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THE 2011 SOUL BOWL  
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Turkey day football seems to be one of the few pigskin events that rival  the excitement  of a super bowl party and when it's played on a
perfect fall day it simply can't be beat. It can be a great end to a season as local rivals saunter up to the 50 yard line for an annual pride
match. This year we had to head down to the "
Soul Bowl"  because we'd hear what a great event it was and we were not disappointed.
The yearly game between Malcolm X Shabazz  and Weequahic is a positive effort which draws alumni from near and far. The smell of great
food and good music wafts through the air as friends, family and former school mates get together. Some  may not have done so for quite
awhile. The focus is on passing that positive sense of community to a younger generation.  There are so many great things going on
simultaneously that it's tough to take it all in. The air was filled with laughter and cheer as thousands of folks lined up to enter the top notch
facility.
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Jeff Harrington displays
some of his realistic
football sculptures at 2011
Soul Bowl.
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Disc jockeys played tunes that kept a musical background going strong, something
which added to the festive event. Vendors lined up with everything you needed for the
day and some great mementos which you can take home after the day is over. In
some cases the vendors are school alumni themselves as in the case of creative artist
Jeff Harrington.
experienced the event in the past would sorely miss it. If it's not viewed of as a rite of
passage it probably should be. While The community  shows up to witness another senior
class prepare to move on out into life, they also reinforce a larger more positive thought.
That thought is that each youngster is a member of a larger tradition and that they always
It wasn't hard to see why the classic game was revived in 2009 because anyone who'd
always them will be glad to see them. That reinforced message also includes the thought
that the young men and women have been mentored and that each one is expected to
comport themselves in a positive and constructive manner.

It doesn't take too much to see that this is about so much more than just football, as it
should be. Just two days before the classic game both teams met for a joint team dinner,
how often has that been done.
Jeff creates custom football (and other) sculptures that are like nothing we've seen
anywhere else. It was amazing to see miniaturized life-like sculptures of the very same
players who were on the field participating in this classic game!
bad foundation  for coaches and teachers to build on at all.

Now the action doesn't just take place on the field, the bands are amazing . These are not students who are struggling through tunes both
bands can really blow.  We knew the Weequahic band was good because we found that out back in
2006 when the Weequahic marching
band tore the roof of  Rutgers stadium . While we knew that Weequahic could thump we'd only heard of the musical prowess of the Shabazz
band though we hadn't seen it for ourselves, we were not disappointed. These marching bands are great entertainers who put on a great
show, we were not disappointed. It was unbelievable to see teenagers play more than just rudimentary songs, they played many of the classics
with a gusto that rivals college bands.

Try to picture what a great event this was as two battles were taking place at the very same time. Of course there was the fierce gridiron
contest between the two teams but there was also the marching bands. Separated by the width of the football field, they traded humorous
musical barbs cross field with one another to establish harmonic dominance .Their notes were loud and clear and mixed with a good bit of
comedy. And when the game was over the drum line met in the end zone for one final musical battle, astounding! All we can say is that the
movie Drum Line has nothing on either of these bands, eat your heart out Nick Canon!

Kudos to the folks working behind the scene to  run this successful event .

1ST Quarter Game/ event shots have been posted
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