CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Ask a simple question, and get a plethora of politically charged and curiously off-topic answers.
That's this week's Twitter lesson for you, boys and girls.
Capital boys basketball coach Carl Clark said something Tuesday that while I'm sure some might misconstrue to be sour grapes, others - including myself - reacted to with the same sort of feeling I imagine one gets when they forget to ask a company what it's keeping in a chemical tank.
The feeling is basically one that says, "I can't believe I never thought of that before. How stupid am I?"
Clark was talking about the difficulties faced by his team from having so many games postponed by weather and water situations in the last three weeks. His response to a question regarding specific challenges was quick and concise.
"It's a real challenge. When you're competing against teams in another area and they're allowed to practice (during snow days) then you have to play them when you come back, it's tough," Clark said.
Clark was specifically referring to Huntington High School, which saw its Class AAA No. 2 Highlanders beat Capital 69-68 last week when Kanawha County Schools were still closed due to the water crisis caused by Freedom Industries.
Capital was not deprived of prep time prior to the Huntington game because of snow or poor weather, and Cabell County also uses a no school/no play policy for its high school teams. Clark's broader point is valid, though. A team from any county that operates under a no school/no play policy is at a preparatory disadvantage when it faces a team that operates without such restrictions if the teams meet during or immediately following a winter weather incident.
When this idea struck me late Wednesday morning I posed an open-ended question on Twitter: Do you think the state should move to a universal policy regarding snow days and play/practice?
In a turn of events that turned my earlier blind spot into a trend, it was basketball fans who reacted in the most rational manner. Oddly, it was coaches and a few sportswriters who reacted suspiciously, and often with more than a hint of fear and loathing.
One coach, who I've known for a decade and with whom I've maintained a positive working relationship throughout that time, wrote, "Then what would the next universal policy be about? Playing time? When to use my time-outs? God forbid someone use common sense."
A writer who I have known and worked with on All-State committees with for 17 years added, "Why change the way it is. Already too many policies."