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'Hazing' with a coat hanger

Three members of the Hutchinson High School football team found themselves in serious trouble this week, after allegedly branding other players’ abdomens with heated coat hangers. It’s been called a “hazing” incident.
I cannot comment on the merits of the case, but I must ask if this “hazing” is a common practice in Kansas high school athletics? I grew up on Kansas baseball diamonds, football fields, and basketball courts … playing on more than a dozen teams over the years of my youth. I never encountered anything that could be called “hazing”.
Teammates were teammates, and that meant working together on developing the skills that would allow us to win. We all got along just fine.
In high school, the seniors treated us sophomores like dirt, but never physically abused us … except during competition … when they would pound us without mercy.
After practice we never had enough energy left to mistreat anyone. Maybe that was the idea!
Our thought for today is from Yogi Berra:
“When you’re part of a team, you stand up for your teammates. Your loyalty is to them. You protect them through good and bad, because they’d do the same for you.”

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11/08/2013 1:32AM
'Hazing' with a coat hanger
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