Unless you live under a rock, you know about the history of the Sword Game between Chicopee High and Chicopee Comp, but do you know about the Butter Knife? The interest in the Butter Knife has ebbed and flowed over the years but Chicopee Comp Head Coach Anthony Couture believes it began in the late 90’s as the brainchild of his classmate Jeremy Bruso as a play on the Sword Game and to highlight the annual freshman football game between High and Comp. Since Chicopee High has not fielded a freshman team the last few years, the Butter Knife tradition has fallen dormant.
Chicopee High Junior Varsity Coach Adam Tanguay says “As far as I know, having played and coached at those levels, there has never been an exchange of knives between the teams. I have not coached the Freshman team at CHS since 2008, but in that year, we beat Comp and the team got me a plastic butter knife with the score written on it and then an engraved one as a gift during our banquet.” Either way, it was something for both teams to strive for and bragging rights are always important to an athlete.
This year Chicopee Schools would like to revive and repurpose the Butter Knife tradition. For the first time, the annual junior varsity game between Chicopee Comprehensive and Chicopee High School will be called the Butter Knife Game. Going forward, an award will be developed for presentation to the winning team after the game in future years.
The teams will vie for the Butter Knife on Thursday, November 16th at Szot Park under the lights at 5 pm.