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Re: gripe

I had three, each pursued a sport.

The oldest took up la crosse, a game I could never figure out very well. Son #1 seemed to do okay--at least his teammates seem to think so. After highschool, he took up skiing and bummed around Colorado for 3-4 years; he and his wife still ski a lot.

For son #2, it was baseball and until a very few years ago, he played semipro.

Son #3 was a swimmer when very young, but when he joined me in California, the rural highschool barely had enough water for flush toilets, let alone fill a swimming pool, so he gravitated to football, the only sport they seemed to care mush about. After a semester, he quit and went back to WDC.

On Dec 31, 2007, at 11:30 AM, Jesse Bell wrote:

I have two sons. The oldest was in every sport there was to be found for
him. Unfortunately, in the big state of Texas, football is so
competitive it clouds good judgement. I found out later that the coach
looked the "other way" when steroids were passed out and his aggression
about EVERYTHING worsened. That explains a LOT of our problems with him
in high school (and jr. high). The other son - now a marine - hated the
way the guys treated people in football and dropped out.

Aplfgcnys@aol.com wrote:
  It sounds to me as if a bunch of you didn't have teen-age sons.
I do hear what you are saying about school budgets and the loss
of fine arts, etc., and can't argue with that, but I do know that the
sports programs that two of my sons, the "jocks" in the family,
engaged in kept them occupied and out of trouble. The third
son, the oldest, was always in hot water about something, but
the only sport that interested him was hot-rodding. How I wished
he would join a team of some sort with a coach who could keep
him in line. And guess what, he got his son and daughter both
involved in sports as soon as he could - even learned to be a
referee at swim meets and took his daughter to the state fair
to compete in barrel racing.

In a message dated 12/31/2007 10:45:11 AM Eastern Standard Time,
cathy.c@insightbb.com writes:

Have to agree. I live in a sports crazy town. People with no kids in
school go to the games, and at least 10 minutes of the local news is
devoted to regional HS sports. When the schools closed because of
excessive heat last fall, the sports teams were still out practicing,
and when the schools were in a budget crunch (don't get me on the
topic of the school board) they shortened the school day, but no talk
about dropping sports. Come to think about it, if they did, they
could probably get the populace to agree to raise property taxes!

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