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Most Valuable Video: Nebraska Spring Game

Well, I may be a little late here, and I’ll be shocked if this kid isn’t already on (or soon to be on) Ellen, Oprah, and the whole morning talk show circuit, but I love this stuff. When teams take a young fan who is battling illness and make him feel part of the team, I can’t help but smile.

This run, which was actually a pretty good display of vision and break-away speed, made this young boys life. The crowd was into it, the players were loving it, and he was treated like a champion after. If this doesn’t bring any joy to your life, I don’t know what will.

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Late Night Snack: Let the Girls Play!

Caroline Pla (2013/Associated Press)

Caroline Pla (2013/Associated Press)

Another night aimlessly clicking around has brought my attention to another story in the sports world that truly concerns me.  Caroline Pla, an 11-year old girl from Doylestown, PA has played the last two years in a Catholic Youth Organization league, but has recently been informed that she will no longer be allowed to participate in the league.  According to the article, the league which is run by the Catholic Church has cited many reasons for their restriction of her participation in the league, including safety reasons, the fact that football is a boys sport, and inappropriate touching.

Caroline Pla running the ball (Pla Family/Associated Press)

Caroline Pla running the ball (Pla Family/Associated Press)

Pla and her family are fighting the ban, gathering signatures to attempt to reverse the ban, and many people and organizations appear to be siding with the Pla family and against the ruling of the Catholic Church, claiming that a lot of good can come from co-ed sports at the youth level.

After reading this story it truly concerns me how old-fashioned and close-minded people still are today in 2013.  This is the United States of America, where every man, woman, and child is created equal and therefore deserves the same rights as one another.  At the same time that girls such as Sam Gordon, the 9 year old running back from Utah who took the internet and NFL by storm this past season, and whose highlights included a viral video, a Wheaties box cover, and an appearance at the Super Bowl, girls like Caroline Pla are being banned from their leagues solely because they are girls.  Let the girls play!  Like most kids growing up, I played in an organized town baseball league and while it included mostly boys, there was one girl who will remain unnamed who was the best player in the league, batting third in the lineup, starting at shortstop, and she parlayed those skills into a D1 college scholarship.  While baseball happens to be a far less physical sport than football, we are talking about a youth league where the kids are kept safe and are taught to play fundamentally, not physically with the intent to injure.  The issue here remains a religious issue, though, but where does the CYO get the right to ban this girl?  She is not breaking any church laws, she is not speaking out negatively about the religion.  For all I know, she prays regularly and adheres to and respects her religion.

Caroline Pla is an example of an innocent person, and in this case, child, who is now facing martyrdom in the national media because of an issue that not only does not concern her, but one that she may not understand.  I say let the girls play, let them participate with the boys, let them smack them around, and let the kids be kids, because you are only young and innocent once, and it is almost criminal when adults can take that away from them.

For more information on the matter, click here.

What do you think about this situation, or other similar situations?  Tweet your thoughts to @theorangewedge or comment below and tell us what you think!  Just some late night food for thought.

Dinner: Jets Show Former Cornerstone the Door

On Thursday, the Jets made 5 cuts, the sum total saving them over $30 million next year. One of those players was Bart Scott, the outspoken leader for the Jets defense under the Rex Ryan regime. There were talks of a pay cut earlier this week, but alas Scott was shown the door. It’s a shame. He would’ve been a great addition to the Jets Harlem Shake video.

Scott, who followed Ryan to the Jets in 2009, never fulfilled his potential after a monster 2006 season filling in for an injured Ray Lewis in Baltimore. Scott’s 9.5 sacks in 2006 match his sum total in 4 seasons with Gang Green, and he longer has the quickness that made him such a formidable edge rusher.

But he did have the oratory skills to make himself an effective leader. Scott’s strong suits are reminiscent of his former teammate: great leadership skills and a non-stop motor. Growing up in a poor neighborhood on the East Side of Detroit, Scott played both ways in High School and never came off the field. He received little attention from scouts but signed on at Southern Illinois, where he exceled on the field, but his mouth got him into trouble with coaches.

Why is this important? This Video:

  

I want something to be known. Bart Scott worked his tail off to get to the NFL. The odds of his success in professional sports were incredibly slim, but everywhere he went he made the most of his opportunities.

5 years from now (probably less) this is going to be on a SportsCenter montage of “Wildest Post-Game Interviews”, but this is so much more than that. The Jets weren’t given a chance; much like Bart Scott wasn’t given much of a chance.

Bart is now an unrestricted free agent, able to sign with whatever team he pleases. Problem is, Scott is 32 and coming off off-season elbow surgery. Maybe he goes to Kansas City. Maybe he goes to Buffalo, to reunite with former Defensive Coordinator Mike Pettine? Who knows, but either way, I hope he gets a shot. Because I know he’ll make the most of it. And I for one……..CAN’T WAIT (sorry).