It was met with practically no fanfare, mostly because we didn’t notice it.
Now we’ve noticed and now I feel like Steve Martin in ‘The Jerk.”
(For you young’uns, a ‘Phone-book’ was a massive volume of flimsy paper that, incredibly, listed the landlines of everybody in your county and state in microscopic-point font that came every year from your local telephone company. It was the contact list for the entire region, written down. It was, of course, bulky and huge. Old copies are probably stacked somewhere in your parents’ basement or garage, holding things open or up.)
Anyway… Playoff packets. OK, so what does this mean?
Well, get excited (or down) because the playoff packet is where the CIAC unveils the football playoff divisions.
Now you find out who you’ll be competing against to win one of two state championships given out in each class this year.
We’ll skip all of the tweaks and new concussion awareness stuff for now and get to the meat of the matter: What will this year’s state playoffs look like.
1. As you’re aware, we have EIGHT state champions this year. The state quarterfinals have been eliminated, but we’ll be playing the semifinals and finals over two weeks instead of one like we did in the olden days of 2009. They’re trying to figure out a way to put back quarterfinals for 2015, but Thanksgiving — as always — stands in the way.
2. There are still four main divisions, however. The big difference is once the top eight teams are determined in each division, the CIAC will split them in two according to size. The eight groupings of four will then play down for a state “championship.” Large LL, Small LL, Large L, Small L, Large M, Small M, Large S, Small S. (Retch!)
3. The SIXTEEN semifinal games will be held Dec. 6 (Retch!)
4. The EIGHT state championships will be held Dec. 12-13 at SITES TO BE DETERMINED. (Goodie for you New Canaan and Darien.)
5. Listed below are team division changes based on boys enrollment numbers from the previous season. There was a lot more movement from the previous year.
Class LL, L and M feature 35 teams, a net-loss of one each from 2013. Class S has 38 teams, same as last year.
- CLASS LL adds: Bristol Central (from L) and Farmington (from L); CLASS LL drops: Newington (to L), South Windsor (L), Kennedy (L).
- CLASS L adds: Newington (from LL), South Windsor (from LL), Kennedy (from LL), New Fairfield (from M), Barlow (from M). CLASS L drops: Avon (to M), Bristol Central (to LL), East Lyme (to M), Cheney Tech (to M), New London (to M).
- CLASS M adds: Avon (from L), East Lyme (from L), Cheney Tech (from L), New London (from L), SMSA/University (from S), Immaculate/Abbott Tech (new co-op), Sacred Heart/Kaynor Tech (new co-op); CLASS M drops: New Fairfield (to L), Barlow (to L), Bullard-Havens (to S), Granby (to S), Stonington (to S), Tolland (to S), Valley Regional/Old Lyme (to S).
- CLASS S adds: Bullard-Havens (from M), Granby (from M), Stonington (from M), Tolland (from M), Valley Regional/Old Lyme (from M); CLASS S drops: SMSA/University (to M), Sacred Heart (co-op to M), Immaculate (co-op to M), Whitney Tech (JV), Housatonic (JV).
So, without further ado:
Divisional setup for 2014
|Norwich Free Academy||1082|
|Vinal Tech / East Hampton / Goodwin Tech **||671|
|Notre Dame-West Haven||622|
|Bulkeley / HMTCA **||574|
|Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby**||552|
|Quinebaug Valley-Putnam **||513|
|Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton **||511|
|Immaculate / Abbott Tech. **||495|
|St. Bernard/Norwich Tech **||464|
|Sacred Heart / Kaynor Tech **||455|
|SMSA / University **||432|
|Valley Regional/Old Lyme **||357|
|Old Saybrook/Westbrook **||316|
|Stafford/East Windsor **||243|
|Capital / Achievement **||131|