By NED X. GRIFFEN
America loves rankings, and that's the fact, jack. David Letterman's Top 10. The American Top 40. The 100 worst cars of all-time.
(The Vega was only fifth? BOO-OOOO.)
It's with that in mind that we bring you the following news concerning The Day of New London Top 10 state coaches' poll:
No. 3 Hand 40, No. 1 Xavier 20.
Yep, the Tigers snapped the Falcons 30-game winning streak Friday.
The erudite Peter Gershon, a Hand defensive lineman and future Yalie, tweeted, "A king has his reign, and then he must fall."
Now the fun begins as fans, coaches and players begin making their case to be the new king.
Ansonia was ranked second in the previous coaches' poll. Hand was third. Should Ansonia move up into the No. 1 spot? Or should the Tigers leapfrog over the Chargers based on Friday's decisive victory?
(The New Haven Register Top 10 poll will be even more fun as Staples is second, Hand third and Ansonia fourth.)
You think folks don't care? Some Chargers fans called WELI during its Hand v. Xavier broadcast to say that their beloved team should be No. 1.
Sure, the ranking that counts most comes at the end of the year, but Americans always want their favorite squadron ranked numero uno.
Drop by Monday when a freshly squeezed Day Top 10 coaches poll is mixed. It'll be announced on WFSB's 6 o'clock news, so tune in and give it a ratings boost. That way Joe Zone and John Holt can afford to buy some new, fine suits.
The Top 10 will, of course, be posted at this website Monday and published in YOUR Day paper Tuesday, too.
The staff at Polecat HQ will provide a look at Hand v. Xavier in the upcoming daze.
Enough jibber-jabber — here's how the Top 10 fared:
No. 3 Hand beat No. 1 Xavier, 40-20. Holy crud in a pita, who wasn't at this game. The cosmopolitan Jim Bransfield of the Middletown Press, Sean Patrick Starfish Bowley of Hearst Inc., Tom Yantz of the Hartford Courant, audiophile Paul Rosano of the Meriden Record-Journal, Tom Yantz of the Hartford Courant, and Luigi Malafronte and Pooch Diggity Dog of the New Haven Register ALL reporting.
No. 2 Ansonia beat Seymour Thursday, 47-0. The Chargers did all that that offensive damage with Arkeel Newsome sitting out to rest some injuries. William S. Paxton of Hearst Inc. and Pooch Diggity Dog reporting.
No. 4 Staples beat Danbury, 51-6. Doug Bonjour of Hearst Inc. reporting.
No. 5 Windsor beat Simsbury, 26-7. You won't have to scroll down too far in the Courant's roundup to find it.
No. 6 Masuk beat New Fairfield, 54-19. Mike Cardillo from Hearst Inc. reporting.
No. 7 West Haven beat Amity, 47-24. Read more in the New Haven Register's football roundup. And, hey, the Westies play at Hand next Friday!
No. 8 Greenwich beat Fairfield Ludlowe, 40-14. David Fierro of the Greenwich Time reporting.
No. 9 Glastonbury beat Maloney, 48-7. Michael Guerrera of the Meriden Record-Journal reporting. And everyone get ready for its game v. unbeaten Southington at Meriden's Falcon Field next Saturday
No. 10 Berlin plays at Northwest Catholic tonight. Class M and S coaches will swarm the place.
Vaya con dios….