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New Canaan Wins FCIAC Title

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STAMFORD — Nate Quinn threw three first quarter touchdown passes and New Canaan High School held off a late comeback bid to defeat Darien and win the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference championship, 28-20, before a crowd of 9,500 at Boyle Stadium Wednesday morning. It was the first league title since 2000 for the Rams […] [Read More]
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FCIAC Final Ticket Sales Approaching 7,000

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New Canaan athletic director Jay Egan said early this afternoon that sales for tomorrow’s Darien-New Canaan FCIAC final are up to 6,800. With the walk-up crowd, one suspects the final gate could reach somewhere between 7,500-8,000. For those who cannot get to the game, it will be broadcast live on the AM dial at 1400WSTC/1350WNLK. […] [Read More]
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Next Stop, Giants Stadium?

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When Jay Egan pulled into the parking lot outside his office at New Canaan High School this morning, he was amazed to find a line of several hundred people waiting to purchase tickets for Thursday’s can’t-be-hyped-enough FCIAC title game between the Rams and Darien. “This game may be too big for that stadium,” the New […] [Read More]
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FCIAC Final Moving to Boyle

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The ongoing saga over the location for Thursday morning’s FCIAC football championship game was finalized this afternoon when the FCIAC Board of Directors took the decision away from New Canaan and decided to move the contest from Dunning Field to Boyle Stadium. New Canaan coach Lou Marinelli found out about this at 3 p.m. on […] [Read More]
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FCIAC Title Game Likely Staying in New Canaan

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I just got off the phone with New Canaan football coach Lou Marinelli and in his words “it is 99 percent certain” the FCIAC title game against Darien Thanksgiving morning will be played at Dunning Field. There was some talk of moving the game to Boyle Stadium because of the huge crowd expected. Right now […] [Read More]
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Site of FCIAC Title Game Still Uncertain

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Word has leaked out about the possibility that the FCIAC championship game between New Canaan and Darien may be moved to Boyle Stadium Thanksgiving morning. I learned about this yesterday morning and spoke both to New Canaan’s athletic director, Jay Egan, and coach, Lou Marinelli, and all I can tell you is as of right […] [Read More]
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Let the Hype Begin

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The New Canaan-Darien sports rivalry is as intense and passionate as any in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference. No matter the sport, players and coaches from both sides have the date of their meetings circled on the calendar. The schools’ annual Thanksgiving football game is the benchmark, drawing the biggest crowds of the year. […] [Read More]
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Some Flack About a Plaque

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One of the more bizarre scenes of the fall sports season took place this afternoon at Wethersfield High School. The Stamford High field hockey team won its second straight state title after playing Simsbury to a 1-1 tie to produce co-champions. It was strange enough to have a deadlock that denied both teams the kind […] [Read More]
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Looking to Make History

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The Stamford High School field hockey team will hold its final practice of the season tomorrow afternoon. Then it will meet at Bobby Valentine’s for its final team dinner. Then on Saturday morning the Black Knights will face Simsbury for the state title. With a victory they would become the first team in school history […] [Read More]
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A Special Team

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Ten years ago I left The Advocate for a job at ESPN, which turned out to be the worst one I ever had in my life. I quit six months later without having another position and eventually returned to the paper. Most people cannot understand why I would leave Dick Vitale, Keith Olbermann and the […] [Read More]
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