USA vs. the World in High School Football
The game, which will take place on Saturday, matches Team USA vs. Team World, with America's best high school football players taking on the best guys at American football from Europe and Asia.
If you weren't aware that Europe and Asia have high school football (other than the game they call football and we call soccer), well, you're not alone. I had no idea, either. But apparently there are some players out there who are pretty good, including a 6-foot-4, 258-pound German teenager named Bjoern Werner, who has scholarship offers from Florida State, Oregon and Cal. Werner will be there on the field for Team World on Saturday.
"I had to look all these schools up," Werner told the Sun-Sentinel.
Team World will be coached by a Swede named Jan Jenmert, and he says he has a wealth of talent on his squad.
"The guys in Europe are much more skilled and can do much more complicated things that they used to. They know the game," he said. "We have much more competent players than we did back in the late 80s, early 90s, because our players now have played a hundred times more more than those guys. Guys used to play for 4 or 5 years, the kids I have now on senior varsity, they are 19 years old and they've played 10-12 years of football."
Team World has some skilled players from Canada, and the organizers of this event put some of the top kids from American Samoa on Team World, just to make things fair. But I still have a feeling that Team USA is going to put a serious whipping on Team World. Last year at the Football Junior World Championship, Team USA beat France 78-0. I'll check out Saturday's game and report back on whether the foreign team could keep it any closer.