Seeing that the NH register likes to horde its poll from prying eyes until they the poll’s ink is dried on their hallowed pages, I have given myself a mission: From now on, I’m going to publish their poll as early as possible on Tuesday mornings in our website. Even if it means waiting at 4 a.m.
More on that later. Until then, here’s the NHR poll which is status quo.
HS FOOTBALL MEDIA POLL
Compiled by New Haven Register
Team Points Last
1. Ansonia (11-0) (16)………..588….1
2. Greenwich (9-1) (4)………..556….2
3. Hand-Madison (10-0)……..482…..5
4. New London (10-0)………..472…..6
5. Bunnell-Stratford (11-0)…..468…..7
6. Bristol Eastern (10-0)…….362…..8
7. Shelton (9-1)……………….319…..9
8. Staples-Westport (8-1)…..290…..4
9. Seymour (9-1)……………..280….10
10. Southington (9-1)………..261…..3
Dropped out: None.
First-place votes in parentheses after record.
Others receiving votes: Bridgeport Central (8-1), 184; Cromwell (10-0), 154; Weaver-Hartford (9-1), 121; Masuk-Monroe (9-2), 109; New Canaan (8-2), 101; Conard-West Hartford (9-1), 93; Ledyard (8-1), 80; Berlin (9-1), 43; Law-Milford (9-1), 42; Stratford (8-2), 32; Northwest Catholic (8-2), 25; Woodland (8-3), 17; Cheshire (6-4), North Haven (7-3) and Pomperaug-Southbury (8-2), 7.
The following voted: Bob Barton, New Haven Register; Bill Bloxsom, Hersam-Acorn; Sean Patrick Bowley, Connecticut Post; Bryant Carpenter, Meriden-Record Journal; George DeMaio, WELI; Mike DiMauro, The Day of New London; Matt Doran, Norwalk Hour; Noah Finz, WTNH-8; Jim Fuller, New Haven Register; Brian Girasoli, Norwich Bulletin; Ned Griffen, The Day of New London; Mark Jaffee, Waterbury Republican-American; Hal Levy, Shore Line Newspapers; Ken Lipshez, The Herald of New Britain; Joe Morelli, New Haven Register; Paul Nichols, Middletown Press; Mike Pucci, New Haven Register; Erin Quinlan, Manchester Journal-Inquirer; Paul Rosano, Hartford Courant; Dave Ruden, Stamford Advocate.
I’m still kinda shocked over the 4-1 advantage Ansonia gets.
Yeah, I’m voting Greenwich No. 1 but–unlike maybe 75 percent of the voters–I’ve seen both teams multiple times. In fact, I’d argue that I’ve the two teams more times than anyone (Ned Griffen, Bill Bloxom and Bob Barton are the only others who might have seen them an equal time, if not more.)
My point is, I’m one of the few that has seen them both live and I think Greenwich and Ansonia are sooooo close, it’s a tough call either way.
I vote Ansonia, I wish I voted Greenwich. I vote Greenwich, I wish I voted Ansonia.
Yet, it’s a 4-1 advantage in the eyes of the rest of the voters. Just goes to show you…
I generally hate polls because they’re completely subjective and don’t do much except upset people. But understanding that they’re big with fans, I was also thinking that maybe it’s time to take this poll out of the hands of the totalitarian regime of NHR, and bring it back to the rest of us.
Forget the fact that there are a couple of people in this poll who shouldn’t be voting. More importantly, there are people in this poll who SHOULD be voting, but aren’t (Hello WFSB!)
We need a neutral media party to take this poll over from the New Haven Register and I’ll cast my vote (who gave me a vote?) with the Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance.
Practically every other state I’ve seen uses such an organization to run the poll and, this way, we don’t have one organization holding the others hostage, or giving its members more votes, etc, etc. The only other organization I could see doing it is AP… so forget about that.
So whaddya say Sports Writers alliance? Get Buckler, Silver or (especially!) Levy to do the poll and away we go. Can we call this motion onto the floor? I’d give my vote to the organization in a heartbeat.
(As a bonus, I’d forget that you guys ever chose to award a gold key to a coach, rather than withhold it until he started to speak to a fellow sportswriter again)
Let’s make this happen, CSWA! Remove us from the NHR thumb of oppression forever!
That’s enough rants for one day…