At long last, football season is right around the corner. I’m very excited for this upcoming year as we look to continue our success at the Stafford Bulldogs Youth Football League. Also, there will be a new coach this year at Stafford High, as Coach Bernier will not be returning, we wish him the best.
SBYFL practices will start this year on Monday July 29th at 5:30pm. Please be there early to fill-out paperwork if you have not already done so. The cost is $100 per child. You can also sign up online at bulldogsyouthfootball.com or click here to print forms –> football forms.
Goto to my facebook page (Coach Vail’s Football Page) devoted to local football and hit like for all updates and news. Please answer the poll below, check out the picture of the new UConn football uniforms below and let me know what you think.
Kate and I had the privilege of shooting our show from Shark Cycle in downtown Stafford Springs on Thursday. Their selection of new and used recreational vehicles is endless! Check out the video below. There is a lot of town news, many birthdays, and even our attempt at the Harlem Shake. We are orchestrating a huge Town of Stafford Harlem Shake around the rotary downtown. Stay tuned and check us out on Facebook for all the details —-> LIVE with Kate & Kurt. While your there like the page. See you next week.
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A few Fridays ago, Mallery and I, from the Kate & Kurt show, were invited to The Stafford Palace Theater in beautiful and revitalized downtown Stafford Springs. We took in a show and talked to theater manager Nick Zemek. Check out the video below of our interview with Nick and reaction from some locals about the Dr. Dirty comedy show that we saw that night. It was hilarious but we can’t show any footage because Dr. Dirty’s (John Valby) material is a tad bit on the vulgar side.
The great part about the Palace is that they have an wide variety of shows. You can find something that you already enjoy or venture out to try new types of entertainment. They have have every type of music genre, magic, comedy, films, hypnotism, musicals, plays, burlesque, and much more. Here’s a list of some upcoming shows:
These just highlight a full slate of shows in February and March. For more info check out The Stafford Palace Theater at http://www.thestaffordpalacetheater.com/ or on Facebook by clicking this link —> Palace Theater. I’d like to thank David Bacchiochi for inviting us in and for bringing back a historic Stafford treasure.
After a six month layoff, Kate and I shot the first show of 2013 from J&D’s Pub on Main St. in beautiful downtown Stafford Springs. This morning, we shot a new show that will be out tomorrow, we walked up and downtown Main St, talking about all the businesses briefly. Tune in for that video tomorrow and check out our first video of 2013 below.
Well, now that Boise St is out of the Big East, my previous post is obsolete. Time to go back to the drawing board. Now lets go back to making this a little bit more regional. It’s not going to be as sexy but something has to be done. Now, maybe the remaining teams will want to fight for that Big East name. I’m sure San Diego St will go back to the Mountain West Conference now as well, so let’s forget about moving more west.
By 2015 when Navy enters the Big East:
That’s rough. Even I, the eternal optimist, am starting to lose faith a little. Mike Aresco, I wish you luck, I hope you do something amazing to keep this together.
As a UConn fan these last ten years of NCAA conference realignment has been a roller coaster ride. I, for one, am glad that UConn has not been invited to the ACC. I think the Big Ten would have been a much better fit. UConn brings more to the table than Rutgers with the exception that New Jersey produces much more Division 1 football players. There is no sense in crying over what has already been done. I hope that UConn stays in the New Big East, which will probably be renamed after the Catholic 7 get the Big East Brand.
Football: Play all teams in your division with two crossover games, giving each team nine conference games and three non-conference games. All teams should be encouraged to play as many games against the Big Five conferences to show that they can compete. It all would culminate with a conference championship game at the home of the highest ranking conference team. This league would most assuredly would get a bid to that sixth championship bowl game every year. This year the following teams made bowl games, SMU, San Diego St, Boise St, BYU, Cincinnati, UCF, Navy, and ECU. Cincinnati and Boise already won games against teams from the Big Five.
Men’s and Women’s Basketball: These are the only other sports that I think that conference crossover games should exist. Play every team in your division twice with four crossover games from the other division leaving 18 conference games. Another scenario would be to have all 16 teams in one division and play each team once with three home and home series with each teams most heated rivals, also resulting in 18 conference games. I, personally, prefer the first scenario. This season would also culminate with an an all-inclusive basketball tournament crowning the champion with an automatic NCAA tournament bid. In Men’s basketball, Cincinnati, San Diego St, and UNLV are all ranked. I think Connecticut, Memphis, and Temple’s reputation and history speaks for itself.
All other Olympic sports: Strictly play the teams in your division twice during the season which will result in 14 conference games. At the conclusion of the season play a tournament featuring teams from the East and the West. Or just model it after the basketball schedule. The travel wouldn’t be that bad.
I hope it comes down to something like this where every team in the league is a full member. I think that this conference is going to have a lot of media appeal and the potential for a good TV deal equally distributed to all. Below are the two division broken down with this year’s football records as of 12/28/2012. Fill out the poll below to pick the best new name for the Big East football schools.
Yesterday was a very special day for the Stafford Bulldogs Youth Football League. It marked the second year in a row that the Bulldogs B-Team won the NCFL Championship. Not only did the B-Team win, but the A-Team and C-Team both made it to the Northern Division Championship games. Not to mention, our D-Team had a great regular season and went 6 – 0 at the NCFL Jamboree!
Celebration after Jeff Kology’s(44) touchdown
I, personally, want to thank the parents of these young athletes for putting their faith in us to coach their children. It was on honor for myself and the other coaches to mold these amazing young men into a championship football team. They all put so much into it, they worked so hard, you all should be very proud. Thank you to the A/B cheerleaders who supported us all year.
I would also like to thank my fellow coaches, Steve Roy, Mike
Lawson, Henry Engel, Kevin Slater for their hard-work and commitment and most of all, putting up with my craziness. A special thanks goes out to
Head Coach Bob Grant who orchestrating a great season, especially in the playoffs. He always had my back. I look forward to working with all these men in the future.
Ian Welz amazing run for a touchdown
Lastly, I want to thank the wonderful young men who worked so hard and accomplished so much, I am extremely proud of all of you. We practiced outside in the cold when other teams didn’t. They never complained, they just worked harder. And the it paid off, our offense moved the ball consistently all game and our defense only gave up 2 first downs in the whole game!
Here’s our roster from the 2012 B-Team NCFL Champions:
1 Julien Rivas
Colton Engel (33) Wade Parker (11)
9 Jason Poirier
10 Andrew Napolitano
11 Wade Parker
Jason Poirier with a sack
15 “Bear” Stebbins
17 Cody Gebo
18 Cam Allen
24 Noah Vail
25 Sammy Lawson
33 Colton Engel
36 Ian Welz
Jon Kopek (56) Tyler Gilbert (55)
44 Jeff Kology
48 Seth Dickson
50 Brody Roy
52 Colin Locklear
54 Jeff Wilson
55 Tyler Gilbert
56 Jonathan Kopek
57 Dominick Burgos
58 Evan Gardner
60 Jacob Sammon
63 Jon Baker
64 William Spellman
67 Zach Lynch
Coach Grant’s post-game shower
73 Connor Slater
74 Tyler Campos
76 Brandon Gardner
78 Michael Sedor
79 Albert Quintana
81 Jordan Frey
83 Isaiah Dickson
85 Ethan Toney
Noah Vail Tebowing after the game
87 Trevor Chatelle
88 Logan Kasper
Make sure to come see our float for this year’s Winterfest Parade through downtown Stafford on December 16th. Don’t miss it. If you want to see some great photos from the Championship game and other games, hit this link—>AJGPhotoGuy. For more info on Stafford Youth Football and Cheerleading hit this link—>Stafford Bulldogs Football. Here’s some more photos from our memorable day.
The third annual Stafford Winterfest Parade is going to be held on Sunday December 16, 2012! Do not miss the festivities, which include hot chocolate, cookies, music, many floats, an appearance by the big guy himself, and much, much more. The parade kicks off at 2PM at Olympic Field and continues through Main St, concluding at the town hall where refreshments will be served as well Christmas carols sung by the Stafford High chorus.
This parade is what motivated Kate, Chris, and myself to start MyStaffordSprings.com. The first year was very good, last year was great, and this should be outstanding as all the shops on Main St will be involved. Last year Kate and I had the privilege of announcing the parade, this year I think I’ll be riding on the Stafford Youth Football float celebrating another amazing year.
For more information on the parade or how to enter a float, go to the Community & Civic Affairs Commission’s page on Facebook page. You can also contact Cindy Kabel @ (860)604-1509.
Below is an awesome video taken and edited by Kate Pisciotta of the first annual Winterfest Parade in 2010, check it out!
To commemorate Veteran’s Day, which is this coming Monday 11/12/12, I’m going pay tribute to my favorite veteran, my father, Francis James Vail. I do this every year but I still miss him very much. He was a proud father and grandfather and a pillar of our community. If you haven’t seen it before, below is an interview that CCSU did with my father for the Veteran’s History Project. God Bless all our troops and anyone who has ever served our country with honor, including my brothers who all served in Vietnam, Keith, who passed in 2000, Brian, and Kevin.