Obviously I'm in complete agreement with you guys–it's too bad that the kids get this kind of pressure. This should be fun. Especially the post-season. It hits a little close too, because I coach some of the younger brothers and sisters of these kids, and they will be in the same fishbowl in a couple years. Not to mention one or two of my own, should they choose that path once they are in high school.
The tundra itself is getting more bushy (no pun intended)–shrubs are expanding their range to former low-standing plant communities. Permafrost melting. Glaciers receeding at an alarming rate.