The Star Democrat
Fifty years after its initial home game, Cambridge’s annual Turkey Bowl is still going strong
CAMBRIDGE — They throw out names as if they were nonchalantly tossing around a lacrosse ball on an open field.
Craig Linthicum and Hubert Fiery. Brian Haumersen and Terry Felty. Michael Hurley and Ramar Clash. Bill Tall and Gene Robbins. Jimmy Higgins and Mike “Lipper”
Lipski. The brothers Bromwell, Brendan, Jarrett and Brice. And of course the good reverend, Pete Stanton.
Then there’s the three men themselves — Sandy McAllister, Steve Hurley and Mike “The General” Jones — seated at the end of a long table inside McAllister’s law office, looking over the assorted stacks of photographs splayed out in front of them and reminiscing about the Turkey
Bowl, the Cambridge lacrosse tradition that celebrates 50 years of play this Saturday. Fifty?
“Nobody even thought about it,” Hurley answered when asked if he thought the game — forever played on the Saturday after Thanksgiving on the field behind Sandy Hill School — would last this long. “Not until 40. At 40 it was like, ‘Yeah, can we do it?’”
McAllister initially wasn’t so sure.
“Thirty we thought it was probably tailing off,” said McAllister, who’s been absent only once in 50 years, when he was studying abroad in London. “And then the 40 was a bit of a surprise. But then we realized, well, what the heck. Fifty is just ….”
Jones never had a doubt.