February 05, 2014

Texas high school football is #socialistic

Now that I have just made tiny-penis syndrome suffers in the Pointy Abandoned Object State explode, let me unpack that header.

All-District football teams were just announced. And, the list of players is socialistic.

At first-team all-district running back, you should have two players, or maybe three, if you allow for wishbone offenses. Not five.

At first-team all-district quarterback, you should have one, not two.

Etc., etc.

I don't know if every district is like this one, but that's the way it is here.

And, that's not the only thing. Look at playoffs. When four teams can qualify from a six- or seven-team district, that's likely dipping well below .500. Socialism!

Now, the University Interscholastic League, and Texas high school football coaches, in a state where a football coach, or coach/AD, is the highest-paid staffer, below the superintendent, in about everywhere in the state, might say it's about capitalism.

But, just as Baylor actually lost money on going to the Fiesta Bowl, maybe at least a few high schools face similar.

And, if Comptroller Susan Combs really wants to promote government accountability and transparency, this would be a great new step. Make it a requirement for how much does each school district in the state spend on each of its athletic programs versus how much does it take in.

That said, I'll be honest and admit that for half a dozen different reasons I can think of off the top of my head, I never "got" high school in general.

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Of course, this is nothing new. Western-state "rugged individualist" farmers and ranchers are among the biggest socialists in the United States.

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