Overheard on CNN.com:  Too hot for football
Is it too hot to start football practice?
August 4th, 2011
05:51 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Too hot for football

Exchange of the Day:

"How many people have to die before people will put human life above a football schedule? Move the schedule back; we are starting football practice way too soon these days."–HPNIII

"Football practice always started 2 weeks before school starts, and, FYI, it is hot in the South. Note to self: keep hydrated."–turbay22

15 states under advisories as heat wave holds tight across South

Texas has been struggling with 100-plus temperatures and its worst drought ever, and at least three young athletes and a coach have died from the heat in four states. Most CNN.com readers wondered why anyone would hold athletic events in such heat.

chadley25 said, "In the South–and by extension, Texas–football is a religion. And, you know, if a few kids have to keel over and die in the pursuit of that 6A championship, well, it's a noble sacrifice. (Sarcasm!)"

bybyaol said, "What kind of depraved, irresponsible coach would make a a team practice in such ridiculous conditions? And then this race? Obviously people must die before the organizers say, 'Oh, hey, maybe it is too hot'!"

easytolove said, "We have to teach our boys to be tough! I say, get out there and tough it out. Show those other guys you're tougher than they are. Play football in the 100-degree heat until you beat out the other guy even if he has to fall down and needs an ambulance!"

MiaGia said, "I live in a little town about an hour from Fort Worth, Texas. These ungodly temperatures have placed the wildlife in a horrible situation. Deer are coming up to our house during the day, in the open, searching for water. There will be no acorns, no berries, no fruit, no pecans, not even seeds from flowers or grass for the oncoming fall and winter. It will be late spring before wildlife receive any relief. The situation is dire."

asdjklasdf said, "Well at least it's mostly red states suffering. Climate change denial karma."

Guest said, "Isn't it time Dallas and other cities stopped rolling miles of concrete and asphalt and instead start setting parks, greens, gardens? How about a little public transportation focus instead of the over reliance on the big trucks?"

Asklepios417 said, "I saw a cartoon once of a couple of dinosaurs grazing in a field. They see a massive meteor approaching. 'Oh it's probably nothing,' says one."

Six California police officers placed on leave in homeless man's death

Kelly Thomas, a homeless, schizophrenic man, died in police custody after having been beaten by six police officers. His arrest was captured on videotape, including his calls for his father. The police officers have been placed on involuntary administrative leave. CNN.com readers were outraged.

somfincute said, "This is just beyond horrifying." DoeEyedgrl replied, "Especially when you see the picture of what they did to his face. I can't get that image out of my mind." whatdoweknow said, "He must have loved and trusted his father, because he was calling 'Dad, Dad, Dad!' I guess at a time like that you would call out to the person you needed the most. It is the helplessness of those cries that are so haunting."

5xad0w said, "A man suffering a heart attack in holding is an 'in-custody death.' Beating a man beyond recognition while he is restrained on the ground is distinctly different." MPfilipina said, "So I'm supposed to believe 6 cops needed to make a guy's face and head like this to arrest him? Six cops with Tasers, and this is the result? I am the first to give the police the benefit of the doubt, but this one is hard to swallow. Raising your arms to stop blows to the head is not resisting."

RealSci said, "The son wanted to live homeless by choice. He was mentally ill. The parents got him into treatment and he was taking anti-schizophrenic meds, but then stopped taking them. You can't force a 37-year old to be institutionalized."

zoelawrence said, "The police were called to the area because they had a report of someone looking into cars. There was no proof that that person was Thomas. When they arrived he was sitting on a bench in the area, and initially they only wanted to question him. He's mentally ill and weighed 135 pounds, was unarmed, and begging for his life. They kept beating him after he was unconscious."

Behind Spider-Man's mask - a new, multi-racial face

Spiderman icon Peter Parker, who "died" in Marvel Comics' Ultimate Universe, has been replaced with a character Marvel Comics believes is more representative of the 21st century: Miles Morales, a half Latino, half African-American math-loving teenager who lives with his parents. Peter Parker, a white orphan from Queens, died in Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #160 fighting his arch-enemy, Green Goblin.

CNN.com readers argued over whether replacing Peter Parker was a good idea. olkvgn said, "For me, as an 'older' person, Spiderman will always be Peter Parker. That said, no art form can maintain the same tone and theme forever. I think this is a brilliant way to reflect contemporary times, and rejuvenate the stories."

BlackConvoy said, "Why are people so upset about this? This is a good thing. Alan Moore said a long time ago that the stories for a lot of these comic-book characters should have ended. He was right. When you have characters that have been around for 40-70 years you run out of ideas of what to do with them."

qed3deq said, "If you're going to kill off the current incarnation of a prime-time superhero, and replace it with a variation, he better be demonstratively different, or what's the sense of killing off the original in the first place?"

Many, like iReporter omekongo, said it would be better to create new ethnic characters than to change the race of one that is already well established.

omekongo: I'm not feeling a Black/Latino Spiderman

omekongo said, "Sorry guys, I'm not really feeling a Black/Latino Spiderman. I'm all for diversity, and poor white folks don't own the license on radioactive spiders, but I don't like the new Ultimate Spiderman story line. I want more people of color in the comic-book world, but I believe that new characters should be made with their own stories. I never wished for a black Wolverine or Cyclops. Conversely, I don't want to see a white Storm character. Make new diverse characters who are special in their own right and have their own histories."

Fillo agreed, "I almost see it as Spiderman in blackface. They should've just called him 'SpiderBro.' You're right on the money that if they want more minority heroes they should take the time to create new ones, not just choose a different ink when drawing one of the white ones. Very weak. No imagination left? Bring back Power Man, for God's sake."

citizenUSA said, "I don't care who they want to model a superhero after or update an image, but to dramatically recreate an existing one is absurd. We value our heroes for what they are, not how they look. It's like making a white version of Muhammad Ali."

Samuel1956 said, "And in related news it was revealed that Odie, the dog in the Garfield cartoons, will now be a pitbull."

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. leeintulsa

    Dallas has lots of big parks and great public transportation.

    And football practice before school starts – two-a-days they used to call it – has been around since football. This is an unusual summer, not an unusual practice.

    The hope is they all died doing what they wanted to do. That's all you can hope for.

    August 4, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • dorkus

      well I guess this is the first summer that it was ever hot in the south. who knew??????? thats a shock.
      what a bunch of PC morons and busybodies. lets make football illegal altogether and have the players take sensitivity courses instead.
      typical CNN losers....

      August 5, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy

    It *is* an unusual summer.
    That being said, I will repeat what I said on another thread:
    Any coach who doesn't recognize the signs of heat exhaustion should not be in charge of a team.
    Period.

    August 4, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sherriw

    The family should sue!
    There is no way anyone should be exerting themselves in all that heat. Young, old, etc, etc... Time out-...! Games can be played later. Human lives first! God bless.:-] Too HOT!

    August 4, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. leeintulsa

    Another hot one, but they said maybe wednesday we'll get some relief.

    August 4, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. gumg hoe

    Thats part of the problem in this county something happins well SUE YOU no where is there any place for personal responsibility I have a friend whos son is playing football and she made it very clear to him what the warning signs for heat sickness and what to do if you get them

    August 4, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Teri

    MiaGia, maybe you could put some buckets of water out for those deer...

    August 4, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BeBe

    Shouldn't common sense prevail when the temps get this bad. Is it that difficult to figure out. If the national weather service is advising people to take precaution, stay indoors, etc. what makes these athletic programs think it is okay to proceed with outdoor practices involving strenuous activity in record breaking heat??? And.. isn't this country in enough turmoil without having lawmakers battling over new rules, laws, yadda yadda , when god ole' common sense should be exercised?

    August 5, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. BeBe

    last sentence should state good ole' common sense. mispelled.

    August 5, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. cu

    Keep a small onion in your pocket if you are going to be out in the sun. The onion will absorb the heat keeping you safe. This is my grandmother's anecdot. This kept us safe during the summer. It actually works. try it you have nothing to lose. good luck.

    August 5, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ms. Banasy

    Your name is apt, dorkus.

    August 5, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. vrim

    Electrolyte depletion is dangerous. A lot of the teams give water only, but should be putting a couple of squirts of Gatorade or Powerade into those kids mouths. It doesn't take much to avoid the heart problems that can result when Electrolytes such as Potassium are completely perspired out of the body in the brutal heat. Loss of Sodium (another electrolyte) is another problem.

    August 10, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |