File this one under: Boy, do I feel old.
(The fact I just wrote the sentence, "Boy, do I feel old," is another indication.)
In the state quarterfinals, O'Dea High (Seattle) football coach Monte Kohler attempted to inspire his defense by declaring "no soup" for Snoqualmie High (Snoqualmie), according to the Seattle Times. And the Fighting Irish (14-0) responded, allowing a single touchdown in a 49-7 win. Adopting the motto, they gave up just six points through the first three quarters of a 63-20 semifinal blowout of Vancouver (Wash.) Mountain View.
“That’s what they get; they get no soup,” O'Dea senior lineman Jarius McDade told the Seattle Times. “It’s kind of something the defense kind of has. Our coach said it one game. When you’re giving handouts to someone, you give them soup. ... You don’t get handouts, you don’t get no soup. Not from the defense. The offense gets all the soup. Our offense gets all the soup. The other team, they don’t get no soup.”
Wait, what? The coach couldn't have possibly concocted this as an analogy comparing opposing offenses to people lined up at a soup kitchen, right? It has to be a Seinfeld reference. Has to be. Have you heard the term, "No soup," anywhere but arguably the most famous episode of the most famous sitcom in television history?
"Nobody really knew what it meant,” O'Dea running back Myles Gaskin told the paper. "Then after the game, they told us what it meant. It’s just been run with since. We were just like, 'What? What is that?' Kind of threw us off before the game. Then we were like, 'All right, whatever, no soup. We'll roll with it.'"
How is it possible they've never heard the line, "No soup for you"? Sure, "The Soup Nazi" episode first aired in 1995, when some of these kids weren't even born yet (!), but you can find a Seinfeld episode on TV at any point in the day. And isn't this just part of the lexicon at this point? After all, The Soup Nazi appeared in a Super Bowl commercial last year and the NBA Jam video game reboot includes the line, "No hoop for you."
Regardless, even if they don't know why they're saying it, it's pretty awesome that a team will be running around during a state title game this weekend yelling, "No soup!"
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