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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

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Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

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Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

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April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

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April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review Oct. 19, 2006 / 27 Tishrei, 5767

Dim the Friday night lights

By Michael Goodwin

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | High school football is all the rage. Teams are ranked nationally like college and professional ones. ESPN and Fox Sports Net are televising games across the country and more teams are traveling for out-of-state games. McDonald's and Nike are among the corporate sponsors. Then there's "Friday Night Lights," an NBC prime-time show about a Texas team that spins out of the book and film of the same name.

At the risk of being the skunk at the garden party, I say the rage is madness. This explosion of big-time interest is pure exploitation and it is not a good thing for the players and the schools — unless you think it's progress when 17-year-olds are signing autographs and need security escorts! The outsized attention is robbing the cradle to feed our culture's craving for the next new young thing.

The seedy glorification is turning a character-building ritual into another disposable commodity. And it is bringing out the worst in some adults.

An MTV show called "Two-A-Days" follows a real high school football team in Hoover, Ala. As one report described it, the coach, in a pep talk before a televised game, said, "I got my one shot, my one shot in life, to be on ESPN."

Give me a break, and count me out. But not because of a lack of interest. Exactly the opposite. I played high school football and enjoyed its greatest benefits. That's why I don't want this treasure to fall victim to the greedy side of amateur sports and ambitious coaches.

My experience was pristine by comparison. Forty years ago, I was part of a championship team in little Lewistown, Pa. Our success and my play as center helped lead to a scholarship to Columbia University, and my education there set me on course for my career. So I am grateful for that experience and a firm believer in the cliche that football teaches lessons for life.

Last week I learned I was not alone. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of our championship, members of our team gathered on a chilly Friday night at the site of our glory days, a modest, 80-year-old field in central Pennsylvania. Our '66 team walked onto the field, where we were introduced and our victories recounted. I was particularly proud because I can still fit into my championship jacket!

But the real thrills came later when our team gathered in a hotel room and, over snacks and drinks, relived the glory days. We laughed about the brutal practices — probably child abuse by today's standards — and swapped anecdotes. But this was more than jock talk. Our head coach, Robert Bohn, a former Marine who had gone on to get a Ph.D. and become school superintendent, set the tone by talking about those who had become doctors, dentists, teachers and just plain good citizens. "Education comes first" was his mantra then and now. He kept calling us "you boys," a compliment to us graybeards and mystifying to our wives.

The point was clear. We achieved success because we were dedicated and worked hard. We were temporary big shots in a small town, but that meant nothing when we went to college or the job market. All we had then was what we had inside. As one teammate put it, "The values we learned are what I remember most."

Values. A happy life requires good ones and high school football can help forge them. But turning that experience into gaudy entertainment and teenagers into celebrities ruins everything. That's what big business and television are doing to high school football.

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