Graduations have wrapped, the summer solstice is tomorrow, and football — sweet, nourishing football — is just about two months from beginning the first practices of the 2019 season.
So, tick…tick…tick… the countdown begins.
What better time than to break out the podcast equipment, still warm from our recent baseball, softball and boys lacrosse season wrap-ups, and talk a little football on the newly-christened GameTimeCT HS Football Podcast: The Meat Grinder.
For those of you who don’t know, we bandied about this name and several others when we launched last September, but ultimately couldn’t settle on a name.
Now that we’re back, and since all of our other sportspods have cute nicknames, it was time to take the plunge on our most popular pod.
We wanted something that referenced Connecticut high school football and, if you’ve followed it long enough, The Meat Grinder is perfect. It’s an inside joke among CT reporters: a phrase SCC head coaches commonly used to describe their league’s power scheduling since 2004.
Now that the league has taken the lead in scheduling across the state with the Connecticut Football Scheduling Alliance, the name is quite apropos.
Now… to business.
As you’re all well aware, the biggest news of the upcoming season so far is the sudden departure of John Marinelli from defending Class LL champion Greenwich just days after conducting spring practices.
So, how about one more chat with the champ as he prepares to get hitched and head off for his new gig at the University of Arizona. Hosts Pete Paguaga and Sean Patrick Bowley drag Johnny back onto the internet for what amounts to an exit interview.
(Yes, haters. Another John Marinelli podcast. Don’t like it? Don’t listen.)
For everyone else, the interview is about 50 minutes and it covered all kinds of topics: How did he make the decision to leave? …What’s Greenwich got left? And can the Cardinals repeat? …His uniform design decisions. …His thoughts on how football can be made better here, either with playoff realignment or on the topic of practice restrictions. … And, perhaps most intriguing, how he and several other Connecticut coaches have started their own football coaches association in hopes of having a greater say in what rules are imposed on the sport.
We even asked him how he thinks the local media could improve.
So, yea, it was a diverse exit interview with a wide-range of topics. Join us, won’t you?
We’ll be back next week, and often throughout the summer with plenty of guests and discussions about the upcoming season.
Just hit the player, above, or — if that doesn’t show, you can listen to a direct link on Soundcloud.
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‘Til next week!
- 0:00 – 2:00: We have a new name!
- 2:00 – 9:09: Introduction.
- 9:09 – 1:01:15: The Exit Interview with outgoing Greenwich coach John Marinelli
- 1:01:15 – End: Wrapping up and what’s next.