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Hoops, Baseball or Skateboards?

April 14, 2008 - Seth Staskey
On my way to an assignment recently, I was driving in the Elm Grove portion of Wheeling. It was one of the days last week when the temperatures were in the low 70s and sunshine was plentiful.

During my short drive from Bellaire to Elm Grove, I rode past several outdoor basketball courts and even several youth baseball/softball diamond. The basketball courts were completely bare. Totally null and void of life form of any sort. The baseball and softball fields had only people who were getting ready to play during a high school sanctioned game.

However, the skate park was packed. And when I say packed, I mean it. People were jammed into this thing riding skate boards and roller blades. It was much to my dismay that our basketball courts are lying empty, while skateboard parks are full of people.

This goes a long way in explaining to me about the youth of today's society. They are becoming more and more free spirits and sports like basketball and baseball need structure. However, riding a skateboard as well as playing video games are totally free of structure. People like that.

It also explains why basketball in this valley isn't all that good. People used to go out to the parks and work on their games constantly. Now in this video games, Internet and even skateboard society playing pick-up hoop games or even football or baseball games are things long in the past.

It's truly unfortunate.


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