Starting 5: Vote For The Ruden Report Team Of The Week

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We have five teams on the menu this week for The Ruden Report FCIAC Team of the Week vote.

Your finalists are: the Greenwich field hockey, Ridgefield football, Staples volleyball, Fairfield Ludlowe volleyball and Darien field hockey teams.

The winning team will get our T shirts, courtesy of our sponsors: BlueStreak Sports Training, Karl Chevrolet, Innovative Health and Rehabilitation, Riko’s Pizza, Bobby V’s Sports Bar, Chicken Joe’s of New Canaan, Zody’s 19th Hole, Building Blocks, New Balance of New Canaan, The Concussion Center of Fairfield County, The CT Center for Advanced ENT Care, and Resource Management Group.

The Cardinals defeated Staples and New Canaan to reach the Class LL semifinals.

The Tigers toppled unbeaten Brien McMahon, 44-7.

The Wreckers defeated Danbury and Simsbury to reach the Class LL semifinals

The Falcons defeated Stamford and, for the first time ever, Darien to reach the Class LL semifinals.

The Blue Wave defeated Westhill and Conard by a combined 16-0 margin to reach the Class L semifinals.

The voting is open until noon on Wednesday. So vote below and check back to find out who is the Ruden Report FCIAC Team of the Week.



  1. Equitable Competition: Given the CIAC’s long history of promoting equitable competition among member schools, it is surprising that Newtown is the number one rated football school in Class LL. Their schedule has them play six Class M schools, three Class L schools, one Class S school and one Class LL school. Conference commitments can contribute to an uncompetitive schedule but the ranking process should encourage schools to schedule class appropriate non-conference games. In fairness to the Newtown team, they have decisively beaten every team they played. Listed below is a summary of the schedule strength of the other top five rated schools in Class LL.

    Rank as Scheduled Scheduled Scheduled
    Of 11/12 School LL Schools M Schools S Schools
    1 Newtown 1 6 1
    2 West Haven 6 1 0
    3 NFA 2 3 2
    4 Glastonbury 10 0 0
    5 Southington 10 0 0

    Over the balance of the season, the CIAC should consider the following actions:
    1) Congratulate Newtown for its successful season.
    2) Consider modifying the ranking system to penalize larger schools that play smaller schools. Perhaps even a requirement that a school’s schedule must include some minimum number of same class schools.
    3) Encourage/facilitate schools to schedule same class schools even if it means not scheduling a conference game.

    • The CIAC is not going to — nor should it — encourage schools to play out of conference games against schools of like size. It defeats the reason to have conferences. There is no perfect system, but at least the point system is an equalizer.

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