As a dad I find it really hard to focus on the important things, like 10 hours of non-stop football on Saturdays and Sundays. It's REALLY annoying... I kid of course. For full disclosure here are my sports allegiances: Boston Red Sox, Tar Heels basketball, Georgia Bulldogs football and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I am also a staunch supporter of the return of the Charlotte Hornets! I'm always objective, it just turns out the TRUTH is always on my team's side. I can't help it.
Some people call me a Half-back, I refer to myself as a Hybrid. One parent from the north, the other from the south resulting in my love for sweet and unsweet tea. Just like most Americans, sports are my escape. Those who cannot do (anymore), critique and debate. So I share my love of sports with you all. GO DETROIT!
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By Tank Spencer
I am a firm believer in “every kid deserves a chance to play,” but playing sports is a privilege and not a right. There comes a point when a line has to be drawn and troubled young men and women should not be allowed to participate. I don’t know the magic age when all can be forgiven, but 12 seems like a good starting point.
In my youth, I was taught to play hard, to the whistle, but don’t let the game consume you. I was taught to keep a level head, be a good sport and to hold myself to high standard on and off the field. It seems as though many athletes today never get such lessons. Of course there are “problem children” in every school, community and team, but it appears to be more frequent nowadays. When does it become a higher priority to teach rather than win?
Some of his defenders say it was a self-defense act. The player suffered a severe knee injury a year ago and had to sit out the entire previous season. He was wearing a knee brace to protect himself and during the melee some players were reportedly “nipping” at the brace. You can’t fault an athlete for wanting to protect his body. But at what cost?
The thing that shocks me most is this young man is still wearing a jersey on the sidelines every week. He’s STIILL A PART OF THE
A line can be drawn to a number of cases in college and pro sports. Take for example,
Smith was allowed to play this past week despite being arrested for a second time in less than two years on suspicion of drunk driving. This is the same guy who was stabbed at a party at his home last summer. This is the same party at which two people were shot and wounded. Smith may be a “good guy,” but the evidence doesn’t support that. This week the 49ers organization put Smith on the non-football injury list while he seeks treatment. Hopefully this was forced by his employer with an ultimatum that he would no longer play if he continued this behavior.
It seems to me that a no business or school would want guys like Smith,
I have a lot of respect for one of the premier football programs in