“You love Central.”
Central, Central, Central …
I never believed it. Yes, I graduated from CC, but it was a different school then (no girls).
Dick Licare was a young, inspirational English teacher/coach, a guy to look up to, a guy to run to Li’l Peach for SuzyQs for. The school has changed in epic fashion over the last 30 years (yes, I am blowing off the reunion coming up, too. i just don’t do them.).
After writing so much about one football game, CC’s win over Everett on Saturday, I just started to wonder.
I enjoyed Saturday’s win … a lot. As far as a non-basketball event goes, I put the game right there with another classic, just not the one Central coach Chuck Adamopoulos brought up.
That game’s only competition in my eyes was the 1992 Super Bowl win for Methuen with Cerami, Danella and Co.
Yesterday, with a little down time, I thought about that time when those kids caught Methuen’s attention and imagination … How mystical a day that was.
How crazy the town went. Hell, it was both towns, Reading and Methuen.
Chuck was right about Saturday, it was like a trip back in time, to a time when kids actually cared about their teams and schools.
i credit the Everett folks for that. That was a fandom that was young and energetic and knew the game.
Central’s crowd was great in numbers, but there were so many adults in it. The kids were so spread out, it was almost like they weren’t there … for a while.
The kids from Everett taught the CC kids a little something. They were into it from the opening snap. And by halftime, CC organized and was ready for battle. This went back to the days of Carson Desrosiers and the bowling strike at the hoop games. The Central kids stepped up, because they felt something special going on out on the field.
Yes, the parking stunk in Everett. I had to laugh when one of the other reporters was walking with a GPS to find where he had parked.
But everything else was incredible Saturday. I just wish I had the video or AD Ernie Difiore and assistant John Sexton’s jump/hug as the final seconds expired. Neither has ever gotten that much air before.
So no, I don’t consider myself a Central guy. By now, I’m an event guy. And if I could take in events like that every week, it would make my job a lot easier.