March 30, 2005

Thanks Dad!: ESPN's Tom Farrey has his 1-year old son genetically tested in an article on gene research in sports. It's the lead in a new series by ESPN on youth sports.

posted by smithers to extreme at 02:14 PM - 7 comments

Parents should just their kids mold themselves and support them in what they want to do instead of molding them into something the parents want or their genetics might be geared for.

posted by jasonspaceman at 09:37 AM on March 31, 2005

Shame on you Dad. Your son isn't even old enough to express a desire to play a sport, any sport, and your already stacking the deck against him. I found great joy in just letting my 3 sons be kids. You are missing a part of his life you will never get to relive again. And what if your tests show something you don't like? A childhood steroid program? Make him into an athlete, whether he likes it or not? You can't live your life through him, let him live his own.

posted by volfire at 10:37 AM on March 31, 2005

Great link, thanks.

posted by patrickje at 12:26 PM on March 31, 2005

Great link, thanks.

posted by patrickje at 12:26 PM on March 31, 2005

This reminds me of the Mr. Show sketch where recruiting scouts for small community college athletics departments offer scholarships to two-year-olds, using stop-watches, mesauring parents height, even going so far as to use stethoscopes to monitor fetuses, etc. so that they can get the kids signed early and compete against bigger schools.

posted by the red terror at 01:54 PM on March 31, 2005

just let him be and do his own thing

posted by Jimbob1077 at 08:16 PM on March 31, 2005

That would be the classic "The Basketball Recruiters" sketch found in episode 5 of season two - "Operation Hell On Earth".

posted by the red terror at 10:29 AM on April 01, 2005

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