Youth Football Participation Goes Up?!?!

Minus the sweet shirt and the high fade, this is how I looked when I read the article from the New York Times citing a survey showing that participation in youth football grew – and grew more than any other U.S. sport! Several of my previous posts have highlighted that player safety concerns might result inContinue reading “Youth Football Participation Goes Up?!?!”

Sports Illustrated Likes My Football Letter!

Ever been driven to write a strongly worded letter?  Well, two weeks ago I reacted that way when I read the Scorecard section in Sports Illustrated.  John Wertheim asked Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke “What do you see as the biggest issue facing the NFL?”  Kroenke responded “labor stability and our television contracts”.  I reactedContinue reading “Sports Illustrated Likes My Football Letter!”

Football Head Injury Risk Enters Public Lexicon

Late last year, the movie Concussion dramatized the discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE [if you haven’t seen the movie yet; I recommend it].  The movie attempts to move the discussion from a football fan or football parent-driven one to a more general public discussion.  As a youth recreational sports advocate, this issue hits home asContinue reading “Football Head Injury Risk Enters Public Lexicon”

Bleacher Report gets advance screening of Concussion

Good piece today by Mike Freeman on his reaction following an advanced screening of the movie ‘Concussion’ due out in December. http://m.bleacherreport.com/articles/2588458-for-nfl-fans-concussion-movie-will-be-heartbreaking-enlightening-disturbing?tsm=1 via http://ble.ac/teamstream

The APA on Youth Tackle Football & “Hit Counts”

When I started this blog, I didn’t think the majority of my posts would be about youth tackle football, but this is a vital topic of conversation in youth recreational sports.  My last post mentioned the National Association of Youth Sports.  Another organization I follow on Twitter is The Aspen Sports Institute (@AspenInstSports) because theyContinue reading “The APA on Youth Tackle Football & “Hit Counts””

The Tragedy of Evan Murray; More on Youth Football

Charles Pierce has a stunning piece on Grantland about the death of Evan Murray.  His commentary about how “Evan is dead because he played American football” is an in your face, blunt and frank assessment of the state of high school football in America.  His suggestion that nobody should play football until they are atContinue reading “The Tragedy of Evan Murray; More on Youth Football”

PTI and Youth Sports

Most of my posts (that is to say the other three) are researched and put together over several days, but I am reacting to yesterday evening’s edition of ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption (PTI).  I really enjoy watching Mike Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser’s witty banter and reasoned discussion of the issues of the day in sports.Continue reading “PTI and Youth Sports”

Should My Son Play Youth Tackle Football?

I love football. I know love is a strong word.  My wife tells my kids and I to think about that when for instance, one of my boys says he loves pizza; “we love each other”, she says…we just really like other things like pizza and football. But, you know, I think I really do loveContinue reading “Should My Son Play Youth Tackle Football?”