The Easton-P’burg rivalry has always been fierce. But pinnapping? The sad story of Cecil the pig.

The February 1, 1972 Easton Express reported on the status of Cecil the Pig, the story of which is explained in the photo caption: “Latest winners – Phillipsburg high school student Ralph Riegel of Warren Glen grooms Cecil, the pig that was stolen, painted in the colors of a rival school and left on the campus of Phillipsburg High in Nov. Now healthy and strong, Cecil is heading to the last snoring spot.Express-Times Microfilm through Easton Area Public Library; Express Stock Photo

OK, first thing is first: do NOT kidnap a pig. Do NOT paint it in your school colors. And do NOT leave it on your rival’s campus as a prank.

This can not to be one of the proudest moments of the Easton-Phillipsburg rivalry. Fifty years ago this week, The Express followed the story of Cecil the pig, who a few weeks earlier was stolen from a farm, painted in Easton red and white colors and abandoned at Phillispburg High School around the schools annual Thanksgiving football game. Cecil was taken in by agricultural students from P’burg and brought up for several weeks before… well, use discretion if farming operations make you disgusted.

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