The Tri-City Herald, in Southeastern Washington, put together a strange and magical and entirely unique high school football preview section this year. Not only are newspapers not dead, they're photographing high school football players as if they were Presidential candidates.
Football's concussion epidemic is a matter of public record. But recent reports about a surge of concussions in girls' youth soccer suggest another problem brewing. All sports have their element of danger, but how much are parents supposed to accept? And how safe can sports ever really get?
Three years after splitting New York State Player of the Year honors and squaring off in a telling prep hoops duel, Lance Stephenson and Brandon Triche are in different places in their basketball lives—and right where they're supposed to be.
Big time high school football is big business already, and could be even more so even sooner than you think. All of which will make some people rich, some teenagers a lot more famous, and a lot of us uneasy, for some very obvious reasons.