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Letter: A special game

I had already written the rough draft of this “editorial” before I read Jason Butynski’s article in the Tuesday’s edition of The Recorder. I now have to greatly revise that piece, but the message is still the same.

By halftime, I had sensed that I was watching a football game that was something special. I didn’t realize how special and near perfection this game turned out to be until I walked across Veterans Field and saw John Olari and Zack Bartak conversing and hugging each other. The other Turners and Greenfield players doing the same. I almost broke down at that point — remembering Thanksgiving Day games of the past; when you could feel the animosity (hate?) between the two teams and fans.

Jason was right. The environment there was something very special. Beginning with the quality of play by both teams on both sides of the ball (offense and defense). Good clean football with no foolish penalties and no on-field bickering or fighting. Fans were enthusiastic but in the same token respectful to the opposing team. Even the referees seemed non-existent, which, as you know is the ultimate compliment to a ref.

I just hope that God would have given me the same insight and vision, if the score had been reversed. Why don’t I just come out and say it, after watching over 30 of these games: This was the PERFECT FOOTBALL Game. What the heck; it was produced and directed by Touchdown Jesus!

BRUCE R. DION

Turners Falls

TFHS Class of 1967

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