Given that we are getting ready to slide into football’s peak Season of Insanity that is the two week period prior to the Super Bowl, here’s an item that exemplifies just how severe our nation’s Football Derangement Syndrome has become.
As reported by Cassandra Negley of Yahoo Sports (December 18, 2018), the Permian Basin Youth Football League requires that each player from ages 4 – 12 sign a letter of intent to show their commitment to a youth team in the league. It even includes public “signing ceremonies” like those for high school players signing to play in college.
Negley adds this quote from league president Matt Lawdermilk:
“The 4 year-olds play flag. They can’t sign their name so they just scribble.”
Lawdermilk justifies the practice to deter coaches from recruiting players already on a team.
Illegally recruiting four year-olds?
Seriously? It would be funny if it wasn’t so sick.
A clear case of Football Derangement Syndrome. And we’ve got it bad!