OK - let's do a REAL roll call

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Registered: 02-14-2000
OK - let's do a REAL roll call
Fri, 09-20-2013 - 6:54pm

Tell us as much or as little as you want about your family. And answer this question: Is high school football a big thing in your community? Do you go to the games?



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Registered: 11-28-1999
Tue, 09-24-2013 - 2:13pm

Ashley, I just went to my first Patriots game ever--my best friend was given 2 tickets from a work contact so I also got to go for free!  Yay!  My DD happened to be visiting for the weekend w/ a friend and they were already planning on going to the game--but paid over $100 per seat from Craigslist.  But this was not her first game.

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Registered: 12-06-1999
Tue, 09-24-2013 - 4:32pm

Ann in northern CA. DS IS 18 and a senior and DD is 15 and a Sophomore. Football is very big at DS school (all boys Catholic). DH helps out at many of the games and both kids usually attend, so I usually go

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Registered: 12-16-2003
Wed, 09-25-2013 - 11:24pm

Ramona here in a western burb of Chicago. Dd19 is away at college. Ds is a sophomore in hs. He is on the Sophomore football team and on marching band. Our town likes football, since our high school won the championship last year. Ds, sadly after 8 years said he is done with football after this season. He plays hockey and lacrosse, so there still will be sports. He just is tired of running from the field to grab his trombone. I have always followed sports at the school because we live so close to the school.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Registered: 04-16-2009
Thu, 09-26-2013 - 12:53pm

My two are all grown up, graduated from university and  both working . DS23 has plans to return to grad school in the near future. DD25 is busy building her career.

High school sports are not on the radar here. The games are typically only attended by parents and friends,if that, irregardless of the sport. The games are usually held just after school and never at night or on the weekends.   We also don't have cheer leaders at our high schools-no interest. Our sporty girls play soccer, rugby etc.. I don't even know if my kids' old high school had a football team. Soccer and rugby are more popular.

Even at the university level, the sport teams are not followed by the public.   Our schools do not get any "brownie" points or prestige because of the success of their sport teams. And games tend to be attended only by current students, except perhaps in the Fall when the alumni visit the campus.

The only sport that really counts here is pro-hockey.

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Registered: 04-02-2001
Wed, 10-09-2013 - 9:19pm

Hi All,

This is Louise from Tampa.  Yes, football is HUGE here, not only for high school but for college and professional too!  Our daughter graduated last year from high school and went to all the games, as did her dad and I.  Now that she's graduated, we don't go to the games much, but she and a bunch of her friends that graduated last year still go to the big rival games.  Our weekends are now spent usually driving 2 hours to a college game, and then home on Sunday to either go to or watch our local pro team on TV.

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Thu, 10-10-2013 - 12:37am

I'm elc, yet another post teen parent. I live in San Diego with my dh of 35 yrs. My former teens are ds (now 30) who lives in San Francisco and is a PhD candidate at Berkeley; and dd (27) who lives in NYC working and attending school. So its been a loooong time since they were teens but my feeble mind still recalls some of those years. I can tell you that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, because when my dd was 21 she apologized for being so awful as a teen!

HS football is popular here but not in the way it is in some other parts of the U.S. The HS that my kid attended usually didn't have a very good team so not a lot of interest in watching them lose. One year they had a better team and we attended one or two of the games for the sake of school spirit. There are other football options here though...SDSU has a good team; and the pro Chargers are here. I don't know how much a ticket for the Aztecs costs but I've heard that Chargers tickets are very expensive. I don't care about football at all, and dh only watches pro games on tv if he doesn't have anything better to do, so we don't go to those games either.