Friday, May 11, 2012
After the New Orleans Saints bounty program and Junior Seau's suicide captured headlines, former NFL players say they wouldn't encourage their kids to play. What do you think?
The offseason headlines for our nation's most popular sports league, the NFL, have been taken over by the violent nature of football. Junior Seau's suicide has raised questions about a healthy life—both mentally and physically—after football, and the New Orleans Saints' bounty programs in which players were paid to hurt the opposition have highlighted the dangerous aspects of the game. With this in mind, would you let you kid play football? Vote in the poll below. It's been a question asked in the media frequently this offseason. ESPN football writer Ashley Fox says the answer for her son is a definite "No." "There is no way I'm letting my beloved boy play the game at any level," Fox wrote in a recent ESPN column. "Football is not an …
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
What if your kid isn't as good as the other kids on the team and doesn't get as much playing time? Youth sports highlight issues of fairness and entitlement.
"It's just a game." "It's not about winning and losing." "Why doesn't my child get the same amount of playing time as her child?" "Practice makes perfect." But what if it doesn't? What if your child, after hours and hours of practice, doesn't improve at the rate of the other kids on the team and, as a result, doesn't receive the same amount of playing time? I've attended countless sporting events, both as a former athlete and parent, and have witnessed the frustration of parents at every level who compare their child's total playing time to another's as though the contest isn't between the teams as much as it is among the players. Age does make a difference and benching a 5-year-old soccer neophyte is quite different from the high school …
Monday, April 18, 2011
Junior versions of the Cubs, White Sox and other teams took to the fields--after they took to the streets--for the start of spring ball Sunday.
It was a perfect day for the start of spring ball Sunday, April 17, as the sun was out for the Tinley Park Bulldogs league season opener. Every team in the league paraded to the field for the opening day festivities, followed by a classic Cubs-vs.-White Sox game from every age group.