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Poll: Half of Americans don't want their sons playing football
Bloomberg
According to a new Bloomberg Politics poll, 50 percent of Americans say they wouldn't want their son to play the sport and only 17 percent believe it'll grow in popularity in the next 20 years. These are grim numbers for a sport that's seeing an onslaught of negative attention.
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Listen every Thursday to the NHSCA Sports Hour
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Listen every Thursday to the NHSCA Sports Hour presented by the National High School Coaches Association at 6 p.m. Eastern at artistfirst.com.

Since 2007, the NHSCA Sports Hour has produced over 400 radio shows with the top coaches and players in high school sports. You can check-out all of our shows for free at artistfirst.com/nhsca.htm. This week's featured flashback is from June 19, 2011 when hosts Jeff Fisher and Trish Hoffman talked with 2011 NHSCA Senior Football Player of the Year Johnny Manziel before he went on to greatness at Texas A&M.

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Euless Trinity's Lineweaver retires
High School Football America
Euless Trinity's Steve Lineweaver is ending his career as a high school football coach. The Dallas Morning News reports that Lineweaver told Hurst Euless Bedford ISD athletic director Mike Fielder, "after 47 years, it's time." Lineweaver led Trinity to three Texas state championships in five years, winning 10 or more games over the last 11 seasons with the Trojans.
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St. Paris Graham wins Walsh Ironman Wrestling Tournament
High School Football America
High school wrestling is a lot like NASCAR as it kicks-off its season with big national tournaments, much like the Daytona 500. Over the weekend, the prestigious Walsh Ironman was held at Walsh Jesuit High School in Ohio with many of the top-ranked teams in the nation battle for the first set bragging rights for who will win the national championships. Ohio’s St. Paris Graham, ranked in the Top 25 by many of the national ranking services, came away as the top dawg winning the team championship with 211 points.
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The entire student body is on the Valentine (Texas) basketball roster
USA Today
Boys basketball games at Valentine High feature no home pep band. No cheerleaders. The Pirates’ game-day roster routinely consists of four boys and three girls, a hybrid allowed by the state governing body for public-school athletics to field a full starting lineup. A fourth girl serves as team manager, but she practices with the team and is prepared to suit up if needed to complete a starting five. And those are the eight students who comprise the entire student body at Valentine High, the smallest of 1,463 member schools this academic year in Texas' University Interscholastic League.
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Oklahoma playoff dispute: Will officiating shortage get even worse?
The Oklahoman
There's a shortage of quality officiating across America on the high school and youth levels. And it's easy to understand why it exists. Time demands. Parental abuse. Limited financial gain.
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Too many teams in Texas football playoffs?
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
While many Texans are still talking about decisions made by the College Football Playoff committee, a state lawmaker took the first step toward changing the high school football playoff system. Sen. Charles Perry filed a bill to decrease the number of teams advancing to the playoffs from each University Interscholastic League district from four to two.
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The lateral: The NFL's most underused play
The Wall Street Journal
Before Dec. 11, there had been 425 occasions this season when an NFL defensive player advanced the football after recovering a fumble or making an interception. Only one player in that sample — Logan Ryan of the New England Patriots in Week 12 — attempted to lateral the ball to a teammate to gain more yardage. There's evidence Ryan tapped into one of the NFL's most underused weapons.
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Illinois coach makes the most of mission trip
The Edwardsville Intelligencer
Edwardsville (Illinois) High School baseball coach Tim Funkhouser has been around baseball his whole life. Funkhouser, though, had never been part of what he witnessed during a four-day, November mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Funkhouser took a four-day mission trip to the Caribbean nation to spread the gospel, bring supplies and teach children about baseball.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Booster clubs in legal limbo statewide in Texas (The Bandera Bulletin)
Pushy sports parents often end up as the losers (Chicago Tribune via Star Tribune)
Illinois panel: Lawsuit could end football in poor communities (WGN-TV)
What radar guns can't tell you about the speed of pitches (Nautilus)

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The visual trickery that turns hockey rinks into lakes of fire
Wired
VideoBrief Pre-game presentations have long been excuses to trot out special effects. Turning a hockey rink into a lake of fire? That's new. New projection systems are turning basketball courts and ice rinks into massive optical illusions: Animations beamed onto the surface can create all sorts of morphing effects.
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Basketball team takes ultimate road trip to see former players in action
The Morning Call
Doug Snyder said he felt like a proud father on a recent night. The Allen, Pennsylvania, head coach took his boys basketball team into New Jersey to see the game between New Jersey Institute of Technology and St. Francis of Brooklyn. It was a game matching two former Canaries against each other. "To look at our young kids gazing into the eyes of those two players after they came out after the game ... it touched me," Snyder said.
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Hard hit to chest triggered irregular heartbeat in teen football player
HealthDay News
A hard hit to the chest during a football game resulted in three days of an irregular heart rhythm for a 16-year-old player, researchers report in a new case study. The paper, published online in the journal Pediatrics, describes the first known report of atrial fibrillation in a teenager following blunt force trauma to the chest. The boy was apparently healthy and had no medical history of a heart condition.
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Vitamin C may help people who suffer from airway obstruction, respiratory symptoms after exercise
University of Helsinki via Medical Xpress
Vitamin C may reduce bronchoconstriction and respiratory symptoms caused by exercise according to a study published in Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology. Physical activity increases oxidative stress, and therefore, as an antioxidant vitamin C might have particularly evident effects on people who are participating in vigorous exercise.
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