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Last week, Connecticut announced that it would not have 11-on-11 high school football this Fall. This week, hundreds of players, coaches, and parents gathered in the state capitol of Hartford to protest for governor Ned Lamont to let them play:
Incredible turnout by Connecticut high school football players, parents and coaches PROTESTING the states decision to cancel the 2020 season. They’re asking @GovNedLamont to #LetUsPlay #letusplayCT pic.twitter.com/0JMpVj6nFS
— Dave Briggs (@davebriggstv) September 10, 2020
I grew up outside of Hartford. While it surprises me that Connecticut of all regions is the home to the biggest protest like this we’ve seen — this is bigger than any of the protests that massive Big Ten institutions have mustered thus far, for example — there is a robust high school football culture in the state that may surprise some people. No one is going to confuse it with Texas or Florida, but the games are pretty solid gatherings in many Connecticut towns.
Governor Ned Lamont has been pushing a football season that starts in February or March. As we’ve been discussing ad nauseam with the Big Ten, this isn’t a tenable solution because that’s still the height of flu season and it doesn’t make physical sense for player safety to jam two football seasons into one calendar year.
Connecticut was like New York and New Jersey where it had a big initial surge in Covid-19; currently Connecticut is seeing a testing positivity rate of under 1 percent.