Interesting bit on Pahoke.
well that's just, like, your opinion, man
Interesting bit on Pahoke.
that's terrible, sounds like our recruiting goldmine will dry up in 6 years.
I currently live in Palm Beach County (22yr), even worked in the Glades area(Clewiston, Pahokee, BelleGlade). This segment is full of half truths. Yes, some of the sugar giants (US Sugar) are closing shop, a few will remain or retool (Coop, Okeelanta) most of it is related to the everglades restoration. Though the sugar industry may be slowly disappearing, this is a farming community which has retooled and have enormous crops of corn, rice and orange fields and Lake Okeecobee draws fishermen from all over the country. I might add The area is not anymore dire than it was 22yrs ago, it's full of hard men and women that have overcome more severe obstacles than a few sugar facilities closing, plus work can be found just 30 mins east. This recruiting goldmine may eventually dry up, nothing last forever but I doubt it's around the corner.
If you ever get a chance to attend the "Muck Bowl", you won't be disappointed. The football is fast and hard hitting, but the intensity doesn't stop there. Just a few minutes in the stands will give you a clear picture of what the community thinks of muck football. You see high school football never falls very far from their heart, smack talking is done from young to old and regardless of when may have attended the school. They gamble, drink, and fight over this game. (It was a hugh eye opener for me) I being from the corn fields of the mid-west, never witness this once during my long ago high school years.
Barwis Training, Glades style:
Everything they do has a relationship to football.Have you ever wonder why there are so many speedsters in the Glades? I have a thought... My first few years living in Belle Glade I witnessed a feat you would be hard pressed to find anywhere else. When they burn sugar cane for harvesting, any animal that lives within the cane field comes running out (usually rabbits). I need you to picture these rabbits running in every direction in a 20-30 foot space and the length or width of a cane field at mach 4. These young men (learned very young) are able run down these rabbits by foot. It's a sight to see them changing direction in an instance, relentlessly pursuing. The best I could do was shake my head at those young boys walking home with 15-20 rabbits strung up as you might do after a long day of fishing.
espn article on pahokee a few years back.
good read if you haven't seen it b4
Good story...Thanks. It's still amazing to see in person, though.