WHAT: 57th TURKEY TUSSLE
WHEN: Thursday, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Rose Bowl
PRICES: Adult $10; Student without ASB $8; Student with ASB free; Senior citizens $5; Children 5-13 $5; Children under 5 free.
Can anyone guess why? Well, here’s the crux of the situation: Muir alumni didn’t want a PHS player posing with the Victory Bell. Simple as that. According to some Muir alumni, it was OK for a Muir and PHS to pose together for our Turkey Tussle magazine cover, but not a photo that also included the Victory Bell. As you can see from the picture above, we ran with the photo anyway despite a possibility that alumni would disrupt the photo shoot and carry away the bell. This all came word through Muir assistant football coach Darick Holmes, who relayed the message to me once the players were ready to take the photo. Holmes said he was OK with the photo, but that he was relaying information from alumni to me. My response was, I didn’t care much for what alumni thought, whether this photo was OK with them or not. I told Darick this photo is our magazine cover shot, and it’s the shot we wanted and we were going to get it whether Muir’s alumni fan base was OK with it or not. This cover shot also was for the current players on the team RIGHT now, the Muir players looking to extend its 16-game winning streak and the PHS players looking to end the long drought and record its first win since 1995. To not have the Victory Bell in the cover photo is no real argument. Having a player from both schools posing with the Victory Bell made perfect sense given that the schools are looking to reclaim the photo. When I was leaving Muir that day, I heard a Muir fan walk up to Muir coach Dave Mitchell and ask, in a not so polite way, why he let a PHS player pose with the Victory Bell. I was tempted to stop him on his tracks and give him our side of the story, but I wasn’t obligated to do so. And I would have done the same thing had the roles been reversed and we had a Muir player posing with a PHS player at PHS.