An open letter to the 2014 Overton Mustangs

Men, I hate to break it to you, but your fate is sealed. Yeah, the experts all agree: the 2014 Overton Mustangs will finish “next to last” in District 11-2A competition and thus will be unable to reach the playoffs. It’s written down somewhere, so it must be true… right? Surely these people know what they’re talking about. C’mon, if Dave Campbell’s Texas Football and TheOldCoach.com’s Friday Night Football say it’s gonna happen, it’s gonna happen. Right? Obviously they’ve done the research and looked at all the evidence to come to an objective outlook on the coming year.

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An open letter to the 2013 Overton Mustangs

As a rule, when it comes to sports — especially youth sports — I try to give the kids the benefit of the doubt and save my sharpest criticisms for the coaching staff. The coaches understand this, it’s part of the job. If you win, everyone thinks you’re a genius. If you lose, they think you’re a bum. Tale as old as time.

However, Friday night’s wretched performance is more than I can bear. Against my better judgment I’ve decided to point the full force of my observation to what I believe to be the most grievous weakness about this team. All in the hopes that by publicly drawing it to your attention — and speaking for those who came before you — it might provoke in you the sting of shame that every proud man who wore the green and white now feels.

But first, a few words of praise.

That’s right — before I take you to task, I want set a few things straight.

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A “new” Masculine Ideal?

It may be considered bad form for a newspaper writer to cop to reading another publication, but I don’t mind fessing up to being an ardent devotee of the ol’ “Gray Lady.” I make time each weekend to greedily devour The New York Times.

Skimming over the fashion and arts sections, I tend to spend most of my reading on the harder news and views of the day. But this Sunday was something different.

In the “Style” section was a spread featuring the growing trend of fashion designers transitioning from frail boyish models, who have dominated the scene in recent years to something a bit more solid and masculine.

Guy Trebay, author of the article, explained that the current ebb in the economy has encouraged many designers to tap into the psychology of “work.” That is, many are ditching slim and youthful for strapping and even a bit grizzled.

Quoting remarks from the publisher of a popular men’s magazine, Trebay makes the argument that, in times of economic crisis, customers will often look for a brand that best represents stability and productivity.

Namely: strong male figures who look presumably like they hold a job and can provide a living for those in their care.

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