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Holiday Classic seeks nominations

The Holiday Classic, the football game pitting East Bay stars vs. Sacramento area stars, is seeking nominations for this year’s team. Nominations can be e-mailed to matt@elitegridirongames.com. The information needed is name, school, position (be specific, they want to know if he plays LT as opposed to RG, so don’t just put OL. Same with differentiating safeties from corners, rather than just DB). Send stats, if available, any offers or interest received from colleges, height, weight and home and/or cell phone numbers to reach the player at. Again, those nominations can go to matt@elitegridirongames.com.

A couple newsy items related to the Holiday Classic.  This year’s East Bay team will be coached by Monte Vista’s Craig Bergman and his staff and joined by Foothill’s Matt Sweeney and former San Ramon Valley coach and current Cal athletic director Dave Kravitz. Also, as has been promised, the game will be played in the East Bay this year. The venue is still being determined, but it will be Friday, Dec. 23. The idea is that the game will rotate every year between the East Bay and Sacramento, but it will depend on how much support the game receives in the East Bay. So consider this the East Bay’s shot to show that it will support the game and that will determine if they’ll continue to rotate sites.

Jimmy Durkin

I cover mostly San Jose State football for the San Jose Mercury News/Bay Area News Group, but also fill in from time to time with the 49ers, Warriors, A's and Giants.

  • ManDown

    This is great news! We have to win this year East Bay!

  • http://ibabuzz.com PERKIN

    Hell yeah.

  • BVAL Expert

    how come the cal coach wasnt afford the coaching job but the AD?

  • mediocre

    Be careful who you nominate…this is the only all-star game in America that allows the defense to blitz.

  • matty

    “Be careful who you nominate…this is the only all-star game in America that allows the defense to blitz.” Yes! so send nominations in of lb’s and db’s that love to show their stuff.
    They also play some college rules. If you block the PAT it is a live ball and can be returned for 2 points. Kick offs can be returned out of the endzone.

  • FNL680

    Bergman and Kravitz go about 15 years back with SRV vs MV. They also have co-coached their sons together in Little League so they are more than just opponents. It’s not a slight to Billeci, only that Kravitz has mega experience in spread so his knowledge to quickly get the offense up to speed for an all-star contest would be invaluable.

  • Paydirt

    This is indeed great news about the Holiday Classic coming to the East Bay. The ‘Paydirt’ crowd will be in the house on the 23rd. I hope they select a good venue: DVC, MV or The Tak are a few of my favorites.

  • Prep Fan

    My guess is that Bergman, Kravitz and Sweeney have coached against each other for so many years that they would relish a chance to coach a team together. Great idea. Short of having Lad himself at the helm, it would be tough to beat the experience of that staff.

    MV’s visitor’s section is not large enough for such an event. DVC or Tak are plenty large enough and I agree would be great venues.

  • EBAL

    kravitz bergman and sweeney are ebal legends. especially sweeney. those guys all know how to coach. This game should be very exciting. I expect to see guys like cal’s armani washington and brian krause. livermores RB Drew, and maybe byron marshall from valley christian?

  • Prep Fan

    I don’t thnk Marshall qualifies, as he is not an East Bay player. The game is pitting East Bay stars vs. Sacramento area stars. It would not be fair to include the South Bay or entire Bay Area, as we would demolish them.

    I’m glad you mentiond FB/LB Krause from Cal, as he has been an unsung hero on this year’s team with Wahington & Dunn getting much of the attention as ball carriers. He was out of action against Livermore on Friday and we really missed him at LB. He is probably the hardest hitter on the Grizzly squad and does a great job at FB. He should be back in the lineup for the Granada game next week.

  • Todd

    Kravitz, Sweeney legends yes…. Bergman really? really? worst coach ever! Bergman on board prediction loss for East Bay

    Coach Ladouceur, Mr. Legend himself would have been a better choice.

  • Prep Fan

    Suffice it to say that Bergman probably won’t be heading up the defense, but I’m sure he can contribute on some offensive schemes. Maybe Sweeney will be in charge of the defense? I like the idea of having tri-coaches.

  • Stuck in Spokane

    Out of all the EBAL head coaches, if I can’t have Lad I want Sweeney. No one gets more from less than Sweeney.

  • Todd

    @ Stuck… Amen brother!

    The article does say, “This year’s East Bay team will be coached by Monte Vista’s Craig Bergman and his staff and joined by Foothill’s Matt Sweeney and former San Ramon Valley coach and current Cal athletic director Dave Kravitz”

    Sounds like Head Coach… Bergman?? DISASTER… Loss for East Bay worst coach ever!

    @ PF – Hope Bergman wont head up defense, dude is clueless

  • EBfootball

    Bergman? I saw them get handled at Serra. Who picks these coaches?

  • pirate football

    hey jimmy or ben is there a website for this game, wanted to look up the past 2 ruselts and rosters