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Equipment Bag Urinated On During Turkey Bowl Game in Darien

Darien Police Capt. Fred Komm told the Darien Times that it “doesn’t appear, at this time, that current Darien High School students were involved.”

An equipment bag belonging to the New Canaan High School Rams football team was reportedly stolen and urinated on during the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Bowl in Darien Thursday morning.

Darien Police told the Darien Times that the culprits urinated on a New Canaan player’s property while it was in the team's locker room.

Police Capt. Fred Komm told the Times that it “doesn’t appear, at this time, that current Darien High School students were involved.”

The incident is reportedly under investigation.

The Darien High School Blue Wave football team won the game 36-23, taking home the 2012 Turkey Bowl Trophy for the first time since 2001.

The Rams, who now hold a record of 13-5-1 over The Wave in the Turkey Bowl, and an overall record of 48-34-2, were on a seven game winning streak coming into Thursday's game.

In 2010, five Darien players were removed from the team and suspended from school after they painted graffiti on New Canaan High School property, less than 36 hours before the rival schools were to face each other at the annual Thanksgiving Day game.

Editor's note: This article originally was published on Nov. 24. The time stamp has been changed for layout purposes on the Home page of Darien Patch.

S Dogood November 27, 2012 at 11:04 AM
Shredder, from what I read the incident happened at DHS not NCHS. The video cameras where part of DHS. I also heard the video is in the hall ways not in the locker rooms.
S Dogood November 27, 2012 at 11:11 AM
Lucas, You are correct about the NC girl who killed a jogger. To give her credit, she did stop and her case is in the courts. It is proper when an error is made you do not run and hide. Some might be annoyed that she has plead not guilty to texting and driving. Let the courts decided.
Tony Cone November 27, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Once again you seem to get your information wrong.
Lisa November 27, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Luca just to elaborate on "the kid from last year who's father was a coach". Said father was Freshman football coach and also long time youth football coach. There is a nexus to program. It does appear that the Darien HS Administration came to their senses since he is no longer involved with athletic program.
sebastian dangerfield November 27, 2012 at 02:37 PM
s dogood and tony--- shredder didnt say it was at new canaan high school. he said they placed a video camera in their locker room. but its pretty obvious that he is joking. OMG
David Gurliacci (Editor) November 27, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Luca, you're misremembering the fight last year. Reportedly, two DHS football players were later suspended as a result of that fight. See the 4:24 p.m. update here: http://darien.patch.com/articles/teen-drinking-party-ends-with-fight In the comments section of that article, I recounted other incidents in the past involving Darien school sports and bad behavior associated with it in previous years. Rob Trifone, the DHS football coach, reportedly had players and parents sign a no-tolerance agreement regarding bad behavior and participation. I'm waiting for Trifone to return my phone call to get more information on that.
sebastian dangerfield November 27, 2012 at 06:44 PM
David, Im sorry, but in reading your article that you attached, I see nothing that says players were suspended as a result of the fight. It is my recollection , that being at an underage drinking party, was resulted in the suspension. My point here is--there seems to be an interest to malign the football program.My guess is, that over the past 5 years, some other sport had an athletes suspended because they were at a party. (Im sure Post 53 members have been at partys) but they dont make the news, because they are not on the football team. Disagree? Then why havent other teams athletes' made the news? This latest incident is by non DHS students. Indict the adult Darien Community this time
Lisa November 27, 2012 at 06:49 PM
David G. thanks for keeping the story on track. Luca seems to want to present a sanitized narrative. Clearly last year's fight involved two Darien Football players that were suspended for Turkey Bowl. Trifone and father of kid arrested last year coached together at youth level. It's not unreasonable to question what kind of values those men are teaching the boys that come through their programs both at the youth and varsity level. It's been proven over and over that football coaches can leave a lifelong impression on young men.
David Gurliacci (Editor) November 27, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Luca, you're right about the suspensions -- they were reportedly simply for being at the party where there was a lot of drinking. I've been told by a source that a DHS football player was arrested in the assault. Over the past several years, there have been a number of news accounts related to Darien youth violence and vandalism related to sports. Can the same be said for similar towns, such as New Canaan and Wilton? Setting aside any over-the-top language in this comments thread, Is it unreasonable to have a concern about this?
David Gurliacci (Editor) November 27, 2012 at 07:46 PM
A DHS player was arrested as a result of the fight last year, according to this article: http://www.dariennewsonline.com/news/article/Second-arrest-made-in-youth-assault-investigation-2324915.php
sebastian dangerfield November 27, 2012 at 10:11 PM
david this is the quote from the article you just linked Suspensions were for violation of team rules: being at the party Friday where alcohol was served.
sebastian dangerfield November 27, 2012 at 10:23 PM
david I think that you want to arrive at your conclusion that : Over the past several years, there have been a number of news accounts related to Darien youth violence and vandalism related to sports. The latest incident didnt involve youths. Unless you want to expand it to non high school students, that are held to adult standards. Which Im not sure makes sense. If you want to include kids who attend prep schools and come home for vacation, im not entirely sure of the collective point. Are you trying to link DHS and it's sports philosophy to inapproriate behavior? If so, then the fight, aside from drinking (which does occur at wilton and new canaan) has no relevance. 1)If you want to link DHS football with the incidents-- then its only the spray paint. 2)If you want to link DHS students while in high school--its only the spray paint. 3) If you want to link link kids under 19 --then its only the fight and the spray paint. if you want to link everyone in darien--then its way more than the spray paint, the fight and the urination. Then its every crime committed. I think there is a misperception being fostered that DHS students are bad kids. And Im objecting to it.
Chris Noe November 27, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Number 1? What comes next???
Hermann Zwergel November 27, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Has Mr Riccio been retained by the punk criminals?
David Gurliacci (Editor) November 27, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Luca, I spoke with Mike Sullivan, the athletics director, today. Yes, there are about 120 kids in the football program, and at most a very small number have been involved in the incidents that have been discussed. The article I linked to doesn't explicitly state that the juvenile arrested last year was a football player. My understanding from someone who I think is a good source is that he was. I don't think it paints all or even most kids in Darien Football as bad to question whether there's a problem in the program. I think two incidents in two years directly involving the Turkey Bowl is plenty to raise questions (simply as a matter of "news judgment," which is another way of saying "Hey, this is worth thinking about"), but not enough to draw conclusions about the football program. If the people involved with this latest incident are not students, we still have an incident involving the Turkey Bowl, which involves the football program. And after calling for two days, I still haven't received a call back from Coach Trifone.
David Gurliacci (Editor) November 28, 2012 at 02:40 AM
I believe protecting the property of visiting teams is within the purview of Darien High School. So does the DHS athletic director. So does the Darien superintendent of schools. That is the specific problem here. Just why does Coach Trifone have this particular "Code" that he wants students and parents to sign off on? I'd like to ask him that.
Shredder November 28, 2012 at 05:56 AM
OK my bad, I misread what New Canaan lockerroom meant. Anyways, who in their right mind calls the police over something ridiculous like this?
sebastian dangerfield November 28, 2012 at 06:54 AM
"If the people involved with this latest incident are not students, we still have an incident involving the Turkey Bowl, which involves the football program." Fine--I blame Stuart Kindle. He played football in 1974 Turkey bowl. He is as much to blame for adults urinating on an equipment bag, as is number 73 and number 16 on the 2012 DHS football program, and the running backs coach. Heck, might as well blame number 83 as well.... and I will blame your parents who once watched a football game at DHS. I happen to think that whoever urinated on the bag, is responsible for urinating on the bag. Where the football program comes into play is unclear, other than they are playing a game on that day, and it feels better to report that they are all related. The football team was responsible for the spray painting 2 years ago. That pretty much sums it up. Ill go back to your previous statement "Can the same be said for similar towns, such as New Canaan and Wilton? " http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3WpBMU7tms wilton coach goes berserk http://newcanaan.patch.com/articles/wilton-wrestling-captain-arrested-for-theft-at-high-school http://wilton.patch.com/articles/police-westport-coach-gave-kids-porn-site-access http://www.wtnh.com/dpp/news/fairfield_cty/coaches-have-players-burn-trophies#.ULW0y2fbzzI http://newcanaan.patch.com/articles/nc-football-suspends-10-players-for-violating-team-rules No more room to post all the incidents.
Shredder November 28, 2012 at 07:37 AM
Luka, I see you went to Yale law --do you think DHS gets sued for their negligence in terms of failing to protect the locker room during a heated rivalry? Surely if this happened to the Tom Brady's belongings at the Meadowlands, he'd be able to recover something. I'd think it's similarly obvious in the turkey bowl that sensitive areas like locker rooms deserve security, especially in light of the vandalism and fights in years past.
Darien Taxpayer November 28, 2012 at 10:20 AM
Luka doth protest way-y-y-yyy too much about the legitimate questions about the DHS football program, related problems and the latest embarrassing urination incident. If this happens in the daytime, thank heavens we don't have night games in Darien. No telling what damage people could do under cover of darkness.
Shredder November 28, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Sick sophistry, bro! Let's try to the opposite side: The daylight isn't preventing any mischief, let's do it at night! I'm thinking that most would be willing to bear the social costs of reimbursing people with peed on bags for the ability to watch the Blue Wave at night, including the NC player with the peed-on bag who might get to play under the lights. Take your ridiculous arguments out of here.
Glasshouse November 28, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Lisa Clearly you do not have your facts straight. The two kids suspended from the game were suspended for being at a drinking party...not for fighting. There were many kids at this party. Kids who do many sports...field Hockey, volleyball, soccer. In fact I heard from some of the kids that it was actually a field hockey party..celebrating a big win. But of course all of the other kids (boys and girls) ran. The kid arrested for fighting was a prep school kid who had in the past played football...he also played lax...should we go after the lax team? ...maybe if it was in lax season. The media is trying really really hard to make this 2011 fight into a turkey bowl incident. Not sure why...maybe to sell papers? Try not to be fooled...
Robo November 29, 2012 at 07:16 PM
That coach is a good man, a good coach and was dedicated to Darien athletics. Its a shame that DHS Administration felt they had to let him go (its not like he forced kids to burn 2nd place trophy's). It seems that within the last five or so years every wrong move these teenagers make is sensationalized by local news outlets which print variations of the same incident for days, weeks or even months. I disagree that any high school student be labeled by adults as "bad apples" for they are only kids who elect to play high school sports, not professional athletes on TV. The DHS vs. NCHS rivalry in all sports, but especially football, is one of the biggest high school rivalries in the state if not the nation. Emotions run high, thousands of people pay $7 a ticket to watch this game. As a DHS football alumni I understand that this game can make or break a teams season regardless of overall win/loss record, so its huge for these kids too. Sometimes kids make mistakes, more so when emotions run high, but they are still good kids with a full life ahead of them. These extraordinary student athletes will make mistakes and face the consequences of their actions, which is part of growing up. I think its time we all relax, keep things in perspective and do away with the public crucifixion from non-related adults and sensationalizing news outlets that are trying to sell more advertising.
Robo November 29, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Lisa, Its obvious that you dont know Coach Trifone or the other man you mentioned or you wouldnt be calling out their character or questioning the values they teach their student athletes. Kids will make mistakes and they will learn from their mistakes, which is part of life. More inline with your point is forcing kids to burn 2nd place trophy's. As an aside, the fight last year was between two Darien kids, who had previously been teammates on the lacrosse team. Who knows what the fight was about but clearly had nothing to do with football or the Turkey bowl. Fighting among teen boys at a party is nothing new and I am amazed people are still talking about it. You are only trying to start trouble and are either obsessed or bitter about something.
jacob smith December 04, 2012 at 02:16 AM
All of you parents need to realize that your wasting your time commenting on these articles. as a student i personally know the kids who got arrested during the fight and none of them were prep school students. spend your time in other areas because by arguing about these things all over patch, you are setting a worse example for the kids in the town. you parents are the ones that raise kids and you are the reasons they are doing things like this.
Shredder December 04, 2012 at 02:47 AM
That doesn't even make sense Jacob Smith. Why would patch comments section have anything to do with the reason that kids pee on equipment bags?
jacob smith December 04, 2012 at 02:58 AM
All I am saying is that all the parents who comment on these articles about the events occuring in town, are not involved with these incodents and need to stop gossiping about them. Darien's reputation is led by the parents of the community and these parents are arguing about false information on every patch article. You especially have no information to back up your statements, "I apologize if I've missed something obvious, but has anybody questioned why there was a video camera in the NC locker room? Does NC make up for their lack of waterfront property by watching people pee in their lockerrooms?" This comment in itself shows the lack of knowledge that you have when you are commenting on these articles. Do you really think it is legal for a school to have cameras in the lockerooms?? Also the fact that you did not know the turkey bowl was at darien this year is astonishing. And to Lisa, "One has to ask, how come the locker room was not locked? For that the blame clearly has to go to the athletic department." The locks were taken off the doors of the lockerooms a few years back because kids were smoking pot in the lockerooms and locking the doors so school staff could not come in. It was also the middle of a football game when players need access to the lockeroom for equipment issues, restrooms. The lack of knowledge that some of you adults post on these articles is ridiculous. Do something more productive with your time and save yourself the embarrassment.
Guyton Taylor December 04, 2012 at 03:13 AM
The main point that should be taken from this incident is that there has been a few "bad eggs", some current and some former players, on the Darien Football team in the past few years who have acted in an immature way. The blame should not be put on any of the members of the coaching staff of the Darien Football Program. The urination was done by five current college seniors who are clearly not very mature. These college students have nothing to do with the current Darien football program, regardless if they played on the team in high school. The members of this year's turkey-bowl winning Darien football team are good kids who had nothing to do with this incident. Referring to the incident last year, teenage student athletes drink at underage parties all over Fairfield County every weekend. An unfortunate incident happened to occur in Darien and one Darien Football player was arrested. Darien head football coach Rob Trifone did his job by suspending all football players who were at the party.
Guyton Taylor December 04, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Both Rob Trifone and Lou Marinelli work together every year to attempt to put a stop to this nonsense, but can't always stop these "bad eggs" from doing stupid things. The bottom line is that the Turkey Bowl is supposed to be a time where family and friends from both Darien and New Canaan (two towns that are pretty much exactly the same) can gather together and watch their respective teams play against each other in a competitive, but fun football game. Let's look past the actions of certain immature individuals and embrace the great tradition that Darien and New Canaan share every Thanksgiving, regardless of the score at the end of the game.
Siwanoy February 27, 2013 at 06:03 PM
updates: http://www.darientimes.com/16280/darien-turkey-bowl-vandalism-two-get-probation/

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