"Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?" blares out of my TV speakers when watching the CBS television station this time of year. It's not just about the NFL. It also involves just about every town in the entire United States for kids (mostly boys) ranging in age from 7 to who knows what by the time they get through college. So in the spirit of this great American fall ritual that we attended our grandsons' first football scrimmage last Saturday morning.
As I wrote in this space some time ago, I had my reservations about kids playing football. There has been so much written about concussions that one can't help but wonder about the wisdom of allowing children to get out there and butt heads. So it was with some trepidation that we attended this first game.
We were pleasantly surprised. There was little if any actual head involvement that we could see. The kids made clean tackles and their heads were well protected with well padded helmets. The coaches were right there on the field as the plays were run and they acted immediately and appropriately when one of the players was shaken up on the play.
I've discovered subsequent research has shown that soccer is much more of a culprit in head injuries than football. So we'll continue to go to the games and watch the kids enjoying themselves. But, believe me, we'll be watching for signs of trouble too. After all, that's what grand parents do, right?
To see pictures of the kids as they participate in their various sporting events be sure to check my web site from time to time. georgeswebpage.com.
You'll also see some good nature photos there too.