North Sports Report - September 26, 2014

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

Beautiful Rivalry

What is your favorite rivalry? Auburn/Alabama; Oklahoma/Texas; Yankees/ Red Sox; Celtics/Lakers; Ali/Frazier; Sylvester/Tweety?

Ahh rivalries… the pageantry, the excitement, the emotion, the undying effort, the eye of the tiger, the thrill of the fight, rising up to the challenge… there is nothing like it. This week, the North Sports Report revisited a rivalry that might top them all as the girls’ soccer teams for Hume-Fogg and MLK brought magnet madness to the field at West End Middle School. The effort of the two teams was matched only by the excitement of the fans. The student sections went all out with face paint, body paint, baby powder, trumpets (yes, I said baby powder and trumpets), school flags and clever cheers. The game is always close between these two, and this nail biter lived up to the billing. As professional sports teams worry about dwindling attendance and look for ways to keep their fans’ attention, they could learn something about a game day experience from this girls’ soccer game. There was no giant video screen, no fancy concessions, no highlights of other games, and no set of cover tunes at halftime. Yet, somehow the excitement rivaled any game in any sports venue. There’s a magic to it that everyone should experience. Go to a game!

Evening on the Eastside: A Spartan Homecoming

The North Sports Report arrived at Stratford for the football game last Friday and it looked like the State Fair had moved to the stadium parking lot. There were games, hot chicken booths, free hot dogs, an alumni table, and kids running around everywhere. Even elementary school PTOs had booths and were enjoying the fun. It was a carnival! As game time approached, the Stratford Marching band arrived and headed through the crowd toward Buster Boguskie Field. The halftime homecoming ceremony included a parade of alumni from seven different decades. I recognized some of the alumni including former Spartan and NFL star Cory Fleming and legendary Spartan hoopster and starter on the famed Ernie and Bernie teams at UT Mike Jackson. It was a great night of community support and school pride.

Football Friday September 26, 2014

This week, the North Sports Report heads to Antioch as the McGavock Raiders visit the Antioch Bears in a crucial district 12AAA showdown.

In other action:

  • Cane Ridge Ravens host Hillsboro Burros in another huge district game;
  • Hunters Lane Warriors ride a two game winning streak to Glencliff Colts;
  • Pearl-Cohn Firebirds and their star studded lineup welcome Station Camp;
  • East Nashville Eagles (outscoring opponents 208-0 this season) celebrate Homecoming as Ezell-Harding visits;
  • Overton Bobcats travel to Ravenwood;
  • Stratford Spartans head over to Father Ryan; and
  • Whites Creek Cobras venture to LaVergne.
  • Hillwood Hilltoppers and Maplewood Panthers are idle this week.

The MNPS home games are: at Antioch; at Cane Ridge; at Glencliff; at Pearl-Cohn; and at East Nashville (played at TPS). Go to a game!

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