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Michael Healy

SEALS, Cowboys, and Little Tykes

Oct. 7, 2012, at 11:21pm

Back in August, I posted a reflection on Boys Love, Not Just to Hit, But to Get Hit.  Are Girls the Same?  In the meantime, I came across an article on the sports page, citing Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys, as having a similar attitude—inspired by the oath of the Navy SEALS. 

Witten came back from a spleen injury to help lead the Cowboys over the World Champion Giants in the first game of the year.  His toughness, dedication and grit were an inspiration to the team—much like the injured Willis Reed in game 7 of the NBA championship in 1970, beating my beloved Lakers.  Witten said he was inspired by a meeting with the Navy SEALS in San Diego during training camp.  He hung a section of

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Michael Healy

Boys Love, Not Just to Hit, But to Get Hit.  Are Girls the Same?

Aug. 24, 2012, at 2:49pm

When I was growing up, I was—unfortunately—a little guy.  Eventually I grew to almost six feet tall (never quite made it, had to settle for 5-113/4), but my growth spurt didn’t hit until the teenage years.  This meant that as a youth in sports I was always small.  How small you ask?  Consider the following.  In elementary school in Montgomery, Alabama, there were several levels of football leagues, depending on weight.  There were leagues for the big guys, the medium-sized guys, and the little guys.  The little guys were called the Pee-Wees.  Amongst the Pee-Wees, there were the big Pee-Wees (Blue) and the little Pee-Wees (Gray).  However, down below the Pee-Wees were the Termites: big

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