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There Are No Ties in Football!

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San Pedro Pirates warming up before the game. LAist/Jimmy Bramlett

Donavan McNabb and I have one thing in common: I had no idea the LA City Section Championship Division Final could end in a tie. But indeed that is what happened after the San Pedro Pirates Benjamin Weischedel caught a 15-yard fade pass in the back of the endzone as time expired. The second-seeded Pirates and the top-seeded Narbonne Gauchos were crowned co-champions Saturday afternoon when the game ended in a 21-21 tie.

We should have all seen it coming. In the regular season, the bitter rivals played to a 6-6 tie in regulation until the Gauchos won it in triple overtime (which as every Pedro fan told me was stolen by Narbonne).

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Regardless having these two teams tie is like telling the Dodgers and the Giants that they are co-champions for the NL West. It just leaves a bad taste in your mouth.


Gaucho fans show some school spirit. LAist/Jimmy Bramlett

Speaking as a Narbonne alum, we are not used to winning. Wins over the Pirates last season and this season are very rare for us Gauchos. So please tell me why there was no tailgating at the Coliseum on Narbonne's side?

Since I had to get my press pass, I was forced to park on the Pedro side of the Coliseum and it was a carnival. Trailers with all kinds of food and families just hanging out throwing the football and having a great time. On Narbonne's side? Nothing. Just some milling around.

I feel like part of this is my fault because of how out of touch I have become. I vow from this point forward to change this.

We will have tailgates damn it! If we are good enough to finally get lights for our football field, we should have our tailgates!

Nonetheless, this game essentially was for pride since neither team was expected to go on to the State Championships. It was a fun game and made me really wish we had a football team here in LA.