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Monday, June 18, 2018

High School Rivals to Play Out Rest of 1993 Game that Ended in Tie

My buddy Robert DoBucki shared this story with me and I was just stunned when I read it. This is just like the worst thing that could ever happen to someone who’s still trying to live out their high school dreams. Take me for example — you can’t give a dude like me a baseball again, we gotta let go at some point. That apparently isn’t the case for Phillipsburg High of New Jersey and Easton Area High of Pennsylvania. The schools have played against each other on Thanksgiving Day every year since 1906 with the winner receiving “The Fork of the Delaware” trophy (the towns are separated by the Delaware River). So in 1993 the game apparently ended in a 7-7 tie since there was no overtime. I guess someone had the brilliant idea of settling the score from the ’93 game:

The gridiron grudge match will be played this weekend. There will be no ties this time around. They’re even breaking a century-old Turkey Day tradition, all in the name of who gets the bragging rights from that night so many years ago.

“Typically, you don’t get second chances in life. And to get this kind of second chance means the world to both sides of the river,” {Phillipsburg coach Bruce] Smith said.

We can thank Gatorade for organizing the replay of the game, and arranging for Peyton and Eli Manning to serve as honorary coaches. As hard as it may be to believe, ten thousand tickets for the dinosaur show sold in 90 minutes. I think they should invite Uncle Rico to do the honorary coin toss.

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