by Takuma Steinberger (7/28/07 – ?)
Hello, I’m going to tell you about my first day of football. First, let me tell you what football is. Well, some people think of football being soccer, but it’s not. The football I’m talking about is different. Football includes catching, tackling, a lot of running, and a lot of push-ups and other stuff like that.
My fist day of football was rough. The team had to do like 5 laps because people were arguing about each other that first day. I realized that you do not want to mess with the coaches, or they will just make you do more push-ups and more laps.
I did not like football at first, but now after like 9 weeks I’m getting used to it. Our coaches always tell us not to argue with the other players because they are family. But I treat my family pretty badly, so their saying to treat other players like family-well that’s going to end up badly.
My team is very good. We are undefeated. Our best players are the reason we are undefeated. But I’m not one of those people. I’m not too bad. My coach says I’m pretty good at blocking, and he says I could be a really good football player when I grow up.
But I don’t think I’m going to be that good when I grow up. I don’t even want to be a football player when I grow up. I want to be an engineer or a doctor, but not a football player. I saw a lot of football games, and a lot of them people are breaking their ankles, breaking their legs, breaking their wrists.
That’s why I don’t want to be a football player, because I don’t want to break anything, and I also don’t want to do football because I don’t want to do a lot of laps or push-ups like they do in the NFL-or college, but NFL is more intense.
From reading this you might want to watch football, or even play it. Before I go let me tell you my favorite team. My favorite team is the Patriots or the Green Bay Packers. Well I hope you enjoyed this. I enjoyed writing it.

Editor’s note: I must disclose that Tak is my son. I confess also to correcting his punctuation, but I have otherwise changed nothing. One reason for publishing this youthful essay is to illustrate the fact that everyone can write for The Buzz – it is not necessary to be an accomplished writer, just to have something to say that can spur a conversation.
In this case, youth football is the subject, and it is a controversial one. Whatever we think of football as a proper sport for kids, though, we must acknowledge that it serves a positive role in the lives of many children growing up in our community. The Oceanside Pee Wee Football in which Tak participated is entirely run by volunteers – by the coaches, by the dads who help on the field, and the moms who help raise the money: the fee the kids pay is only about 15% of the actual cost, and no child is left out for inability to pay.
Tak and his coach Brad Galley will join us on WRFR’s Rockland Metro show this Wednesday at 5 pm for a conversation about youth football and about how volunteers help build our community.