Saturday, December 17, 2011

Tebow or Not Tebow?

It's a truism that we never know what the next day will bring. For two Long Island teenagers, a recent school day swept them up into a totally unexpected media hurricane.

Connor and Tyler Carroll, my nephews and godsons, are riding the whirlwind of overblown publicity that has engulfed what I view as a clear case of boys being boys.

The hallway prank at Riverhead High School took on "a life of its own," as Connor said. Dozens of classmates joined the fun, and the twins found themselves abruptly suspended for one day. Oops.

The school's justification, that the kneeling throngs were creating a safety hazard, is reasonable. But a heads up to the kids would have been the mature thing to do. The administrators are the grownups here. Why be so reactionary?

I spoke with the boys this morning, grateful that aunty could find a time slot available on their busy media interview schedule. I told them both to have fun with this unexpected adventure and also to try to fly under the radar for the rest of the school year. They're seniors, heading for college next year, and really don't need the aura of controversy surrounding the application process.

One never knows what the next day will bring. For Tyler and Connor, who knows? Maybe the first step to a career in sports.