Fun fact: I spent three years as the head varsity baseball coach at a high school in Iowa, back in the days when I wanted to be a teacher/baseball coach. During that time, which also included one season as the freshman coach, I witnessed plenty of crazy parental behavior.
There was the lady who determined her son (hitting .196) should be the DH over the kid hitting .302. The rationale? He has more power. Ooookay. I also was screamed at by a dad whose kid — an all-state catcher — was used as the DH in the second game of a doubleheader after catching in 97-degree heat. A college coach was coming to watch the kid behind the plate in the second game. Both father and son had failed to mention that. My bad, apparently.
So I’ve seen some crazy in my time. Jack Hall, father of Boston College guard Ty Hall, might out-crazy them all. What the hell makes you (1) build that thing and (2) wear it in public? The mini-helmets, the whirligigs on each corner, the lights, the pennants … the crazy-ass look in his eyes … yikes.
In related bonus coverage, this was the photo I was originally going to use. Note the use of both shiny and dull helmets, as well as the pants from Oregon’s last uniform set.
In completely non-related bonus coverage, this photo makes me laugh. It’s a nose bidet, and it’s apparently quite fun to use. Here’s more info. Think of it as a reminder to keep your nose clean this weekend. — Bryan