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Rob Bottass on the Torrington football program and the upcoming Letterman's Club golf tournament.

POSTED June 23, 2013
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

I've spent some time reflecting on the events of the last twelve months since our last golf outing. Once I moved past the memories in my personal corner of the world, I thought about the Torrington High School football program. The benefit of reflection is that if you do it right, and take the emotion out of it, you can increase clarity.

Clarity is important. When you're fogged-in with emotions, stress and a host of other psychological factors, it's easy to lose your bearings.

I came to this conclusion: The last year for THS football is a mirror of life for any bunch of human beings in any specified space. There were moments to be proud of and moments we'd like to have back. String them all together, and that's life. It's not all peaches and cream. It's not all doom and gloom.

The important thing is that we keep perspective. It's easy to get deep in the weeds over something negative. But that doesn't help us fix things and move on. The same can happen with success, causing us to get complacent. Once you do that, you take a step back and your hard work seems all for nothing.

I like Winston Churchill quotations. The man was a brilliant orator. During WWII, when England seemed on the brink of destruction, Churchill said, "Carry on and dread naught."

That's how I feel about THS football. And how I feel about this golf outing. We will carry on and dread naught. There's a chance for rain on Friday. I'm not really worried about that. It's beyond my power to control. There's been negative press about Torrington football. I can't control people's opinions either.

What I can control is to what degree I apply myself toward something positive for this program. So that's where I'll spend my time. I'm proud to have played for Torrington and still am. And I'll influence anyone's thinking who believes otherwise.

I traveled to San Diego for business a couple weeks ago and I wore my Letterman's club polo shirt. In an airport, someone asked me if that was the same Torrington that was in the news. 

Smiling, I said, "Yes. I'm part of the football booster club." 

He nodded and said, "Oh, ok." and then went back to playing with his iPad.

He didn't go anywhere with that conversation because I said what I did with pride and a smile. I know THS football stands for more than the collective bad decisions of a small group of people.

So, on Friday morning, rain or shine, I'll be in Harwinton. I look forward to spending time with our new coach, old friends and maybe meet some folks for the first time.

See you there.

Best Regards,

Rob Bottass

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