Question: First, I ask this question with no ill will, and I'm not a member of the Jesuit community. Are you anti-Jesuit? It just seems to me that you allow subtly negative sentiment to be printed about the Carmichael high school. From the article leaving your readers to infer that Jesuit was handed a victory by the incompetent refs (in their section semifinal vs. Rocklin) to a quote by Fairfield's coach that had no apparent relevance to the story, regarding private schools' "borderline arrogance." Or is this negative tone what the majority of your readers like to hear? Just an observation...
--Bret G, West Sacramento
Answer: No, I don't consider myself "anti-Jesuit" and actually we more often hear that we are "pro-Jesuit" because of the number of stories we have written about the highly successful athletic program. The fact that the officials got a key call wrong at a critical time in a very important game deserved follow-up reporting, especially since we initially quoted Jesuit coach Greg Harcos as saying that the officials got the call right. Whatever readers infer is what they infer. There is no reference to "incompetent refs" or that "Jesuit was handed a victory" in my story, as you suggest. As to the "borderline arrogance" reference, I think it is relevant because it colorfully supports the contention that these are like-minded, supremely confident teams.