Later, over beers, my friend told me just how depressed he was the rest of the day after the game. "See?" I said. "Now maybe you understand what I have to deal with each and every day at work."
Here are some of the highlights from the game:
- Completed passes by our team: 2
- Penalties: 10+
- Injured players: 2
- Hard hits: Tons
- Number of parents at the game: 3
- Teachers: 2 (counting me)
- Alumni: 2
- Cheerleaders: 0
- Administrators: 1 (the principal hung out with the team on the sidelines)
"You don't get it," I said. "That's the problem. It's Saturday, and parents don't come out to the game. And if so few people support their kids on the team, imagine how few support their children academically."
In the end, our team lost, 8-6, but then again, if our team wins or loses, and no one's there to see it, does it really matter?