Get the Kids off their asses..
It’s 3:30 in the afternoon as I drive the streets of my neighborhood. I don’t see or hear kids playing. No football, basketball or even a game we used to call tag. Where are the kids? What are they doing? I think I’m afraid to ask, because I think I might already know. Video games, in a chair, with a big bag of chips. Madden, NHL 2013, Halo—just to name a few. That’s where the kids are. This is where they exercise and develop eye-to-finger coordination. I can’t remember when I last saw a street hockey game or was asked to steady-quarterback a touch game — something I use to love doing with the kids on the block. “Let’s pick teams!” would echo in the street, as well as “I’ll take Jimmy and you get the next two,” and “we’ll shoot fouls for first pick.” These were the sights and sound of kids playing the streets, playing the sports they love. Not anymore, and you can see the trickle-down results in the ability of the young athlete. Today’s kids would rather control Peyton Manning than be him. I do think the video games are fantastic and give you the virtual feeling of playing. I myself enjoy a video game now and then. I also realize that there needs to be a time set aside to interact and mingle with people, and live.
We watch our pro athletes and sometimes we wonder how they got there. But the talent pool is saturated with mediocre players. It’s all part of the trickle-down effects of kids not being active enough or even in- treated in the effort needed to be a great athlete. If we don’t get our youth back outside, out of those chip-and-dip chairs, off the computer and away from Madden 2012, then we will be watching our favorite professional sports performed by overweight, un-interested introverts unable to give an interview.
Cashy the King