Some football players are way ahead of their coaches

Alan Greenwood

It may be suggested that we are lucky having gone this far in high school football training camps without reports of any health issues.

Or, if luck is not the reason, we should commend area coaching staffs for heeding calls to ensure their players are well hydrated and well supervised.

And, if players at Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga., are indicative, student-athletes stand poised to protect themselves.

According to reports in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Gwinnett Daily Post, players walked out of a recent practice to protest full-contact practices while dressed in shorts and the coaches’ failure to monitor proper hydration and signs of heat exposure.

The coach apologized to his team the next day, pledging to be more cognizant of such dangers.

Hopefully, that message has been received by coaching staffs everywhere.

TIME TRAVEL: Aug. 19, 1938: “Playing errorless ball behind the two-hit pitching of Doc Atlas, the St. Louis club defeated Londonderry AC at Holman Stadium 4 to 0. Atlas was never in danger at any point of the tussle. He struck out nine men. Sock Melanson was the heavy slugger of the evening turning two singles out of three times at bat.”

Where have all the Docs and Socks gone?

Any team that features stars named Doc Atlas and Sock Melanson is ahead before it takes the field.

SALE’S AILING SHOULDER: During his first trip to the 10-day disabled list, Red Sox ace Chris Sale shrugged it off and seemed downright rejuvenated upon his return. Sale worked five one-hit innings against the Orioles, striking out 12.

Even taking into account Baltimore’s awfulness, such a performance tends to suggest that a pitcher is well enough to perform. So when Sale went back on the shelf six days later, there was legitimate cause for concern among the masses. The theory that the club is simply resting Sale in hopes of avoiding his annual late-season struggles is tougher to buy, even if the team could hit the 100-win mark before Labor Day.

Maybe the angst churned by Saturday’s news is pointless. Maybe Sale will return and roar through September and October like the best pitcher in baseball.

If he doesn’t, the Red Sox’ spectacular regular-season could be shrouded by postseason failure.

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