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February 7, 2010

What It Was, (And Should Be) Was Football


"Tag isn't allowed,
so one of the kids brings a football, and they play that. And football isn't banned, because no one thought of it yet. And the absurdity of allowing mobs of pre-teens to chase one another if one is holding a ball, but not if their hands are empty, seems to be lost on the school administration. At least for now. And I, for one, am glad of it.

"I'm not as worried about my son being injured playing football as I am in contemplating the little straitjacket world he's being fitted for. Those children decided on the rules, supplied their equipment --a ball-- and played their game without any adult supervision; and I saw a lot less kvetching among them than at any organized sporting event they participate in. I'm leery of them being told that someone will always tell them exactly what to do, and simultaneously unerringly protect them from not only from harm, but hurt feelings. One aspect of that tandem of supervision is repugnant, and the other unlikely. -- Sippican Cottage

Posted by Vanderleun at February 7, 2010 11:39 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

Your Say

We figured out the rules as we went along. Like with pick-up baseball, or street hockey. Or anything else. And we modified the rules, as we needed.

Posted by: Mikey NTH at February 7, 2010 11:55 AM

- For every homecoming game we have a denfireft theme ( 08 was Disney themed) and the cheerleaders had their cheers centered around denfireft songs. For example 『I just can't wait to be king』 from the Lion King- We have the shirtless boys who paint numbers and names on their chests and stand out in the freezing cold- We have blackout games (Everyone wears black)- We embarass teachers and freshman at our Pep Rally every year. One kid always dresses up as our mascot = Rosie the Ram.- A lot of red, white and blue (our school colors)- The list goes on and on

Posted by: Lucia at July 12, 2012 11:54 PM

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