Wednesday, August 27, 2008

No...I Haven't Forgotten About Football

With all the talk of doing Renegades baseball (speaking of which, I did the Oneonta roadtrip, and still have a few more games to call), I'm sure a few of you have thought that I've lost my zest for football. Not so! In fact, I come here with news this morning of our first pigskin broadcast on WGCH.

We'll open our coverage of the two-time defending FCIAC and Class LL Champions on Saturday, September 6th at 9:50 AM, as the Cardinals meet their crosstown rivals, the Brunswick Bruins. Kickoff at Robert L Cosby Field is at 10:00 AM.

Sean Kilkelly is back for another go-round in the booth as my sidekick and trusted consigliere. Sean's knowledge of the game is tremendous and he helps bring the lighthearted, community-based approach to our broadcasts that we've been preaching since 2000. Nick Fox is a former Cardinal and will walk the sideline for us, taking over for the departed Nick Angotto, who is now attending the University of Hawaii (Aloha!). Rob Crowley will take a stab at stats and various contributions, and Dom Romeo will keep us on the air from the corner of Lewis and Mason Streets.

As usual, we'll hopefully talk with the many friends that we've made over the years. And remember that Tim Parry will be back with the FCIAC football talk show "Live From the FC" (please note that the title may change). Jason Intrieri will be with TP as his co-host, and they both know that they have a place in the WGCH booth whenever they wish. Shameless plug - I often get to be a guest or even a host.

(Also don't forget about Matt Levine and company over on WSTC/WNLK.)

As for me, it's year number nine at the mic. I wasn't 100% positive that I'd be back but I'm ready to go, and looking forward to what should be a challenging season. I'll be burned out by December again!

The rest of our schedule has yet to be worked out. We know we're covering Cardinals Football again, but have yet to decide on more coverage of the Bruins, Rye Garnets, Harrison Huskies, and Port Chester Rams (or anybody else). We'll also be letting you know about carrying the annual Championship Sunday in the GYFL.

As usual, I'm greedy. I want to cover it all! "Have headset, will travel" has become my motto. More often than not it's a great way for me to get away from life. My passion for calling games is such that I will drive all the way to Oneonta, New York for nothing more than the fun. It's like a little vacation!

So the current schedule looks like this:

Saturday, September 6 - Greenwich at Brunswick - 10:00 AM
Friday, September 12 - Bridgeport Central at Greenwich - 7:00 PM
Saturday, September 20 - Greenwich at Darien - 1:30 PM
Friday, September 26 - Brien McMahon at Greenwich - 7:00 PM
Friday, October 3 - Greenwich at Danbury - 7:00 PM
Friday, October 10 - Greenwich at Ridgefield - 7:00 PM
Saturday, October 18 - Trumbull at Greenwich - 1:30PM (Homecoming)
Friday, October 24 - St. Joseph (NJ) at Greenwich - 7:00 PM
Friday, October 31 - Greenwich at Wilton - 6:00 PM
Friday, November 7 - Stamford at Greenwich - 7:00 PM
Saturday, November 15 - Greenwich at Westhill - 1:30 PM
Thursday, November 27 - Staples at Greenwich - 10:00 AM

There could also be an FCIAC Championship Game (on or about November 21), the Class LL Semis (December 2) and the Class LL Championship (December 6). As usual, expect the minimum 10 minute pregame show.

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