The intense playing of the senior class helped them on their winning streak during Sader Puff. First knocking off the sophomore class then in the championship game beating the juniors, the seniors took an easy win with the final score 40 – 6.
Sader Puff is a time for the roles of playing a tough contact sport to be switched. The women play and the men coach and cheer. This year, however, there was another job that was in transition. In years past, the Student Government Association held the event, but this year Campus Recreation took on the responsibility of Sader Puff.
Sue Weaver is the director of Campus Recreation and though the new task of hosting this event was stressful at times, she enjoyed taking on the game.
“It’s a great fit for us. We decided to take on the new event,” she said. “The best thing about Sader Puff I think is just the tradition and girls getting to get to go out there.”
Sophomore marketing major Andy Pipes is one of the referees for campus rec and was a referee during Sader Puff.
Pipes believes the best part of the game is the relaxing side of seeing everyone just have fun and watching the women make the plays instead of the guys.
“It’s nowhere near as competitive as when it’s just guys playing,” he said. “It gives the girls a chance to play every position on the field, make plays and not have guys trying to make every play.”
One of the many women that participated in Sader Puff this year was senior
nursing major, Jessica Gallagher. It was a chance for her to relive her freshman year of playing.
“It’s my senior year, and I did it my freshman year. It’s just really fun to come out here and support your class,” she said.
Gallagher said the uniqueness of the sport is why people are drawn to be involved in it.
“It’s just different from all the other sports because it’s just a battle between the classes. It’s not just friend verses friends. Everyone gets to come out and have a really good time, and the guys are cheerleaders.”
Despite the bitterly cold temperatures, there was fun and laughter on the intramural fields during the flag football tournament from the players and spectators watching the game.
After seeing the outcome of the event, Weaver is looking forward to the next fall semester when Campus Recreation will hold Sader Puff again for the second time.
“I don’t think it’s so much the seniors want to beat the juniors, I think it’s more of a tradition,” she said.
Weaver said a benefit of playing is meeting new friends.
“I don’t think all these people know each other,” she said. “They’re not all psyched football players and into playing intramurals, so it’s the chance to do something that’s different.”