Sunday, September 26, 2010
The Bass Bowl
Friday night was the BIG game of the season for Kelseyville High School because they played their rival, Clearlake High School (which is in Lakeport and not Clearlake by the way). This year they called the game "The Bass Bowl" because somebody had the brilliant idea of carving a big bass trophy to give to the winning team. I'm not completely understanding the concept of giving away a big carved bass as a reward for anything other than a fishing tournament, but since bass fishing is such a popular sport out here I guess they thought it would be applicable to reward a football team with it. Hmmm...yeah...moving on....the game was exciting and Kelseyville took home the "trophy"!
In anticipation for the big game, Jake and I had been discussing high school football traditions and the subject of homecoming came up. I jokingly asked if I could wear his letterman's jacket to the game this year and then declared that I also wanted a mum to go with it. Jake had no idea what I was talking about. "A mum?" "Yeah, you know, the flower with the ribbons attached to it. You give it to the girl you take to the homecoming game and she gives you a smaller version that you wear on your arm." *look of confusion* I was shocked. I spent 4 years of high school hoping and dreaming that a boy would actually ask me to homecoming so that I could wear one of the coveted mums! It never happened. According to Jake, I was too busy reading to get asked out by a boy *rolling my eyes*.
I explained the importance of this, but Jake just thought I was crazy. Here's a picture of one I found online:
So is this only something that is done in Texas? Other states must have these too. I mean I know Texans are a bit crazy, but surely other people have heard of this concept. No? Well I could go on and on about the differences in the football culture that I have witnessed in the past year, but I think I'll save that for another time.