Friday, November 26, 2010

East Brunswick Stuffs the Purple Turkeys!

NOTE: Thanksgiving and other commitments prevented me from doing the Yankees' and Mets' all-time regional teams for the moment. I'll get to them next. For now, I have to gloat.

I love Thanksgiving. Especially on those rare occasions when East Brunswick High School beats Old Bridge.

Bears 34, Knights 6! We beat The Scum!

Let the people rejoice!

Now, we are so happy, we do the Dance of Joy!

We didn't even need a "Hand of Clod" to help us: Jared Lynch rushed for 3 touchdowns, 2 of them long ones.

First time we beat The Scum at their Shithole since 1994. Counting their earlier incarnations as Madison Township and Madison Central, East Brunswick now trails Old Bridge in the all-time series 28-20-2.

From 1963 (their 1st season of varsity football and our 3rd) to 1974, we dominated, going 9-1-2. In 1969, Cedar Ridge High School opened, giving Madison Township 2 high schools and a Thanksgiving Day rivalry. In 1975, in order to avoid confusion with Madison Borough in Morris County, Madison Township in Middlesex County became Old Bridge Township, and the school's name was changed to Madison Central. The T-Day game didn't work out too well for Cedar Ridge: Madison won 23, Cedar Ridge just 2 (1973, their undefeated State Championship season, and 1975, the only season in which both Old Bridge schools beat East Brunswick, which owned a 16-3 edge over Cedar Ridge).

In 1994, due to declining enrollment, the town reconsolidated the 2 schools. Gone were the name Madison Central, its mascot the Spartans, and their colors navy blue and sky blue. Gone also were the name Cedar Ridge, its mascot the Cougars, and their colors green and gold. In came the single Old Bridge High School, a new mascot and colors chosen by a student poll: The Knights, black and purple.

And a "new tradition" was started: East Brunswick vs. the former Madison, which had usually been an early-season game, in the Sixties and Seventies often the first game of the season, became the last. So, only counting the games under the current name, and only those on Thanksgiving, The Scum lead The Good Guys 14-3, and, if you count games against a school that no longer exists (and had no home-field advantage, as Cedar Ridge never built its own stadium and groundshared with Madison), on Thanksgiving they are 37-5.

East Brunswick, the Bears, the Green and White, have played other teams on Thanksgiving. In 1963, our then-annual season finale with Sayreville was postponed due to the Kennedy assassination, and we played on Thanksgiving and won. After that, we didn't play on T-Day again until 1978. Most other schools in Middlesex County had established rivalries. So they took us, a town with one school, and Colonia, a school in Woodbridge whose other 2 public schools, Woodbridge and John F. Kennedy, were already established T-Day rivals, and put us together for a few years, including the 1984 thriller that saw E.B. come from 27-13 down at the half with 3 key players injured and win 33-27 to clinch the Conference Championship. And for a while we again played Sayreville on Thanksgiving weekend, although not on the day. Our overall record on the day is an awful 9-19, now 3-14 against Old Bridge.

But yesterday, we went down Routes 18 and 516, and we beat The Scum!

EB finishes the season 6-4, and, more importantly, we beat The Scum!

(To the tune of "Daydream Believer" -- thank you to several English soccer clubs and their supporters for the idea.)

Oh, you could hide beneath the seats
under smelly Old Bridge feet.
The Thanksgiving kickoff you'd never meet.

But the ball kicks off and flies
and you can't believe your eyes.
Another game where Old Bridge has been beat.

Cheer up, 516!
Oh, what can it mean
to a
sad purple bastard
and a
shit football team!

You once thought of we
as the losers from E.B.
Now you know we've got the

Whoa, and a good time starts again
at Route 18's other end.
The turkey tastes best in the town that's green!

Cheer up, 516!
Oh, what can it mean
to a
sad purple bastard
and a
shit football team!

We once thought of you
as a bastard through and through!

Cheer up, 516!
Oh, what can it mean
to a
sad purple bastard
and a
shit football team!

Or, also in the tradition of English soccer...

Fuck off, OBHS!
You know EB is the best!
Another year
you won fuck-all
and stay the fuck
out of our mall!

Q: What do you think of Old Bridge?
A: Shit!
Q: What do you think of shit?
A: Old Bridge!
Q: Thank you!
A: You're welcome!

And... We hate Old Bridge and we hate Old Bridge! We hate Old Bridge and we hate Old Bridge! We hate Old Bridge and we hate Old Bridge! We are the Old Bridge (clap-clap) haters! Ginker, ginker, ginker, ginker, ginker!

(To the tune of "When the Saints Go Marching In")

Oh, East Brunswick
is wonderful!
Oh, East Brunswick is wonderful!
It's full of tits, fanny and the Bears!
Oh, East Brunswick is wonderful!
Oh, and Old Bridge
is full of shit!
Oh, and Old Bridge is full of shit!
It's full of shit, shit and more shit!
Oh, and Old Bridge is full of shit!

Oh yeah, the Jets won last night, beating the Cincinnati Bengals 26-10.


Hours until Rutgers plays football again: 1, today, against the University of Louisville, at Rutgers Stadium. I am not optimistic.

Hours until the Devils play another local rival: 9, tonight, against the Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum, followed the next day by the first game of the season against the defending Eastern Conference Champion Philadelphia Flyers, at home at the Prudential Center. The next game against The Scum is Wednesday, December 29, at home.

Days until the next North London Derby: 92, Saturday, November 26, at White Hart Lane. 3 months.

Days until the next Yankees-Red Sox series begins: 133, Friday, April 8, 2011, at Fenway Park.

Days until Derek Jeter collects his 3,000th career hit: 211. (estimated: June 14, 2011, and it better be in a Yankee uniform! Hank, Hal, Brian, pay the man!)

Days until East Brunswick High School plays football again: 285, on Friday night, September 9, 2011, and the opponent and location are TBD.

Days until the Rutgers-Army football game at Yankee Stadium: 352.

Days until the next East Brunswick-Old Bridge Thanksgiving clash: 363. Oh yeah, I'm lookin' forward to it, especially since it'll be at our place instead of The Route 9 Shit Pit.

Days until the last Nets game in New Jersey: 514 (estimated).

Days until the 2012 Olympics begin in London: 570.

Days until Alex Rodriguez collects his 3,000th career hit: 918 (estimated).

Days until Alex Rodriguez hits his 700th career home run: 1,040 (estimated).

Days until Super Bowl XLVIII at the Meadowlands: 1,165.

Days until Alex Rodriguez hits his 756th career home run to surpass all-time leader Hank Aaron: 1,660 (estimated).

Days until Alex Rodriguez hits his 763rd career home run to become as close to a "real" all-time leader as we are likely to have: 1,774 (estimated).

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