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Game Day has arrived for 75th Save-An-Eye

County players share a laugh before getting their team picture taken at the Save-An-Eye Game media day at Veterans Stadium on July 11. JARID A. BARRINGER/Erie Times-News

Cover of new book for Save-An Eye Game

Today’s a big day in area sports each year — it’s Save-An-Eye day — but this year’s game is more momentous than usual.

This will be the 75th game in the all-star football series, and there will be plenty of reasons to enjoy the evening in addition to the action on the field.

Of course, the City and County senior all-stars from the 2012 season will meet for bragging rights at 7 p.m. on the Veterans Stadium turf. (Tickets are $7 at the gate.) Check out the rosters for the game.

However, there also will be a halftime parade of former Save-An-Eye players, and many former Erie all-stars figure to take part.

In addition, the Erie Lions Club and Save-An-Eye officials will be selling a new history book, which arrived in town Thursday. The book is titled “75 Save-An-Eye Games: Playing So Others May See.”

If you haven’t seen the publication, it’s pretty slick. The book contains 304 pages packed with accounts from each game, a wide varsity of photos and lists of every player to compete in the game. The eight-person committee that put it together did an admirable job.

NFL Films also is scheduled to have a crew at the game.

The Save-An-Eye players banquet took place Thursday night, and one of the game’s historic figures, Brian Milne, served as the main speaker. Here’s a story and photo gallery from the event.

If you can’t attend tonight’s game, follow the action here on the Varsity blog as John Dudley provides updates beginning at 7 p.m.

– Jeff Kirik, sports editor

Posted in: District 10, Football

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