After reading Dan Kimber's column of Aug. 13 titled "Athletics can be 'touchy' subject,'" I can't help but wonder if he was at the last Hoover High School football game.
The many in attendance would probably have a contrary opinion about his assertion that "school spirit, which often rallies around the football team, has all but disappeared from Hoover High School." That last game of the year versus cross-town rival Glendale High ended in victory. The spirited celebrations after the game and the spirit on campus the following week were apparent to those paying attention.
Yes, more victories would foster more spirit, but sometimes a single victory against the cross-town rival is enough.
The column goes on to say that the addition of wrestling may be advantageous since many of our Hoover High kids come from a part of the world where wrestling is a major sport. But, the lack of interest in football, which should be explained the same way, is not. Rather, this column cites Hoover coaches as saying the lack of interest in football is due mainly to "spoiled, pampered young men on campus not up to the tough standards of a full contact sport."