8 man high school football is good for Maine

By: The Bam
Eight man football is about to become not only a reality in Maine, but soon, the norm. It’s a game changer for sure. This concept is used nationwide and in Maine it will without a doubt save programs from extinction while allowing other programs to be born.

I am already seeing social media outrage about this. Irrational people thinking that this is the worst thing ever. Comments like “why can’t they play regular football” or “wait 2 more years and screw someone else’s kid over”.

The ignorance behind this garbage is astounding.

I can’t for the life of me understand how someone could think playing 8 man football, as opposed to their school outright cutting the program, is screwing their kid. If a kid is good enough to play football beyond high school, switching to 8 man football does not change that. To suggest otherwise is just plain wrong.

There are several former NFL players who got their start playing 8 and even 6 man football throughout the country. In fact, Matt Mulligan of Enfield didn’t play ANY high school football and made it all the way to the NFL, via Husson and UMaine.

So for you parents who are losing your minds, chill out. Do a little research before spouting off. Check the calendar. It’s 2019. In this day and age, with all the video resources available to coaches and players, if your student athlete is good enough to play football in college, it doesn’t matter if he plays 8 man or 11 man football. If they are good enough, schools will find them.

If you are an alumni of one of these schools that is contemplating this, like me, then it is incumbent upon you to support your Athletic Director. An AD has a hard enough job trying to save his or her program without alumni trying to undermine their efforts. Like your mom probably taught you, if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything.

I can’t think of a single person who honestly would rather have no football at their school than have 8 man football. If you are that person, then shame on you. You are the worst kind of alum.

So, a big tip of the cap, or helmet, to the Athletic Directors and coaches in the state of Maine for doing everything they can to ensure that the great sport of football has a chance to grow. They are to be commended and this new, to Maine, concept should be fully embraced by everyone.

This is the Fourth and Goal With The Bam from www.sportschowdah.com

Jeff Solari

About Jeff Solari

Jeff Solari is the president and founder of the Sports Chowdah, Maine’s only free, weekly sports e mail newsletter. Recently, the Mount Desert Island native was the co-host of "The Drive" on 92.9 FM in Bangor.