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Mets thoughts, a great Unified Sports show and how the Raiders move forward on the gridiron.

POSTED October 27, 2015
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


TORRINGTON: Okay, it’s time.

I’ll stay up for this. It’s time for the 2015 New York Mets to take on the Kansas City Royals for the title of World Champions.

I have to admit, I have not spent a ton of time staying up late for what seems to be an endless first couple of playoff rounds that have started as late as 9:45 p.m. and ended about 20-minutes ago.

Get to the big show and I’ll watch. Too much stress in those early rounds.

When you work sports for a living, you get a bit overloaded at times and the last thing I want to do is hang on the edge on my seat for nearly a month straight.

Call me when you get to the big time and they have now arrived so I’ll tune in.

Will I be a jinx or a help?

Will someone be taking the last pitch of a deciding game, ala Carlos Beltran in 2006 or will the Mets take care of business early?

Whatever happens, it’s all house money to me. You can call it denial if you want. Hope for the best but predict the worse.

All I know is that pitching wins and these four stars that dominated the Dodgers and embarrassed the Cubs all still here and will be for the foreseeable future.

The Royals present a huge challenge. They have been here before and hate the thought of what happened in game seven a year ago when they lost on their field in the final game to the Giants.

As has been said in the interviews this week, maybe the Mets are just too young to understand where they are and how hard it is to get here.

If they want to know how hard it is to arrive here, they don’t have to go far, just to the locker of teammate David Wright who has still not been able to stop saying “World Series” since the clinched in Wrigley a week ago.

I don’t predict because I like eating my spaghetti, not just throwing it against the wall to see what sticks, which is the essence of predictions.

All I know is that Citi Field is electric for the first time since it opened and looks to be the place to be for some time to come.

That makes it fun and worth staying up for.

….Great Cable 5 Show taping on Monday night with Mr. Wilson and four great guests who are involved in the Unified Sports Program at Torrington High School.

I have said it often. If you want to smile for about an hour straight, make your way down to the high school if a Unified event of any kind is planned. Be it basketball or soccer. Bowling also takes place at Sky Top Lanes in Torrington.

Gerry Carbone, the legendary former head coach of the Torrington baseball team and RJ Poniatoski, the current manager of the Torrington P-38’s team in American Legion baseball were joined by Brie Pergola from the Raiders girls’ basketball team and Grace, the Unified sports representative.

Grace had that smile from ear to ear working all show. While she may have been nervous coming in, after showing her the studio and the behind the scenes portion of the inner workings, she relaxed and was a pleasure to be around.

She made our night and we’re pretty sure it made her night as well.

Pergola, the awesomely talented junior who is also rather shy, made Grace, her friend, feel much more comfortable as they sat next to each other for the first portion of the program.

Coach Carbone and RJ, he’s so famous he now has just his first name mentioned (like Grace) have given so much back to Torrington High School over the years and continue to do so on a daily basis with no end in sight. Which is good news for all at THS.

….My takeaway from the Torrington loss to Ansonia is simple.

The Raiders had a bad night against a program that makes you pay dearly if you don’t bring your “A” game.

One game, one loss, move on.

Three games to go after the bye this week. Lose it (the loss) and continue to work towards the goal of a three-game winning streak and a spot in the post season with a 9-1 record.

Before Friday night’s game, head coach Gaitan Rodriguez had his team step out of the locker room before he gave them his pre-game speech.

As the Raiders looked out, all they saw from the top of the hill looking down was a sea of fans on both sides of the field and three deep along the fences in places.

When they returned to the locker room, Rodriguez praised them for what they had done.

“You created that out there,” the third year coach said, “They are all here to see you. That’s what you built in just three years.”

Indeed.

While the outcome was not what they had hoped for, Torrington football had done something we have not seen around here for a very good long time.

A city that was abuzz with anticipation that cared about their football team.

Reminded me a little of “Friday Night Lights” in Texas.

This time though, it was in the Northwest Corner for a team that has captured the imagination of a community and the ride is not over.

Stick around.

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