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Old 2012-05-04, 8:00 AM   #51
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God no, football is barbaric.

My kids are going to play hockey.
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Old 2012-05-04, 8:08 AM   #52
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Speaking as someone who was adopted and is heading to a family reunion this month where my extended family will be throwing this type of humor around in front of both me and my similarly adopted sister...

They are my family so I will smile and pretend how funny and witty it is. You are not my family so I would like to present you with a top 10 list of things you can suck instead.
I'm sorry, your family sounds awful.
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Old 2012-05-04, 8:11 AM   #53
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I would encourage and administer performance enhancing drugs for my child and their friends.

Look, I know they're going to do it. At least this way I know they're safe and no one is driving afterwards.
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Old 2012-05-04, 8:14 AM   #54
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My freshman year of high school, I was 6'2" and 140 pounds.

My senior year, I was 6'5" and 155.

Yeah, like my kids are going to make the football team.
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Old 2012-05-04, 8:58 AM   #55
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My freshman year of high school, I was 6'2" and 140 pounds.

My senior year, I was 6'5" and 155.

Yeah, like my kids are going to make the football team.
Football mmm not likely you need to be tall and stocky at the same time for it. Basketball though if you get a wife who is tall possibly then.
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Old 2012-05-04, 9:08 AM   #56
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I guess there's actually a caveat - if my kid did want to play football I would hope that he somehow didn't have my short Mexican genes and would have long, strong legs. Then I would teach him how to punt and kick field goals, ideally he would excel at both. Boom, his future in the NFL is locked up.
Came here to post something similar. If he was going to be a kicker or something, I'd hella encourage that.
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Old 2012-05-04, 9:21 AM   #57
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I would but I seriously doubt I'd raise a kid who would be interested. My kids will probably not be exposed to enough football to develop an interest.
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Old 2012-05-04, 9:33 AM   #58
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Football mmm not likely you need to be tall and stocky at the same time for it. Basketball though if you get a wife who is tall possibly then.
Still too skinny, get pushed around easily. Didn't start being able to stand my ground in basketball until I was 22, 23 and filled out to 180.

Medium distance track/cross country was my thing. My sister was a good high jumper though!
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Old 2012-05-04, 9:55 AM   #59
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I probably wouldn't, since they'd likely be too small. But there's always Madden on the Xbox.
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Old 2012-05-04, 10:06 AM   #60
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Old 2012-05-04, 10:31 AM   #61
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Yes. It is the perfect opportunity to teach my adopted, circumcised children valuable lessons about how tipping is optional. After each game, I'd reward my kids with a trip to the for-profit pet store to pick up a declawed cat.
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Old 2012-05-04, 10:39 AM   #62
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Yes. It is the perfect opportunity to teach my adopted, circumcised children valuable lessons about how tipping is optional. After each game, I'd reward my kids with a trip to the for-profit pet store to pick up a declawed cat.
And then take them out for chili.
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Old 2012-05-04, 10:40 AM   #63
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My freshman year of high school, I was 6'2" and 140 pounds.

My senior year, I was 6'5" and 155.

Yeah, like my kids are going to make the football team.
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Old 2012-05-04, 10:50 AM   #64
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Still too skinny, get pushed around easily. Didn't start being able to stand my ground in basketball until I was 22, 23 and filled out to 180.

Medium distance track/cross country was my thing. My sister was a good high jumper though!
Center backs for a soccer team. Perfect build.

Alternatively, chunk them up to 180, and get them sailing trapeze in Tornado class.
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Old 2012-05-04, 10:54 AM   #65
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Alternatively: why would I fear for their safety and health after being responsible for bringing them into existence in this hellhole of a shitstorm of a veil of tears
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Old 2012-05-04, 10:59 AM   #66
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Sure, if they're interested, why the heck not?

I'd say me being able to afford the equipment would be the largest limiting factor in it.
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Old 2012-05-04, 11:01 AM   #67
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If it was something he wanted to do I also would allow him.

Heck if my daughter for some reason decided that all she wanted to do is play High School football I would do everything in my power to facilitate that.

I went to Norwich University with a couple of girls that had played High School Football though.
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Old 2012-05-04, 11:21 AM   #68
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Future Hall of Fame QB Kurt Warner has made some waves by being one of those to vote "No."

Former Giants WR Amani Toomer disagrees with Warner, but frankly I found his arguments to be either weak or dangerously misinformed. He was on ESPN's Mike & Mike this morning, and his statements seemed to come from a belief that concussions are only a problem because of the hard hits at the professional level (they're not, and he was corrected about that misbelief on-air) and that the problem could be fixed simply by better coaching at the lower levels on how to tackle.

I think that attitude speaks to part of the problem, which is a lack of either education about how concussions are caused, or concern from the players about exactly what they're doing to themselves and others.
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Old 2012-05-04, 11:30 AM   #69
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Voted yes. I would be very happy if any offspring of mine got into sports.
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Old 2012-05-04, 12:50 PM   #70
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Probably, if they really wanted to - I'd be about as enthusiastic about it as I would be if they wanted to do cheerleading.
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Old 2012-05-04, 1:10 PM   #71
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I plan on encouraging my son (who is looking to grow up into a very impressive mid-6 foot height, with an appropriately proportionate weight) to play a sport other than football, like tennis or basketball, or even soccer.

I participated in football for 6 years, but I wasn't ever really competitive. I think he'd do OK as a lineman, but I would worry more if he wound up being a back of some sort.
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Old 2012-05-04, 1:32 PM   #72
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If they want to, sure. If not, no. Neither WP nor I are very "sporty" but we can adapt if Werekinder and Werebaby 2.0 show an interest in any sport.
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Old 2012-05-04, 1:42 PM   #73
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I'll sign them up for rugby or ultimate fighting or something comparatively safe like that.
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Old 2012-05-04, 2:06 PM   #74
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American football? this would have to be a decision for their mother because I would die from the shame of them wanting to play.
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Old 2012-05-05, 6:14 PM   #75
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No. Football teams are breeding grounds for hazing, jocks, and academic dishonesty. I wouldn't want my kid in that sort of environment.
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