State bureaucrats have identified a potentially deadly hazard facing our children this summer - freeze tag.Steal the bacon? I thought that was what the pols do to us?
That's right, officials have decided the age-old street game - along with Wiffle Ball, kickball and dodgeball - poses a "significant risk of injury."
And classics like Capture the Flag, Steal the Bacon and Red Rover are also deemed dangerous in new state regulations for day camps.
"It looks like Albany bureaucrats are looking for kids to just sit in a corner in a house all day and not be outside," said state Sen. Patty Ritchie (R-St. Lawrence County).Some look back nostalgically to the carefree days of the past.
"I don't think Wiffle Ball is a dangerous sport."
Kimberly Baxter, 27, a medical assistant from South Ozone Park, Queens, said she played freeze tag with abandon as a youngster.But how many more knees must be scraped before there's government intervention? How many more of the children must suffer?
"I never got hurt, maybe scraped my knee once in a while but that was it," said Baxter, mom to a 1-year-old girl.