The elephant in the room has to be addressed… and it's a huge elephant.
It's going to take a minute to unpack this issue but stay with me.
Parents, teachers, principals and coaches preach the perils of social media. Kids are tired of hearing the lecture, I get it. But if you are ever going to listen to anyone… listen to the MEDIA.
It's a learning curve. Over the past several years, it's seems like teens have learned to not self-sabotage themselves on front-facing social media platforms. What that means is that all of the stupid stuff kids want to show off is on their PRIVATE STORIES and ACCOUNTS and DIRECT MESSAGES. It's not for everyone to see, but it can still be screen-shot. Duhhhhh.
This isn't just for athletes, but for cheerleaders, band, theatre, dance teams – it cross-cuts every part of the high school food chain.
College kids, you know better, so you are on your own.
Unfortunately for some premier athletes in our area, they have learned the hard way. But there are thousands of others who have felt the wrath, who are not as high profile.
First things first -- kids are kids. I get that also, but you have TO DO RIGHT. You are the face of the PROGRAM – a QB on the No. 1 team; a District MVP and a DI-commit. You have so much to lose.
We aren't going into the details because it's all been well-documented.
Here's the new life we live in. Everything you say or do when a camera phone is in the vicinity – can be Snapchatted, Tweeted, InstaStoried or Tik-Tocked. It's like having an ESPN or TMZ camera in your face all the time. After a game, in the locker room at a party, in your car – all the time.
Do you understand that? Read that again and let that sink in…
People are looking for followers, people like to stir the pot, people are looking to bring others down. KNOW YOUR SURROUNDINGS. You better know who's around you and what their agendas are… and that is virtually impossible.
I'm all about pranks. I'm kind of that person – a jokester. But I'm old and know where the LINE is. You don't.
I love a little smack-talking too, but it's a double-edged sword. You don't know when ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
So, what is the answer?
Don't be that GUY or GIRL. The best defense from being brought down by social media is DOING THE RIGHT THING, ALL THE TIME.
It's so simple.
If you are going to act like an idiot, think twice, because everyone is watching. When you or someone else clicks send, you better be ready for the onslaught of social media trolls because it's coming 10-fold. You've opened yourself up for truths and lies of the mediasphere.
Save yourself and take my advice.
Every year, new athletes emerge.
That's the natural process in high school sports. This year is no different.
Sophomore RB Jaydon Blue of Klein Cain was not a name on the radar coming into the season. Now he's pulling DI offers and leading the Hurricanes to school history.
Last season, Cy Lakes QB Sofian Massoud was playing in the Bronx, New York. Fast forward to now and he's lead the Spartans to new heights throwing the ball.
For years, Conroe has been a bump in the road for their District 15-6A foes. Not any longer. QB Christian Pack is the top dual-threat QB and Michael Phoenix is the city's top WR.
Check out this week's updated stats.
CLASS 6A TOP 10
Jaydon Blue, Cain, 961 Yards
Dylan Campbell, Strake Jesuit, 872 Yards
Braelon Bridges, Klein Collins, 867 Yards
Demarcus Barlow, Aldine Davis, 820 Yards
Quajon Charles, College Park, 780 Yards
Aldyn Bradley, Spring, 769 Yards
Christian Pack, Conroe, 728 Yards
Jacob Henriquez, Pasadena, 716 Yards
Julius Loughridge, Mayde Creek, 713 Yards
Ron Hoff, Katy, 669 Yards
Sofian Massoud, Cy Lakes, 1,709 Yards
Jalen Morrison, Heights, 1,675 Yards
Gavin Esquivel, Clear Falls, 1,616 Yards
Eric Rodriguez, Travis, 1,576 Yards
Troy Yowman, West Brook, 1,565 Yards
Christian Pack, Conroe, 1,544 Yards
Conner Weigman, Bridgeland, 1,511 Yards
Caleb Weaver, Jersey Village, 1,441 Yards
Jalen Milroe, Tompkins, 1,369 Yards
Brice Matthews, Atascocita, 1,355 Yards
Michael Phoenix, Conroe, 816 Yards
Daniel Dishman, Clear Falls, 715 Yards
Dwight McGlothern, Klein Oak, 710 Yards
Parker Washington, Travis, 672 Yards
Dylan Goffney, Bridgeland, 613 Yards
Troy Omeire, FB Austin, 596 Yards
Clyde Bellow, Deer Park, 586 Yards
Thaddeaus Johnson, West Brook, 569 Yards
Jeremiah Aaron, Pearland, 554 Yards
Khaliq Abdul-Mateen, Cy Lakes 549 Yards