A Story Of Thanks (Plus Playoff Scenarios)

We’ll have special FNF Thanksgiving shows the next 3 nights (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) at 11:15pm.  Highlights of huge games tonight and tomorrow morning and our traditional preview of the playoff matchups on Friday with the Day of New London’s Ned Griffen.

For a look at the current playoff scenarios (18 of the 32 playoff spots remain up for grabs with 36 teams vying for those spots) visit Ned’s blog with a breakdown of the possibilities.

Once the results start to come in on Wednesday night and Thursday midday you can track who’s in and who’s out of the 32 team CIAC playoff field here.

Tim Rose’s Story of Thanks

On Wednesday’s show I’ll share the story of Southbury’s Tim Rose.  Tim was a standout junior defensive back on Pomperaug’s 2004 state championship team.

Now 22 years old, Tim is back living with his parents after recently having moved into his own condo. He’s been forced to return  home after a 1 man, 1 car drunk driving accident on the night of September 11th.

Tim shattered an ankle in the accident, broke both heels (the hardest bones in the body), suffered a lung contusion and fractured his pelvis.  He hasn’t been able to put weight on his heels and ankle and has been confined to a wheelchair and using crutches.  Fortunately he did not suffer a head injury and he hopes to recover enough to play softball and baseball this summer.  Needless to say, Tim has much to be thankful for this year – first and foremost his life.

What’s different about this story his how he went public with the news of his frightening and embarrassing accident.  He wrote a memorable letter to the local newspaper, Southbury Patch.  Please take the time to read the letter (and see a photo of Tim’s car after the accident) and then join us tonight at 11:15pm as Tim shares his story on television.

3 Games We’ll Be Watching

Cromwell at Coginchaug – Wednesday 6:30pm

As noted in Ned’s playoff breakdown, tonight’s game in Middletown is the only Thanksgiving game in which the winner is in the playoffs and the loser is out. Both (6-3) teams are left in this must win spot following dramatic losses last week. North Branford rallied for 3 4th quarter touchdowns to defeat Coginchaug while Haddam-Killingworth went for 2 in overtime on Saturday to upset Cromwell, 29-28.

Naugatuck at Ansonia – Thursday 10:30am

The NVL title is on the line.  Ansonia is already in the playoffs and has a chance at the Class S #1 seed with a win. Naugatuck must win to make the field in Class L.

Note: With Class L being the most competitive of the classes in this the first season of the newly aligned 4-class playoff system it appears that a 1 loss team could miss the postseason party.  The most likely scenario being a (9-1) Bristol Eastern team staying home in the event of  hard earned wins by Naugatuck (at undefeated Ansonia) and New Canaan (at undefeated Darien).  The intent of the new system was to prevent worthy teams (read 1 loss teams) from missing the playoffs. Seems that a 1-loss Bristol Eastern team, with its only defeat coming to undefeated and defending Class M state champ Berlin, is worthy.

Platt vs. Maloney – Thursday 10:30am

The Stoddard Bowl has big implications for the 2 Meriden city rivals this season.  Maloney all but clinches a playoff spot in Class L with a win while Platt is likely in in Class M with a win. The losing team has played its’ last game of 2010.

Completely Unrelated Thought of The Week

Seems the day after Thanksgiving is the first day when it’s OK for radio stations that choose to to go all Christmas music all the time through December 25th. If I had my choice to program a radio station with one theme for the next month I’d go with 24/7 James Taylor. How about you?

Thanks to the wonderful advent of Sirius/XM Satellite radio such channels do exist year round including Jimmy Buffett (Margaritaville) and Bruce Springsteen.  No James Taylor channel yet, but I am hooked on the Fantasy Sports (XM 147, Sirius 211) channel – at least when they’re talking fantasy football – can’t quite get into fantasy hockey or basketball.

See you Tonight, Tomorrow and Friday at 11:15pm for FNF. Happy Thanksgiving!

John

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