We would like to congratulate the area high school sports teams for reaching the playoffs. For Galveston County, there are a good number of teams this year. While some teams have already been eliminated from the goal of winning a state championship, for others the goal is still in front of them.

Reaching the postseason, whether it be on the high school, collegiate or professional level is an accomplishment unto itself.

To some people, this might sound like an old cliché, but it isn’t. Consider how many high schools there are in Texas or colleges in the United States and do the math — many finished their seasons this past weekend.

But we have written on several other occasions that sports — especially team sports — is part of the interesting tapestry of America.

In 1942, during the height of World War II, many United States leaders, such as Adm. Earnest King, the commander of the U.S. Fleet in the Pacific, felt that in times of crisis, sports become even more necessary for the morale of a nation.

And athletic events are even necessary for the morale of a city or a region, we would suggest.

Less than a month ago, we — along with many people along Texas’ Gulf Coast — celebrated the Houston Astros’ World Series championship. That celebration, though, was only a couple of months after Hurricane Harvey devastated the area.

In some sense, to many, a chance to savor a victory as they tried to salvage their homes.

So, we suggest, let’s kick it up a notch.

This weekend, several high school football teams will be playing in the second round of the playoffs.

Even if you are not a sports fan, if you can, go to the game. Besides the stats and score, this is what you might also see:

• Your neighbor. There is time between plays when you can chat. There’s also a concession stand, while most don’t offer up a five-star menu, the fare tastes just fine in the stands of a football stadium.

• The teen you see walking down the street with a football or French horn in his or her hands. Halftime shows are part of the experience.

Consider it a two-for-one experience. You get to watch an athletic event and spend a night out with your neighbors.

Good coaches through the years have told their players that just showing is the first part of success. Ask American League Most Valuable Player Jose Altuve. He suffered through seasons where the Astros lost nearly two-thirds of their games. He also was on a team that won nearly two-thirds of its games.

In both instances, he showed up.

• Dave Mathews

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