Football is indeed King. Just ask the good folks in Allen, TX, a northern Dallas suburb. A couple years ago they spent $60M on this 18,000 seat state-of-the-art high school football stadium:
They have since gone on to win two back-to-back State 5A Football Championships.
Pretty swanky, huh? And it's only the 5th largest high school football stadium in Texas. (Yes, we here in Texas call it "football", even though it is rarely kicked with the foot. I'm guessing that's because "handball" was already taken.)
Allen does, however, have one little problem....their stadium is falling apart. Some major cracks have appeared in the structure and yesterday the Allen School District closed their pride and joy pending a top-to-bottom engineering investigation.
The contractor said from his
hideout headquarters deep in the Costa Rican jungle that he would cooperate completely. And have it all ready to go by the start of the next football season in September. *Liar, liar, pants on fire*
Still, I'm thinking it's better to have a crack in your stadium than a crack in your head, which is what they're now saying soccer players have after a few seasons of this:
I've always wondered about this. "Listen up kids. I'm gonna throw...er...kick a ball at you and I want you to catch it with your head and knock it into that goal."
"And by 'head' I mean the TOP of your head,"
It seems they did an autopsy on a soccer player that died prematurely and found that he had CTD, which stands for "something you don't want".
Here's my rather unscientific solution to this terrible problem: Let's give soccer players helmets and pads to give them a little protection, and let them catch the ball with their hands instead of their heads. And encourage "contact".
What could possibly go wrong?
Just a reminder....the REAL football season starts in just 6 months. :)
Happy Friday everyone! Reporting from Texas, I'm...