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A Closer Look as November disappears

POSTED December 01, 2013
BY Rick Wilson
Twitter: @scribewilson


 

                                      A Closer Look as November disappears

 

            Okay, neither team had a good record and the frigid wind cut right through you. But aren’t long-time rivalries on Thanksgiving Day supposed to negate some of all that. Apparently not this year when it came to Torrington and Watertown.

            The crowd was down, particularly on the Torrington side where you didn’t exactly need a calculator to count the fannies on the bleachers. In the second half as one attendee put it, “This looks like a ghost town.”

            You can point to many factors including those already mentioned. But in the big picture just another reminder that high school sports are not the only show in town like they were back in the day. And, you see reminders of it in all seasons – half empty basketball gyms with only half of the stands pulled down, etc.

            Too bad, irretrievable memories.

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            Best line of the week came from Waterbury Republican-American sportswriter Ed Daigneault who tweeted this gem Thanksgiving Day. “Thought I was going to go through the whole season without seeing a good football game. Thank-you Wolcott and Holy Cross.

            Ed covers UConn football and also covered the Crusaders amazing 39-38 win over Wolcott on a Hail Mary to end the game.

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            Bob Fournier was one of Brokaw’s `Greatest Generation’. He flew more than 60 bombing missions on anti-submarine patrol during WWII. He came home and did what so many soldiers of that generation did – went to work and raised a family, living the life his efforts helped make possible. He painted a good picture and became part of the community.

            He was a good friend of my father and later with me.  Every Sunday until about six or seven weeks ago I would see him for a drink and enjoy the company. Bob died Wednesday at the age of 91. It was a good, long run. He will be missed.

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            If you are in the basketball mood and count me in after standing in the frozen confines of the John Mills Complex Thursday, and you think basketball is a little late, it is. With Thanksgiving Day on the latest possible date this year, the girls teams did not officially start practicing until last Monday and the boys don’t get going until this Monday. First games are not until mid-December.  That is late folks but it won’t take long to get heated up, trust me.

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            Sacred Heart like Housatonic struggled with numbers this season and word is that a possible co-opt situation with Kaynor Tech is being discussed. Meanwhile, the good folks at Housatonic are going to have to figure out where that program is heading. It will not survive another season like this one. Let’s hope Deron Bayer and co. can drum up some interest of figure something out. There is tradition here.

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            Oakville American Legion Post 195 held registration for the 2014 baseball season Saturday. Really? Can we get through football in November first? Sports used to co-exist with one another. Now they drift towards competing with one another.

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            If Ansonia runs the table, the sportswriters are going to have a hard time not voting them No. 1 now aren’t they. In case you missed it, No. 1 New Canaan lost to Darien on Thanksgiving, 28-24.

            Here’s a little food for thought. The Class S No. 1 seed Capital Prep/Classical Magnet/Achievment have allowed the least amount of points per game in the state (7.1) and beat New London, 53-14.  

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            Boy, people sure like to run on Thanksgiving Day, don’t they? We had the Manchester Road Race and Goshen Turkey Trot and my wife has her own Thomaston Tur-K run which raised a much-needed couple hundred bucks for the local food pantry. Frankly, I found standing challenging enough on turkey day but a very well-meant hats off to all who braved the temperatures for charity, fun, exercise and some early morning friendship.

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            Alabama and Auburn – a mesmerizing ending. Not much you add to the pictures. Great, great stuff.

            By the way, you can be unimpressed with Ohio State particularly on the defensive side of the ball after yesterday’s narrow win over Michigan. But if the Buckeyes beat Mich. State next week you have to have them in the national championships game after 25 straight wins.

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            How about those Huskies? Nice to see some nice things happen after a dreadful season. Certainly Casey Cochran has put himself front and center as the QB for next year even with a new coach.

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