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Monday, October 23, 2006

Maybe Litigation Isn't So Bad After All

Over the weekend, a father in Philadelphia was accused of pulling a gun on his child's youth football team for allegedly not giving the kid enough playing time.

The kids in question are 6 and 7 years old. It makes you quiver to think what some parents would do to get their kids into a high-school contest.

It's hard to comment on this except to speculate that the father in question has other issues he's dealing with and that this issue, for whatever reason, sent him over the edge. But assuming he's a good employee, neighbor, provider and, yes, family member, what motivated him to do something as stupid as this?

It makes you wonder what fun our kids and their kids will have in store 25 years from now, doesn't it?

2 Comments:

Blogger Lummpy said...

The so called father, needs to put his gun away, and let the kids play.
I think we both agree that the man is a nut, however, this topic should not be in a blog about sports. This topic should be in a blog about when father's drink to much. Lets have some class and not give men like this the time of day.

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe this to be a very relevant blog post, especially if one takes the time to look at some of the trends associated with youth sports. This is not the 1st case of a parent brandishing a weapon at a youth sport contest, nor will it be the last. I coach youth football and the truly scary piece in this article is when the coach of the team said "We get parents like that all the time ... just an unfortunate situation,". Is this slowly becoming accepted? Could you imagine this happening in the 50’s, 60’s or 70’s? I think not and to imagine 25 years from now one can only speculate how bad it’ll be because it isn’t going to get better. The ‘ol pistola isn’t the only weapon of choice now days either, litigation over playing time is on the rise as in the case with Castro Valley HS girls basketball team in California.
-Mark

3:27 PM  

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