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It's like crack, on steroids
on January 1, 2005
This is a film about a small town doped up on sports and religion, where kids - and I mean KIDS - play out parts for adults to further adult agendas of competition, superiority, and economic success.
The KIDS - and I emphase that - are easily hooked into the town's mass hysteria. After all, as one high-schooler puts it, "the football players can get away with anything." In an effort to please their parents and teachers, they get hyped on the game and sacrifice their identities... in exchange for trophy girlfriends and (apparently) adult-supported drinking parties.
A word about the drinking... since when DO high school *KIDS* get encouraged to drink and puke all over your house? And while we're at it, let's ask another question: since when do KIDS get tattoos? Don't you have to be 18 for that? Or perhaps these kids *are* 18 - at least - since we are told that a large amount of these players have been held back a grade or two to guarantee better chances of being bigger and stronger as seniors and - by extension - better football players.
But maybe that's going to be OK after all. One night of binging followed by a round of organized Christian prayer at school - PUBLIC school, mind you - will absolve all of any wrong doing.
These are children who are being plied with superficial elements of adulthood to guarantee their allegiance to the town's sole bringer of happiness, however false that is.
If we wonder WHY pro athletes take steroids and "cheat" to win, look no further. One lie begets another. After all, if parents want to hold their kids back a grade in school, "it's their right as an American," as the Tigers' head coach informs us.
And if we wonder why kids aren't being prepared for college, and - the most important issue we face as a nation - getting EDUCATED to further themselves and this country, maybe we should reexamine the role of sports on our culture.
In a nation embroiled in red state/blue state battle, with "morality" as the battle cry, I wonder why this film isn't causing an uproar. Apparently, people do not care about what's right or fair - only who wins. It is too bad that people - in their near-sightedness - see only short term victory, when the long term battles are about to be lost.