November 17, 2013 Leave a comment
File this under the old adage of this is why they play the games. Last night I attended the semifinal matchup pitting Holy Trinity High School of Hicksville, New York against my alma mater the Cardinal Hayes High School. The game was for the right to play Mount St. Michael for the CHSFL AA football championship.
The game was at first a struggle on both sides until the second quarter when it looked like the Titans were going to impose their will on my Cardinals. Penalties and mistakes looked to doom boys from 650 Grand Concourse as they trailed 14-0 at the half. Mount players even showed up during the game after their upset of St. Peter’s out on Staten Island. “We came to see how we’re going to play for the chip”, Mount players shouted in the most arrogant tones I’ve ever heard.
At the half I left my spot on the sideline to use the restroom. While waiting on line I witnessed a Holy Trinity player and a Mount player chatting it up. “We got this”, the Trinity player told the Mountaineer. “They’re (Hayes) soft. They’re scared. We’ll see you next week.” The Mount player echoed the same sentiments. What a pair these two were. I never said a word and kept it to myself until I told my fellow alums on the sideline.
Apparently the football gods heard all the BS these knuckleheads spewed. In the second half Hayes outscored, outperformed and outclassed Holy Trinity 31-7. They forced three turnovers and imposed their will on the Titans in spite of losing their starting quarterback Juan Cruz to a knee injury.
The audacity of these kids to overlook an opponent galled everyone. I know it was a long ride back to Hicksville for the Titans to say the very least. As for Mount their egotistical nature doesn’t surprise me one bit. Nothing has changed with regard to the Hayes-Mount rivalry and it never will. Correction, maybe something will.
The Cardinals haven’t beaten the Mountaineers’ since 2008 when they snapped a 30 losing streak. It looks like it may be time to change that. They’ve always felt they’ve had it like that. As if they can walk in grab the hardware and walkout with little or no effort put in. The culture fostered in their institution is one of let’s look past these nobody’s from the South Bronx. It has always been that way.
Again this is nothing new.
“I’m an old fashioned guy because I believe the name on the outside of a place ought to let you know what’s going on on the inside”, George Carlin once said. The legendary comedian who was once a loyal son and true, had a point with this statement he made in his standup routine. The name on the outside is embodies what still goes on inside of the building.
The most famous address in the borough still produces winners, leaders, scholars and then some. It’s been doing this for over seventy years. Just check the list of noted alums against theirs. I compare to a very Yankee like quality or even better that of the Cardinals for those who follow baseball closely. Those franchises honor their own very well as do we.
We’re everywhere. We’re internationally known.
As for the title game to be played on Thanksgiving of course I’ll be there. As will the rest of the men who make up one of the best fraternities in this nation. We look forward to this contest just like the current players do. As for the other guys I have a feeling they have no clue what’s in store for them.