CHEAP TICKETS with STEVE CAMERON: Cd’A-Lake City football rivalry: Who’s in the game?
Anyone know where I can find a punch?
In this case, it must be an actual awl – the razor-sharp tool that inspired French fur traders to call our local Native American tribe, yes…
“The heart of a punch.”
What the traders meant was that the tribesmen were very sharp when it came to buying and selling.
If you’re wondering why I’m making such a fuss to get a punch, wait a minute.
You see, the request could be misinterpreted.
In the military, the spoken word “punch” is actually an acronym for “absent without leave.”
It’s not what I need.
The three-letter abbreviation is also not used for texts, where the hallmark is sometimes used to mean: “always with love”.
I’m not looking for the language of the text here, thanks.
No, I need a real punch, and here’s the definition according to Professor Google…
“A sewing awl is a tool with which holes can be punched in a variety of materials, or existing holes can be enlarged.”
As we now know, this tribe became known permanently as the Coeur d’Alene – and from there, of course, they named the town…
Hey, thanks for coming, I’ll be here all week, and be sure to tip your waiter.
OK, enough history and hilarity.
(Sometimes I can’t help it.)
In reality …
In fact, we are going to talk about football.
Specifically, we discuss the annual varsity game between the two major high schools in the famous city, Coeur d’Alene and Lake City.
If you’re familiar with either school’s athletic endeavors, you know that a pair of basketball games (boys and girls) between the two schools has something like a carnival feel to it.
The duels’ official name is “Fight for the Fish” (a less than beautiful wooden thing that is presented to the winning school).
Among players, students, parents and alumni, all of this Northwest Mardi Gras is simply called: “The Fish Game”.
See, it doesn’t matter who plays basketball better.
It’s basically a cheering contest, spiced up with creativity and a few other fun things.
Best of all, people don’t get laryngitis for no reason, since the whole “fish scene” is also a fundraiser.
Great idea, great week.
However, I’m thinking of something competitive in a whole different way for the two high schools’ annual football game.
Something to reward the true winner of the game.
I know, in recent years this duel might as well have been called the “Cd’A Invitational”.
Lake City hasn’t won against its city rival since 2014.
Or was it 1914?
You may laugh, but for players on the west side of town, it probably feels like a century or so since they shut down the Coeur d’Alene juggernaut.
Let’s give Lake City some more incentive.
REMEMBER I asked about getting a genuine hallmark.
I think we should mount the thing on a sleek metal and wood frame, and have it engraved with the names of both schools.
My REAL dream was to create something that could have the name of the winning team engraved on it every season, but now I think we’re talking about something huge that’s out of a realistic price range.
Unless someone wants to get in touch and donate a trophy, of course.
As long as there’s a real hallmark on it, because…
Starting this fall, we want the Coeur d’Alene-Lake City game to be known as “The Brawl for the Awl.”
Circle your calendar for October 8, when the city rivals will get going.
It could also be a great year to start the lore, because Lake City has the upper-class talent to be pretty darn good, and Cd’A might be a bit off (by his standards, anyway).
Lake City could have a fantastic night if it knocks down Coeur d’Alene for the first time in eight years – AND wins the first-ever ‘Brawl for the Awl’.
The soon-to-be-historic hallmark might sit proudly in Lake City’s trophy case — and yes, there can only be one freshman winner.
Now THAT would spice up the rivalry.
What do you think, friends?
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Steve Cameron’s “Cheap Seats” column appears in The Press three times a week. He also writes Zags Tracker, a commentary on Gonzaga’s basketball that is published weekly during the season, beginning in October.
Steve invites you to take his advice in the spirit of a song by Jimmy Buffett: “Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On”.