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US women's soccer wins, Cable 5, Fuessenich Park history project and Dan McNamara leaves the Titans. Ramblings from the desk of Mr. Gaff.

POSTED July 01, 2015
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


TORRINGTON: It’s terrific the buzz the United States women’s soccer team is creating across the country and world after their 2-0 win over the top seed from Germany on Tuesday night.

The finals await this weekend in what should create one amazing viewing party on a weekend (4th of July) where folks live to do just that. Sunday night at 7 p.m., expect an even bigger number than the 6.1 (between 9-11 million viewers) that was seen on Tuesday night in their semifinal match.

Soccer, always one of my favorite sports, may not have the huge financial draw of the major league sports but from a passion point of view, no sport tops it.

Here’s to a USA win on Sunday night, the perfect way to celebrate the end of the holiday weekend that celebrates our independence.

….Enjoyed taping our Cable 5 Show on Monday night with a pair of extremely talented sports writers from different corners of the state.

Mike DiMauro (The Day of New London) and Pete Paguaga (The Norwalk Hour) joined Rick Wilson and I for a fast hour of talking local and national sports.

DiMauro, a four-time Connecticut Sports Writer of the Year, is as talented and knowledgeable a journalist as you will find out there and has covered sports in Connecticut and beyond since graduating from Boston College. His handle on Twitter is @BCGenius. Check his work whenever you can.

Paguaga, who sparked the Northwest Corner as Sports Editor of the Register Citizen for 18-months before being transferred to New Haven, embodies the next generation of sports writers. Ones who love being out in the community, telling stories and utilizing their knowledge of social media to the max.

His Twitter handle is @petepaguaga. A good, quality writer with a personality to match.

The show airs for Cablevision customers on Cable 5 on Thursday night from 8-9 p.m.

A good watch, check it out.

….On Saturday, I had a chance be part of a project being put together by the Torrington Historical Society on Fuessenich Park, the place so many local baseball teams call home and a place that has been witness to so many great sporting events of the years.

Joseph Timothy Quirk, as man as devoted to the arts in Torrington as you will find in this City, had invited me to come to the Historical Society to talk about my memories of the park we call the “Gem of Litchfield County.”

Ed Cannata, a gentleman I had met the night before while visiting the park to check in on the Torrington Titans, was filming the segment that originally was supposed to be part of a short film that would play before the showing of the sport classic, “Field of Dreams” on Thursday night at the Warner Theatre.

Cannata is doing a fine job of promoting the positive doings in and around Torrington with his publication, “Let’s Talk” Torrington and had scheduled me and the legendary Owen Canfield for the piece.

Canfield is as good as it gets when it comes to story-telling and memories, which Quirk and Cannata soon found out and it changed the trajectory of the project from a short feature to one that may run up to an hour.

The Hartford Courant and Register Citizen scribe sat and answered questions from both our hosts and quickly, the memories flowed and flowed.

Listening to Owen Canfield speak of teams he saw all the way back to his childhood at Fuessenich Park was something all of us could have listened to all afternoon and night.

I put in a few thoughts on my time at the park which started when I covered the Torrington Twisters back in 2006 when Stephen Strasburg came to town.

Strasburg still ranks as the best player to ever play a summer of baseball in Torrington even though many a major league star has passed through the parking lot and front gates.

I look forward to catching this piece when it comes out. Great job by all involved in putting it together and thanks for having me be part of it!

….Titans manager Dan McNamara is no longer at the helm of the team, having stepped down on Monday after joining the tea in 2013.

Former player Kyle Decker with will be handling the duties of running the team for now until a new manager is put in place down the line.

McNamara was easy to work with from my end and I wish him the best of luck in is future endeavors. He returns to Western Connecticut State University this fall.

There is so, so much that has gone on with the Titans over the past five years.

Will stability ever be achieved or has college baseball run its course in T-Town?

Only time will tell.       

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