If you’ve flown Jet Blue before, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that they are the official airline of The Sports Frappe. Not only does their live television package come with 4 different ESPN channels, (halfway to “The Ocho”), but they even have the channels in the correct placements: taking up channels one through four on the dial. ESPN leads off, and ESPN Classic bats cleanup.
Here’s a sports news item that you didn’t hear watching PTI, Quite Frankly, or any of the other talking-head shows that dominated the ESPNs’ programming during my flight today. There’s a bill currently in the Massachusetts state legislature that would make helmets mandatory in the game of soccer, including all levels from youth to collegiate.
I recall being a 13 year old when California passed a similar law applying to headgear and bicycles. My response then was something to the affect of, “I’ll be taking the bus to school from now on,” and I suspect this ruling might have a similar consequence on the state of New England soccer.
Seriously, soccer players already have to take enough heat on campus. They play a sport everyone else quit playing when they were twelve, about the same time they realized that even the Speedo-clad swim team gets more attention from the ladies than the shin-guarded soccer squad. But now they’re going to have to wear helmets too? What better way to kill this “budding” American sport than force helmets into a game in which head to head collisions are about as frequent as un-funny movies featuring Will Ferrell.
Football helmets have their obvious necessity; skateboarders fly around on ramps and rails above concrete; pole-vaulters fall from heights of 10 to 15 feet. These are legitimate reasons to require helmets. Soccer players run back and forth on grass . . . flat, soft grass. On top of the needless-ness of the soccer helmet, I’d imagine that doing a header with a helmet on would be a lot like throwing a baseball while wearing mittens.
Come to think of it, maybe they should pass this bill. I’d love to see what designers come up with in order to market a helmet specifically for soccer.