We stopped by the Catholic Worker House in Cleveland after the kids second soccer match at the Micheal Zone Recreation Center here. I excitedly shared about their last minute victory in a “shoot out.” One of the volunteers, Joe Mueller (who is an anarchist), looked up and said that organized sports, for the most part, prepare youth to become “good capitalists and ready for war.” (That is, his point is organized sports, the way they are now, are ultra-competitive — like in the work place — and contain many components of war, including such terminology as: “shoot out, pitched battle, throw a bomb…”) Several minutes later, I asked Joe what he had planned for the next day. He said he was going to a friend’s place: “…to watch the Ohio State / Michigan game.” After a pause, I looked at him, oh, a little askance. He smiled and said: “It’s a total personal failing on my part… but I went to school at Michigan.” (Yet another demonstration of the existential depth of a Michigan fan.) There goes a few Wolverine votes come 2008, huh… Note: On a more serious side, Joe Mueller just came back from a trip to Iraq as a delegate on a Christian Peacemaker Team. He saw, first hand, some of the suffering on the ground there among the general populace, and was quite moved. Mueller is a peace activist, and prior to going to Iraq, he risked arrest with an act of civil disobedience at the Cleveland Air Show. He and another activist strung yellow “crime scene” tape around an F-18 fighter jet. His point was these high-tech planes could well be considered ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction’ — especially to all those (soldiers and civilians) on the receiving end of their missiles.