Summer is over this weekend and high school football returns, featuring the best 15 minutes in Connecticut television: Friday Night Football. I look forward to it every fall.
It’s fascinating to follow the different teams from all over Connecticut, hear names of players that might someday go onto to play college football or the NFL. Remember Amari Spievey, a Xavier alumnus now with the Detroit Lions? Or Aaron Hernandez of Bristol Central now with the Patriots?
On Friday Night Football you also get to hear the names of those mascots and check out the logos.
There are some great names, including the Wreckers of Staples High School is one of my favorites, along with the Whippets of Windham. They are originals, as are the New London Whalers — appropriate for the Whaling City — and the Wilbur Cross (New Haven) Governors.
Wilbur Cross was governor of Connecticut from 1931 to 1939. One of the best: The Danbury Mad Hatters, a perfect choice for the Hat City. The logo is fairly simple.
If it were every updated, I like the logo of the now defunct minor league hockey team that had the same name.
Another great name is the East Hampton Bellringers, although they do not have a football team. Bells were made there for years.
Two team names represent geography: The New Milford Green Wave, an homage to the Litchfield Hills surrounding this bucolic town. Ditto for Darien: The Blue Wave is a salute to Long Island Sound, where this town sits.
Some schools have nicknames that you won’t hear anywhere else in our state, includes, among others:
- The Bloomfield Warhawks
- Fairfield Prep Jesuits
- Hartford Public Owls
- Hyde-New Haven Howling Wolves
- New Britain Golden Hurricanes
- Shelton Gaels
Would the real Indians please stand up?
Many other names are far less original. There are no fewer than eight schools that call themselves the Indians, and some towns are actually right next to each other!
Farmington and Newington share a border and have identical nicknames, and right next door in West Hartford, Northwest Catholic is also the Indians.
A few miles away, these Indians can play the Manchester Indians, and Indians also play in North Haven, Guilford, Montville, and Watertown.
Other towns have nicknames that honor Native Americans like the RHAM (Hebron) Sachems, the Coventry Chieftains, and the Wilton Warriors.
There is also a flock of football Falcons, including:
- Fermi of Enfield
- Fitch of Groton
- Ludlowe of Fairfield
- Barlow of Redding
- St. Paul of Bristol
- Xavier of Middletown
Masuk of Monroe and Wilby of Waterbury share the same logo with different colors, but different names. They are Masuk Panthers and the Wilby Wildcats.
My all time favorite? The Kingswood Oxford Wyverns.
These images are courtesy of a great website worth checking out: www.mghelmets.com
Enjoy the season, and we’ll see you on Friday Night Football.