|Bongi's, Duxbury MA|
Thanksgiving is here, and that means Football. Oh, there's also that Pilgrim stuff with the Wampanoags and the giving-thanks stuff, but the day is all about turkey dinners and football to anyone I'd care to hang around with.
Keep in mind, I hang around with some fairly shadowy individuals. It's all good. Whatever their flaws may be (and they are many), there will be turkey on the table and football on the TV. A lot of people only wish they were doing that well.
We won't be doing point spreads and over/unders for the high school games this year, for two reasons. One, I think it may be illegal. Two, the guy I know who knew the point spreads for high school games got murdered. Just another day in the office at Cranberry County Magazine: Sports Desk!
What we can do for you the reader is give you a good idea how the day is going to break down. With knowledge as finely-tuned as ours, point spreads and over/unders become redundant. The scores I tell you are pretty much what the IRL scores will be. OK, sometimes I get carried away with Duxbury.
We're covering what we feel our Cranberry County range is, so deal.
Also, remember that, even if the rain is done, the fields will still be sloppy. That drives down points a bit in a pro game, and it drives down points A LOT in a high school game.
I do think that the Football Gods will end the storm in time for football. "He can surely turn the tide.... he can push the tempest by."
Dennis-Yarmouth at Nauset
DY is 6-4, and has already tuned up 3-7 Nauset by 29 points or o a few weeks ago. Knock off a few points from the DY portion of that score due to the muddy field, and maybe let Nauset score an extra one on the scrubs once the issue is settled.
Durfee at New Bedford
Neither team is really lighting it up this year, but New Beige is hosting and that should make the difference. "Durfee" sounds like a particularly dumb Irishman.
New Beffuh, 21-13
North Attleboro at Attleboro
Yes, I spell them without the "orough" at the end, and I fully intend to. I do the same with Middleboro, Southboro, Keep in mind that my home town's name is a bastardized version of "Duck's Burrow."
Sharon at Oliver Ames
Sharon is 1-9, and-to be honest- there's not really that much need for me to look at how Olly A is doing this season. Let's say that, oh, 17 points is a brutal point spread.
Oliver Ames, 21-3
Franklin at King Phillip
KP is 9-1, and ranked #13 in the state. Franklin, uhm, isn't.
Blue Hills at Bristol-Plymouth
If you're going to this game, note that Bristol-Plymouth isn't actually in Plymouth. I think it's in Taunton or something.
Holbrook-Avon at West Bridgewater
I'm trying to word a joke along the lines of the Avon Lady getting married and getting one of those hyphenated last names,like Hillary Rodham-Clinton or Tully Banta-Cain. If I resort to telling you this, it also means that I'm failing.
Old Rochester at Apponequet
Guess where Apponequet is? Go ahead, try. I used to know all of this stuff off the top of my head when I covered HS football on a weekly basis, but those days belong to the past. For example, there is actually a New Rochester school, but I also forget what that one is. It may be a Catholic school or something. I think Apponequet is in Lakeville, by the way.
Seekonk at Dighton-Rehoboth
If you live over that way, you are probably well aware of the difference between Dighton kids and Rehoboth kids. One of them is probably wealthy, the other isn't... or maybe one school has black kids, who knows? What I do know is that these differences, which mean everything to D-R kids, mean nothing at all to me,
Hull at Cohasset
If there was a town named Huaven somewhere, Hull should play them on Thanksgiving, even if they are in the Berkshires. Similarly, it would be funny if a rich town like Cohasset or Duxbury pooled their resources and hired a pro coach to run the varisty. Maybe they could give them a seized coastal property to semi-retire in. I'd pay my share just to get John Gruden both at Duxbury High and off Monday Night Football.
East Bridgewater vs Rockland
I was never that into crack cocaine, but if I were, I'd try to get it in Rockland.
Abington at Whitman-Hanson
Before they took the name "Whitman," that area of Massachusetts was known as "Little Comfort." Also amaze your friends by letting them know that Whitman is where the chocolate chip cookie was invented, while Hanson is where Ocean Spray was founded.
Falmouth at Barnstable
Barney has been a powerhouse in recent years, but this is a good time for Falmouth to steal one on them.
Bourne at Wareham
Someone's walking out of this with 10 losses.
Marshfield at Duxbury
Duxbury, a South Shore powerhouse, is a home 'dog at the new stadium. Marsh Vegas is #3 in the state.
Bridgewater-Raynham at Brockton
Massasoit, the guest of honor from the first Thanksgiving, has a junior college in Brockton named for him.
Cape Cod Tech at Upper Cape Tech
UCT won a Super Bowl recently, and while those days are gone, they still have the moxie to handle CCT.
Middleboro at Carver
Sorry about the not-using-Borough thing, but "Middleboro" shouldn't even be mistaken for rhyming with "cough," Middy is #20 in the state, BTW.
Case at Somerset-Berkley
Somerset-Berkley is #16 in the state. Case is #1 in "most likely to lose big to a hyphenated school."
Coyle & Cassidy at Taunton
Coyle & Cassidy sounds like one of those 1970s singer/songwriter yawner duos. I won't bet hard cash on someone or something about which something like that can be said.
Fairhaven at Dartmouth
One half of the team here at CCM is from Fairhaven, which would generally lean towards me selecting Fairhaven. However, Dartmouth is 9-2, ranked 7th in the state, and Jessica never really reads the Sports stuff anyhow.
Greater New Bedford at Diman
Who Diman? You Diman! I hope it's pronounced like that....
Hanover at Norwell
I was very, very disappointed to be in the Hanover Mall a few weeks ago for the first time in like forever, only to find out that they got rid of the fountain. I can recall jumping into it after a quarter when I was like 5 years old, ended our mall trip and everything. I repressed whatever punishment I got for it, I'm good like that.
Scituate at Hingham
Hingham should, even before today's game, hire some pudgy-yet-agile Korean guy to perform "Hingham Style" at every game for the next forever years. I'd bet that Psy would even authorize use of the horsey dance to such a man. At the very least, the cheerleaders should have a routine for that.
Pembroke at Silver Lake
I used to date a Silver Lake girl, and she was as mean as a snake. I'd always tell stories about her temper to my current GF, until the former one had almost legendary status. Then, the two girls met... and Miss Silver Lake is nice, friendly, charming.... however, I'd still expect one of them to turn up dead if we shared a neighborhood.
Sandwich at Mashpee
Thee are too many 4 loss teams in the top 20 for 8-2 Mashpee to not be there.
Plymouth South at Plymouth North
We say it every year, and we'll say it this year, and even end with it..... the Thanksgiving game between the Plymouths should be a nationally televised event, as should be Plymouth's parade. If the right people were running Plymouth, this would already be happening.