Sophia and Rafael and Gustav and Jim
Queen Sophia was among the many notables in the stands at the U.S. Open tennis final Monday and apparently brought good luck to countryman Rafael Nadel. Potato-like, I planted my lazy bones on the couch and watched the whole thing. When the TV camera singled out the queen, I wondered if she would offer her personal congratulations to the winner later. Well, of course she would.
Remember the story about Jim Thorpe at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm? When Thorpe had finished winning all that gold, King Gustav of Sweden, addressing him, said, “You, sir, are the greatest athlete in the world.”
Thorpe’s reply: “Thanks, King.”
Bob and Chip:
What a treat to read Bob Barton’s analysis of the upcoming high school football season in Sunday’s (Sept. 8) Register Citizen. And, in the same edition, Chip Malafronte”s “Sunday Gravy” column.
No one knows scholastic football in Connecticut, chapter and verse, like Barton, a retired New Haven Register editor who is co-editor of the Connecticut High School Football Record Book.
In the section of the story in which he recommends upcoming games to watch, Barton twice mentions Gilbert. On Saturday, Nov. 2, says Bob, you can do some pleasurable leaf-peeping en route to Winsted to watch Avon at Gilbert in a 1 p.m. game, and on Friday, Nov. 22 you can travel to see The Yellow Jackets at Valley Regional.
I have a hunch the football season in Torrington, with its new coach and Gilbert, which figures to be strong, and the others in Litchfield County, will be better than ever.
Malafronte has a clever touch at the keyboard, offering a good mix of local, state and national topics, always interesting and laced with humor. It’s good gravy for your Sunday morning biscuits.
On and On He Goes:
Carmen Cozza’s long association with Yale football continues this season. The new news, announced on Aug. 26, is that the Yale Football Network will add four Buckley Radio Stations, including Torrington’s WSNG-AM, to its lineup. Cozza, who coached the Elis for32 years and won 10 Ivy League titles, has been the color man on the radio broadcasts for 16 years. His partner doing the play-by-play is Ron Vaccaro.
A book about Cozza, his life and career, called “True Blue,” was written by an old friend, Rick Odermatt and published in 1999. Odermatt and I go way back, to a time when I worked at the Hartford Courant and he at the New Haven Register.
Bad Play on a Good Day:
When Tampa Bay second-year linebacker Lavonte David bashed the Jets’ Geno Smith as Smith stepped into out-of-bounds territory Sunday, he was immediately buried under a barrage of harsh criticism. Broadcasters and, the next day, newspaper writers, blistered him and of course, it was to be expected. Lavonte is playing with the big boys now and tough reporters are unforgiving, particularly when the infraction is as blatant as this one. There were only seven seconds remaining in the game, the Jets were down two points and out of field goal range. But after David’s unfathomable hit, Tampa was 15 yards closer and in field goal range. A 48-yard pop was a piece of cake for Gang Green’s Nick Folk, and he didn’t miss.
No paper is tougher in its critical comment than the New York Post, but the Post’s Zack Braziller, who hit as hard as anyone, also reported the good things defender David did in the game, before the illegal bump: “he had eight tackles, three of them solo, one sack, an interception, two tackles for losses and two passes defended.”
It was a great day with a sorry end for the Tampa kid, who, with one little pushed, turne it into a great day for the Jets.
A Koni and a Cody:
When I heard Woody Paige speak on ESPN’s “Around the Horn” show about Koni Dole of Huntley Project High School in Montana, my poor old ear heard heard Koni as Cody and I thought immediately of my friend Cody Elizabeth Santina Carillo. So it took me a while to find Koni Dole in the Internet. But I found a terrific story. Young Mr. Dole, a running back on his high school football team, had to have part of one leg amputated last year following an injury.
Despite a grim prognosis, he recovered and was fitted for an artificial limb. Wouldn’t you know it, he not only played in his team’s opener, he scored two touchdowns. Three cheers and more to you, my inspirational friend.
Cody Carillo? Her parents named her after William Cody, the famed Buffalo Bill. She told me so herself as she was serving up a piece of a pizza she had just taken from the oven at Price Chopper. She is the only Cody I know and a superb pizza maker.
Gotta go. Take care of each other.