New Canaan football to be featured on SNY's "Traditions"
Lights. Camera. Action.
The New Canaan football team is certainly no stranger to extensive attention from the local media. It's also no stranger to success, as the Rams claimed a State Championship in four consecutive seasons from 2006-09 and finished as the runner up to Masuk in 2010.
But for the first time, New Canaan's long-standing run of dominance, which has seen eight State Titles, will land them on SNY's television program "Traditions." Along with 16-time State Champion Ansonia, New Canaan will be one of just two Connecticut high school football teams to be featured on the show.
"I think it's pretty cool; I'm excited for it. It's going to give the guys an experience that a lot of schools and a lot of places aren't able to be involved with at our age," said Bobby Distler, one of New Canaan's senior captains who will play running back and linebacker for the Rams. "It's going to be a really cool experience, and it's something that's fun for the guys. Hopefully, we`ll keep our focus through it."
"Traditions" will focus on all New Canaan High School football activities during Week 3 of the 2011 season. "Traditions" will be in on hand to film practice, interview former and present players and coaches and New Canaan residents and, of course, shoot New Canaan's highly-anticipated game at home against Fairfield Warde Friday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.
"Without a doubt, it's a tremendous honor," New Canaan coach Lou Marinelli said. "To be put in same category as Ansonia -- certainly we're in great company."
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Although it was simply a matter of SNY's schedule which led to the selection of New Canaan's Week 3 matchup against Warde, that game certainly carries some compelling storylines, as the Rams will compete against former assistant coach Duncan DellaVolpe.
"That was their scheduling, but ironically enough, it's a big game for us because Fairfield Warde's coach coached for us for about 10 years," Marinelli said "He's a very close friend who really wants to beat us, so it's going be really good."
And, so, an already marquee FCIAC matchup becomes even bigger.
"I think it definitely will [add more excitement]. It's a pretty big week because their old coach was one of our assistants," Distler said. "We were going be fired up to begin with, but this will add a bit more to it."
"Traditions" is produced by Drew Thorry of Five x Five Productions and will cover 10 tri-state teams. According to Distler, New Canaan's place among such a select group is something to be proud of, in and of itself.
"It means a lot, and it shows a lot about our program and what we've been able to do in the past," Distler said. "This reflects back to coaches and how much time they've put in over the years."
As for Marinelli, the veteran New Canaan football coach is excited that his players will get some well-deserved attention for their hard work.
"What it does do from my perspective is it kind of puts a highlight on our town and our kids because I think our kids work very hard," Marinelli said. "I'm proud of what they've done for the last couple of years, and hopefully it's a source of pride for our town."
Prior to SNY's visit to New Canaan, the Rams will kick off the 2011 regular season with a road game against Bassick on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. New Canaan's home opener is on Friday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. against Trinity Catholic.