I try not to let myself get outraged by news stories in late June. I mean, it’s the summer, school’s out (no more subbing for me for a while!), and there’s rarely reason to get all hot and bothered.
Then I read about the story of 12-year-old Madison Baxter, an aspiring young football player at Strong Mountain Christian Academy outside of Atlanta, Ga. Madison was recently kicked off her football team, but not because the boys were too big for her and she was getting hurt, and not because she couldn’t keep up with them, skill-wise.
Why was Madison kicked off the team and not allowed to try out in 7th grade?
Because her male teammates are beginning to have “impure thoughts” about her, Strong Rock Christian Academy school administrator Patrick Stuart told Baxter’s mother.
“In the meeting with the CEO of the school [Patrick Stuart], I was told that the reasons behind it were one, that the boys were going to start lusting after her and have impure thoughts about her and that the locker-room talk was not appropriate for a female to hear even though she had a separate locker room from the boys,” Baxter’s mother, Cassy Blythe, told Atlanta’s WXIA-TV.
I mean, really? That’s a reason to discriminate, because the pre-teen boys are having feelings for her?
Just awful. It sure as hell isn’t Baxter’s fault that she’s a girl, and the idea that administrators cave to this kind of ridiculousness, and find another way to exclude girls from football, is just so, so wrong.
**And now, a product for people like me that are downright impossible to drag from bed when the alarm goes off.
When all else fails, a man in Seattle named Rich Olson has invented an alarm clock that will literally cost you money if you roll over and go back to sleep.
Here’s how it works: You put some money, maybe a dollar bill, let’s say, into your alarm clock the night before. Then, when you wake up the next morning, if you refuse to turn off the alarm within a few minutes, it begins shredding your money.
Now… I have a lot of problems with this device; first of all, who the hell is going to remember to put money in their alarm clock? And second, if you do remember, are you really going to put $20 in? Imagine doing that and then sleeping in. Then you’re late and poorer.
Still, God bless Mr. Olson for trying to fix this age-old problem. Me, I’d rather sleep and be late (although my favorite alarm clock ever was one my aunt got me as a kid; it was a baseball alarm clock and to turn it off, you threw it against the wall across the room. Man, did I have fun with that thing.)
**Finally, for loyal reader Mark M. and the other hockey fans like me who are in mourning now that the Stanley Cup playoffs are over, here’s the CBC with yet another awesome playoff montage.
Best sport there is, played by the toughest athletes anywhere. Can’t wait till next season.