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Palo Alto drops a wild CCS football game to Oak Grove

Original post made on Nov 23, 2019

Palo Alto produced big plays and kept grinding away in its Central Coast Section Division II football semifinal against visiting Oak Grove but the Eagles had one more answer and beat Paly 40-36.

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Posted by Edgar
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 23, 2019 at 8:43 am

Well - the better team won and didn’t see much from the team this year that led me to believe they would go far. Not a fan of Gifford saying things might have been different with our missing players - don’t make excuses. Every team has injuries and probably saved us an embarrassing loss to Los Gatos which looks very tough and beat up the boys in the first game. Coaches needs to look in the mirror as this team underachieved big time. Hoping the ship gets a retrofit for next year - the boys played hard and did a great job, they can hold their heads high.


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Posted by Samuel L.
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 23, 2019 at 1:36 pm

Samuel L. is a registered user.

Coach says, "no excuses" and then goes on to make excuses.

Typical PAUSD employee


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Posted by RTB
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 23, 2019 at 4:29 pm



SOS. Seems like the thing Gifford consistently does in the post game interviews is pump his players to get them recruited.
Everything ties to the college admissions game, even post game interviews. Let's be real it's just a bunch of kids playing football.


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Posted by Rusty Shackleford
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 24, 2019 at 8:02 am

such uh immature comments, inaccurate too. pumping up for college recruitment? Passarello is already bound for Colorado, Shepard for Fresno State. If you missed seeing these great players at Paly, it is your loss. Of course not everything ties to the college game, most HS players don't go on, but will remember playing together on a really good HS football team for the rest of their lives. Wonder what RTB remembers?

I really don't see so many excuses Samuel L: Coach bottom lined it: 'they played better' didn't he? The other thing about PAUSD employees sounds like you have a different reductionist complaint unrelated to a football game.

Edgar, I think if you decide not to attend Paly Football games next year, to show your, uh, conviction? protest? I will not miss you most of all. Los Gatos did not 'beat up' Paly, it was a close game on their turf and there were unusual circumstances and partisan seeming referee calls involved. Had they played again, it would have been on neutral turf and Paly would not have been 'killed'. By the way, I listened to the 'better team' last night and their coach before the game, exhorting them to 'shock the world', and they did, by yes, playing better but being benefitted by many many turnovers. Some of their players were small, but deceptively good. Props to Oak Grove, but saying they were the better team, just sounds kind of like some sour Edgar pines for a former Paly coach from Los Gatos who...was not very good and produced multiple losing seasons before Gifford.

The team had a very good if less than great season. It's not a small thing or an excuse to point out just how many 10th graders were contributing big-time on both sides of the ball including at QB, RB, TE, and on defense. Why pretend this is 'every team' when it's not? Further, football hating parents in Palo Alto have non-sensically discouraged their kids from tackle football so their numbers have really been compressed. That's why, so many underclassman, even 9th graders were suited up for the Varsity this year. This again was not every team. Some places, perhaps more working class/less PC/less knee-jerk bitter? had the advantage of more tackle football support. Gifford should be thanked for all his earnest and talented efforts!




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Posted by YP
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 24, 2019 at 8:17 am

Congrats to Paly for a fine season, they never had much depth so injuries finally caught up to them. All their loses were close including to some of the best teams in CCS, Los Gatos, SI and Wilcox.

Public school coaches have a tough job, lots of time involved for little pay and then have to put up with petty comments from people like those on this chain.


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Posted by Samuel L.
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 24, 2019 at 9:11 am

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Rusty. He does say "they played better". Then he goes on to say it was at least in part because they had injuries. Why not leave it at that.

In your diatribe, you make excuses for the LG loss blaming "unusual circumstances" and, of course, the refs.

Parents have "nonsensically discouraged their kids from playing football"? Yeah, who needs science.

Very entertaining. Thanks Rusty.


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Posted by Edgar
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 24, 2019 at 10:14 am

Hi Rusty! You cover about every thing a person who makes excuses covers, so not much room to dig into your “homer - we got screwed” post.

Some great players on the team and they all played their hearts out in the loss to Oak Grove. They would have been steamrolled in the next game - with the key players they were missing (is outlined by Coach Gifford), how could they stand a chance?!?! Or is it because the enrollment numbers for just PA are down because PA is the only school who is being hit with orients wising you about the long term effects football can have on a player?

It’s tiring to hear from folks like you who make excuses for everything that didn’t go your way. Samuel was spot on - the coach made a compliment then cried about his players not being 100% I am sure every team they play has an unfair advantage with both health and the refs you mention in Los Gatos). How about focusing on the needless personal foul penalties they had against Los Gatos?

End of the day - season is over, just like Rusty’s mindless comments about the wrongs to the team.

Good season boys - pick it up next year...

Rusty - Thanks for the humor this morning!!!


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Posted by Karen H
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Nov 24, 2019 at 1:12 pm

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Congratulations Paly Football on a hard-played and heart-played season! Thanks also to all the fans and students that came out for the home game. Best of luck seniors!


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Posted by Rusty Shackleford
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 24, 2019 at 6:28 pm

Wingo! Did you guys just see the tribute to (Devonte Adams and) Paly football on Sunday Night Football? Pretty cool, I tell you what.

You're very welcome, Edgar. Humor is very important in life--I try. I don't think you are #18 Edgar, my Paly JV MVP vote this year.

I did not say Paly was the only town with parents who overreacted. No, not to science, life is dangerous, other sports are dangerous too. But overreacted to a motion picture entertainment by Will Smith, and when one nice guy named Jr. Seau combined mental illness with many years of PRO football and decided it was the same thing. It wasn't and it's not.
Let's put it this way, Palo Alto parents overreacted MORE than your average town's parents. Certainly more than parents in Texas and Oklahoma and Alabama and Louisiana and Florida----where they still have middle school tackle football but overreacted less. Isn't that safe to say?


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Posted by Bryan
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 24, 2019 at 11:35 pm

Paly football numbers are way down, our JV gets rolled with a running clock vs Wilcox and Los gatos. I remember when we had a freshman team, no more. A Los gatos parent told me they have 90 kids split between their JV and freshman teams, how are their numbers so high, do their parents disregard science? Just doesn't look good going forward when compared to Wilcox and Los gatos are two rivals in the division.


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Posted by III
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 25, 2019 at 11:11 am

III is a registered user.

obvious from many of the negative comments.
NO FORMER ATHLETES or COACHING EXPERIENCE THERE....
Or would know how difficult it is to be a varsity
athlete, student, and successful at both.
Congrats to the Paly Football team and Coach staff.
Long season, played and coached your hearts out.....
Haters hate.... Non athletes and non coaches, just are ignorant sadly.
With no experience, but in typing.
III


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