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Teen Benched For Long Hair?

Society is doomed.

Make no mistake, people, this civilization of ours is going straight to hell.

Damn kids today with their Facebooks and their mall loiterings and their Dan Fogelbergs.  They don’t know anything about respect.  Back in the good old days, when this plane of ours wasn’t on fire and plummeting out of the sky, kids knew a thing or two about responsibility.

They had jobs.  And they respected their parents.  And dang nabbit, they cut their freaking hair.

Not like this 16-year-old loafer in Pincher Creek, Alberta Canada, whining because Bryan MacKenzie, his hero of a baseball coach, told him he wouldn’t be allowed to play this spring if he didn’t cut his hair.

“I have a rule on my baseball team, and I’ve had the same rule for the past six or seven years” says the coach/champion.  ”I tell the kids, have your hair at respectable length, and look like ball players.”

“I guess I’m old school,” he continued.  ”Why does it matter? Because I’m trying to teach these kids about some character, and some life skills…This isn’t about catching a ball — it’s about getting along on a team, and about being respectable young people…”

Predictably, this nanny-state hemisphere we live in has exploded with hatred for the coach, claiming that the teenager’s hair shouldn’t even be an issue.  That Liam Nazarek should just be allowed to play.

Allowed to play, they say.  Why?  ’Cause he doesn’t want to cut his hair?  ’Cause he wants to grow it out to such a point that he can donate it to charity benefiting children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments?

Well, I don’t want to wear the same, solid-colored tie to work every day.  But I do it anyway.  Because it’s not about fashion.  It’s about character.  And you can’t have character with flashy neckwear or long, flowing locks.

And you certainly can’t play ball.  I mean, sure, Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley figured it out.  And so did 3-time World Series champion Johnny Damon.  And $5 million a year Red Sox pitcher who threw a no-hitter in 2007 Clay Buholz.  But why should those examples matter?  The Yankees don’t allow long hair, why should the Pincher Creek Junior Dust Devils be any different than those millionaire superstars playing for their billion dollar organization?

See a video of the coach’s confrontation with the player’s mom and for the rest of my thoughts, head to NoTicketSports.com.

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