2014-01-10 / Columnists

An Intern’s Take

By Ilyassha Shivers

It's been almost a year and I am excited about my Wave anniversary. Who would have ever thought I would last this long? All I can say is thank you.

There are a few things in my life that I find great joy in watching and one of them has been football. As a child I fell in love with the game and was able to play pretty well up until my first year in college. After that, I was more of a spectator until seven years ago when I was bitten by the coaching bug. That lasted a few years until I was blessed with my first son. And now it's all about him.

I am not sure if I will allow my son to play football. The game that I grew up loving is no more. The game has become more about money than anything else.

This year as I watched the quarterback from Florida State avoid being charged with rape it was clear to me that there were other forces involved. In some states football has become bigger than life itself. No one knows what took place at Florida State but it’s clear that the district attorney of Florida felt that there was not enough evidence to file charges.

As Florida State played for a national title I decided not to watch the game. I am sure I will see the highlights but I have truly lost that passion I once had. It’s strange but I find more joy in watching youth sports than professional. I now have a daughter who plays varsity high school basketball and a nephew who plays jayvee.

So this has been a busy year. My other nephew is built to play football so for me it will be back to coaching. I look forward to sharing with my nephew and my son, helping them find the joy of athletics.

What do you think? Have major league sports lost its integrity? Send me your thoughts and comments to shiverswave@gmail.com. And don’t forget to read The Wave!

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