What a year we’ve had for Friday Night Football!
FNF is one of the highlights of Eyewitness News, and I look forward to it every fall.
It’s fascinating to follow the different teams from all over Connecticut, and we love to talk about the mascots.
And, there are some great ones, 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 Hatters, a perfect choice for the Hat City.
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
Another interesting thing about some schools is that they are named for people rather than the town, even when they are the only school in town. Other examples include Staples of Westport, Daniel Hand of Madison, Morgan of Clinton. I’ve lived in several different states and I find this phenomenon unique to Connecticut.
Have a great Thanksgiving watching football, or maybe even playing football, and I’d like to know what you think. Click on the “Comments” link as follows.