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BTP The Offseason, Day 18: Wear a helmet or don’t, it probably doesn’t do anything

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Bill Gregory Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt/Pix Inc./The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images

Please enjoy this guide to kissing, from 1923.

Let your hat go, but don’t be in a hurry. Words to live by.


Little kids in football gear has always been an amusing sight, and in the 1940s it was even funnier because the get-up looked like a bizarre costume. Pictured above is Bill, a standout tackle, apparently.

Bill Gregory, 8-year-old star tackle for the Wolf Pack football team in the Young America League for kids.

You ever think about how some names make it impossible to picture that person as a kid? Names that invoke an adult-level seriousness that is compounded by the fact that you never knew anyone by those names when you were growing up? Bill is one of those for me. Never knew a kid named Bill. Doesn’t seem like a kid could be named Bill. Larry is another one.

Soon enough there will be the reverse effect, I think, when kids with names like Kaiden or Skyler or Detergent age into prim-and-proper serious adult types in their 60s, and the dissonance will be overpowering. Mostly the current crop of celebrities will be responsible for this.