Page/Grimsley week

Grimsley High School principal Rob Gasperello is doing his best to keep a lid on the annual spate of tom-foolery that has traditionally occured between the Whirlie and Pirate student bodies… and their cars… and their campuses… and so forth in the week leading up to this Friday’s football game.

During a PTSA assembly last week, Gasperello informed everyone that any Grimsley student who is found on Page’s campus for any reason other than public events will not be allowed on that campus, for any function, for the rest of the school year.  He said that Page’s principal Dr. Terry Worrell has similarly warned her charges.

My Grimsley senior Jackson came home last night complaining of the level of paranoia that Gasperello is fomenting at the school.  Mumbling something about official threats to not allow seniors to walk across the graduation stage if they’re caught doing anything untoward this week, he opened the fridge and uncharacteristically, but thoughtfully, inquired if we had enough eggs for the week’s meals.  “Dad,… its just a high school rivalry and all in fun… he’s really going overboard.”, he said as he continued to helpfully inventory what else Jinni might need to pick up at the Harris-Teeter this week.  “Mom..”, he yelled from the downstairs bathroom, “We’re running low on toilet paper.”  I think my boy might finally be maturing.

He then went on to tell me (and this is true) that two of the Whirlie’s assistant football coaches were suspended for a week and will not be coaching during this week’s practices and Friday’s game.  They apparently went afoul of the rules of non-engagement that have been put in place between the two schools.

This past Friday, the Grimsley squad was required to attend the Page/East Forsyth matchup on the Pirate campus to scout out two of their future Metro 4-A opponents.  Accompanied by the coaching staff, the guys – I hear – were complete gentlemen in their demeanor.  However, in what I’m confident was a sincere show of support for their cross-town rivals, I hear the Whirlie players sat on the Page side of the field.  Jack reports that the coaches’ suspensions were not the result of the seating arrangement. (Editing note – 8:00p – The suspensions were because the Whirlie team entered Kirby Stadium from the home gate instead of the visitor’s gate.  They sat on the East Forsyth side of the field.)

I agree with Jack… everybody needs to lighten up a little.  It’s just a high school rivalry.

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14 Comments

  1. hugh
    Posted September 26, 2006 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    Good grief! Paranoia will destroy ya!

  2. Jeff
    Posted September 26, 2006 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    If the team was required to attend, one would think with Mr. Gasparello’s either approval or knowledge beforehand then how can the coaches’ suspension be justified? Further, if this is suspension without pay, then I I I would expect an appeal to higher authority on that issue. Mr. Gasparello does not want to put his popularity and support on the scale of Whirlie world opinion vs. the football coaches during the midst of another trip to the state championship.

  3. Posted September 26, 2006 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    I thought I smelled face paint and pirate-burning bonfires…

  4. Posted September 26, 2006 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    Fer goodness sakes, I lived through these weeks as a teacher at Grimsley and as a parent (twice) times 4 years each. This is a high school football game. I agree that order must be in place, but c’mon. Threats? Don’t they realize that kids don’t do threats? Threats are stupid, because kids’ parents are lawyers and suspensions/walking at graduation just are silly empty threats.

    Not allowed on campus? Just who’s gonna check? they have facial recognition software?

    Yeesh. Lighten up.

  5. Mick Riggs
    Posted September 26, 2006 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    My only encounter with Principal G was one in which he horribly over-reacted to a weather situation and had some kids in tears due to his demeanor. Seems somehow similar doesnt it.

    Ive heard nothing but good things otherwise.

  6. Posted September 26, 2006 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    I hold Rob Gasperello in the highest regard, but I think he is a little over the top on his efforts to keep a lid on this week’s, how shall I say… extracurricular activities.

     Apparently, a Page official (Rusty Lee) was quite upset about the team entering from the home gate.

    In any case, I hope the suspensions were not simply because they accompanied the team to the game and sat in the visitor bleachers. One thing I’m sure of… the Whirlie team presented themselves as gentlemen throughout.

  7. Posted September 26, 2006 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    In the business world a survey of employees normally tells all with regard to the level of regard one should hold for Rob G. What I hear is that students have him correctly identified and the current staff is most unhappy. ….just 2nd hand info….

  8. brad
    Posted September 27, 2006 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    It sound like mr.g is trying to make grimsley loose on purpose.

  9. martha
    Posted September 28, 2006 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    I’m pretty sure that those Grimsley coaches were “set up” by the Page official to be suspended for this game. I heard that the Grimsley contingent initially tried to park and enter on the visitor’s side, but were told that they had to go through the main gate instead. When they left the game by the same exit, it was Rusty Lee from Page that made a scene and accused them of “parading” in front of the Page crowd. Obviously, the Grimsley coaches got upset, and thus the ammunition to have them suspended.

  10. student
    Posted September 28, 2006 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    yes, i was at that game. The grimsley kids kind of just randomly showed up, and all the Page students got mad and started chanting “GO HOME WHILRLIES!” The games are usually complete chaos anyway.

    seriously though, that was bad planning on grimsley’s part. If they were actually told to go through the main entrance then they should just not have gone in. Who would REQUIRE the players to go to a rival school with 2000 kids full of Pirate Pride and not expect a problem!?! They should have known better than that. The Home side is just completely filled with shouting, students, and energy. Throw a whirlie in the mix, and serious problems can arise. Maybe a few weeks ago this wouldn’t have been a big deal, but one week before page-grimsley week? No. People start getting pumped up for Spirit Week before it even begins. I will agree though, the rivalry seems like its getting out of hand…

    I have heard a lot of unhappy stuff about Gasparello from my grimsley friends, as well. I hope things get better for them.

  11. Ryan
    Posted September 29, 2006 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    I mean all of this talk is stupid page is gonna win we almost always do your sorry players shouldnt have come on our side and not expected some trouble cause pirates are crazy and willing to get physical and not to worried about the trouble just wait till friday

  12. Posted September 29, 2006 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Bring it on, Pirates.

  13. Mick Riggs
    Posted September 29, 2006 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    I have prediction………. ugly. or perhaps …….. a lot to a little

    You can throw that whole “when these two get together you have to throw the records out the window” right out the window. At this point these two squads seem to be at differant places in their program development.

    Q: I know the historical record is somewhat lopsided but……. Has any current Page student beaten the Whirlies in football? Unless something changes I bet none will!

    have fun tonight
    Mick

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