Thursday, August 26, 2010

NXNS Sports Section - North High Polars

Post by the Hawthorne Hawkman, photo from the North High Football web page.

Last year, our North High Polars' football team made it all the way to the state quarterfinals. What I found more disappointing than their loss at that stage was that there seemed to be relatively little excitement in the community for our youth. I'll admit that even I didn't go to a single game.

I had my reasons though. My youngest brother was the captain of his football team as a senior in high school. Unsure if he'd play in college, I went to see my bro guide my alma mater to their best season in school history. He's a redshirt freshman at a division II school this year. So I've got one year where I know my brother won't get playing time, and I won't be traveling to see him play.

So I want to do something no other NoMi blog is doing: cover the North High football games this year. When our kids are succeeding like this, that story needs to be told. "And you can blog about other school board and education issues too!" said one rather eager friend of mine. Right...let's see here...

Okay, first off, I think that the main problem with kids' education these days is the kind of TV they watch at a very young age. Programs like Sesame Street, Dora the Explorer, and Blues Clues all teach children that the world is full of multi-racial people who want to help you organize things into recognizable patterns of colors, shapes, letters, and numbers. This is of course an utter pack of lies.

Now when I was growing up, the TV show I watched most often was GI Joe. GI Joe taught me that the world is full of multi-racial groups of people fighting against a global corporate behemoth hellbent on world domination. Although you wouldn't need a military force to defeat them so much as a decent audit, because there was NO WAY a viable business model would support all those bases in the arctic. Obviously, the world according to GI Joe is much closer to reality than anything else children nowadays watch on TV.

Pictured above: a top-quality education.

The other thing GI Joe taught me as a child was that gun violence never solved ANYTHING. Guns were absolutely USELESS in those cartoons.

Maybe if today's youth grew up with the same opinions about guns, we'd be a whole lot better off. Sure, GI Joe and Cobra still used violence to solve their problems, it's just that guns never really had much impact. This is essentially what we want to spend $2.2 million for CeaseFire to accomplish, so I figure this idea's gotta be worth at least fifty bucks in federal program income.

Okay, sorry for the tangent, but I wanted to demonstrate that obviously you should have someone ELSE blogging about childhood education issues. But if I write about our North High football team, and this blog gets used as a discussion forum for broader topics, I'd be happy to publish such comments.

In the meantime, if anyone wants to join me, the North High football schedule can be found here. I'll be going to as many games as I can. Go Polars!


  1. Great Idea!

    If we put half the attention into supporting the positive contributions in our community that we do complaining it would make a difference.

    (But please - leave out the weird armchair psychiatric analysis in further coverage).

  2. Anon 8:47,

    Thanks for the word of support. And the whole point of the "weird armchair psychiatric analysis" was to say, in my own snarky way, that I am really not qualified to go on about those issues.

    In covering our North High football team, I intend to focus on two things: the game of football and, if I have the opportunity to do interviews, the lives of the kids playing.

    But if other people reading those posts want to weigh in on their own NoMi school/education issues, that would be a neat byproduct of this project.