Around the local area: Thoughts on the Titans Part II, UConn, Jordan Williams and Ryan Gomes
(The Torrington Titans will return next season in The Futures League, according to sources.)
Collegiate baseball in Torrington looks like it will return this summer after all.
The Futures Collegiate Baseball League of New England, which will be entering its first season, is closing in on a deal with the city to bring a team to Fuessenich Park, according to sources.
Torrington, in the New England Collegiate Baseball League as the Twisters, and in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League as the Titans last season, has shown it is more than capable of supporting summer collegiate baseball. Fan support will not be an issue.
The biggest question surrounding the team, that will be called the Titans again, is the league itself. Quite frankly, unless teams go under and have to cease operations in the middle of the season, it can’t be worse than the ACBL.
Last season, Torrington outdrew the entire league combined. Also, teams had issues securing fields on game day, the teams were too far apart geographically and there were several discipline issues from players on road trips.
The Futures League does not have high standards to live up to in Torrington from last season because none exist. As a first-year league, the smaller the pressure, the better. There’s nowhere to go but up and that’s what the city appears to be betting on.
While the game wasn’t a classic as many had hoped, the Torrington-Holy Cross Naugatuck Valley League Tournament final at Kennedy High School was a great showcase for girls basketball. A standing room only crowd was in the house, several media outlets were on hand and the Kennedy gym is one of the nicer ones around. If we’re lucky, the rivalry between these teams will continue to grow.
Reason No. 12,561 why the NFL is better than college football: UConn announced its 2011 season-opener will be against Fordham on Sept. 1. Raise your hand if you knew Fordham even had a football team. (Don’t worry, I didn’t either.)
Speaking of the Huskies, I’m not sure if he had the option to, but if he did, I don’t understand why Jim Calhoun wouldn’t have served his three-game Big East suspension now. UConn is already a lock for the NCAA Tournament and all they’re playing for at this moment is Big East Tournament seeding, which, in the grand scheme of things, means nothing. Now, Calhoun and the team will have this suspension hanging over them for at least another 10 months until Big East play begins next year. Well, unless Calhoun is considering retiring after this season. Would it surprise you if he did, just to stick it to the NCAA?
Huge game tonight for Torrington’s Jordan Williams, whose Maryland Terrapins visit No. 19 North Carolina at the Dean Smith Center. Maryland is 18-10 (7-6 ACC) and desperately needs this win to stay in NCAA Tournament contention. On an individual level, Williams continues to shine, averaging 17.2 points and 11.5 rebounds. Unfortunately, for us, the game will not be televised locally. Trust me, I went through the channel menu four times looking for it.
Watching the Los Angeles Clippers play the last two nights against the Lakers and Celtics, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for former Wilby great Ryan Gomes. When it comes to bad luck, Gomes is the king, playing for the Celtics pre-Big Three, the hapless Timberwolves and now the Clippers. Winning has eluded him like a diet has for Bartolo Colon. Hopefully, with Blake Griffin in the mix, the Clippers will turn the corner or Gomes gets traded eventually to a contender.
Be sure to check out LitchfieldCountySports.com throughout the week for coverage of the Berkshire League Boys Basketball Tournament and girls state tournament action. Also, be sure to listen to the Litchfield County Sports Show Monday at 5:30 p.m. on WAPJ.