4 hours ago
Saturday, August 22, 2009
A family tragedy
My sense of the absurd has always gotten me into trouble. It may again very soon.
There was a local story making the news in Mayberry this week. A 13 year old boy died suddenly during football practice.
Perhaps a preventable tragedy, but one none the less. The boy's father died too young of a heart attack and the 8th grader was a great comfort to his mother. My sincere condolences to his family.
So what, you're thinking. Why shouldn't he want to play football. His friends play, television programming is fixated on the sport, it's the American game right? Collateral damage happens.
I am going to completely overlook the fact the lad was 6'2'', and 370 pounds. (That is not a typo). I make no judgements. I don't know the child or anything relevant about him, but I do suspect he probably wasn't much of an athlete, as conditioning may have been lacking.
To me the real tragedy is that this boy was allowed to play with kids his own age. This man amongst boys could have/would have seriously hurt someone by falling on them. Opposing quarterbacks. Toast. Other linemen, flattened.
To my way of looking at this story, a crime was committed by the coaching staff.
Posted by Toad at 1:56 AM