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Tech sports back, Titans in the Finals, almost decision time for Jordan Williams and a series of little importance in Boston

POSTED August 04, 2011
BY Patrick Tiscia
Twitter: @PatrickTiscia


Crisis averted.

Word came out Wednesday that sports in Connecticut technical schools will resume for the 2011-12 season after it was orginally announced by the state that their sports programs would be cut due to budget concerns.

Locally, it means Wolcott Tech, which has fielded strong boys baseball, basketball and volleyball in recent years, won’t have to worry about helping place student-athletes in other school’s sports programs to get their athletic fix.

Dragging the kids into this economic crisis led to public outrage and protests, yet, I’m hardly surprised an agreement was reached.

Every year it seems, whether it’s arts, music or sports programs, something is threatened to be disbanded from schools over money concerns. That is followed by parents, students and alumni understandibly going ballistic and, somehow miraculously, seeing a deal reached at the last second to avoid the cuts.

We’ve seen this before and, sadly, we’ll see it again. Thankfully, for Wolcott Tech and the rest of its fellow tech schools, business is back to normal. For now.

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The Titans, not surprisingly, are in the finals in the first year of Futures League, with action beginning tonight in Nashua, N.H. against the Silver Knights.

While there are always hurdles for first year league, it seems the Futures League is on solid ground with expansion expected for next season. The Titans have been a strong presence off the field, opening a team store in downtown Torrington, and on the field, led by manager Gregg Hunt, winning 27 games.

Hunt, a staple of summer league baseball play, is no stranger to championship game appearances, reaching the finals four times with the Torrington Twisters of the NECBL.

Hunt will send Gavin McCullough (6-0, 1.24 ERA) to the mound tonight. Game 2 of the best-of-three series will take place at Fuessenich Park Friday at 6:35 p.m. Tickets are $5  for adults, for children.

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Odd times for NBA players with the lockout in full force and the 2011-12 season in doubt.

Because of this, Torrington’s Jordan Williams, a second round pick of the New Jersey Nets, has a tough decision to make: whether to sign overseas or stay here and wait out the lockout.

Two of his teammates – Deron Williams and Jordan Farmar – have signed overseas, but they both have outs in their contracts if the lockout is settled. It’s doubtful a team would give a player like Jordan, who has never played a NBA game, an out in their contract if the NBA comes back next season.

If Williams goes overseas, he will be all but conceding that he won’t play in the NBA next year. No matter what the decision is, it’s a huge risk either way.

Unfortunately, in just two months, Williams has learned how business works in sports the hard way.

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The networks – YES, NESN, FOX and ESPN – will hype up the Yankees-Red Sox series this weekend as a major showdown.

Take one look at the standings and you’ll realize it isn’t. Both teams are locks for the playoffs and, if anything, the only thing on the line this weekend is the rights to one extra playoff game at home in October. As we’ve seen over the years, homefield in baseball is a nice, but not vital luxury.

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