One More for the Road; Serino’s Senior Class takes 4th Straight Super 8

Coach John McLean & Athletic DIrector Patrick Driscoll accept the Championship trophy with their team captains.

Coach John McLean & Athletic DIrector Patrick Driscoll accept the Championship trophy with their team captains.

Jon Gouin- Guest Correspondent

BOSTON-The Malden Catholic High Lancers have done it again. Another year, another Super 8, and another Division 1-A State Championship; that makes four in a row for those of you keeping count at home. It’s a feat which hasn’t been accomplished since a 1998-2001 run by Catholic Memorial.

So, it only makes sense to take look back at the 2013-14 campaign, before we look ahead, as it was certainly noteworthy for the defending and reigning champion Lancers. Flashback to December 28, as the top-ranked Lancers hosted then #2 ranked Austin Preparatory in the Christie Serino Christmas Classic championship game at Valley Forum.

The end result would be a 4-1 Malden Catholic victory in the tournament named for former head coach Chris Serino, who passed away in October of 2012, after a year-long battle with throat cancer. That year, the Lancers won their second straight Super 8 title, despite the loss of their leader and coach, and Serino’s impact would assuredly continue.

“He turned around Malden Catholic, he was ‘MC,’” remembered now-senior Nick Rolli. “Before he got there the team struggled a lot and within a year, Coach Serino coached them to the state Tournament. Then gradually, as time went on, he accomplished the goal to get to the Super 8. I think he is Malden Catholic.”

Just three days after the Serino Classic victory over AP, the Lancers took on a new and exciting challenge against an old foe. You might remember this writer taking part in Frozen Fenway, as Malden Catholic and St. John’s Prep squared off on the infield of the famed Fenway Park. It would be a 3-1 victory for the Lancers, and just another step on the journey that was the 2013-14 season.

The team shows off the newest hardware to their rabid fan section.

The team show off their ‘4’s’ to a rabid, colorful fan section.

After a 5-0 start, winning those games by a combined 28-8 count, the Lancers hit a bump in the road, dropping three-of-six contests. After falling to BC High, Delbarton (NJ), and Catholic Memorial, the ship would apparently be righted, as the boys reeled off eight straight victories to climb to 16-3. A final regular season setback to Cathedral (Springfield) would wrap up a 16-4 campaign, earning the Lancers the number-two seed in this year’s Super 8 state championship tournament.

After a 2-0 sweep of Catholic Memorial all but disintegrated any memory of the early season defeat, Malden would once again square off with Cathedral (Springfield) in the semifinal round. In almost storybook fashion, the Lancers would again avenge a loss, topping Cathedral 3-1 and earning their fourth consecutive trip to TD Garden in Boston, for a shot at yet another championship.

Junior center Ara Nazarian readies for the puck drop prior to a faceoff vs. Austin Prep.

Ara Nazarian readies for a faceoff vs. Austin Prep.

Junior center Ara Nazarian explained the Lancers mindset entering the tournament as three-time defending champions:

“We came into this Super 8 with the same mindset as every other year- we want to win. That’s what you’ve got to do, you’ve got to come in and say, ‘winning the quarterfinals is good and winning the semifinals is good,’ but you don’t stop until you win the championship. I think that’s what our mindset was, and I think that’s what you need to have.”

Squaring off against the Lancers in the final would not be number-one seeded BC High, who would have given Malden a chance to avenge another of its losses. Instead, it would be the 4th-seeded Austin Prep Cougars, who at 16-4-4 had upset BC High, 3-2, in a shootout in the semifinals.

“We knew they were going to come out physical,” Tyler Sifferlen explained, as one of four active seniors on the roster. “We just went out there and played our game,” he said of how the Lancers weathered the early physicality of the Cougars- who came out aggressive and throwing their bodies around.

It would be a scoreless game into the final minute of the first period when at 14:09 it would be Sifferlen to break the ice with his sixth goal of the tournament. Chris Hopkins and Nazarian notched assists on the play as the big senior came rumbling through the zone, from Cougars’ goaltender Elijah Harris’ left side. A back-and-forth stick-handle which reminded me of NHL 2001 on the PS2, and the Lancers were on the board, 1-0, as an entertaining first period came to a close.

Tyler Sifferlin, Mr. Hockey, skates by teammates getting congrats after tallying a goal vs. Austin Prep.

Tyler Sifferlin, Mr. Hockey, skates by teammates getting congrats after tallying a goal vs. Austin Prep.

“I’m just shooting it on net and working hard, just a regular game, went out there, worked hard and shot the puck on net, you never know what’s going to happen,” said Sifferlen of the goal.

The second period would start with a bang, as leading scorer Ara Nazarian made it a 2-0 lead just thirty-five seconds in. Nick Rolli and Jake Witkowski would get the assists on a pretty tic-tac-toe play that found Nazarian just outside the dot for a wrister that beat Harris and doubled the Lancers lead.

That goal would start a whirlwind segment of the game that saw MC pot three goals in 2:50 of game time. Rolli potted the second of the three at the 2:35 mark; just two minutes after Nazarian made it 2-0. MC now led 3-0 after the Rolli tally from John McLean III and again, Witkowski put the pressure on the Cougars.

“We had a game plan, we had Johnny McLean stand in front of the net- one of our bigger guys- and get a screen on Harris,” remembered Rolli of the play. “He’s a very good goalie, so credit Johnny ‘cause I don’t think Harris saw that shot.”

Father-and-son tandem, John McLean the head coach, and John McLean, the bruising defender share a moment with the trophy postgame.

Father-and-son tandem, John McLean the head coach, and John McLean, the bruising defender share a moment with the trophy postgame.

As if things weren’t going poorly enough for AP, the Lancers never let up, and the hard work would net a third goal just 0:50 later. Sophomore forward Matt Filipe got the marker as he broke in with senior linemate Brian Cameron 2-on-1, ultimately beating Harris for a 4-0 lead nearing the midpoint of the championship game, with 11:35 to play in the second.

“We’ve got four solid lines, forwards and ‘D,’” said Nazarian, “I think they were rolling three lines at first, then just two, so I think they just got tired,” the junior said of how Malden got things going offensively, and perhaps why the Cougars had gotten away from the physicality employed during a successful first period push.

Austin Prep would get on the board at the 3:39 mark of the period; just fourteen seconds after Filipe made it 4-0. Taking a pass from Anthony Cieri, Cam Russo put the puck past Alex Reissis (20SV, 3GA, W) on a rebound stuff, to make it 4-1 Lancers.

Young keeper Alex Reiss was superb when the Langers needed him most.

Young keeper Alex Reiss was superb when the Langers needed him most.

Just when it appeared the Cougars might be clawing their way back into the game, Sifferlen would strike again. Taking a third Witkowski assist and a second off the stick of Nazarian, Sifferlin streaked all the way to the net and beat Harris again, tallying his seventh goal in just four Super 8 contests- a tournament high.

That would conclude the scoring in the second period as MC took a 5-1 lead into the final fifteen minutes. “I was nervous about that,” recalled head coach John McLean II of the large lead. “I just knew the way they were talking in between periods and how they started the [third] period; that they weren’t mentally ready to play defense or play our hockey, we got away from our game.”

That comfort would allow the Cougars to creep back into the game as AP returned to its aggressive play that worked so well in the opening fourteen minutes of the championship. “Austin [Prep] didn’t quit, they could’ve; they could’ve packed it in but they kept coming and coming,” Coach McLean noted.

Prep's Robert Carpenter gets up from a big hit, but later made the Lancers pay.

Prep’s Robert Carpenter gets up from a big hit, but later made the Lancers pay.

4:39 into the final period of the season, Robert “Bobo” Carpenter- who’s committed to Boston University- made it a three-goal game with a power-play goal taking the pass from Andrew Cross. 4:59 later, at the 9:38 mark of the third period Carpenter struck once again, taking passes from Mike Eagan and Jake McKenelly to make it a 5-3 game.

“They had us on our heels, and truthfully, we were lucky to get out of that period,” Coach McLean said of the fevered Cougars rally.

At the end of the day, though, the lead was too great to overcome for Austin Prep and time ticked away on their hopes for unseating the now four-time defending champions. The clock would run out on the 5-3 victory and the Lancer celebration was on.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Sifferlen of winning four straight Super 8’s. “I’m just glad I could be a leader of this team this year. We worked hard all four years and we deserve it, you know? Everybody on this team worked hard, the coaches- great coaches- and I’m just glad I could be a part of this team,” said the team co-captain who will soon head to z UMASS- Lowell after a year in juniors.

The celebration erupts as the final horn sounds on the Lancers 4th straight Super 8 title.

The celebration erupts as the final horn sounds on the Lancers 4th straight Super 8 title.

It means the world, ever since I was a young kid, my father would take me to the Super 8 every “year,” recalled Rolli. “Just to be out there after watching as a kid is awesome.”

“It’s a win. We just try to win every game and try to get two points,” said Coach McLean of the win. “Like I told the kids in the locker room, ‘what did we accomplish? We got two points.’ It’s awesome, don’t get me wrong, so we’ll enjoy it tonight take some time off and see what we have for next year.”

“I thought it was a great season,” continued Coach McLean. “I went in and the first thing I told them is ‘You know, what am I going to say?’ and they’re going to say, ‘well, we didn’t play very well and we didn’t play team defense.’ You hate to say that, but you try to teach- and some of these kids are moving on- that they’re responsible for both ends of the ice.”

It’s no wonder that Lancers have been so good, as with coaching that never stops, it’s hard to not constantly be getting better as a player and as a team.

“It’s a great group of kids, they’re a team with a lot of people against them, so I’m pretty happy and proud of them,” concluded Coach on his squad.

Captains and coaches celebrate the big win.

Captains and coaches celebrate the big win.

This season, the Lancers were led by Nazarian, who totalled 22 goals and 35 assists for 57 points. Sifferlen had the second highest point total with 51, 25 goals and 26 assists. Line mate Jake Witkowski rounded out the top three with 34 points, 9 goals and 25 assists. Backstop Alex Reissis compiled a sparkling 2.04 GAA with a .902 SV% in close to fifteen total games of ice time.

“It means a bunch to me, I don’t know if this is my last year with an MC jersey on,” said Nazarian of the wins. “It was a huge win for us, especially our seniors. Four rings in four years.”

The Lancers wrap up championship number four with a 20-4 mark and look forward to another year as top-dog in the Catholic Conference and all of Division 1-A.

The 2014 Malden Catholic Lancers; the D1-A Super 8 State Champions.

The 2014 Malden Catholic Lancers, 4-time defending Division 1-A State Champions.

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‘Super Bad’; Northbridge High rocked in Super Bowl…Once Again

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SUPER SATURDAY, DEC. 6, 2014

 It’s that time of year again, Super Saturday. This year, Massachusetts State Championship Super Saturday fell on December 6th, and twelve high-powered high school football teams from across the state gathered at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, home of the New England Patriots, to decide the fate of six state championships; one for each of the six divisions here in Massachusetts.

For the third season running-and eighteenth in their rich history- the Northbridge Rams were one of the twelve teams on hand vying for a title, and for the third straight year, they failed…and once again, it was pretty miserable sight to behold.

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WHAT DID THE COACH HAVE TO SAY?

“It was a little embarrassing, you know?” explained the straightforward and legendary Northbridge High head coach, Ken LaChapelle, who just-so happens to be the winningest high school football coach in Massachusetts history (331-107-6), following the gut-wrenching and heart-breaking defeat. “We got outclassed; we were outplayed and ‘out-toughed.’ And I really don’t know what else to say.”

The Northbridge High School Rams Head Coach Ken LaChapelle.on a much happier day than this one happened to be.

It’s funny Coach, because apart from maybe commenting on your inventing a new word to describe the putrid performance, we don’t really know what to say either. It seems as though one of the most storied schools in state just can’t win the big game anymore.

Now just 10-8 in championship contests, the Rams have looked, well, embarrassing on the big stage in recent years. Losing these last three years by a combined score of 85-6 says one of two things: Northbridge just hasn’t been that good, or, Eastern Mass. teams are just a whole lot better than Central Mass. teams. Set aside their Super Bowl defeats, and you’ll see that the Rams have amassed a combined 32-6 record over the last three seasons, so it’d be awfully difficult to say that this team just isn’t all that good.

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QB Kobe Schofer shows his disappointment during a 36-6 loss to Abington on Saturday, Dec. 6th.

OH KOBY, THAT, MY FRIEND, WAS REALLY BAD

Junior quarterback Koby Schofer, who was NOT himself under the relentless pressure of the Abington defensive front (9-27, 80 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT’s) is surely sick of losing ‘the big one.’ Such sentiment can be clearly seen in the above photograph, which was taken at the conclusion of the 2014 Super Bowl State Championship game, a 36-6 loss to Abington High on December 6th.

In each of the last three years, Northbridge has been totally embarrassed in the big game, sadly after putting together terrific regular seasons and spirited postseason runs. So the question is: why and what happened? Losses of 21-0 to Grafton High in 2012, 28-0 to Bishop Fenwick in 2013, and 36-6 this year to Abington just cannot be explained away by mere ‘bad days.’

(Follow the maroon, blue and lime green links for game-specific stories covering the Rams repeated ‘Super’ defeats.)

327 AND COUNTING…BUT WHAT DOES THAT MATTER?

Nevertheless, the state’s winningest high school football coach with 327 wins, all at Northbridge High, cannot tell us why his team can’t get over the hump, despite having a squad brimming with talent and tradition.

“We’ll reflect on the season in a few weeks, but right now, we’re very disappointed. You go in 12-0 and if nothing else, you’d like to have had a little better showing than we did.”

The entire experience could be summed up during a during a nightmare, four-minute sequence at the start of the third quarter. The poorly timed combination of bad Northbridge luck, and easy Abington points that took place, quickly ended any and all championship hopes for the previously undefeated Rams.

“That was just a bleeding, poor animal, out in the woods, getting eaten up by wolves; that’s what that ended up being,” said an animated LaChapelle.

The  heart-breaking stretch saw the Green Wave lead balloon from 15 to 36, ending the Rams championship hopes.

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A little Rams fan cries during an embarrassing Super Bowl loss to Abington.

SO, WHAT, HA-HAPPENED WAS…

The bottom line is simple; it’s heartbreaking and inexplicable. Northbridge will only graduate six players from this year’s team, so in all likelihood, they will be the odds-on favorite to represent Central Mass in the 2015 Super Bowl State Championship game.

Should they get back for a fourth straight year, they will not only face becoming the Buffalo Bills of high school football (Buffalo went to, and lost, four straight NFL Super Bowls in the early 1990’s), but they will also have the chance to be first team in the state to reach the championship game four years in a row.

One has to wonder if the Rams will ever even want to go back to Gillette.

What do you think? If you’ve got your own opinion, please, leave a comment and let me hear all about it. Let’s keep it (fairly) clean and respectful everyone, lol. 
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When ‘Tweeting’ Goes Wrong

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A Valuable Lesson to be Learned

 As you can see in the above photo of Stephanie Rice, an Australian Olympic swimmer, Twitter can be bad for your career if you aren’t doing it right. It’s good to be sure that what you’re sending out when you hit, “Tweet,” is truly what you want the world to know about exactly ‘what’s happening,’ in your world.

Social media outlets are a fairly new and wonderful thing in our online lives and for the most part, there are plenty of positives which they present. But sometimes in the world of sports, the incredibly powerful 140 characters of Twitter can go terribly wrong. If you don’t believe me, just ask Bill Belichick, head coach of the New England Patriots…

On second thought, don’t ask Coach, don’t ask Coach anything…ever.

The Danger of Social Media Flubs

So instead, let me fill you in on just how wrong things can go when we let the world read our thoughts in 140 characters of un-checked opinion.

A quick search of the web can land you on page after page of news regarding ‘tweets’ that have landed rich and famous athletes in gallons upon gallons of hot water. The most troubling things you’ll find, is that no one seems to learn the one lesson at hand; Twitter is open to the public!

When posting 140 characters of opinion, be ready for the blowback.

What NOT to Do on Twitter

I recently learned myself just how badly things can go when you tweet the wrong thing and the wrong people see it. Upon the completion of a football I was covering at Westfield State College in Westfield, MA on November, 22, I made the biggest mistake of my brief Twitter career.

  • The short version of the story goes a like this. My tweet announced the final result of the game, “Shepherd Hill falls in Div. 4 State Semifinal, 36-20, to a classless Wahconah squad here in Westfield, Rams will certainly be back in 2015.”

Having used information I got via my on-field access and contact with coaches and players, I was informed that the Wahconah squad had behaved rather terribly throughout the contest, pre-game, and postgame and that their head coach even refused to shake hands as is customary at game’s end.

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Just One Word

This was a terrible mistake on my part. I took for granted the fact that I was there to cover Shepherd Hill, a team from nearby Dudley, MA, not Wahconah, a squad that plays nearly 100 miles from my home. Well, needless to say, when you’re tweeting, the world finds out, and they find out quickly.

  • It only took one search for “Wahconah” by a parent looking for game info to start the avalanche that ensued. “Shots fired from CMASS! RT @jon_gouin…” the angry parent wrote, while retweeting my post to all of his friends in Western Mass, including to the Wahconah Athletic Director and the school’s Twitter feed and fan support feed.

“The phone blew up like we were having a f-ing telethon”- Dave Chappelle

What followed closely resembled a telethon on my iPhone. Every few seconds I’d get a Twitter notification of a new direct message from another angry parent, who, in reality did not have the inside information that I did, only the ‘shot fired’ from my Twitter feed, but, that was all it took.

  • Needless to say, it took a lot of explaining, and an awful lot of apologies for that one word, ‘classless,’ and while in my heart I felt that I wasn’t entirely wrong in what I said, I knew deep down that perhaps I should have said it differently.

Lesson Learned.

In the end, the mistake cost me, just like a professional athlete may feel the blowback for his untimely or even despicable tweet. Sure, I wasn’t suspended, fined, or crucified on national television, but I suffered enough bad publicity in one night to really make me see the depth and capacity of Twitter’s reach. It really made me wonder, how can these athletes keep doing this? I know I’ll never make such an error again!

  • The moral of the story is this: know your audience. And when you’re on social media, especially instant media like Twitter, your audience is everyone. Everyone you’re considering, as well as everyone you aren’t. It only takes one person to link your circle to theirs, and their friends circles to their friends. Before long, you’ve angered dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of people just by speaking your mind, whether right or wrong.

    Just know who you’re dealing with when dealing with social media, as you truly never know what one little word may be the ‘shot fired’ that can ruin your day, week, month, or career!

Other Works Cited
Belichick Vine courtesy of: http://notsportscenter.com/vine-bill-belichick-scoffs-at-question-of-a-qb-controversy/
Silvers, Adam. (15 July, 2013). The 50 Most Controversial Tweets in Sports History. Complex Media, Inc. Web. 28 November, 2014. http://www.complex.com/sports/2013/07/the-50-most-controversial-tweets-in-sports-history/
Spongebob Vine courtesy of https://vine.co/v/On7KYbMv5Qe
To read about the Shepherd Hill Rams versus the Wahconah Warriors from the Massachusetts High School football Division 4 State Semifinals, at Westfield State College, on Saturday, Nov. 22, please check out the latest Webster Times, of Stonebridge Press Newspapers, at: http://www.webstertimes.net/pdf/WEB.2014.11.28.pdf.

How the MIAA is killing our Thanksgiving

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Northbridge celebrates a win in the D5 District E Championship, on Friday November 14, over rival Uxbridge.

Isn’t Thanksgiving Day Football Supposed to be the Pinnacle of Our Local Sports Love?

If you’re from New England, or even more so, Massachusetts, you may feel you have a certain inalienable right to claim Thanksgiving as your own. It was, as many know, Plymouth, Massachusetts where the Pilgrims landed, and in turn, eventually established the very tradition of Thanksgiving through a chain of events we’ve all come to know through years and years of school and family tradition.

Here in Massachusetts, there’s a little something else which we tie to Thanksgiving, something many sports fans feel they have an inalienable right to: Thanksgiving Day High School football. That’s right, high school football. This is the point in the blog where you, not being from these parts, has a nice chuckle while thinking I may just be crazy. Well, I’m not.

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Thanksgiving Day high school football has its tradition rooted deeply in the culture of this great state, and it goes back, in some cases, over 100 years. Rivalries between neighboring towns, neighboring schools, and in some cases, just places that don’t much like each other, highlight the schedule of games which grace the typically muddy, barren and beaten football fields across Massachusetts, in late November.

The list of games to be played on Thanksgiving could go a mile, and take up several posts in reality, but to boast the nation’s oldest, and the nations fiercest rivalries, is already quite enough.

First, the oldest, where the Needham High Rockets and Wellesley Raiders have carried on this time-honored tradition since 1882, a whopping 132 years! And secondly, the fiercest.

This is sort of tricky, because the answer really depends on where you are, or who you ask. You see, because in Massachusetts, every Thanksgiving Day football rivalry, is the fiercest.

That, is Where the Fun Lies.

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Were you to ask your faithful narrator/writer, he would tell you that the Northbridge Rams and Uxbridge Spartans is by far and away the fiercest high school rivalry in all the land, and he wouldn’t be too far off the mark. Honorable mentions would likely include Boston Latin versus English High (est. 1887), Malden vs. Medford (1889), and East Boston vs. Southie (South Boston).

Today, these rivalries mostly live on, but with the MIAA (Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association) and its’ new playoff structure, Thanksgiving Day football has become something much less revered.

Even sadder, they’ve become much less important.

Gone are the days where a Thanksgiving game could mean the difference between a playoff appearance & the end of a tough season capped by a loss to your most hated rivals.

You see, Thanksgiving falls at the end of the traditional schedule, right around Week 11. With a ten game regular season, then your T-Day game, the playoffs would rightfully start in Week 12.  It was all just so perfect that someone, or something would have to come along and mess it all up.

Enter the MIAA, and their new, seven-game regular season schedule. With such a change (instituted in 2013), Thanksgiving Day games have been rendered all but meaningless, and that, for many, is both sad and infuriating.

These days, teams play seven games, then enter into an 8-team, three-week postseason tournament to decide a District Champion (there are 4 Districts in the state, North, South, West, and Central). Each of those 4 winners play in a semifinal, and the two winners meet at Foxboro’s Gillette Stadium- this year on December 6th- to play for a “unified” State Championship.

That’s all well and good, but what about Turkey-Day?

Let’s look at Northbridge-Uxbridge. These are two very good teams, and that showed this year particularly, with the Rams and Spartans meeting in the District Championship game this past Friday night, Nov. 14.

Northbridge went on to win the game, without much ado, 25-7, earning their spot in the state semis. Meanwhile, the Spartans are eliminated from postseason play; their season over and completely meaningless from here out…except that in ten days, they’ll have to strap on the pads one more time, as these two teams meet again, and that typically historic Thanksgiving-morning clash will be played…for nothing.

Admittedly, Uxbridge will arrive, back at Lasell Field to play for the pride they lost the first time around, but the win will mean nothing to their season, except as a mere bookend to a 13-game season of what-ifs, and what-could-have-beens.

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“I don’t always urinate on team names, but when I do, it’s typically Uxbridge High School.” – The Most Interesting Calvin in the World

In the meantime, Northbridge prepares to play this coming Saturday, Nov. 22, in a gargantuan test versus the Western District champs from Pittsfield High School; this coming a mere five days before a rematch with Uxbridge looms; which to them the Rams, amounts to little more than a high-profile scrimmage.

Storied rivalries, dead in an instant.

Northbridge may not even play the majority of their starters this Thanksgiving- which would not exactly go over well for the hundreds in town to be with their families on the holiday, and many, specifically arriving early to catch a 10:15 a.m. kickoff that morning to see their alma-mater battle its’ hated next-door neighbors from Uxbridge.

Should they defeat Pittsfield, they’ll have bigger fish to fry than the already fallen Spartans, with an impending trip to Gillette Stadium just nine days the latter. If a starter or key contributor to get injured in a meaningless contest, and be lost for a state championship contest, how could one be happy?

How could a team prepare for a situation like this? Too often, high school athletes are looked at like professionals, especially around here. I realize we didn’t invent football, and we’re not the only place that has Thanksgiving Day football, but we’re certainly the only place who disregards its importance, albeit for just the second year ever.

Just play the game and deal with it

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They could, but if it were your son, would you want him to miss the chance of a lifetime; playing on the same field as the New England Patriots for a state championship, all because of an injury suffered due to some years-old tradition that the 70-somethings in town care more about than the teens? Something needs to be done, a change needs to be made.

We want our Thanksgiving football to mean something again. MIAA, I’m looking at you, and the ball is in your court.

Should you find yourself interested, you can read all about the specifics of the game mentioned in this post, Uxbridge @ Northbridge, from 11-14-14, in the latest Blackstone Valley Tribune. Please visit: http://www.webstertimes.net/pdf/BLA.2014.11.21.pdf.

Welcome to the Blogosphere!

Hello there World,

So, here we are, the blogosphere. It truly was inevitable; just a matter of time before someone pushed me to publish my thoughts and opinions without permission or filter- you asked for it! So now, as a result, you find yourself sitting on the edge of your seat, anxiously awaiting what comes next- well, so am I. Stay tuned to find out just what’s going on in this commonly uncommon mind, you just might learn something. Get ready, it’s coming! See you soon!

– Jon