Pickens' Perspective: A scatterbrained cap to 2010
I've been feeling relatively scatterbrained lately.
Perhaps it is the holidays, or maybe it is the cold that I'm fighting off, maybe it was the Giants debacle against the Eagles that left me completely dumbfounded
But, for some reason, I can't compress my thoughts into one topic.
So, this week's column will be a mishmash of thoughts that are stewing in my brain. Hope you enjoy.
There were 209 athletes named to the All-FCIAC football team this year, an average of 11 per team. Really?! There's really 209 kids that have the right to call themselves an all-conference football player?! Of those 209, 87 are first team in one of the divisions. Honestly?!
I know we live in the "everyone wins, we all get a medal" days, but c'mon. You mean to tell me that there is a reason six kids from a team who did not win an FCIAC game (Bassick) deserve to be on the teams? Six kids from Westhill really deserve to make All-FCIAC? It's absurd.
It is nice to see a group, led by former Fairfield Prep basketball coach Drew Carothers, honor Walter Fitzgerald with an Alumni basketball game. On Thursday at 6 p.m., at Fairfield Ludlowe High School, there will be the inaugural Walter Fitzgerald Alumni Classic.
This comes prior to next week's Todd Burger Holiday Girls Basketball tournament, which honors my predecessor here at the Fairfield Citizen. This is a great job by all parties involved to honor men who truly cared about both basketball and the town of Fairfield.
Congratulations to Fairfield Prep boys basketball coach Leo Redgate for winning his first two games as the Jesuits' head coach. Congratulations also to Ludlowe's Sarah Huntington and Brian Silvestro as well as Warde's Ryan Swaller for their first varsity head coaching wins on Friday.
I think all of those programs are in good hands. Ludlowe's boys work very hard for Silvestro, Huntington will have the team for two full seasons, and Swaller has the pedigree to do great things. Prep is 2-0 for the first time since 2007, and has gotten great senior leadership and strong play from Matt Daley and Robbie Bier.
If anyone is interested in sending me weekly roundups about your team for the winter season, it would make my job infinitely easier and give your squads much more exposure.
Congrats to Geno Auriemma and the UConn women. They're both very remarkable.
To all the people out there who think that I'm a jinx, you might be right.
I don't think there is a harder town in the state to navigate through than Norwalk. I think Fairfield is second.
I'm off all next week, so I'll offer this prediction. Warde wins the Burger Tournament and ND wins the Prep Tournament.
Feel free to e-mail and chide me if I'm wrong. But remember, I'm never scared to step out on a limb and make a pick.
It's been another great year, here's hoping for a happy and healthy start to the 2011 campaign.
Also, I hope you all have happy holidays, and be safe on New Year's weekend.
And here's hoping that I'm less scatterbrained in 2011.