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A Closer Look on Super Bowl Sunday

POSTED February 03, 2013
BY Rick Wilson
Twitter: @scribewilson

A Closer Look

            Giants fan. NFC fan. Not a big Ray Lewis fan. Today, a San Francisco 49ers fan. Prediction: San Francisco 31, Baltimore 24. Of course if you ask Mr. Gaffney, recent predictions have taught us to keep some of our opinions to ourselves.


            Rico Brogna resigned as the Shepaug Valley girls basketball coach this past week. The circumstances surrounding Brogna’s decision were not available.  There is strong temptation here to take Brogna to task. After all his resume of one-and-dones over the last decade is almost legendary. But, without the facts, let’s just say it is unfortunate for Shepaug to loss a coach in the middle of the season and lucky that they have former coach Al Ciarlo to step up from the JV ranks and take over.


            Congratulations to a couple of top notch area athletes who will sign college letters of intent this week. Nonnewaug’s Alexa Brazauskas, an All-State field hockey player for coach Kathy Brenner’s BL champion Chiefs, will be attending Boston College.  Meanwhile,  Thomaston’s Cameron Chaplen, the Class S cross country state champion, will be committing herself to Quinnipiac College.


            A couple of observations from Thomaston’s 66-50 victory over Lewis Mills Friday night. Start with Maggie Eberhardt. She was superb with a mixture of long-range accuracy and scintillating drives to the basket. Eberhardt finished up with 29 points. There is no player with her complete game in the BL and she ranks right up there with the top few players in the area.

            As for the game itself, once again the Bears showed they soak up a challenge like a giant sponge after Mills led most of the first half.

            As for Mills, a very proud effort. Playing without starters Teagan Dunn and Lesleigh Carter, the Spartans were outstanding for a half. It is unfortunate they could have not played with a full compliment.  Does it change the outcome?

            Mills probably thinks so. Thomaston begs to differ. It would have been interesting.


            Kudos to the management group of the Torrington Titans on the hiring of Ed Gadomski to replace Sander Stotland as the team’s General Manager. This is a home run anyway you look at it.

            Gadomski, a former player and current high school umpire, has turned the Tri-State League into the state’s premier amateur baseball league in the last five years and is highly respected by players and fans alike.

            He will bring a knowledge of the game and friendly presence to the Titans’ organization as he tries to build the fan base and make Fuessenich Park the place to be at home games. Gadomski will also be a good bridge to those elements who still aren’t thrilled with the Titans use of the park.

            It is hard to imagine a better choice.


            As I write this Phil Mickelson has a six shot lead going into the last round of the Phoenix Open. I am a big Mickelson fan. It would really make my Super Bowl day if Mickelson wins. If he can’t hang on to a six-shot lead, then he doesn’t deserve it.


            Went bowling for the first time in 142 years last week and scorched the lanes for a 128 and 158. I am blaming the first score on the oil on the lanes, it was throwing my shot off. That and they wouldn’t let me use the bumpers on the side. Earl Anthony, where are you when I need you.


            Looking ahead to the girls basketball state tournament, it has to be somewhat deflating for the Class S teams knowing that Capital Prep is in the same class. The Prepsters have lost only twice to New York powers including Archbishop Malloy. I vote in the New Haven Register state poll and my friends around the state tell me Capital Prep may very well be the best team in the state. And, they are playing in Class S. Can I just say that some folks aren’t happy and it isn’t because Capital is so good. It is back to the how schools get their students issue.


            Interesting debate the other night – Could Northwestern Regional play with and even defeat Wilby or Crosby of the NVL. Former Gilbert great, Winsted legend and Thomaston assistant coach Aaron Bunel – “Absolutely, certainly in the being able to play with category.”

            Former outstanding Lewis Mills coach Mike Tracey – “I don’t think so, it is different game (speed and quickness).”

            Maybe the best thing about the discussion is that it was taking place. There was a day when you would have been laughed at for comparing BL and NVL teams. Not anymore. A few examples – Thomaston beats St. Paul by 16 a week ago, Gilbert narrowly loses to Torrington by a point.    

            My how the basketball winds have changed.


Happy Birthday to my big brother Gary who turns a youthful 59 today. He is much older than I am.

            Enjoy your Super Bowl and remember it is a work and school night. I will be at the UConn game and then home to watch it all and hopefully find out that Mickelson won. Meantime, congratulations to my man Gaffney who says he has delivered his last Super Bowl chips. I think he is taking this late summer retirement thing seriously.

            Oh and a note to my man Pat Tiscia. If you are open, you’ll get the ball. I am a facilitator baby.   


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