Friday Happy Hour: Fanatical Parents & School Assemblies

Jason English

Every Friday, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want. Very casual. On to this week's topics of discussion...

1. The other day my daughter and I were playing in the grass near a junior varsity girls' soccer game. While I chased her around the field, I kept hearing one very loud voice berating the players. "What are you doing? Get your head in the game! This is HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER, ladies! This is embarrassing!" Sounded like a pretty intense coach, but he turned out to be a really crazy parent, ranting and raving behind the net. (I know this because he got on the coaches, too. All class.) I'm not sure how another mom or dad (or a stroke) hasn't taken him down. What's the craziest parental fan behavior you've witnessed? Sports, band, theater, or any other extra-curricular where the parents come watch.

2. A few weeks ago, we discussed our most memorable field trips. But what about the times the entertainment was brought to us in school? What were some of your best or worst school assemblies?

3. It's great to have Bud Shaw of The Cleveland Plain-Dealer writing a monthly column for us (here's his archive). He's gathered an extraordinary collection of anecdotes in 30+ years as a reporter and columnist. We'd love to add a few more veteran journalists to the rotation. Any local favorites you think we should approach?

4. This week's Superlatives of the '00s question: what company that launched this decade has had the biggest impact on your life? (Can be a store, restaurant, corporation, small business, or any other entity that exchanges goods or services for money.)

Have a great weekend!

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