Victories over Revere on Thanksgiving Day have become virtually an annual expectation for Winthrop High football fans for the past 35 years. What had been an even series since its inception in 1913 has become a lopsided rivalry, with Revere barely able to post a win every decade or so.
Winthropâ€™s dominance has been so complete that it is hard to imagine how seriously the late Bob Remer, who covered Winthrop High football for the Sun Transcript for 50 years, took the Revere game and how exultant he would be after a Winthrop victory.
But this year could be different, because Revere is enjoying one of its best seasons in a long time. The game figures to be a close, hard-fought affair which will come down to which team executes its game plan and commits the fewest turnovers
But win, lose, or draw, we urge Winthrop fans to observe proper decorum and sportsmanship on the sidelines. We owe it not only to the players on the field, but to the future generations of Winthrop fans and players to ensure that this rivalry remains intact. We would remind our fans that near riots canceled the rivalry twice (in the 1920s and 1940s) and jeopardized it in the 1990s, especially when the games were held in Revere.
So good luck to Coach Sean Driscoll and our players on the field and we urge all Viking fans to behave.
Letâ€™s go Winthrop, beat Revere.