Sunday, December 05, 2004

Northside kicks STM's ass

Scrappy underdog high school football team wins 28-22 in double overtime, sends rich boys home

Richard Walker celebrates with family Posted by Hello

WOOOOOOOO-HOOOOOOOOO!

The [Northside] Vikings, who became only the second Lafayette Parish high school team to reach the finals, joining Carencro High which accomplished the feat twice in 1992 and 1996, will face John Curtis at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Superdome.

Supporters of Northside High say they hope the victory marks a turning point in perceptions about their school. “All we wanted to do is prove that not only are we humans that live on the north side, but that we have a very good football team,” Allen said. “It’s time that people realize that things have changed.”

For those of you not in Lafayette, just know this: Northside is the impoverished, African-American-dominated high school. St. Thomas More is the whitebread, rich-kid, ultra-private Republican school that actually sued to allow its kids to park in handicapped parking spaces! This matchup represented, literally, the opposite sides of the tracks; race riots have been known to break out at sporting events between the two schools. The division was further stoked by Advertiser reporter Jan Risher writing that Northside was seen as "a poor black school" while STM was seen as "a rich white school." For a while, it seemed that this controversy was being exacerbated by all sides. It didn't hurt matters that STM has a lot more bling-bling than Northside. But last night, at least for now, vindicated the school that just wouldn't quit. Finally, proof positive that money can't buy everything.

I have several friends from both schools--including Nick the Conservative Cajun, STM's gift to the blogosphere (and Murph too, just for balance!). So you can just about see where I fall on this game result!

Maybe there is a semblance of justice left in this universe after all...

14 comments:

The Manning Report said...

Damn, Nick went to STM. He just lost my respect.

Murph said...

Don't forget about yours truly, another product of STM. I always thought Northside kicked our asses back in my day, but maybe that new stadium and $150,000 scoreboard changed all that. But to settle an old rumor, jacked up Jeep Wranglers were not given out to all incoming male freshmen.

oyster said...

Heh, heh-- nice one Murph!

Umm, I know nothing about Lafayette football in particular, but I have lived in places (FL and TX) where high school football is hugely serious business. I cracked a smile at this story, thanks for sharing it.

Ian McGibboney said...

Murph, I am well aware that many, many people fall through the cracks at STM--almost as if being there made them better instead of worse citizens. You are not the only one I know like that, so don't think I'm slighting you. And yes, the Northside-STM matchup has been pretty evenly mixed. You just have to understand that after reading about these election results, and watching the Saints fall yet again through their apparent apathy, seeing this score really juiced my spirits. I apologize to any decent-minded people who came out of STM, though the principle remains the same--sometimes the scrappy people win.

Murph said...

Don't worry, Ian. I take no offense at all. In fact, as I read the post, I was rejoicing along with you. You've probably been to more STM football games than I have.

Nick said...

Icon:

Nice over-simplification of STM. And while I'm not going to deny that STM is probable mostly Repub, I think you'd be very surprised if you could actually see the voting records of the top "elitists" among the parents and board.

By the way, I went to the Panthers/Saints game w/ my g/f last weekend to go watch Jake. I wish you could have seen and heard all the Saints fans. They're not happy at all. In fact, most of them want to send Haslet and Brooks packing now. Little did they know letting Jake go would come back to bite them in the ass.

Ian McGibboney said...

Yes, I totally believe that a group of elitists would vote Republican, Nick.

I'm no fan of the Carolina Panthers, but all of these sudden Panther fans from Louisiana can really kiss my ass. I know it's impossible for us to have a winner ever (it's not all Haslett and Brooks, granted), but those people need to be what they really are, Jake fans. The only fans that disgust me more are LSU bandwagon fans in Lafayette. Not the casual ones, the ones who act like they own stock in the school when they go to UL and have never been to a Cajuns game, let alone Baton Rouge.

I blame Tom Benson. He's like J.R. Ewing, but less oily.

The Manning Report said...

We wont have Tom Benson to blame anymore soon, he's handing the team over to his niece or daughter or something.

Ian McGibboney said...

If anything comforts me in this life, it's a family dynasty.

Nick said...

1. Most of the elitist families that I know at STM swing Dem. I'm not saying they're liberal, but most of the "top ones" that I knew went Dem., part of the Blanco/Edwin Edwards wing. However, yes, I think that the majority of STM overall is Repub., I was just referring to the very top. Domingue ran for Clerk of Court as Dem, I think judge Duplantis is Dem. (could be wrong), and the Bowens are Dems.

2. A Jake Delhomme fan is what I am. That's why when I went look for a Jake jersey to wear to the game, I went to Bell's and bought the USL one. Nevertheless, I've been pulling for Carolina since week 1 of last yr. when he went into the game in the 3rd quarter. I think alot of people in Louisiana were just pissed off that the Saints never gave Jake a chance, especially during the last 4 games of 2002 season 2 years ago, where the Saints needed to win only 1 game to make the playoffs, Brooks was hurt and ineffective, but yet they continued to play him even though the offense scored 6 and 13 pts. in 2 of the last 2 games.

3. I hate LSU.

Nick said...

4. Though I resent much of STM, I'm still proud to say I went there. My coaches and teamates were great. I made some of my closet friends there. However, I would have to say that the "I'm rich so my shit don't stink" attitude was in fact the worst part. I guess that came mostly from the students who don't know the difference. They were born rich, lived rich, got the brand new cars, and are able to use easy parental connections for college and jobs. I guess I didn't mingle in w/ that b/c first, I grew up in a trailer park. So, I wasn't born rich. Second, even when my dad's business took off big during my high school yrs., he wouldn't allow me to act that way. That's why he wouldn't buy me a car right away, and when I did receive one during my Jr. or Sr. yr, it was my mom's old '89 Accord, damn good car, though, drove the hell out of it. I still remember cutting the neighbors' yards for gas money, while watching my dad go buy himself a brand new SUV for himself and telling him to kiss my ass...memories. Oh well, now I just bum them for food.

Anonymous said...

Ian,
Colin here. Okay,now that you are throwing football into the mix,I feel I am "mandated" to respond. I was thrilled to see NHS beat STM. As you know,I was involved in some heated games with both schools especially NHS,and let me tell you,the boys from "the Side" play much harder than "S.end T.he M.oneY"! And yes, the Bowens are Dems. for the most part anyway. I sing with one of them and he,like me is a thinking Dem,which I like to think most Dems are.I love the site and will try to post more often. Oh, P.S. I'm kinda disappointed that there is no mention of McKinley St. Function as one of your favorite musical groups.

Anonymous said...

Colin again,
I almost forgot.. I wanted to say that I am an LSU fan as well as a ULL fan. I have rooted for LSU since I can remember and I attended ULL. I don't see any problem with being an avid fan and supporter of more than one La. football team. And I know why lots of folks hate LSU, what with the massive majority of state monies going their way. Although I hate this phrase,I must say that it applies to this subject...dont hate the player,hate the game. La. politics, Rep or Dem, is the reason for this. But let's look at it in a different way.

LSU has had greater success when it comes to athletics.Massively greater success. It is in a much bigger (but not better) city than Lafayette,and probably has a greater economic impact on it's region. In addition it probably has a much greater expense account than other universities in the state. I'm no economist,but I have to admit that it does make some sense to me. I have no argument for those that dislike LSU for other reasons, so I won't go there. Just my 2 pennies.

Ian McGibboney said...

Colin, I get upset precisely because people don't seem to understand what you're saying, that support of both schools is possible. Granted, we don't have a whole lot of consistent football winners (unless we make our own, such as in high school); because of this, whenever a team shows any sign of weakness, Louisiana fans go elsewhere. We're a very finicky lot. But, to use UL as an example, how the hell can a team be motivated to win when faced with 20,000 empty seats at every home game? That is demoralizing and just continues the cycle of never winning. The fans then go to LSU--and their dollars as well, all the way to Baton Rouge.