STAMFORD — The Ridgefield High School boys basketball team walked into the Westhill gymnasium Friday night, its 32 minutes of crisp basketball being formed into a question: Why not us?
Why not, indeed.
The belief here is that fans and the media make too much of preseason scrimmages, especially in the high profile sports that gain the most attention. You can glean a few insights, but they often get overplayed and are better fodder for discussion more than anything.
That is also true of opening games, especially in sports other than football. Twenty-game seasons are marathons not sprints.
STAMFORD — Let’s all make a deal. Until we have a much larger body of work — and the way things are shaping up we could be talking at least a month — the word upset should be used very sparingly, if at all, in FCIAC boys basketball.
Wilton over Darien? Westhill over St. Joseph? Stamford over Norwalk?
No, no, no.
Preseason prognosticating is an inexact practice, and when it comes to this FCIAC boys basketball season, going out on a limb is both the easiest and most difficult of tasks.
The easy: barring the arrival of spaceships whisking its players away, Bridgeport Central seems destined to win its second straight league title. The Hilltoppers have most of their top talent back from a team that caught fire during the second half of last season.