Tri-State area needs more trophy games

November 08, 2007|By BIG SYDNEY

You can tell Christmas is in the air.

This is the time of year that football games are being played for gifts.

That's the way it should be.

This is when college teams start playing their rivalry games for some sort of trophy.

Indiana vs. Purdue for the Old Oaken Bucket ... Michigan vs. Minnesota for the Little Brown Jug ... Cincinnati vs. Louisville for the Keg of Nails (I thought that was an alternative rock group) ... TCU vs. SMU for the Iron Skillet.

Wow. I think most of that stuff wouldn't make for a good yard sale, even in Dargan.

But it is what it is.

So, I was thinking. Why don't we have more of those games in this area?

You figure we could feature a Mercersburg Academy vs. Greencastle game as the Route 16 Bowl.

It would be the Blue Storm against the Blue Devils. All the fans would be required to dress up as Elvis, and the teams would play for Blue Suede Shoes.


It could work.

Or let's look into a round-robin rivalry with Jefferson, Williamsport, Smithsburg and Hancock. It would be like Notre Dame's tour of the service academies with the winner receiving the Commander In Chief trophy.

But this would be one with each team battling for their nine lives. After all, it would be the Cougars, Wildcats, Leopards and Panthers all facing off.

The goalpost could be traded in for scratching posts and the winner of the series would get a large bucket of Tidy Cat ... Multiple cat formula, of course.

Then you have St. James vs. Greencastle in the Moral Dilemma Bowl. The Saints vs. Devils meeting for a vial of holy water.

I guess we have one rivalry with North Hagerstown vs. South Hagerstown playing for the City Championship trophy.

I guess that heats up the city battle a little, putting that cup at stake in this big game.

It gives the winner something to show for the effort, more so than there has been over the majority of the past couple of decades.

In those days, the Hubs and Rebels seemed to usually play for one thing and one thing only.

A winning record.

On with the picks: Last week - 14-5 (.737); Overall - 147-43 (.774).



North Hagerstown 37, South Hagerstown 18

Smithsburg 31, Boonsboro 21

Williamsport 41, Clear Spring 13

Bishop Walsh 30, Hancock 12

Greencastle 27, Daniel Boone 13

Martinsburg 40, Bridgeport 21


Berkeley Springs 44, Logan 20


West Virginia 33, Louisville 23


Boston College 37, Maryland 16

Penn State 47, Temple 10


Steelers 34, Browns 14

Redskins 27, Eagles 17

Ravens 17, Bengals 13

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