Mad dogs

Near where I went to college.

Farm road in Champaign County, Illinois Españo...

Farm road in Champaign County, Illinois Español: Camino de granjas en Champaign County, Illinois (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun. Inhabitants of tropical climates know enough about the weather where they live to accommodate themselves and their activities to the whims of Mother Nature, rather than to ignore her. Only those ignorant of local conditions carry on as though they are still living in a cooler climate.

IMHO football is a cool and cold weather sport. In my youth in the Midwest, football was played in the crisp days of autumn and possibly early winter. Now practice begins in the steamy heat and humidity of high summer and our weather is becoming more severe. Rather than expanding football season earlier in the year and continuing it almost to the beginning of spring training for baseball, we should be thinking about a shorter season so that our youth and young men are not asked to risk their health. Every year some players succumb to the stress of weather and collapse. Let’s be smart about adjusting to changing weather patterns. Mother Nature has been here much longer than we have. We must adjust to her whims since she will not adjust to us.