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An argument on why we need high school football

Over the past week, we've seen more division, anger, hatred, and violence on our streets.  I am constantly asked "can things get any worse"?  

Well, first off, let's look at some musical lyrics, courtesy of Billy Joel:

 

Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray
South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio
Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, Television
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe
Rosenbergs, H-Bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom
Brando, The King And I, and The Catcher In The Rye
Eisenhower, Vaccine, England's got a new queen
Marciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No, we didn't light it, but we tried to fight it

Joseph Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and Prokofiev
Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc
Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, Dacron
Dien Bien Phu Falls, "Rock Around the Clock"
Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn's got a winning team
Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland
Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, Khrushchev
Princess Grace, Peyton Place, Trouble in the Suez

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No, we didn't light it, but we tried to fight it

Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey Mantle, Kerouac
Sputnik, Zhou Enlai, Bridge On The River Kwai
Lebanon, Charles de Gaulle, California baseball
Starkweather Homicide, Children of Thalidomide
Buddy Holly, Ben-Hur, Space Monkey, Mafia
Hula Hoops, Castro, Edsel is a no-go
U-2, Syngman Rhee, payola and Kennedy
Chubby Checker, Psycho, Belgians in the Congo

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No, we didn't light it, but we tried to fight it

Hemingway, Eichmann, Stranger in a Strange Land
Dylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs invasion
Lawrence of Arabia, British Beatlemania
Ole Miss, John Glenn, Liston beats Patterson
Pope Paul, Malcolm X, British Politician sex
J.F.K. blown away, what else do I have to say?

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No, we didn't light it, but we tried to fight it

Birth control, Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixon back again
Moonshot, Woodstock, Watergate, punk rock
Begin, Reagan, Palestine, Terror on the airline
Ayatollah's in Iran, Russians in Afghanistan
Wheel of Fortune, Sally Ride, heavy metal suicide
Foreign debts, homeless Vets, AIDS, crack, Bernie Goetz
Hypodermics on the shores, China's under martial law
Rock and Roller cola wars, I can't take it anymore

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
But when we are gone
It will still burn on, and on, and on, and on...
We didn't start the fire
It was always burning since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No, we didn't light it, but we tried to fight it
We didn't start the fire
It was always burning since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No, we didn't light it, but we tried to fight it
We didn't start the fire
It was always burning since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No, we didn't light it, but we tried to fight it
We didn't start the fire
It was always burning since the world's been turning

 

----"We Didn't Start the Fire", Billy Joel

 

Ever since I was born on a warm March day in 1971, we've had unrest and discord.  We've had violence in the streets.  However, there is one way we can literally "tackle" all of this negativity.

Football.  Yes, my friends, football.

I love watching teams practice together.  I enjoy seeing the players interact with other players and coaches interacting with coaches.  I love seeing a coach jump on a "teaching moment".  What I love the most is seeing the harmony of a team that work together, sweat together, and treat each other as equals.  I like seeing our youth band together for a single purpose of simply defeating the opponent.  

Football is all about teamwork.  It takes a considerable amount of time to build a football program.  Someone has to chalk the field, mow the grass.  Someone stocks the bathrooms with the proper toiletries.  Concessions have to be ready for the masses.  Coaches have to encourage students to make that jump and become an athlete.  The coach ends up motivating the player to be the best that player can be, even if that player might only see a few plays the entire season.

I've never experienced a time when I've left a high school football game when I'm feeling down.  Seeing coaches and players bond together, regardless of any superficial boundary that our society may apply to us off the field, sharing the burdens and rewards of hard play.  I've seen people united through football that have lasted decade after decade.  

We need football.  Yes, there are some aspects that we will need to address (mostly with player safety), but seeing football united a group of people for a common goal is simply amazing.

Going back to the question I am asked every so often ("Can things get any worse"?), I can't answer one way or another.  What I do know is that the next generation are filled with great leaders who have high moral character.  When I talk to a football player (or student), I get a lot of "Yes sirs!" and "No sirs!".  I receive thoughtful answers and replies.  The future looks bright in my eyes.

I hope each and everyone of you can watch a football game this week.  Embrace the experience!  

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