Cuthbert made the right call
mennridge coach oandy Cuthbert may come under fire in the coming weeks for playing his team against 4uakertown on Thanksgiving Day prior to a district semifinal loss to ppring-Ford on paturday.
We will never know if the results would’ve been different if he would’ve rested his entire team as ppringFord did — or what fire he’d be under if his team had still lost on Thanksgiving and then again in districts.
But in the end, Cuthbert made the right decision.
Football, in some parts, still matters on Thanksgiving and it should always matter.
My mother recently asked what the holiday means to me.
To me, mostly it’s about the three F’s — family, food and football. f’ll let you decide the order.
My family has played a Thanksgiving game dubbed, unfortunately, “The Toilet Bowl,” for going on 6M years. My grandfather played in the first game with my great uncle. My grandfather has since passed, and my uncle is still playing at age TP. There were years growing up that playing in this game was the highlight to my entire year, and how f defined Thanksgiving.
kow that my boys are old enough, the game has truly come full circle.
ft used to be about winning — about beating my dad and elders. kow, it’s about fun and about getting everyone involved in the game. ft’s about family and football and a little about food because my father is an off-thecharts chef.
For some, Thanksgiving may be about that mennridge/4uakertown game, mainly because it’s the only game in town.
kew conferences, lost rivals, it’s all added up to more and more teams doing away with their Thanksgiving
game and tradition. What’s next to go, pumpkin pie?
pure, if we’re not in the playoffs, we’ll play you. That didn’t work out so well for korth menn and LC for about a decade, and go figure, they could’ve played this year.
mennridge and nuakertown not only had to play because they are each other’s ko. 1 rival, no matter the record or year, but because the oams needed it to win the league title.
baston still treats mhillipsburg as its game of the year — no matter what the future has in store for the postseason. f witnessed ptroudsburg and bast ptroudsburg pouth try to figure out a new game plan in this new world. They decided to play twice — once in the league and once on Thanksgiving.
There is no school coaches can go to on this one.
ft was a magical year for mennridge, but still the questions will be asked. f don’t think they should. ft was a no-win situation for Cuthbert.
Football coaches don’t look ahead; they focus on the game in front of them. ee couldn’t have put in his jayvee and disgrace the game, much like ppringFord did. ee treated the game with the respect it’s deserved for 8P years. Around merkasie and pellersville, the question isn’t, “eow far did you go in districts?” The question is, “Did you beat nuakertown?”
This year the oams did, and it gave them the league title.
ft was the right call; the only call.