I am sure when football first began, those men didn't even think of wearing any of the above. No, that had to come from a woman who sat on the sidelines and watched them plow into each other breaking bones and drawing blood...and actually enjoying it! In fact, I am positive it was a mother who invented the pads, helmets, and mouth guards (probably a mother who just spent $4000 on braces!)... but not the tights! No woman would punish her own son with those! That had to come from one of the guys who flunked out of ballet but wanted to keep flaunting himself. However, I do think a woman was the one that suggested they wear the girdle with built in pads. I am thinking it was kind of a little sadistic revenge thing so the men can see what it's like to have to wear such restricting things so close to their bodies like the female gender does.
Bryce plays on the JV and Varsity team at the high school. Taylor plays on the Freshman team and sometimes on the Sophomore team. McKay plays with the little league youth football. If I totalled up the hours of practice each week between the three of them, it would be around 35 hours a week! And that doesn't count the travel time and game time. It is a huge commitment of time and energy for both the boys and their parents! I am not complaining (well at least not a lot) because I think it is good for them to spend their time improving themselves on a sport, developing talents, and learning the many lessons playing sports can and does teach them. For example...well, you will have to scroll down to see.
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One of Taylor's games. It was the freshman vs the sophomores. He made an interception and scored a touchdown in this game. He plays line backer and sometimes tight end.
This is what he looks like without a helmet and mouth guard.
This is one of Bryce's games.
He plays wide receiver. He caught a pass and scored a touchdown in this game.
Celebrating another victory! The JV team was undefeated until last week.
Bryce with Mitchell the quarterback who threw the pass he scored on. Aren't football players supposed to be big and scary??
The happy mom because Skyler came to watch the game!
We took him out to dinner to celebrate Taylor's win even though Tay had to ride the bus home!
McKay and his bud Justin having fun at Iggy's Sports Bar and Grill.
This is McKay.
He plays wide receiver too. Of course that probably has nothing to do with the fact that his hero Steve Smith, is a also receiver....hmmm.....???
Listening to his coaches after a game.
Could it be??? NOOOOO!!!!
Yes...it could!!!A broken hand!!!
Not sure WHY he is smiling though! I think he was actually kind of proud of it...
The doctor started to cast it, but decided to try a splint first and see how it heals. The patient was happy about that... well, kind of. He actually WANTED a cast!Out for the season unless it heals quick. He still goes to EVERY single practice and game! What a trooper! It happened three weeks ago and it is healing great.
PART TWO (child #3)
As we were walking into Bryce's game Friday night, I got a call on my cell phone from the team trainer informing me that Bryce had been hurt during the warm-ups before the game. He told me his chin was cut pretty bad and wanted to speak to Dave. As soon as Dave started to talk, he immediately turned and headed for the locker room. I went and got a seat in the stand and our good friend Mont asked me if I had heard about Bryce. I told him about the phone call. Mont informed me that he had just witnessed Bryce getting speared by another teammate's helmet during warm ups. For NO reason this kid speared Bryce helmet to helmet and knocked him out. Apparently this kid does stuff like that all the time. I think he has been playing too much football and has lost a few brain cells. I mean WHY would you do that?? BEFORE THE GAME? I know he didn't mean to do what he did, but he wasn't thinking of what might happen either!
Bryce was laying there and the trainer ran over and several of them tried to get him up but he had a hard time standing. He was bleeding pretty bad from his chin and had a concussion. He must of hit him so hard to cut open his chin because he had a padded chin strap on too. They took him in the locker room and he was laying on the table when Dave got there. The trainer told Dave he thought he might have a broken jaw!!! Dave agreed. The trainer gave him ice for the left side of his face that was swollen and Dave steri- stripped his chin. He later ended up with three stitches.
I am just so glad I didn't see it happen or I might have gone out on the field and got myself a piece of that kid!!! In his defense I have to say he felt VERY bad. He apologized to Bryce over and over and was almost in tears. I ran into him and his parents (who also feel just terrible) Sunday night and as they introduced me to him, I walked over to him and jokingly pretended to choke him. I had to hold back to not let it really go though! I know it is football, and these things happen, but STILL! When it is YOUR son, it is a little bit different!
Unfortunately, I didn't get any good photos. This is the trainer in the cart driving Bryce back to the team. Bryce is sitting by him even though you can't see him very well.
He was able to walk around a little bit during the game. He wanted to stay and support his team. That's him holding the ice pack on his face. #88 (he has diff #'s for away games and home games) We had it x-rayed and are waiting for a specialist to tell us the results.He ended up missing the Homecoming Dance because of it, (that in itself is a whole other post!) but he can at least eat, even though it is very gingerly.
This is what I'd like to do to them all!
I am (or have been) all of the following: