Sports is often pretty insignificant in the overall picture and you can certainly make an argument that as a society we go way overboard in how we view its importance. In the best-case scenario it’s a diversion and escape from everyday reality, a form of entertainment that can bring people and groups together.
As we saw once again last weekend in Seaside Park first-responders never hesitate in putting their lives on the line for us. While the public was being moved away from what could have been a dangerous situation it was law enforcement, volunteer firemen, EMT’s and first aid squad members coming to the scene. Fortunately tragedy was averted and calm was soon restored.
I am sad to see my favorite time of year come to an end but part of me is looking forward to crisp fall-like weather where you have to throw on a sweat shirt at night. Of course you can still wear shorts and top-siders.
I felt we needed a little levity today in light of recent developments so I’m lifting this from the current issue of Men’s Health in which ESPN’S Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic offered their thoughts on football traditions we need in real life.
We have watched in recent years many acts of violence, including those that were terrorism and breathed a somewhat sigh of relief that nothing like that happens around here. That day almost came on Saturday.
I was able to view video of the incident between Central and Toms River East and to be honest the fight was not that big of a deal and most of the problems resulted from players coming off the bench. It’s time to move on.
It seems like at least once a year I address the issue of how parents’ involvement in high school and youth sports has crossed the line and often provides a sad commentary on the times we live in. I did not plan on bringing that up today until a co-worker sent me an article which detailed how some of the most successful coaches in central New York have resigned or been forced out by over-the-top parents.
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