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Op-ed column: Overprotective rules stifle healthy rivalries in school sports

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If you’re old enough to remember “Kill the Hill,” “Stomp the Swamp,” and “Red, Red Knock ’em Dead,” then you know that this area has a rich history of producing quality high school sports teams and intense school rivalries. Mont Pleasant vs. Linton, Albany vs. Philip Schuyler, Mohonasen vs. Draper, Scotia vs. Burnt Hills — the list goes on. Nearly every school had an archrival, and when they met on the field or court the ...


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JIMOCONNOR
January 12, 2013
9:40 a.m.

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Totally agree. Walt Pryzblo and Bill Baker would be out of jobs today. We'd be the losers for having missed the shows they threw.
Bill Kirvin, Don Blaha, and Larry Feldman told their B.G. basketball squads to use the pillars ON V.I.'s court as picks.

in the days of REAL WINTERS, and real school spirit, night games in GIBBON's gym had to be interrupted to mop the court due to condensation falling from the steel roof rafters it was so packed.

Back then there was a J.V. ref so old, he trailed every play, whistle in his mouth, eyes bulging, face red as a firetruck, team managers and trainers set bets on his having a coronary. However, the gent never missed an elbow, walk, or up-n-down.

Lastly, the only thing to look for on election day, is the crap they're hocking at Schenectady High's bake sale.

Thank you for your piece.

JIMOCONNOR
January 12, 2013
9:40 a.m.

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Totally agree. Walt Pryzblo and Bill Baker would be out of jobs today. We'd be the losers for having missed the shows they threw.
Bill Kirvin, Don Blaha, and Larry Feldman told their B.G. basketball squads to use the pillars ON V.I.'s court as picks.

in the days of REAL WINTERS, and real school spirit, night games in GIBBON's gym had to be interrupted to mop the court due to condensation falling from the steel roof rafters it was so packed.

Back then there was a J.V. ref so old, he trailed every play, whistle in his mouth, eyes bulging, face red as a firetruck, team managers and trainers set bets on his having a coronary. However, the gent never missed an elbow, walk, or up-n-down.

Lastly, the only thing to look for on election day, is the crap they're hocking at Schenectady High's bake sale.

Thank you for your piece.

Will1960
January 14, 2013
10:56 a.m.

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Excellent and humorous take on comparing High School sports in the late 70s and today. I took part in those wild football rivalries between Linton and Mont Pleasant on Election day as a fan. Those games embodied a school spirit that has been killed by overly protective administrators and parents. There's no going back. I am just thankful that I went through High School at a time when there was much more tolerance for having fun during those games on Election Day.

gina99
January 14, 2013
9:11 p.m.

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No rivalries, no school spirit, nothing to cheer about in Schenectady. The whole City stopped for the game that was a great diversion and alot of fun.

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