The Corner Forum
Sunday, Nov. 2, 2003
Issue #54

Tentative Plans Set for Neighborhood Football Game, Pending City Approval

By Ellery Vaden, 1348 Emerald St. NE

In this interview with Marc Borbely, 536 13th St. NE, Mr. Vaden describes plans for a neighborhood football game on Thanksgiving on Kingsman Field. Currently, the field remains closed to the public, but over the next few days Mr. Vaden will be speaking with the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation about opening the field. He will update readers on his progress in next week's issue.

He asks that everyone who is interested in helping to organize the game come out to a meeting on the Kingsman basketball court (between 12th and 13th, and between D and E) at 11 a.m. next Saturday (Nov. 8).

Basically, it would be a Turkey Bowl that we used to have when we went to school. We would try to start at 11:30 on Thanksgiving morning, up here at Kingsman, on the football field. We want to have the little kids, ages 8 to 15, play. We'd probably let them play up to 35 — whoever scores up to 35 between them, that's their game.

If the little kids are playing, they have to come with a parent. Right after the little kids, the older people will play. Basically, it's a play-at-your-own risk. We're not gonna have no fights, no nothing up there. If you can't have good sportsmanship, ain't no need to play. Just be careful — and we're not responsible.

And it would be touch? Or tackle?

Tackle.

For both games?

Mmm hmm.

All right. And when was the last time you guys had a Turkey Bowl?

Man, that's when Kingsman was still a school!

So we're talking more than 10 years.

Longer than that.

Basically, anybody who wants to could take part in it?

Anybody who wants to play, yeah. But like I said, you got to have good sportsmanship — we're not having no fighting up there. If you can't take a hit, don't play.

Anyone else organizing it?

Well, it was just something — we thought about it, and since we didn't have a block party — we said, let's have a Turkey Bowl. And so all the guys thought it'd be a good idea to have a Turkey Bowl. The guys that used to live around here are gonna be around here.

Now here's a question coming from a wimp: when the high schools play, they got all the padding and stuff. They got the helmets and all that. You guys — how are you gonna do it with tackle?

Just regular clothes. No pads, no helmets, no nothing — the way football first started out. Just physical condition.

And you want people to know so they can come out and play, or watch?

Yeah. Watch, play, it's all about fun. Try and get the old people — get like a community thing going again. Come watch, cheer, get your laugh on — talk about old times, while we're out there playing football. Before we start, we're gonna try to do a few minutes of silence for Lawrence [Smith — 406 13th St. NE] and a couple of other people that's not here no more — a few respects to them, too.

Also, if the girls are tough, they could play too. As long as they could take a hit and they can give one.

Thank you.

All right, Marc. §