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Editorial: Pigskin Pride

Last weekend was the kickoff of the 2012-13 NFL season. While the Giants fell to the NFC rival Dallas Cowboys 24-17 on Wednesday, September 5, the New York Jets laid a 48-28 smackdown on AFC East opponent Buffalo Bills on Sunday, September 9. And while local Big Blue fans remain confident of Eli Manning regaining his footing, Gang Green fans harbor hopes this opening salvo promises more of the same for incumbent QB Mark Sanchez. It’s all well and good but there is a whole other fan base for which the NFL is a sidelight to the main event—those who live and die with the Floral Park Memorial High School Knights football program. Always a source of pride for the local community, this year’s squad will have their fans going mobile to show their support. Given the fact that the team’s home field is being ripped up and a sprinkler system is being installed means the Knights’ home games will actually be on the road. Among the venues where Floral Park residents will get to see their team hit the gridiron are Mitchell Field and Hofstra University. With a handful of these games being played under the lights, this means that local fans will get a chance to cheer on the red and white under unique circumstances in what should be a promising Knights season.

— Dave Gil de Rubio