This has been sticking in my craw for years now, but after what I saw and heard tonight, it’s time to speak up:
I don’t care what the CIAC says. This… was… a… game…
I mean, sheehsh, it had everything a real game is supposed to have: concessions, a 20-minute halftime, an announcer (WELI commentator Nick Aprea is now doing the honors for the late Ed Marocco), cheering fans, uniforms… everything.
The only thing missing was a band and, more importantly, playoff points.
Let’s be honest, too. This kind of “live” scrimmage was going on all across Connecticut this weekend. Everywhere you looked, there was a live “scrimmage” going on.
In fact, New York kicked off its season this weekend and across the border in New Rochelle, Iona Prep’s first official game of the 2008 season was… New Canaan.
Don’t believe me? Check out this preview from the Westchester Journal News. This was Iona’s first game of the season, complete with stats, standings and everything.
From what I hear, New Canaan’s Lou Marinelli treats it like a scrimmage, subbing his top players out in the second half. But, make no mistake this was just like tonight’s Ansonia-Shelton game. The starters started and played for a long time.
(Incidentally, New Canaan lost 35-10. New Canaan falls to 0-1.)
Let’s face it, everybody is playing for real lets make this week for real every year. By the time we kickoff next week, 49 states will have already completed their week 1 games.
Let’s get on the ball CIAC football committee. Conditioning week is useless and obsolete. Kids these days are in the weight room or at 7 on 7 passing camps all through the offseason. Let’s start the season the first weekend of September and play 11 games a year.
OK, I’m done.