"The clock strikes 5 on a Monday afternoon. The middle-school-age boys walk up Halcomb Street, headed for the red brick house with the white door. Inside, the film from Saturday's game is loaded in the DVD player and paused on the flat screen.
If a boy wants to be a Clairton Bear, he'd better be sitting here with the town's midget league team. Twelve teenagers of varying size, development and attention span sit around the TV, packed onto small sofas. They snack on brownies and Starbursts as Corey Wright, a Bear from 1997 to 2000, pounces on their every error.
Taymier Jamison, bean-pole thin with the fitting nickname of "Feather," is up first.
"FEATHER!" Wright yells. "This is why I call you FEATHER! Watch yourself! You're way better than that, man! This is FOOTBALL! Patty cake, patty cake! Patty cake, patty cake!"
The team's quarterback, Noah Hamlin, piles on."