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Flag Football Playoffs: a Massive Marathon

Los Alamitos-Seal Beach Friday Night Lights youth playoffs start at 4 p.m. today: 1,452 players, 182 teams, 132 games.

Droves of young flag football players will compete at Oak Middle School in Los Alamitos today for what's being touted as "the largest one-night, one-location youth football event in the U.S."

It's the opening night of the fall season playoffs for the Los Alamitos-Seal Beach Fight Night Lights Youth Flag Football League.

The first 14 games start at 4 p.m., and 1,452 players—representing 182 teams—in first through eighth grades will compete Friday. The last games—14 of 132 for the day—begin at 9:30 p.m.  By 10:30 p.m., 134 teams will have been eliminated.

Friday Night Lights Youth Flag Football has 11,000 players participating in seven different leagues throughout Southern California.  

 

Panglonymous December 07, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Nice photo! (Is that war paint or a protective mask?)
Paige Austin December 08, 2012 at 05:32 AM
War paint! He is adorably ferocious.
Panglonymous December 08, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Indeed! What I wouldn't have given for rubber cleats back in the day at Rogers Jr. High. (Converse All Stars on dewy grass at 8am, not optimal) Look at that boy cut! :-)
tiny December 08, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Do you think adorably ferocious or mean boy would get one farther with the chicks, being that small?
tiny December 08, 2012 at 09:30 PM
The kid reminds me of myself. I was a late bloomer.
Panglonymous December 08, 2012 at 11:17 PM
I think if a small kid became awesome at balletic leaps (so good that he could leap OVER his detractors, for instance) or an absolute monster on the gymnastics high bar (a flier!) or he sold especially good pot(s and pans) after school (showing ambition that might make him a good provider) maybe. Gotta say, though, I don't remember any wee ones with either of the first two qualities. I do remember a kid whose father was a merchant selling things other than pot(s and pans) but he wasn't getting any (thing) more than nickels dimes and quarters, AFIK.

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