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RIP: High school football?

Football players take the field for practice at the new  $60 million new football stadium at Allen High School Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012 in Allen, Texas.  Allen High School northeast of Dallas christens the stadium Friday night with a matchup against defending state champion Southlake Carroll. While other school districts are struggling to retain teachers and keep classroom sizes down, Allen voters approved a $119 million bond issue that pays for the stadium and other district facilities. (Lm Otero / Associated Press)
Football players take the field for practice at the new $60 million new football stadium at Allen High School Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012 in Allen, Texas. Allen High School northeast of Dallas christens the stadium Friday night with a matchup against defending state champion Southlake Carroll. While other school districts are struggling to retain teachers and keep classroom sizes down, Allen voters approved a $119 million bond issue that pays for the stadium and other district facilities. (Lm Otero / Associated Press)

The end of Twinkies has been big news for several days (see Cathy's great post below). Even the priest Sunday at Mass in my temporary Chicago parish mentioned it. He also mentioned the end of Kodak (the camera company filed for bankruptcy last January). He wondered if future generations would understand the term "Kodak Moment" which describes great pictures captured at gatherings.

He then added one more cultural phenomenon that could die out -- high school football! If concerns about concussions in young brains continue to escalate parents might not let their boys play football in high school, let alone middle school.

If high school football ends, doesn't that mean college football would lack players to recruit and if college football ended wouldn't that spell the end of professional football?

A culture without football? Are the healthy brains of our little ones worth it? My vote: Yes.

Yours? 

(S-R file photo of Texas high school football)




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