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Not made for TV

High school football is not made for television.

This past week, my wife and I made the hour-and-a-half trek to Rock Hill to soak in the first game of the high school season — Byrnes at Northwestern.

A shot of hope

If you haven’t taken a look at this year’s football section yet, stop reading this column and go do so. You will be glad you did, I promise.

Got that done? Good. You are ready to read this column.

Battling the high tide

Are you guys okay?

That’s the text I got from my mom Sunday night. I don’t know if your mom has ever texted you something similar, but it’s kind of unsettling.

Nervous and curious to find out why she would be asking me this all the way from West Virginia, I responded quickly.

“Yeah, we’re fine. Why wouldn’t we be?”

Two-a-days

As area football players gear up for the first week of full-contact practice, I can’t help but be overcome with nostalgia.

I remember my first practice on the high school football team like it was yesterday.

A day in boot camp

I wouldn’t make it in the military.

That much was confirmed last Saturday as I struggled through a day of boot camp as part of the “Warrior 101” crash course program, put on by the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office.

Being a patriot

It happens every year. The sudden need and desperate desire to blow something up.

It usually doesn’t hit me until the sun begins to set on July 4. This year, I nearly ran out of time.

It is relevant

The entire world is enjoying the spectacle that is the World Cup and the United States remains stuck in the same old, tired discussion.

Will soccer ever “catch on” in America?

Pucker up, sis

I think I speak for the entire country when I say, “What was that?’

I imagine very few things in life are as dissatisfying as the way Sunday’s World Cup match between the United States and Portugal ended.

World Cup bliss

Oh soccer, why did I ever abandon thee?

It only took a few seconds — 32 seconds to be exact — for me to pose that question, internally, while watching the United States squeak by Ghana 2-1 in the opening match of World Cup group play.

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