Posted by member, a resident of the The Crossings neighborhood, on Dec 8, 2012 at 10:42 pm
Out of your mind! It is completely inappropriate that adults put down those who work hard to help the boys of our community to become men on and off the field. 1. Do not speak of what you know not of. 2. If your child has never played football prior to high school and are afraid of injuries DO NOT allow them to play! Injuries happen to kids on and off ALL sports fields. (including normal life)
In regards to the comment about scholarships obviously again clueless!!! Are you trying to dumb down football players intentionally? You would be quite surprised of how many football players actually go to college and play football on scholarship... not just sports but academic scholarships! I personally know many football players current and past that go to college on sports or academic scholarship.
If find it funny that those who complain about the sport always seem to know the spread of the games and the players stats. IRONIC! Watch NFL much?
What has Mountain View come too? It's getting to be an embarrassment to be associated with people that live in this town. Between the "Lights at MVHS" argument and the "McKelvey Park lawsuit" I am completely fed up with this community! People here don't want our kids to be athletic at all it seems!!! Your all out of your minds!
Posted by Michael, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Dec 10, 2012 at 11:45 am
Extremely unfortunate article. As a high school student, Gary, it is appalling to read your diagnosis for my school. I'm not entirely sure if every adult in the Mountain View area thinks they are living in a retirement community, but as they demand the respect of everyone around them, I think it's fair to ask for a little respect from them.
The people that live here seem to forget that there are families, students, children, and athletes who would like to engage in a vibrant, active community. As if it isn't bad enough that every student at Mountain View suffers from a lack of school spirit due to the absence of lights for our football field, we now have people advocating to let go of our team. As for the injuries, you trip getting out of bed in the morning. Just as no one forces you to do that, no one is forcing anyone to play football.
It's painful to read such a tasteless article. Mountain View High suffers from extreme, constant academic stress, and a strong football team is an invaluable asset to a high schools morale. It saddens me, Gary, that you would propose to take away a school's football team, when people like you in our community should be promoting the camaraderie that a sport like that offers, not only to the players, but to the school and the community itself. You should be ashamed.
Posted by Coach, a resident of the Gemello neighborhood, on Dec 10, 2012 at 11:36 pm
What does the author of this letter think of the Mountain View Marauders? Is he even aware there is a Pop Warner league in this area? I am going to guess not because of the ignorance of his opinion. He cited MV/LA Varsity records and lopsided scores against local opponents as rationale to abandon the programs. Is he aware both JV football teams did well this season? MV played in the tough DeAnza division and LA had a great record in the El Camino. Lopsided wins aren't grounds for quitting, they're signs both programs need to take the sport even more seriously. There are athletes in these areas, they need to be trained properly and coached up by quality, knowledgable coaches. Disbanding the football programs at both schools because the competition is "too good" is the opposite of what sports are about. Everyone is entitled to an opinion but this guy is obviously out of touch with what youth sports, including football, bring to the development of adolescents.
Posted by Oscar, a resident of the Gemello neighborhood, on Dec 11, 2012 at 9:05 pm
The column suggests that dropping high school football be considered and that other sports and activities be considered. Football surely is the most dangerous of sports offered to youngsters. It may be difficult to know the extent of injuries because boys are told by coaches to be "men," and even the NFL has spent decades lying about concussions (brain injuries), How about this: have the school district undertake a study of football injuries and share the information with parents. Sure, some parents will tell their boys to play football no matter what - but at least the district will have attempted to be honest with parents.
Posted by Old MP, a resident of another community, on Dec 19, 2012 at 6:46 pm
The author clearly has an agenda to defeat lights at MVHS. Even Menlo-Atherton HS (located in the heart of Atherton) was able to negotiate a deal with the surrounding (and well-healed) neighbors in order to install lights on their field.
The author is obviously under-educated on alternatives. A resident of Mountain View or Los Altos cannot transfer/attend Homestead or Palo Alto HS. You have to live in the school district to do that. Homestead is part of the Fremont district and Paly is part of PAUSD. Yes, St. Francis is an alternative - but you have to pay tuition, it is not a public school.