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August 24, 2013

Why Did My Newspaper Do That? Celebrating Fishermen's football

Yes, as you can read on this morning’s Sports page, the 2000 Gloucester High School football team is No. 1 in our book.

As Sports Editor Nick Curcuru’s story notes, that Fishermen’s team — the first GHS team ever to compete a full 11-game season with a perfect record — is our choice as the Fishermen’s best ever, capping off our two-week “Best of Newell” series that showcased arguably the top 12 teams in the school’s proud football history.

Is it your top choice as well?

Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. The truth is, we can and will never know for sure who’s No. 1. All of the teams featured – and many good teams that weren’t — included different players, many transcended the terms of different coaches, and none of them, of course, could ever play each other in a head-to-head matchup to clearly decide which was best. So the issue of which Fishermen’s team is truly the best ever can never be determined.

Why, then, would we even venture to make such a choice? Why, you might ask, would your community’s newspaper do that?

First, because we thought it would touch off a lot of good, fun discussion and debate — and by all accounts, it has.

Second, because it has hopefully rekindled a lot of fond memories for former players, coaches and fans who recall teams like Coach Nate Ross’s 1956 Fishermen’s squad that captured a state championship and earned the chance to play at the Orange Bowl in Miami — or the infamous 1987 Super Bowl game in which Gloucester appeared en route to a last-minute touchdown, but lost any chance to win on an official’s blown fumble call when photos showed quarterback Joe Pasquina’s knee was clearly down while he still held the ball.

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