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Palo Alto and Gunn high schools suspend football rivalry

Original post made by Crescent Park Dad, Crescent Park, on Dec 12, 2012

Paly and Gunn are going to take a two year break due to "lack of competitiveness". The issue has been under discussion since spring 2012.

See the Paly Voice article here:

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Posted by Carly
a resident of Esther Clark Park
on Dec 12, 2012 at 1:08 pm

The students could care less about this issue, so why should we"????

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Posted by YeOldeDad
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 12, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Better for everybody. Though the kids at Paly did get up for it - applying a whooping to Gunn on a regular basis. Probably not great for Gunn self esteem of its student-athletes.

Other sports are a different situation.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Dec 12, 2012 at 6:32 pm

I am very saddened by this news.

I think the competitiveness or lack thereof is the wrong way to look at this.

My Paly kids, who were ex JLS, love attending this game. They are not interested in football, but love the atmosphere and the small town feel of the game. They buy t shirts, wear school colors, meet up with pals from Gunn that they know from JLS days, or Little League or AYSO days, they tailgate, they know the players, the band members and it is one of the highlights of the fall.

Yes, they know and the Gunn kids know that this is a onesided game, but that doesn't worry them. They try to guess by how many, laugh together with old friends, and for one evening they feel like small town kids having an evening of fun.

Playing a different team is not going to produce this evening of fun. Competitiveness is not something we should expect all the time for them, for one evening, it is not about the game, but about the event. It is not about watching the game, it is about the experience of comeraderie in town. They call it the "Little Big Game" because that is what it is. It is cross town rivalry, friendship, stress relief and high school memories. Taking this away from our kids is taking away something important. Something more important than football.

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 12, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Trivia: The original "Little Big Game" that involved Paly was the annual Thanksgiving game played between Paly and Sequoia at Stanford Stadium --- at the time, those two schools were the only ones in the area!

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Posted by Paly Alum
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Dec 12, 2012 at 11:58 pm

I completely agree with "Parent" that the evening is an annual social gathering. We older Paly alums enjoy attending also.

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Posted by Mary Carlstead
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 13, 2012 at 10:49 am

In its recent classic rivalry, Navy beat Army last week 17-13 for its 11th consecutive win. Over those years Navy had 57 wins, 49 losses, and 7 ties. Or to look at it another way Army had 49 wins, 57 losses, and 7 ties. But win or lose, that is one of the most traditional football games ever and a thrill to watch. There is no way that Army Brass would stay home and sulk because it lost more games - in a row. or Navy stayed home because it got bored at winning!!

In the late 70's Paly wasn't doing so well either - my late son was #65 on that team , and in the early 80's Paly had some problems then along came a transfer student - Jim Harbaugh. And Paly 'took off'. When we moved here eons ago, Little Big Game - Sequoia and Paly was played at Stanford Stadium - on Thanksgiving Day. This "no-play decision" was not a good one for teaching students, that if you don't win, you stay home. Because you'll never know when your time will come and you will be "king of your sandbox."

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 13, 2012 at 11:35 am

Can't resist: Go Navy, Beat Army!