So, the mega-competitive world of youth sports, fueled by dreams of untold riches and the twisted vicarious aspirations of parents, has come to this: Avoid post-game handshakes, lest a post-haste skirmish breaks out. And why not? In a culture in which everything from toddler beauty pageants to crippling the global economy is an arena to showcase our petty jealousies, hopeless divisions and unyielding obstinence, it's the perfect lesson for kids. Take it a step further, Kentucky High School Athletics Association officials: Maybe a bright red jersey for the players without health care? All the better to help bullies, pouters and sore losers discern on whom to vent their endless supply of misplaced rage.
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