Sport: Universal Touch

From coast to coast, on asphalt playgrounds, backyard lawns, city streets, municipal parks and seaside beaches, the newest sports craze in the U.S. is the old game of touch football. The sport that once belonged to the nation's scurrying small fry has suddenly been borrowed by grownups with a yen to work off energy, ease aging legs into shape, sweat out a hangover, or realize Mittyesque dreams of gridiron glory. Touch has lately become an obsession with college kids, wheezing gaffers, giggling secretaries—and, of course, the entire clan of President-elect John F. Kennedy,...

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