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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Can't get enough of the jamboree

Football season got off to a rousing start in Bossier Parish on Friday night, with the annual jamboree at Airline High School drawing thousands of fans from six schools.

If you're a fan of football, you couldn't help but get caught up in the pageantry of the event. The kids were rowdy (and were even ordered to sit down several times by the public-address announcer), the parking lot was full and the concession stands were humming with business.

Sorry, baseball. But football is America's real pastime. And even more so in the Deep South.

As a native of Texas and having spent much of my early professional years there, this was my first go-round with jamborees. I left quite impressed with the enthusiasm on the field and in the stands.

But the quality of the games left a bit to be desired. That's to be expected, however, since they were all glorified scrimmages.

I'll spare you the minute details of the jamboree here. You can get an update about the Bossier jamboree online: http://www.shreveporttimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070825/SPORTS0101/708250344/1001/SPORTS

But three kids who really caught my eye last night were: Benton running back Bobby Thornton; Parkway running back Torian Lindsey; and Parkway defensive end Glenn Heard.

I expect to hear a lot more from them in the following weeks. Bet on it.


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