The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

The Rave

October 5, 2012

Protect teen athletes from public criticism


From the recent developments with NFL replacement referees, we know that even the most-tested refs have a hard time sorting out the confusion on the field and sometimes have to go to the videotape.

The NFL professionals, of course, conduct all this in a highly public environment where enviable compensation softens the blow of exaggerated criticism.

It is right to shield teenage scholastic athletes from high-voltage criticism.

We (the collective community "we") can accept some best intended missteps in the worthy effort to shield teenage athletes from criticism or embarrassment. Seems like a principle worth preserving even if circumstances mean that effort is a little contrived or silly at times.

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