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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

High school football's friend

It doesn't seem like high school football has many friends these days. ESPN seems intent on putting a college football game on television each Friday night in the fall. Even Louisiana Tech will have one of those Friday night home games this season.

But then there is at least one friend of high school football - the Green Bay Packers.

The Green Bay Packers?

Yes, the Packers could have squashed Wisconsin high school football with its final preseason game on a Friday night. The team asked the NFL to allow it to play on a Thursday night. The league nixed that idea.

So instead of a Friday night game forcing fans to choose between the preps and the pros, the Packers announced a starting time of 3 p.m. on Sept. 1 - a Friday - against the Tennessee Titans.

Kudos to the Packers.

High school football is a tradition across the country on Friday nights and it should be left that way. The colleges need to stick to Saturday - even those Thursday night games are a bit much, not to mention Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday games. And the pros, Sunday and Monday is enough for the NFL.

Thanks Packers for restoring some faith in sports.


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