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On the road with Litchfield County Sports and more

POSTED August 11, 2014
BY Rick Wilson
Twitter: @scribewilson


            A little advance notice here. The distinguished Mr. Gaffney and I will be on the road with the Litchfield Country Sports show Sept. 23 at the Salt Water Grill in Litchfield from 6-7 p.m. We have some solid guest lined up and would love to see you there. Come out and have some fun with us.

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            Much to the chagrin to millions of students across the land the summer is quickly nearing extinction. Wednesday, the high school football season officially begins with teams that held no spring practice ready to don the pads. The NVL has added another metal division this school year with the Iron Division joining the Copper and Brass Divisions.

            So to either introduce the alignments or refresh your memory here they are: IRON – Naugatuck, Woodland, Wolcott, Torrington and Watertown; COPPER – Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, Oxford, St. Paul; BRASS – Holy Cross, Wilby, Kennedy and Crosby, Sacred Heart.

            I guess it is time to start hitting.

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            The Tri-State Baseball League has always been a league where guys keep doing it. So when you see that Chris Blazek had three hits and was the winning pitcher in Litchfield’s 6-5, 1- inning win over Brass City Sunday and that Kyle Capaldo hit a home run for in Bethlehem’s 2-1 loss to Terryville, you aren’t really surprised. Time moves on but so does talent.

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            Great article on the internet this week by famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews on the over-training and drift towards specialization that is causing increasing injuries for youth in sports. Coaches and parents would do themselves a favor by reading it. Oh, by the way when it comes to young kids throwing curveballs, Andrews says they shouldn’t be doing it until they can shave since most are not taught the right mechanics. 

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            One week into UConn football practice it looks like former Ansonia great Arkeel Newsome has made some points with new head coach Bob Diaco.  Newsome has figured prominently in some of the offensive drills and is making strides in the push for playing time.

            Speaking of UConn practices, let’s just say security is tight and leave it at that.

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            There is much to respect for the way Paul O’Neill played the game and the numbers he put up for the New York Yankees. But does he belong in Monument Park with Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle and the rest of the Yankee icons? The same thought goes for Tino Martinez.

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            Whether Rory is your guy or Ricki or Phil or anybody else if you didn’t find the final round of the PGA Championship Sunday riveting, we need to check for a pulse. So many storylines from Rory’s dominance to Phil’s surge, to darkness descending literally creating a foursome on the final hole (unheard of), there was drama galore. Maybe inside on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon – evening in August wasn’t where you wanted to be. But watching this one was worth it.

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            Just for the record, my son is chomping at the bit because the Barclay’s Premier League starts play Saturday with his Manchester United team in action. How did all of this happen?

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            A shout out to good friend Bill Ryan who officially retired as a teacher last week at Thomaston High School after 29 years, more than two decades of that spent as the school’s Athletic Director. Ryan still plans to be associated with the girls basketball program where he has worked as an assistant for coach Bob McMahon since giving up the head coaching duties seven years ago. Hit them straight Mr. Ryan.  

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            For the first time in 20 years my wife and I have different vacations next April (I know, what’s he doing talking about vacation next April when this summer vacation isn’t over yet. What can I say, I like my vacations).  Suggestions anyone? Hey, it doesn’t hurt to ask.

            Enjoy the remaining days of sun and sand.

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