Why Friday night football?
Our colleague George Scione, who writes the High School Pick Six football column for our sister paper, The Telegraph, got us thinking last week because in his piece on Oct. 2, he took a shot at Friday night football: He doesn’t like it. Well, neither do we.
George specifically doesn’t like portable lights, those put up by schools with no permanent lights because they want to play with the big boys of high school football, i.e., those schools that have lights and play on Friday nights. Well, neither do we.
George says he doesn’t understand why schools want to play on Friday nights, or any night, and wrote:
"There’s nothing like a 10 or 11 a.m. Saturday game. Even 1 or 2 p.m. offers a great opportunity for the entire family to take in a game at the hometown venue."
We agree. But we know the night game theory – more people will pay to attend a Friday night game because they have stuff to do on Saturday afternoon. And that’s probably true, but so what? If football is important to a community, folks will come out on a Saturday afternoon. For decades, that’s when football was played. The Friday night phenomenon, especially around here, is still in relative infancy.
George wrote, "We’re in New Hampshire, folks. Just relax with the Friday night dreams of grandeur."
In other words, this ain’t Texas or Ohio, where spending millions to build a high school "stadium" is normal procedure.
We’re sure George knows this, but we’ll say it anyway: There’s no turning back, especially for those schools that have permanent lights. Indeed, after reading George’s column, we looked at the weekend high school football schedule and found three day games – Campbell at Epping-Newmarket at 3 p.m. Saturday, Souhegan at Windham at 2 and John Stark at Hollis Brookline at 2:30.
But, gang, if Windham had been playing at Souhegan? You got it: Friday night lights.
Ah, well. To quote Dylan in "Ramona": "Everything passes, everything changes, just do what you think you should do."
Oh. They already did.