This is the second week in September, and we all know what that means, right??? Yes ladies and gentlemen, the most infamous party ever planned is underway. Your City League Advocate's 15th Annual Birthday Bacchanal and Clam Bake is off to a roaring start. For those who are unfamiliar with the madness and the quasi-legal shenanagans that is the Birthday Bacchanal and Clam Bake, basically take about a few dozen free-spirited folks in their 30's and 40's, place them in an undisclosed location, pay off the cops to look the other way, and ply the revelers with as much beer and booze and other intoxicants as they can handle. Throw in guns, fireworks, a llama, 144 dozen cans of Reddi wip whipped cream, the cheerleaders from three local colleges and universities, a few strippers, a dozen virgins and a few pounds of high explosives, and you have Fu-un!!! Last year's Baccahanal was cancelled because of a visit from the Department of Homeland Security claiming that the festivities were a threat to national security, This year, no sign of the Feds means that the PAR-TAY is on!!!! The Advocate decided to get a little help with paying for the whole thing, so some of the signature events have title sponsors. The annual Virgin Chase will be sponsored by Viagra, The contest to find the Most Lethal Alcoholic Concoction will be sponsored by Jack Daniels, Pittsburgh Brewing, Guinness, Absolut, and Cabo Wabo. The llama is sponsored by Animal Friends, And the Army has graciously agreed to sponsor the Fun with High Explosives event. Some might say that the Advocate is selling to the corporate devils, The Advocate says : " Hey it ain't cheap to put on quasi-legal parties anymore, I had a hell of a time trying to find an insurance carrier that would write a policy that would cover me in case some crazy decided to point one of the provided anti-tank weapons at some little ol' lady walking down the street 300 yds away and cooked off a round. And the local constables raised their hush money payment this year. I used to be able to buy them off with all the Krispy Kremes they could eat, but they want cash money now so they can get a new cruiser."
But enough with the revelry and hinky doings that is the Annual Birthday Bacchanal and Clam Bake, and Happy Birthday to Your City League Advocate who turns a sprightly 45 years old on Thursday and surprising ly looks now worse for wear considering his advanced age.
The big thing in the City League this week is what happened in the Perry-Carrick game. Perry beat Carrick 12-8 which is a eye-opener in and of itself considering that in the last four games between the two schools, The Commodores outscored the Raiders 184-8!!! And The One Stars had to come from behind to win this year. The Advocate's world is about to be shocked!!! Perry got rocked by ECP in the lid-lifter 44-0 and apparently still hasn't recovered. Perry will have another chance to get their act together against the 0-2 Westinghouse Bulldogs on Saturday at 3:30pm. It would be easy to predict that Perry should score early and often against the Big Bads, but if they had to struggle against one of the City League's perennial doormats, what's to say that another last-place team wouldn't give the One Stars a run for their money. The 'House will be opening their City League season a week after everyone else because they got their non conference games out of the way in the first two weeks. The Sharon Tigers came down from D10 and beat the Bulldogs 35-7. The 'House scored first of a 31 yd TD pass, but Sharon took over and the 'Dawgs never had a chance.
Your City League Advocate ventured over to the George to see his Allderdice Dragons take on the defending City Champion Oliver Bears (yes it's still strange to say Oliver and City Champs in the same sentence.) Neither team was able to put up much offense in the first half, DaBears getting their lone score with a 67 yd punt return for TD by Terrance Morgan, and the Dragons getting their score from a 2 yd run from Robere King and the 2 point conversion made it 9-8 Dragons at the half. The second half, Oliver took advantage of some bad Allderdice play to go ahead 14-9 on a 4 yd TD run. After that, the 'Dice seniors on defense rallied to stiffen up the line and stop the Oliver offense causing the O to turn the ball over on downs twice in the half. The Dragon offense started to break open holes in the defense allowing Robere King to rush 15 times for 149 yds capping off his day with a 63 yard run that sealed the victory for the Dragons. QB Robert Travis, who had struggled all day throwing the ball, connected to Craig Williams for a 12 yd TD that put the topper on this win. RB Joe Short was suspended for fighting and won't be playing until the Perry game. What a way to show leadership!!! Feh! The way the team looked against Oliver, they shouldn't need Short for their next opponent, the Langley Mustangs. Oliver showed the loss of their championship form in that game, by committing a lot of penalties, they looked tired and burned out by the fourth quarter, and while they were able to run pretty well on the 'Dice run defense, the Dragon offense was also pounding the ball downfield very well.
The PG called it "The Quamane and Jermaine" show, and it opened to boffo reviews against the Schenley Spartans. The Brashear Bulls got am 8 yd TD pass from Quamane Bryant and Jermaine Robinson scored on runs of 2 and 1 yds. Bruce Patterson rushed for 108 and added a TD run of his won to bring home the win for the Bulls who are 2-0 on the season and will take on the Peabody Highlanders who opened their PCL season with a 26-7 win over Langley.
Your City League Advocate went 5-0 for the week and is know 14-0 for the season.
Friday September 14
Brashear vs Peabody
If the Brashear offense clicks against the Highlanders like it did against the Spartans, there's very little the Kilties can do to stop the Quamane and Jermaine Show.
Brashear by 20
Allderdice vs. Langley
A Short-less Dragon squad should still have enough offense to beat the hapless Mustangs 'Dice by 14
Schenley vs Leechburg.
Schenley goes out to Leechburg to play a non-conference game against the Blue Devils. The Advocate thinks that they should fare better than Langley. Schenley by 7
Saturday September 15
Carrick vs Oliver
0-3 won't look very good for DaBears if the Raiders showed the grit they showed against Perry. Oliver still has some weapons, but Carrick might make a game of it. Oliver by 10
Perry vs Westinghouse
The Advocate still can't get over how the Admirals just beat Carrick. Imagine what a win like this could do to the Bulldogs spirits if they could pull it off. Perry is vulnerable and it would take the game of their lives for the 'House to pull it off Still... Perry by 10
Depending on the work schedule, The Advocate might be heading out to the Friday doubleheader.