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July 28, 2019

Our 18th Annual Big Blue Golf Classic will be here before you know it! This year's goal is to receive 100 sponsors and 30 teams. The golf tournament will take place Sunday, July 28, 2019, at Fore Sisters in Rawlings. Sponsors will be updated weekly and recognized on the Gridiron page. We appreciate your support of Allegany Football!

Come on Golf fans and join one of the most popular golf events of the year in Allegany County.  This event is a major fund raiser for the Allegany Campers football team for 2019.  The funds earned through this event go on to provide meals for the team members on away games, provide food and beverages for visiting teams during scrimmages in August as well as provides for things like socks, supplies and many other things to numerous to mention here.

Its very simple to sign up using the forms displayed below.  You can register as a team foursome or you or your company or business can sponsor a Tee at Four Sister Golf course.

As stated before, all funds go to support Allegany Football.  To get more information please go to Facebook and see the many other details of the classic at;


You can also find the forms need for both foursome registration/Tee sponsor below.  Just click on the photos below, download and follow the instructions.

The Big Blue Forever hopes you come and join in the fun at Fore Sisters.  Each years has been more successful than the last and we appreciate your support.  If you have a question that the Big Blue Forever might be able to answer or point you in the right direction, contact the webmaster at; Jailermanredheadgary@outlook.com.




                                         The new Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association state football playoffs system — a.k.a. The Helmick Plan, as it was devised and presented to the MPSSAA by Times News correspon-dent Todd Helmick — is a good thing if you ask me.

The season begins at the same time; the season ends at the same time — just one less regular-season game and one more playoff game. And you can play anybody you want to in the regular season and still get in. But once you’re in, you have to play who you should be playing to begin with. If you want to be in the playoffs.

Yet in the words of our Tavern Mensa chapter head, Bill Zapf, “This is Allegany County; we’re against everything,” and, sure enough, the biggest gripe we’re hearing about the nine-game regular season/32-team playoff field is that Homecoming will now take place one week earlier. And in the instance of how next year’s schedule will fall, Homecoming will come on Halloween weekend. Yikes! That’s scary.

Not really. They’ll still play the game in the afternoon.

Now the last time the world was going to end over moving The Big Game, you’ll recall, came 45 years ago when the Maryland state playoffs began and afforded us the opportunity to celebrate nothing but Thanksgiving on Thanksgiving.

“But this will ruin the (Allegany- Fort Hill, Beall-Bishop Walsh) Turkey Day games,” went the howling. “This will kill tradition. It will never be the same; it will be terrible; it will be horrible; it will die; whatever shall we do?!”

Please. As long as the big rivalry game around here is played as the last regular- season game, who cares?

(And on this we must never waver. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender our right to watch Allegany and Fort Hill in the final regular-season football game of the season ... Sorry.)

Last I checked, there were 38 Turkey Day games and now 45 Homecoming games and the world has not come to an end (yet), and our own November community holiday through the past 45 years has become stronger and better than ever — better than even the Turkey Day games were. Yes, I said it, better than even the Turkey Day games were.

Plus, the Homecoming game is a helluva lot more fun because we don’t have to spend the rest of the day with our families. We get to spend it fighting with our friends, and what could be better than that? And on top of that, we also get to fully enjoy Thanksgiving (depending on how much we eat) because neither side of town is going to lose a football game that day.

Another complaint we have been hearing about the new playoff system is that with 32 teams in the playoff field, there are going to be teams with 3-6 records that get in.

Well ... teams with 3-6 and 4-6 records get in now if you look at some of the screwy scenarios that have taken place around the state. And guess what? Because of that, there have been 7-3 and 8-2 teams that didn’t make the playoffs. With the new system in place, teams with 7-3 and 8-2 records will not be deprived of their opportunity.  

With the Helmick Plan in place, the MPSSAA gets to keep its regions (which it was going to do anyway) and won’t be in a position to have to pretend it can mandate region schedules during the regular season (and like they’ve been saying all along, they really can’t). Now, the region schedule is mandated in the playoffs, which provides true region representation once the playoff field is re-seeded. Re-seeded, you say? Bad idea, you say? Two region champions is a bad thing, you say? Why is that a bad thing?

Too participation trophy’s, you say?

Look, nobody has crusaded against the participation trophy harder than I have, although the damage has long been done to society on that one. That horse ain’t out of the barn. That horse is dead. But nobody goes to the state playoffs to win the region championship. If you do; if winning the region championship is your goal when you enter the playoffs for the state championship, then you should be more than happy to share your region title if you should happen to win a share of it.

So why do we have to call them region co-champions? Why don’t we just call them what they will be — West Region representatives. See how easy this is?

I like the new playoff system given what the old one had been for years on end. That this new proposal was even considered and put to votes by the MPSSAA is something to like as well. For as far back as not that long ago, a proposal for a new football playoffs system would never have even been considered. Look how long it took the MPSSAA to expand the playoffs field from four to eight teams (12 years), and from eight to 16 (20 more).

The MPSSAA in that day lived by “Just say no” long before Nancy Reagan came along. In fact, “no” is all they did say. To everything. *In the end, this whole thing has been like getting somebody to do something for the betterment of all involved, but convincing that person it was his idea all along. And by going with this new playoff system, the MPSSAA has acknowledged and tipped its hat to, “Yeah, if we are still going to have a region playoffs system, then region teams should play teams in their own regions.” *And that is what they will now do. And they’ll do it where it will matter the most — in the state playoffs.

Mike Burke is sports editor of the Cumberland Times-News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeBurkeCTN

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