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Dave Ruden offers news, commentary and analysis on the FCIAC and local sports

Video Spotlight: Pat Atkinson

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While Khairi Fortt gets all the attention, the person standing next to him in the middle of the field for Stamford High School’s defense is another player who opposing coaches scheme against. If a vote was made to select the most underrated player in the FCIAC, Black Knights linebacker Pat Atkinson would be prominent in […] [Read More]
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Fortt 50-50 For Friday Night; Exact Nature of Injury Revealed

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I just left Stamford High School’s football practice — I’m working on a column on Pat Atkinson that will run in Friday’s paper — and coach Kevin Jones told me that right now Khairi Fortt is 50-50 for Friday night’s game at Brien McMahon. Jones said he will meet with Fortt’s father, Guy, Friday morning […] [Read More]
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Live Football Chat Tonight at 8:30

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The Connecticut Post’s Sean Patrick Bowley and I will be doing our third weekly high school football chat tonight at 8:30. Viewers are welcome to ask questions or just follow the discussion. So come back here tonight and join in. Week 3 Live High School Football Chat [Read More]
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Valentine Returning to ESPN

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As expected, ESPN announced today that Bobby Valentine will be returning to the network as an analyst. In an e-mail from Japan, Valentine said he will make his debut next month, working the league championship series from the studio and on site at the World Series. Valentine said he has a four-year contract, but there […] [Read More]
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Fortt Announcement Coming Monday

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Khairi Fortt has made his college choice, and on Monday he will make it public. Fortt, the Stamford High School linebacker who is considered the No. 2 prospect in the country at his position, plans to make his announcement when he is honored at an assembly at the school at 1:15 as part of the […] [Read More]
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My New Twitter Name

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I had no idea when I started using Twitter that is would end up being such a good tool for work — and other things. I probably use it now as much as, if not more than, Facebook. Thus, I have changed my Twitter user name from the cryptic RudyT45 to the much easier DaveRuden […] [Read More]
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Poll: Which FCIAC Fall Team Has The Most Dominant Program?

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More so than any of the three high school sports seasons, the fall seems to be the time of year for dominant programs, teams with a long-standing history of success. So in an attempt to create the first poll for the blog, I was thinking, which team in the readers’ eyes is the most dominant? […] [Read More]
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Video Spotlight: Brianna Valente

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In a year in which kickers are going to be getting a lot of attention in the FCIAC, one of the more unusual stories is coming out of New Canaan. Looking for a reliable kicker both for this year and beyond, coach Lou Marinelli plucked Brianna Valente out of gym class and helped convince her […] [Read More]
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Video Spotlight: Willie Ouellette and Turner Baty

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They don’t hate each other, talk behind each other’s back or have a disparaging word to say. In fact, the perceived quarterback controversy between New Canaan High School’s Willie Ouellette and Turner Baty, as I learned after spending an hour with them this afternoon, is no controversy at all. When Baty, the highly touted quarterback […] [Read More]
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Fortt to Sit Out Against Greenwich

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Stamford High School football coach Kevin Jones said he was going to let Khairi Fortt make the decision whether he plays in tomorrow night’s home game against Greenwich. Fortt has had someone make the choice for him. Fortt’s father, Guy, said he wants his son, who sustained a sprained ACL and bone bruise last week […] [Read More]
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