A view from the Greenwich WGCH press box

I know this should be about sports.

Yes, that was the agreement when the idea for this blog was proposed. We’ll get there eventually. But, seriously, how much are we really thinking about sports in this area right now?

Like you, I felt the wrath of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Sandy. I spent all of Monday into Tuesday morning in Greenwich, inside the WGCH studios. Working with Jim Fischer, Tony Savino, Darby Cartun and Bob Small, I talked for almost eight hours, trying to keep listeners enlightened and entertained. My “Press Box” colleagues (Chris Erway, Chris Kaelin, and Ryan DeMaria) also joined in, either via phone or online.

I watched out our studio windows as the trees swayed. I listened to the rain. I heard a few of the pops and saw some of the flashes. And I heard the stories — from Rye to Bridgeport and beyond. I am sickened for the losses, both material and personal, including the houses that burned in Old Greenwich. I am grateful, as we all should be, to the first responders that worked so hard to keep us safe.

After a weekend that included seeing Greenwich dispatch of Westhill, 63-22, the storm made the game a distant memory. I should tell you that, with the proper things in place (talented players, a dedicated roster, and a fine coaching staff) that the Westhill Vikings can become a force to be reckoned with in the FCIAC. That is all just a matter of time.

Like most of you, I sat in the dark in Monday night, pulling up some floor in my office at WGCH. I made my way back to my home in New York on Tuesday and had no power. That returned Tuesday night and I feel both happy and a little guilty, given what my friends in my adopted area of Greenwich are going through.

As for high school sports, the FCIAC and state are talking about what to do. It’s getting towards playoffs and championship time for some of the sports. Specifically, football has to deal with this weekend. Some schools have already canceled classes for the rest of the week. Greenwich is scheduled to play McMahon on Friday (pregame show beginning at 6:40—as of now—on WGCH).

As I write this on Wednesday morning (and a Happy Halloween, if you’re allowed to celebrate), no decision has been made on the status of the games. If they don’t play, then prepare to watch football on the weekend on Nov. 16-17 –— usually the time when the FCIAC championship game takes place. That game might get canceled, or only be played if it encompasses the Thanksgiving matchup between Greenwich and Staples at Cardinal Stadium.

So much to think about. Sports really can’t be the first priority. Stay safe.

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