Published Saturday, September 14, 2013 AT 1:34 AM / Updated at 1:34 AM
Much ado about nothing
Mike Patterson Omaha World-Herald

A story ran in The World-Herald on Friday that detailed how the attire worn by students at a recent football game between two of the Millard high schools was deemed inappropriate by at least one fan.

I didn’t cover that game, but I have covered more than a hundred since moving to the prep beat in 2001. I’ve seen students come and I’ve seen students go, and I have to say I don’t know what all the fuss is about.

I consider myself a pretty astute observer and I’ve seen thousands of students attending games. Though perhaps I’m not as easily offended as one of the Millard school board members — he labeled the attire of some of the students “obscene” — I can’t say I’ve seen one student wearing something that I would categorize as such.

I’m not sure I understand the thinking behind the painting many of the kids do (or how they clean it off after games before bringing it in the house) but that’s harmless enough. I think you can also see more skin at the swimming pool in the summer than you see at a football game, especially once the weather starts turning cooler.

I think it’s a positive when students show up to support their teams, and should be commended for it. As far as what they wear (on what was an unseasonably hot opening weekend), it didn’t seem over the top to me.

Students could be doing far worse things than cheering for their school’s athletic teams. So let the kids cheer, and let’s not nitpick over how they look doing it.

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Mike Patterson is a staff writer for The Omaha World-Herald and covers Nebraska high school sports. You can follow Mike on Twitter (@mpattersonOWH) or email him at