evergreen Park Athletic Association Vice President Chris Janes.

They are suing ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith.

They are suing former local Little League President Bill Haley (but I don’t think they are suing his Comets).

I look up at the heavens and am thankful they aren’t suing me.

In a nutshell, the 2014 JRW team won the United States championship portion of the World Series and became a feel-good story that year. That winter, Janes and the EPAA brought up allegations of residency cheating, which first fell on deaf ears at Little League International.

But then some Chicago coaches made noise about illegal drawing up of boundaries and the snoozing LLI woke up, took it seriously and stripped JRW of its title.

Now, in 2016, the parents are suing everyone they can for all kinds of reasons.

Janes already told DNAinfo that the suit was “laughable.’’

And to me, having Stephen A. Smith’s life’s a little uncomfortable brings a smile to my face.

What’s not funny is that a lot of people may have to shell out money for lawyers to put a stop to this thing.

During some of this ugliness, I wrote some columns with critical things toward the JRW folks so I was happy that we weren’t named in the lawsuit.

For that, I am eternally grateful to the wonderful parents of the JRW and to show my gratitude, I will not break bad on them in this column.

I will not say that they are a bunch of babies whose hands were caught in the cookie jar and are blaming the cookie jar.

I will DEFINITELY not tell them to get on with their lives and to stop putting the story back in the spotlight because it will hurt their kids more than help them. I won’t remind them that this story was all but forgotten with the passage of time and this is just going to bring back ill will and bad feelings.

I will not muse that the people who should be suing would be the kids who were legally in the district who never got to make the team because kids from Homewood and South Holland stole their spots.

I will not crack wise and say that if they win any money at all from this lawsuit, they should invest in maps and perhaps take a class in how to read them because South Holland is not in Chicago.

Nope…I will not do any of that.

I will wish the JRW parents the best of luck and I hope they get what they deserve.

(subhead) No-shows

Last Thursday, a Kennedy Cup playoff game was scheduled between Brother Rice and St. Rita. Fans filed in for an oddly-scheduled 7:55 p.m. game at Southwest Ice Arena and were ready for action.

The two teams were ready for action.

But the refs? Well, they weren’t ready for action. No referee showed up.

Oak Lawn’s Ed McElroy, who has lived 90 years, was there to watch a family member play and said “I’ve never seen anything like that before.’’

There must have been something in the air that night when it came to hockey in the Chicago area. Tens of thousands of hockey fans crammed the United Center only to find the Blackhawks not show up in the first period of a 4-2 loss to the Dallas Stars.

(subhead) Mad about gymnastics

Some of the top gymnasts in this weekend’s Illinois High School Association State Gymnastics Meet are mad. Or at least their names are.

Sandburg-Stagg coop sophomore Maddy Roe is representing the area.

Hinsdale South’s Maddie Nowak will also be there.

Glenbard West’s Maddie Diab qualified.

DeKalb’s Madison Hickey will stop by and compete.

And Prairie Ridge will double the madness with Maddie Solka and Maddy Kim.