Commentary: 7 On 7 Football Provides Benefits When Kept In Perspective

Each July, as a large portion of local media descends on Dunning Stadium for New Canaan’s 7 on 7 Tournament, I think back to a conversation I had with Rich Albonizio four or five years ago.

Albonizio, the coach of Greenwich at the time, was watching his team go through what has become a much more popular and celebrated version of what my friends and I did growing up, in yards or vacant fields. One person snaps the ball to the quarterback while everyone else on offense becomes a receiver.


Bat Man: Tucci Lumber Continues To Flourish, With Grander Plans On Horizon

A lot has changed for Pete Tucci the past seven years. There are no more late nights in his garage fine-tuning the craft of making baseball bats. Afternoons are now used promoting a continually maturing business rather than hovering over the whirling sounds of machines in his 10,000 square foot South Norwalk factory.

“I’m trying to surround myself with more business minded people,” Tucci said. “Change to more of a business minded operation. Look at our goals and where we are trying to head. I’m definitely a lot busier. My days are filled with meetings. Two years ago I will still making a lot of bats or engraving a lot of the bats. Now more of my time is spent outside of our office. Trying to grow brand. I’m on the road a lot.”


Ruden Report Alzheimer’s Fundraiser July 28

Every 66 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s. It takes a devastating toll, not just on those with the disease, but entire families.

I know. My mother has suffered with Alzheimer’s for a little over six years. Though she is still alive, I largely feel like I have lost her. I will never have the closure of letting her know that she will always be my closest friend and supporter. I will never get the chance to really say thanks a final time.


College Football Is Just A Snap Away For Darien’s Keating

NEW CANAAN — Brian Keating’s commitment to achieving a lifelong dream was best evidenced on the day after Thanksgiving in 2014. The Darien football team had defeated New Canaan for the FCIAC championship the previous day, but the Blue Wave’s long snapper on special teams, George Reed, playing with a torn ACL, had to remove himself from the unit. Later in the game, Darien had a punt blocked.

“The next morning we go to break down film at 7 a.m. We gave the kids the day off and BK’s out there long snapping,” recalled Darien coach Rob Trifone, referring to Keating. “He was determined to help the team, which is the kind of kid he is, and win that spot. Which he did.”


Analysis: Arrival Of Pyne Will Liven Preseason In New Canaan

NEW CANAAN — A highly touted freshman quarterback arrives at his new high school to great fanfare, navigating the maze of living up to the hype while fitting in with new teammates.

If this sounds like the third season of Friday Night Lights, with J.D. McCoy, you would be correct. But the real-life version is about to play out right here in our neck of the woods. Fairfield County will get a rare glimpse of what happens in Texas, Florida and real high school football hotbeds.


Video: Grip It & Rip It FCIAC Highlights

New Canaan hosted its 9th annual Grip It & Rip It 7 on 7 football tournament on Friday and Saturday. There were 32 schools, including seven from the FCIAC, that participated.

Cheshire Academy won the title, with Darien advancing to the losers’ bracket semifinals.


Photo Gallery: Grip It & Rip It

Cheshire Academy emerged as the winner out of a field of 32 schools as New Canaan hosted its 9th annual Grip It & Rip It 7 on 7 football tournament on Friday and Saturday. Seven from the FCIAC, that participated.

Darien, which reached the losers’ bracket semifinals, and Greenwich lasted the longest from the conference.