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Saturday, November 15, 2008

i have issues...

...with obnoxious families who go to the movies and talk throughout it. I have issues with such families who don't have enough common sense to teach their turdy children manners and not to constantly stomp on the seat in front of them. Especially my seat. I have huge issues with stupid, redneck women who scream out "HOLY CRAP!!" at something that's happened in a kid's movie. I'm pretty sure the woman got the hint when I turned around completely in my seat and glared at her ugly face.

Even though that's not what this post is about, you should go see Madagascar 2. It's a good movie...as long as you can hear what's being said and you don't have a family of blabbermouths seated behind you!

The real issue at hand is the one I mentioned a few days ago about the injured boy who was the quarterback on my son's football team was recently being permitted to try out for the basketball team despite his serious injury. I waited until the team results were posted before writing this because I didn't want to jump the gun if this boy wasn't on the team. As it turns out, he did make the team as did my son and my son is a bit disappointed that some of his good friends did not make the team.

I truly believe that had this boy not made the team, at least one of his friends would have and this brings me to the point of this post.

As some of you may recall, this boy broke both the ulna and radius in his left forearm, a serious injury that has required him to be in a cast since right before Halloween. Not even a month later, and he's trying out for a new sport. Does anyone else see a problem with this?

I know some of you may not agree with some things I'm about to say, but I'm pissed. It's a whole common sense issue that has left me very annoyed.

I'm wondering if anyone else out there agrees that this boy should not have been permitted to try out for a sport with an existing injury? I want to believe that the coaches/school made he and his parents sign a waiver that did not blame them for any additional injuries that might occur by playing a sport with an injury but I don't know if that happened or if the school even has a policy for such things.

As someone who has broken bones before and who knows that simply removing a cast does not mean all is healed, I really want to know how this boy is going to play once his cast is finally removed? And what would happen if, once the cast is removed, he injures it again during practice or a game as people are pushed and bumped all the time during such games? Who's to blame?

I'll tell you who I think is to blame. I think any coach who allows an injured child to try out for or be on a team should be fired. And I don't care what the injury is, I think any parent who allows their child to play a sport with that serious an injury should be confronted by someone from Social Services because, in my honest opinion, that's not looking out for your child's best interest.

I had a discussion about this with my ex who didn't seem to understand what I was trying to say. He told me that this boy's father was a doctor. Seriously, WTF does that have anything to do with the issue at hand?! I've known doctors who have their heads shoved high up their asses...as apparently this boy's father does for allowing his son to play with an injury.

Then there's the whole moral issue that goes along with this. Do I care that this kid is an all-around athlete, one of the best in the 6th grade? Fuck no! Do I care that a boy with a pre-existing injury made a team because of his athletic abilities over someone who was not injured and actually deserved to be on the team? You're damn right I do!

Unfortunately, I have no say in the matter but if I had the chance, I would pull the cast of this kid's arm and beat him over the head with it. Someone needs to knock some sense into him!

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Blogger Charlie said...

You're right on both counts, Kool.

First count: Loud slobbery people at the movies is the reason why I don't go to the movies. Plus, the 400-speaker sound systems give me headaches that last for a week.

Second count: Is the coach at your son's school training these little boys to be mercenaries? You know, play through the pain and all that.

I fault the parents because, ultimately, they are responsible for their son's well-being. The problem is, the boy will suffer from his injuries for the rest of his life, but is too young and stupid to think that far ahead.

November 16, 2008 at 12:30 AM  
Anonymous Giggle Pixie said...

I also say you're right on both counts. And I DO have a problem with people (parents and children that they don't teach how to behave in public) being loud and obnoxious during the movie! DAMN - I pay way too much to get into the theater to have it spoiled by these people!

And some parents are absolute idiots for allowing their kids to compete while injured. I'm not exactly sure what that says to our kids these days. Maybe it's that parents aren't supposed to have a say anymore and kids can do whatever the hell they please. Ha! Not in MY house!

November 16, 2008 at 4:33 PM  
Blogger Tug said...

I think the coaches have to let everyone try out, or it would be some type of discrimination in this sick world we live in. As for the parents, well...yeah. I've seen tons of stupidass sports parents. TONS.

November 16, 2008 at 10:13 PM  
Blogger WavyDavy said...

As much as I can't believe I'm going to say this... don't blame the coaches or the school system. They shouldn't have to be the police, and they shouldn't have to be put in the position of having to say no. Blame should rest squarely on the parents. Like you said, they should have the common sense to not want their child to sustain further injury. But the truth is that most parents are too week to stand up to their kids. I'm sure the kid wants to play - most kids would. The parents need to occasionally say no. Too many parents let their kids do anything they want. That's why we have a whole generation of kids who think they're entitled to anything and everything they want. Parents need to take some responsibility on occasion. Now I'm all sweaty. I think you touched a nerve....

November 17, 2008 at 7:16 AM  
Blogger Attila The Mom said...

How good was this kid with a broken arm? Even with a cast, did he perform better than those with two healthy arms at tryouts? Sheesh!

November 18, 2008 at 8:32 AM  

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