No deflation here; quite the contrary

Greenwich Daily uses this picture to illustrate its story about assistant GHS coaches following their fired coach out the door. I don’t want to be too mean, but their physical conditioning seems a tad un-inspirational.

Just saying …

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45 responses to “No deflation here; quite the contrary

  1. Anonsky

    Looks like a couple of Tony Soprano’s buddies at the Bada Bibg club.

  2. FlyAngler

    You read my mind when I saw this this morning.

  3. Anonymous

    Do as I say, not as I do…

  4. Walt

    Dude –
    Here is a pick of Steph. She helps to fight deflation.

    Your Pal,
    Walt

  5. Former GHS football player

    To blame the coach on a sub par at best football team is really baffling. GHS football has been and will always be an average team. So my advice to these middle aged out of shape parents trying to live vicariously through their underperforming kids is to stop blaming the coach. Your lucky to have had him this long. To put up with parents who come to games and complain that “Booby Jr.” didn’t get enough play time or second guess from the bleachers why the coach didn’t pass instead of run is nauseating. The coach was never the problem. Reality check people!

  6. Anonymous

    Hey “Former GHS…” I hope your footballl skills are better than your grammar. Did you graduate from GHS with grammer that poor?

    • Greenwich voter

      Anonymous might not be the brightest bulb but he sure does make a great point. The coach was not the problem. The parents on the other hand ….the problem!

      • Anonymous

        It’s always the parents. Yeah, the coach was a wonderful guy, adored by the kids, a brilliant teacher, developer of character, and those horrible parents got him fired because junior wasn’t playing enough. Maybe the parents did get him fired, but to pretend he was some marvelous employee is laughable. Then good for the parents and shame on the administration for tolerating the situation for so long.

    • Anonymous

      Um. Is it grammar or grammer? I did not see anything terribly wrong with either.

    • Anonymous

      Grammer? Didn’t you see the red line underneath when you typed that? You appear to be a case of the blind trying to lead the blind.

  7. Anonymous

    my pops was a coach in both baseball and football at varying levels (grade school & high school, mainly). also coached girls’ softball (fast pitch). there were very few coaches who knew more than him, quiet honestly. he was a lifetime student of sport, and played semi pro ball as well. those who really knew their s%@!, knew of him. funny thing regarding one comment above, he tolerated helicopter parents about as much as fountain loves obozo here on his forum. a big guy, he was known to quite literally throw parents out of the park, and keep their kid in the park instead. and believe it or not, he had many kids playing, even if they sucked. drilled into them the fundamentals till they were blue in the face, and then drilled ’em some more. amazing what you can do with a kid who otherwise might be picking his nose and staring at the clouds. he commanded respect, nurtured talent and life skills, confidence, achievement, pride. over the years we lost count of the championships won. point being, a good coach is worth their weight in gold.

    at his funeral, I can’t even begin to count the number of kids who came to pay their respects, all of them with tears in their eyes. in a nutshell, the influence he had on their lives was profound, and they told me as much.

    rest in peace, pops. actually who am I kidding, you ain’t resting wherever you are. you’re probably teaching someone the proper batting stance, rolling your eyes, and barking orders.

    • Did he coach you to be anonymous?
      That aside you wrote a touching tribute to clearly a great guy.

    • greenwich old timer

      What a lovely tribute, Anon. On a much smaller scale, my husband coached in the town weekend football and summer baseball program when our two boys were of that age. He claims it was the most meaningful time of his life, in that he could use his coaching/leadership skills to really make a difference in some young lives. (It’s sad that many young boys are crying out for some “tough love” from a father figure.) Every now and then a hulking young man (well, not so young now!) will come up to him and shake hands with “Coach” and thank him. Greenwich Oldtimer

      • I coached a very young John Sullivan in baseball and he is who he is today because of it. If I’d known what I was doing, he might never have turned to football, where he starred at GHS, Notre Dame and, now, the center for the Minnesota Vikings. I’m still waiting for a couple of tickets from the kid as an expression of his gratitude, but he’s probably put that sorry memory far, far behind him.

        • My son played baseball with John too. May I say his family was great, especially his Dad, who is no longer with us. My son slid into home with John as the catcher, and he was stopped dead in his tracks;
          John told my son that Coach Fountain taught him “blocking” tactics.:) That is why he now plays football!!

      • Anonymous

        No one cares

    • Anonymous

      What’s your point?

    • Riverside guy

      No offense… This isn’t about your father. I suggest serious counseling because obviously you have some real guilt bottled up.

      This coach was run out because of pushy parents with nothing much to do. These kids will never become pro so instead of pretending they will just have some fun.

  8. Anonymous

    It should be comforting to have coaches that look like the players’ absentee fathers.

  9. Greenwich Gal

    Let me just say to all the “parents are the problem” people – Coach A coasted on his prior laurels for years. He was the problem. Anybody in this town who knew anything about football knew it. Nobody respected him. He was careless, ineffectual and lazy. I could go on and on with example after example. Let me also say that the massive campaign against him was started by people who really care and know the sport and wanted the kids to have better.

    • Anonymous

      Sad that people don’t have better ways to spend their time. At least the coach was getting paid to care.

    • Anonymous

      Greenwich Gal… I suggest you get a hobby. It’s easy to critize from the sidelines. It’s easy to second guess. What have you done to make things better. Nothing! Just go to the games and have fun watching your kids play. You know real well these kids are not good enough to play professional ball. Just have fun.

      • “Just have fun”. I’m sure it wasn’t fun to watch the asst coach stomp on a 2 nd place trophy. The definition of bad sportsmanship. Perfect way to make the players feel like shit. Too bad no one took a video on their phone of this . Videos are much more effective then letters. Fun stuff right Anon?

      • Anonymous

        I guess it’s okay to have mediocre teachers at GHS as well because so many of the kids won’t become college professors or partners at hedge funds. Let’s make it fun for them.

        • Anonymous

          The Greenwich coaches were always the most penalized staff. Constantly berating officials and drawing unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. Look at the game day photos. Your bound to see a few and they are almost always GHS coaches and rarely the opponent.

        • Anonymous

          If coach Al was always about the kids how come you NEVER saw him at another GHS sporting event, any other GHS activity, or youth game? The only time he supported a former player that I’m aware of was when he went, with the coching staff, to watch Sullivan at Notre Dame. Seems like a nice gesture until you realize the Quarterback Club picked up the tab as the coaches called it a coaching clinic.
          The parents got tired of the same old BS and forced the AD’s hand. I’m surprised it took 18 years.

      • Greenwich Gal

        You Anon at 11:30 have no idea who I am or what I know. I suggest you listen and learn something. This whole deal was about more than wins and losses – although he lost games he could have easily won. But that was not the main point. It was about quality. The quality of a man and a program and an experience for the kids. Of course, most kids are not going pro and no one expects them to. But is also about developing skills, athletic and otherwise, such as leadership.

        • Anonymous

          Get a life Greenwich Gal! Maybe parents should spend some more quality time with their bratty kids and stop relying on a “coach” to teach life lessons. Go to a game, have fun. Smile. Enough with second guessing. The kids aren’t going pro. And you know it.

      • housecat

        Are you for real, Anon? Do you honestly think that anyone with half a brain actually thinks their child will play professional sports? What f-ing planet do you live on? Let me give you a tip, from a GW parent: if any of my kids play sports in HS (or college), that’s all well and good, but it’s not what I would even remotely consider “career” prep. Wrap your little brain around that.

    • GG thanks for giving me some hope for flushing the staff bidet ay Town Hall too!
      Even if you all got it wrong …..does describe many shill pros on Town Payrolls.
      Whatever they may be.

  10. Anonymous

    All of the posters who are claiming this is about parents who want something for their under deserving kid, or are trying to relive some failed youth, have no idea who the people who pushed for the change are. The movement was led by, and supported through letters and emails, past players at GHS (now older and parents of kids though not at the high school) and not bench warmers like the supported of Coach A quoted in yesterday’s paper, these are past players who were captains and leaders of the teams when they were there, many went on to play at college and simply grew disgusted with what the program had become under the coach. They were supported in this by other very knowledgeable football people in town, who may not have gone to GHS but certainly know the game (former college and in some cases professional players) and were shocked at what the program had become. They also heard repeatedly from current and past players about what mess the program had become. They had the guts to take an action that they knew would not be appreciated by everyone, but truly believe is for the better of the program, and football at all levels in town over the long term.

    • Greenwich Gal

      Indeed Anon at 12:35!

      • Anonymous

        Anon 1235
        You sound exactly like the loser father on the sideline loving vicariously through your under achieving kid. Get a life my friend. Go to the game and have fun. A football coach your not.

        • Anonymous

          just so we can close the loop smart ass at 10:07 a) I don’t have a child who plays football at GHS and b) I’ve coached football for over 10 years.
          If the current staff were such football gods, at one time they likely were but the game has passed them by, how do you explain the team being so poorly prepared to play Staples on Thanksgiving? Given how they lost the first 3 games of the year, their pass defense got killed, did they not expect Staples to test them in the passing game? They were starting a very young back up QB, why would you go to the spread in that situation? The team had had success running the ball during its winning streak, why not start the game with two backs in the backfield, move the ball, slow the game down and let your QB get his feet wet – besides everyone knows he’s more of a runner than a thrower. Why or how did these things happen.
          It’s obvious from the nature of your comments you are likely one of the people concerned that their child may not be favored by a new coaching staff that decides who plays on merit, good luck at the barbershop today

  11. GreenITCH

    IS the head coaching position a full or part time salaried position ? I could be wrong but thought I saw one of the assistants was a gym teachers earning $ 126k !

  12. ...

    The barbershop comment was spot on. Nice one!

  13. As I remember it, Coach Al told BOE the infamous “Greenwich doesn’t take second place” stomping incident never happened, and BOE accepted the explanation until CIAC demanded something be done about an incident witnessed by thousands at a Championship game. Coach Al was briefly suspended, and an assistant coach was thrown to the wolves.

    The incredible record was compiled by playing schools a fraction of our size, and illegally recruiting “ringers” for key positions. JV was eliminated. Most kids who grew up in Greenwich knew they didn’t have a chance to play first string.

    Not known for “showing mercy” Greenwich racked up unsportsmanlike scores. I believe the point-spread on our games was 50 at that time.

    Coach Al ran a dirty program, and everyone knew it.

    Bill Effros