Pig Bowl

The first annual “Pig Bowl” took place on December 7, 1969. This event was a charity football game between members of the Ann Arbor Police Department and the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department. The Ann Arbor Police Department was nicknamed the “goats”, while the sheriff's department was the “pigs.” Chief Krasny picked the name “goats” as Cpl. Geer stated he would bring a goat to the game, named “Fuzz”, who would be the AAPD mascot. Chief Krasny stated, “We're the goats on a lot of occasions, but most of the time we are called names you couldn't print.”

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The sheriff's department also had their own mascot, a pig from a local farm. The winner of the game was to receive the Pig Bowl Trophy, donated by Glenn Saderiska. The trophy was an authentic pig-slopping can, dating back to 1913.

The game was held at Eastern Michigan University and was full contact. Football gear was donated by the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan. AAPD Officers were in the maize and blue of U of M, while the sheriff's department was in the green and white of EMU. It cost $1.50 for admission and all of the admission price was donated to needy children in the county.

This game was taken extremely seriously by the two teams, as both sides practiced extensively. Presale tickets numbered over 2000. It was decided that all of the money would be used to purchase Christmas presents for needy area children.

Game day was raining and cold, which kept the attendance down to 1500. The first score of the game was by the AAPD goats, as Officer Bob Taylor ran for a 40 yard touchdown. Officer Wally Johnson then kicked the extra point successfully.

The scored stood at 7–0, until the second quarter, when then Cpl. Bill Hoover ran for a 50 yard touchdown. The extra point was no good, which made the score 13–0, in favor of the AAPD goats.

The final score of the game came on a 60 yard pass completion from AAPD quarterback, Officer Gary Severinson to Officer Danny Cook. The final score was the AAPD Goats 19, the WCSD Pigs 0.

Officer Richard Degrand was voted “player of the game” for his excellent defensive play. Three officers suffered injuries in the game, but none of them were serious. Over $5000 was raised for the needy children. Sheriff Harvey stated, “The embarrassing thing about this is that we challenged them to the game in the first place.”

The next year the pigs were victorious over the goats in a tough 7–6 win. The Ann Arbor Goats of 1971 were out for revenge as the series was tied at one win a piece. After the WCSD Pigs won in 1970, someone sent a photo of Sheriff Harvey and his men holding the “Pig Bowl” trophy to all of the Ann Arbor officers. Written across the photos were the words “Remember Last Year” in reference to the Pigs 7–6 win. Sheriff Harvey denied his men sent the photo stating, “We don't have to get those guys mad. That picture sending was an inside job.”

The Pig Bowl of 1971 saw the Ann Arbor Goats beat the WCSD Pigs 20–0. The game was again played at Rynearson Stadium on the campus of Eastern Michigan University in front of 4000 fans. The game raised over $8000 for needy area children.

The fourth annual Pig Bowl, held in October of 1972, again saw the Ann Arbor Goats defeat the Washtenaw County Pigs 8 to 7. Going in to the last minute of the game the pigs were ahead 7–0. Patrolman Gary Severinson scored for the goats with only seconds left. The Goats had to decide to attempt the extra point for the tie or go for the victory with a two point play. Deciding that a tie was like “kissing your sister,” the goats went for the victory with a two point play.

Running back/patrolman Robert Taylor ran the ball over for the two point conversion and the Ann Arbor Goats were victorious. At the following days council session, Ann Arbor Mayor Robert Harris gave the department credit for it's “traditional” victory in the Pig Bowl. He stated the victory “established the superiority of the police department over the sheriff's department in the only category that was in doubt.” One council member jokingly told the mayor to watch his comments or the sheriff's department would pick him up, to which the mayor responded that he “would receive protection from the city's officers.” The event again aided needy children in Washtenaw County.

The pig bowl was discontinued for fear of serious injuries to the officers.