A very humorous take on an absolutely disgusting youth football display of sportsmanship…this is a good one!


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  1. December 9, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Copyright 2009 San Jose Mercury News
    All Rights Reserved
    San Jose Mercury News (California)

    December 6, 2009 Sunday

    SECTION: SPORTS; News; Local; Columnists; Columnists

    HEADLINE: Herhold: Preparing our kids with gridiron tricks

    BYLINE: By Scott Herhold Mercury News Columnist

    The cadet squad of the Palo Alto Knights, an American Youth Football team, will play in the national championship tournament that begins today in Orlando, Fla. It’s a reason to stand up, rend our garments and weep for joy.

    The cadets, you see, arrived there by relying on a venerated American virtue, the backbone of our values: deceit.

    With seconds left in a playoff game last month against Oak Grove, the cadet quarterback reportedly took the snap from center, then walked toward his coach, saying something about having the wrong ball.

    Because the Oak Grove kids thought the problem was real, the trick stopped play. But when the quarterback reached the sideline, he bolted to the end zone for a decisive 74-yard touchdown, making his opponents look infinitely silly. Now some parents in Palo Alto are complaining that the move defied good sportsmanship. A few even threatened to keep their kids home from Orlando.

    With the possible exception of the threat to the indoor ski slope in Dubai, nothing should outrage us more. These parents aren’t just cowards. They’re guilty of child neglect. They’re stripping their kids of an essential tool for survival trickery.

    I won’t even talk about the immediate benefits for 8-to-10-year olds how they might deploy lessons learned on the gridiron to belittle fat kids or cheat classmates of pizza.

    All these laudable endeavors toughen callow youth, preparing them for the day they can break into the school computers and fake their own grades.

    The real benefits, however, emerge when kids grow up to run companies. After all, we might not have enjoyed the subprime mortgage bubble oh, sweet perfume of liar loans if fearful parents like those in Palo Alto had prevailed.

    Career paths

    Consider the path of a politician, or more particularly, the familiar species known as Arkansas Politician with a Problem. Ex-Gov. Mike Huckabee, for instance, has run into trouble recently because he granted parole to a guy who later killed four cops.

    Does Huckabee man up? He knows better. He blames the parole system, the former governor, the Democrats. He learned the right lessons on the gridiron in his youth. Coach, this isn’t the right ball.

    Or take a more respected career choice, fraud artist. A lot of people forget that San Jose’s Boots del Biaggio had a pretty nice life before he was sent to prison the Almaden mansion, the fancy toys, the part interest in the Nashville Predators hockey team.

    You can’t pull this off without exuding believability. And that’s what the young Palo Alto quarterback was practicing when he strode toward the sideline. Defrauding trusting friends makes this ploy deeply worthwhile. Why close the door to an opportunity to learn it?

    Made guys

    Think of the résumé needs of a professional assassin. When guys are whacked in the Mafia, it’s always done by a sympathetic buddy who takes him out into the woods and wraps piano wire around his neck. Tony Soprano would have applauded the cadets. Would you deprive your kid of a chance to be like him? Are you raising a wuss?

    Nope, in these economic times, we forsake our duties as parents if we don’t prepare our kids for every choice crook, con, liar, killer. In a merciless world, what matters is not how you play the game, not whether you respect your opponent, but whether you win. The last thing we need in America now and Glenn Beck would tell you this is more trust.

    Contact Scott Herhold at sherhold@mercurynews.com or 408-275-0917.

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