A view from the Greenwich WGCH press box

Finally, Cardinal Stadium played host to their most famous tenants Friday night, when the home town football team waxed a game Trumbull squad, 62-31. It was a largely uneventful type of night, except for Alex McMurray’s four touchdowns. The Cardinal captain is better at scoring on the gridiron than he is at projecting football games.

You see, each week on “The Press Box” (Mondays from 7-9 on WGCH 1490 AM), the “Playmakers” and I pick the games for the week. Last week, three of the five Cardinal captains stopped by to be a part of the fun. Taylor Olmstead and Alex McGee both got nine games correct, while our guy McMurray got…six. He decided to pick with his heart and go for some upsets (For the record of completeness, Ryan DeMaria won the week with 10 correct, while Chris Erway, Chris Kaelin and I each got nine).

Returning to Cardinal Stadium — especially for the first game — is like coming home. Because life is too hectic, I only see the people there over this small stretch of two to three months. Some travel to road games, but most only go to home games. Or I only see them at home games.

Nancy and George Chelwick both visit us for virtually every game that they’re at. I’ve gotten to know them in the most small way over my years as the Cardinals broadcaster. They did the game films for such a long time, and though they’re not doing it now, they’re still a vibrant part of the Big Red world. Before each game, Nancy makes sure to stop by the booth, if only to hand a small bag of candy bars to me to distribute among my fellow broadcasters.

When they can’t make a game they will often call me for a scoring update — just as George did last Friday night. George and I once drove together to the Greenwich/Staples Thanksgiving Day game. I enjoyed listening to his stories and his wisdom. Always respect your elders, boys and girls! They have so much to offer.

Cardinal Stadium also means Brian Kennedy. He is “Mr. Everything” to me at Greenwich High, and his constant presence, and availability makes him invaluable. Dick Leonard, among the best public address announcers out there, is another constant.

Much has changed at Cardinal Stadium, but Dick and I can both still be found at every home game. Space doesn’t allow me to name check everyone and, to be honest, I don’t know every name. Many are familiar faces.

It isn’t quite Cheers. Everybody doesn’t know my name (or even my voice). But it’s still home, and I like it.

One post-script: Greenwich, you showed up big time on Friday night. That was a great turnout. Keep it up.

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