As Yogi Berra has been quoted as saying: "It's like deja vu all over again."
Two years ago, WTAP carried the first-ever live telecast of a West Virginia Single 'A' high school football semi-final game. That game pitted St. Marys against Williamstown, in a game played at Williamstown.
It could happen again this Friday night, Nov. 23.
The Blue Devils and the Yellowjackets have both had excellent seasons and find themselves once again playing against one another in Williamstown for the right to go to the state finals.
In 2005, nearly 3,000 people bought tickets to see the two teams play. This time, 3,000 tickets are once again up for grabs between the two communities.
Williamstown will have tickets on sale at the high school from 8am-3pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Since Pleasants County schools are closed this week, tickets in St. Marys will be on sale at the Boys & Girls Club.
WTAP would like to broadcast this game as we did in 2005. If we do, we'll also carry it on www.wtap.com so that people everywhere can "tune in" on their computers. There's just one catch: it has to be a virtual sell-out. That means that virtually every single one of those 3,000 tickets has to be sold in order for us to carry the game.
Two years ago, we had an incredible response from the community and Williamstown fans across the U.S. and all around the world, who were able to watch the game via the internet. We got one letter from a former Williamstown football player, serving in Iraq, who was able to watch his son play -- live -- even though the father was sitting on a wall in Baghdad, with his laptop computer at 2 o'clock in the morning!
A few weeks ago, WTAP was unable to broadcast the Parkersburg South - Parkersburg High School football game, because not enough tickets were sold. Even though we announced more than 24 hours before kick-off that the game would NOT be telecast live, the game still did not sell-out. So if anyone doubts whether a lack of ticket sales could prevent this game from being telecast, let me assure you -- it can, it has, and it will.
So please, St. Marys and Williamstown fans. If you'd like to make this game available to friends and family all over the world, as well as to shut-ins who may live nearby but who are not able to attend the game in person, go out and buy up all the tickets to this game. You'll be supporting your school at the same time.