What your view of sports and life would be if you had too many concussions

Signs We Are Near The End Of Civilization: Midnight Football Practice

Mich. school practices 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.

A Michigan high school football team has made a rather unique decision to start holding practices during overnight. Did he do this to avoid the summer heat? Did he do this as some sort of punishment?  No, it turns out he is yet another example of knuckling under to stupidity.

Fordson High, located in Dearborn, Michigan, consists of a predominantly Muslim group of players. Due to the fasting known as Ramadan, the coaching staff chose to honor Ramadan when it came to fielding a team. In other words, they switched the practices to the moonlit hours of 11pm to 4 am, when the players and coaches could bypass the eating and drinking fasting of Ramadan. he predominantly Muslim squad from Dearborn says the nocturnal regimen is a way for players to eat and drink while observing the holy month of daytime fasting known as Ramadan that started last week.

Now, I’m sure all of you “crunchy granola” types out there think this is a wonderful step in the direction of tolerance, but that’s because you are the only people dumber than this football coach. You celebrate such victories without stopping to understand the implications.

Let me ask you a question…What happens when it gets to be game time? Ramadan often falls during a time when it won’t just be practices; there will be games involved. You know that the games aren’t going to be scheduled for 1 a.m.  So, what happens the first time you trot these kids out to play in the heat for which they aren’t prepared and one of them dies? You same granola-eaters who were celebrating this advance in “tolerance” will find some other way to blame this anything other than the fact that fasting during football season is fundamentally a bad idea.  Healthy professional athletes who were properly hydrated and fed have dropped dead from heat stroke; being a dehydrated teen-ager only heightens the risk.

This isn’t the first time I’ve weighed in on this subject. While one could admire commitment to faith, I again cannot sit back and watch somebody in this case without much forethought deliberately risk permanent injury or death over temporary things like religion and football.  Again, it’s time to think “outside the box” and devise a way to accomplish the goals of football training camp while accomodating these religious restraints without risking anybody’s life.

You granola types can celebrate that.

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