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Updated: September 22, 2013 6:18AM



Football is back

King football is here again and I want to say something that is very important to the boys playing this game. Yes, they are boys and it is a game.

They donate their time and talent to the game and all that it demands instead of going to the beach with their friends. They are busting their backs in the summer heat in twice-a-day practice, their muscles straining under the pads. Go to the movies tonight? Nope, early bedtime.

They endure all of this not just for the love of the game, but to make their parents, school, and community proud of them.

Sure they get the praise when they win the game, but when they lose they take a lot of abuse, mostly from adult fans who don’t even have anyone on the team.

They deserve respect and appreciation for their effort. No one has the right to “potty mouth” them. That gentleman next to you may be the quarterback’s father. The lady volunteer selling the popcorn may be the wide receiver’s mother.

How would you feel if some ignorant loud mouth heaped criticism on your son when he was out on the field doing his best and someone was tearing him apart. You can bet he is thinking “I hope my mom didn’t hear what the man said about me” and his mom is thinking “I hope my son didn’t hear what that man called him.”

He wants to make the catch, to score the touchdown, recover the fumble, make the tackle, and win the game! He really wants you to be proud of him.

Win or lose the game, give him your best, just as he gave you his. I’m not the father of a player, just a fan who fills with excitement when the Brickies take the field.

Good luck team and may god protect you from injuries.

Dave Gallagher

Hobart



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