January 8, 2009

'Put your clipboards away!'

The title of this post is why a bunch of Needham High School (my alma mater) students were banned from attending the next Varsity Hockey game this week. Really, NHS Faculty? Really?

an excerpt from boston.com...

Needham High School principal Paul Richards told parents yesterday that students will not be allowed to attend the boys' varsity hockey game against Framingham today because of rowdiness by spectators at a game over the weekend.

In the latest crackdown on bad behavior at area school sports events, Richards said in an e-mail that Needham fans at Saturday's game against Wellesley yelled chants and heckled representatives from the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association who were there to observe fans because of an earlier incident.

"Needham's student section chanted, 'Wellesley . . . Wellesley . . . you s -k' several times," Richards said in an e-mail to parents. "In addition, they chanted, 'Put your clipboards away,' to the MIAA reps who were there to observe our fan behavior."

Let's just say there's always been a rivalry between Needham and Wellesley (both towns about 20 minutes outside of Boston). In fact, its the nation's oldest public high school rivalry, look it up, its on google. Think of it as Needham representing the almighty Red Sox and Wellesley as the evil Yankee empire. For JQ Loungers, its just like the rivalry between Bayside and Valley! Beat ba beat ba ba ba beat go Bayside

I just can't get over how silly this is. I understand they must think that cheering on your sports team (who's leading Division 1 currently) is the gateway to drugs and online gambling.... but the only thing that irks me is what the Wellesley kids used to yell at us during all of our sporting events (including the infamous powderpuff girls catfight football game the day before Thanksgiving). "Hey Needham.. you're poor!" is the one that stands out the most. Which then Erica, a JQ Lounge Correspondant chimed in 'No.. I think it was more along the lines of "We have more money than you". I couldn't even make this up.

Am I the only one who thinks the ban is redonkulous?! Shouldn't people be focusing on the tougher things in life??

Put your clipboards away! Yeah, that's what she said.

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12 comments:

Yummy Mummy said...

As a former Juvenile prosecutor all I can think is that crime must be really really down because someone is looking for something to do. In an age where kids get killed in bathrooms (lincoln-sudbury), and assaulted on a daily basis is this really what we are concerned about?

Getting rowdy at a sporting event. Totally unheard of.

Donna Martin Graduates I say!

Erica C said...

Haa where did you find that picture of us?! Hello, 1998, can I please be that skinny again! Yea, this whole thing is a bit ridiculous....if the NHS facutly only knew what we used to do at hockey games (or fotball games or the Powderpuff) this whole current scenario would look like a Disney movie...and I have to say, I am proud of our "white trash, poor kids in the next town" roots! Wellesley can suck it...

WeezerMonkey said...

I like the high school pic. :)

Katelin said...

oh wow that's a little much, let the kids have their fun!

and i totally thought that hs pic was from sweet valley high or something, and then i saw you, ah. good times, haha.

emrlds said...

yup, this totally happened TO OUR THANKSGIVING DAY GAME! ugh, it was awful.

susan said...

It's out of control. You should go to a Catholic school hockey game- it's vicious and hilarious. Needham needs some perspective.

Andréa said...

WOW! I am utterly shocked at all the violence this "cipboard" comment insinuates :) Plus, I find this even funnier because my uncle and my cousins live in Wellesley :) Damn!

Matt said...

being immersed in these class wars throughout high school is what made me the champion of the underserved that i am today. I mean, it's hard to hear that sort of vitriol from the richest city in Massachusetts when you're from the second richest.

so, thanks swellesley.

Maxie said...

I think it's kind of crap-- I mean shouldn't they be glad that the kids actually WANT to go to the games? ugh. It doesn't sound like what they were chanting was that bad at all-- when I was in high school we were WAY worse than that.

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debbieQ said...

as a former Needham High hockey mom, I saw worse behavior by the coaches and other parents...Mr. Richards is going to happier times in London next year to an ultra elite international school in London where my nephew, JQ's cousin Ian is a student. Just see how those soccer games go with the pitbull, power parents cheer on their progeny...I was amused to see that Needham High was the school with the "censored" fans. Truly amazing...

R said...

That is just nuts-o.

Beat Bayside...ha ha ha!

Oh my...look at little JQ and friends! Love it.