It's a given that the Tewksbury High football team will run over, around and through Wilmington on Thursday. The only question is how bad the beating will be.
To be sure, the Redmen have more talent but the blowout will be fueled by the fact that Tewksbury is simply a better town.
Here are five reasons why.
1. The New High School: Our residents voted overwhelmingly to give our students a state-of-the-art facility that will open in 2012. Now, we've heard rumors Wilmington is looking to build a new building that might bring the schools into the 1990s. Good luck with that.
2. The Stanley Cup: Yeah, sure, the Bruins practice over the youth hockey facility in Wilmington. But when the Cup was touring over the summer, THOUSANDS stood in line at the Tewksbury Country Club to catch a glimpse, touch it, pose with it, etc. Oh yeah, and a Tewksbury native is on the Bruins' training staff.
3. The Tewksbury Police Department: Out of town criminals keep making the mistake of crossing the border and coming to Tewksbury to do their dirty deeds. In return, they are fitted with an orange jumpsuit and steel bracelets. The TPD is solving crimes at a blinding pace.
4. The Senior Center: Wilmington can only dream that any of their municipal buildings would be this cool. Not only is it home to all things Senior Citizens in Tewksbury, but it is also used for municipal meetings, community gatherings, and will soon be used as a temporary Town Hall.
5. Marc Ginsberg: I was going to mention the fact that Tewksbury has not one but TWO public golf courses. But let's focus on the owner of the _Tewksbury Country Club, Marc Ginsburg._ A successful developer and businessman, Ginsburg is a remarkably generous philanthropist. Among his numerous generous efforts was making it possible to save the Valentine's Day Father-Daughter Dance last winter.
So yeah, any way you look at it, Tewksbury stands head and shoulders above Wilmington as a community and a football team.
I think Redmen 34, Tabbies 13 is a safe prediction.