Ban Football?

Here in the South you’d have more luck banning God, guns, ATVs, and Momma than you would in banning football.

After love of money, football is the chief religion of the South.  Hundreds of thousands will gather in the ‘temple’ of the stadium exposed to any kind of weather mother nature can muster to watch their boys run up and down patting each other on the backside and passing around an oddly shaped spheroid.

Ban that which engenders more loyalty than God himself?  As if…

The agenda for the Oct. 1 school board meeting did not call for anything particularly exciting. But during a segment called “Matters of Interest,” Paul Butler, a retired doctor and relative newcomer to the board, floated an idea: end the football program at Dover High School.

They would have grabbed him by the neck and dragged him to the Courthouse yard and strung him up down in these parts.

Enough is Indeed Enough

Forrest Jones was a burly, 235-pound lineman whose life was cut short when he overheated during a voluntary workout for the upcoming high school football season. His body cooked, his organs shut down and he passed away Tuesday after trying futilely to hang on for just over a week in the hospital.

Tragically, he’s not alone. In just the past week, three other high school players across the South have died in a record-breaking heat wave. Plus, an assistant coach in Texas succumbed to blistering temperatures that have regularly topped 100 degrees.  Enough’s enough.  It’s time for everyone — kids and coaches alike — to lose the macho attitude.

Quite true.  Don’t let your child become a corpse simply for the sake of a sport.  It isn’t worth it.

We all know football is a tough game played by tough people. That’s not going to change. Heck, we wouldn’t have it any other way. But there’s nothing wrong with sitting out the next play, nothing wrong with taking an extra sip of water.

Forrest Jones would probably be alive today if he’d taken that message to heart.  “He showed the signs. He needed to tell ’em, ‘I’m tired,'” his father said. “We really need to get across to these kids that it doesn’t make them a weak person to tell the coach you’re tired and you need a break. It makes you a better person.”

But attitudes are always the most resistant to change.  The day before Forrest Jones died, high schools across Georgia officially started football practice in the midst of one of the hottest summers on record. Who knows how many kids felt nauseous or lightheaded but just played their way through it?

If you feel sick, kids, sit down for a while in the shade, drink a bottle of water, and tell someone you aren’t well.  For your health’s sake and potentially for your life’s sake.

Parents, you owe it to your children to read every line of the essay linked to above.

I Guess They’re Too Busy Passing out Condoms…

To the football players and cheerleaders, so that there’s no time left over for a prayer before the game.

A public high school in southeastern Tennessee will no longer allow prayer to be uttered over loudspeakers before football games, following a complaint. Soddy-Daisy High School Principal John Maynard said Wednesday that he would follow the order to halt the prayers issued by Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Jim Scales. Scales told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he sent the e-mail restricting public prayer at football games on Tuesday.

Yeah… there ya go. It’s ok to give kids condoms at school but it’s bad, bad, bad to pray out loud before a football game because that’s so bloody wicked and societally illegitimate.   Good is bad, and bad is good only, however, in the minds of the totally depraved and utterly perverse.