An area mom said it best: “My viewpoints on a game are more unbiased than not because I don’t have a “dog in the fight.” Spot on. But it’s incredibly difficult not to be passionate about the teams you cover. That’s why, when I talk to parents, coaches or athletes, I don’t hesitate to refer to the team as “our” “us” or “we.”

For now I will bite my tongue, or backspace and delete, my thoughts on how “fair” a game was called. And trust me, I have my viewpoints as an outsider looking in. Some things are so blatant, unfair and obvious that it’s hard not to question actions. I don’t think anyone will argue an officiating bias or small-town politics, for example, has impacted high school sports as a whole.