Indeed that was the 28-year New Canaan coach’s reaction to the news that the FCIAC was overruling his decision to keep the Turkey Bowl game at Dunning Stadium and move it to Boyle Stadium in this story by Tom Renner sports editor of The Advocate of Stamford: Darien, New Canaan game changes venues.
Marinelli, the dean of FCIAC football head coaches, has a right to be upset for a number of reasons… especially since it looks like the FCIAC and NC athletic director Jay Egan went behind his back to move the game.
But maybe it was for good reason, according to Darien athletic director John Kelleher, Darien parents apparently were having serious trouble scoring tickets to this game — one that executive secretary John Kuczo said has drawn the most interest in “maybe 25 years.”
Egan had strong words for any of the football staff or players who disagree that moving the game was in the best interest of everyone.
“I’m upset if our coaches and players are in any way upset by this,” he said. “I wish there was some way this could be a home game, but given the situation, this will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the players, coaching staff and our fans.”
I’m warming to the move. Partially because I believe it would be a shame for Immediate family members on either side to miss an event like this (almost like missing graduation). So the league is right in its attempts to accommodate several thousand more fans.
But this should have been figured out a long time ago, not Monday and certainly not at the expense of a school’s regular season home game. (I guess the lesson here is if leagues MUST have a title game, it has to be at a neutral site on a neutral day. This clearly won’t do.)
Anyway, caught between two immovable forces, the FCIAC decided it can live with hurt feelings on the New Canaan side in order to satisfy the potentially unruly mob that would otherwise be banging down the gates at Dunning Stadium.
As we all know, hell hath no fury like scores of parents and thousands of fans scorned.
If I’m Marinelli I say this to my seniors: “They took away your last game at our field. Go out there and win it back.”
The bust open the Boyle Stadium doors and bury your biggest rivals.
(By the way, with a potential state championship matchup on the line, maybe we should start looking at Rentschler Field’s availability? Couldn’t hurt, right?)