My youngest is a football fanatic. I coached my kid for the past couple of years. I played for 7 years (four high school and three at the U. of Utah) and loved the game. I still do for that matter, I am a Raiders fan and have been so for 30+ years.
But the way that sports are currently structured really does have to change. Twenty families drive a minimum of 6-7 miles every day for 12 weeks for their little prodigals to play a silly game. There are no more sports where the children ride their bikes to practice. No, the practice itself is an event, there are parents there who watch the entire practice.
A parent the other day talked confidently about getting "return on investment" on the money that he has spent on his kids sports. He is certain that with all this money and time, his brat is sure to get a scholarship. Leave it to say, the kid really sucks at most sports.
What I want to know is; Exactly when did we become the East Germans?