Think soccer’s World Cup, without the athleticism.
“Hosedraggers, they can’t even run” said Rock Hill Police Lt. Tim Ayers.
Or FC Barcelona, minus the skill.
“Cops? We played them in softball; they couldn’t beat us,” said Mark Simmons, a deputy chief at the Rock Hill Fire Department. “We played them in basketball; we pounded them. Flag football? They couldn’t touch us.
“Maybe soccer is their sport.”
No soccer grudge match between Barcelona and Madrid, Germany and Brazil, the United States and Mexico can top the one at 4 p.m. Saturday in Rock Hill, when the cops take on the firefighters in a charity match.
Think cold beer and words not said in church or at an ice cream social.
The match will be played at Eagle Field between Winthrop women’s and men’s soccer games. All proceeds from the $5 ticket sales will go to The Carolinas’ Kickin’ It Challenge, which raises money for breast cancer research. The two departments worked with Winthrop men’s coach Rich Posipanko to schedule the game.
Hopefully, several rescue squads will be on hand to tend to all the pulled hamstrings, strained calves and bruised egos. These are all ex-jocks – with the emphasis on “ex.”
Still, they will play for the better part of an hour.
Although cops and firefighters are all on the same side in times of crisis, there is more than a bit of healthy rivalry between them.
All week, the firefighters accused the cops of spying on practice – when they weren’t eating doughnuts. The cops shot back that firefighters can’t put the TV remote or Xbox game control down long enough to practice.
Somehow, Police Capt. Mark Bollinger – who claims he is not old but made his first arrest for disorderly conduct while working security at the Last Supper – has been chosen to be one of the referees.
Bollinger maintains he can be impartial. He also carries a gun, so arguments will be brief.
Firefighters will also send a referee but it is unclear who it will be. Since he’ll likely be carrying a fire ax, rest assured nobody will mouth off to him, either.
The loser has a big day coming Monday. As in all great games, a wager has been placed. The losing department’s head honcho – Police Chief Chris Watts or Fire Chief Mike Blackmon – has to wash the other guy’s city vehicle Monday.
In front of the station.
Andrew Dys: 803-329-4065
Want to go?
Tickets for the cops/firefighters soccer match to raise money for breast cancer research are $5, which includes admission to the two Winthrop soccer games, as well. The women’s game is at 1 p.m., the police/fire game is at 4, and the Winthrop men play at 7.