Kate & Kurt Easter Egg Hunt

Kate and I enjoyed a great lunch at Basil’s this week, and we want to thank Alex for sponsoring the Win a Date with Kurt or Kate, which means the date will be at Basil’s on April 28. We, also, had the pleasure to interview Pastor Kris Young of the Hope Springs Church on rt 19 in Stafford about the Easter Egg Hunt at Olympic Field on Saturday at 1pm.


Kate & Kurt, Early Snow Storm Aftermath

2011 Stafford Bulldogs B-Team Northern Division Champs


Sorry for getting this out so late but it’s better late than never. After a week off Kate and I were back at it. Tocka talks about the storm and power outages, Dance Break w Hillary is back, and we have a lot of local news. Thanks to Alex from Basil’s for letting us shoot our show from there! Check out the videos above, one is our Kate & Kurt Show and the other is Dr. Dutton’s history video from the Stafford St. Common. Congrats to the Stafford Bulldogs B-Team football team for winning the Northern Division for the first time in many years. I’m so proud to be a part of this! We need your support next Sunday @ 2pm in Tolland as we take on Colchester in the NCFL Superbowl.

Kate & Kurt Interview with John McLaughlin

John McLaughlin

This week we filmed the 15th episode of Kate & Kurt at Basil’s Restaurant. I can’t believe we’ve done that many already, it seems like we just started. It all began with an idea, Kate’s idea, that we do something similar to Regis and Kelly or Better Connecticut with Scot Haney that showcases our wonderful little New England town. There are so many events, tons of sports, a very diverse art community, local bands, concerts, great local businesses, amazing people, and the list goes on. Well anyway, that’s how it all got started, I personally want to thank Kate for all the work she does, believe me when I tell you, this is a very time-consuming endeavor.

That’s enough sappy stuff, thanks again to Alex and Pete at Basil’s for letting us shoot there, head on down down every week day from 2pm to 5pm for Happy Hour, the atmosphere is great and the food rocks. We also got our weekly local weather report from Tocka and share some important info on upcoming events this weekend, including the Katy Waugh Bike Run this Saturday. My favorite part of this week’s show was our interview with MMA fighter John McLaughlin.

John grew up in Stafford and still lives and works here. He is fighting to defend his Reality Fighting championship belt this October 8th at the Mohegan Sun Arena against another young man who also grew up in Stafford, Jeff Haddad. Matt Bessette will also be on the card that night as he defends his championship belt as well. Hit the link here to see the interview we did with Matt a little while back——> Matt Bessette Interview. Watch the show below to see the interview with John. You can get tickets to the event from Matt, check at his website or friend him on Facebook (Matthew Bessette) or John. You can go right down to see John at Cumberland Farms in downtown Stafford Springs and get your tickets there. Good luck to both of them and let’s get out to support them in record numbers!!! I promised Matt 500 Stafford people so help me fulfill my promise.

Live with Kate & Kurt Episode 4

Thanks to Basil’s for hosting us this week. Sorry for the delay, but I wanted to get this out there before episode five comes out tomorrow. In the next episode, Kate and I will be discussing the rules of the rotary downtown and the history of the horse fountain. Clips from our Homerun Derby, and we will be filming from Capelli Salon in Downtown Stafford where either I will be shaving my head or Kate will be getting a “kinky” perm, whatever that is. Watch episode four below and tune in to epidode five tomorrow at myStaffordSpring.com. See you soon!

Superbowl XLV edition of Coach Vail’s click-your-picks

Coach Vail and son Noah


Well with the conclusion of Superbowl XLV on Sunday, so comes this conclusion of the first season of Coach Vail’s click-your-picks. It’s been an interesting ride. It started off slow but I think the videos got better every week, links to all the videos are in the right side bar. Watch week 7 and then watch the Superbowl video, and see the difference.

I want to take this time to thank every business that allowed us to film at their establishments and sponsored gift certificates. Rockville Vintage Lanes, Express Wireless, Shark Cycle, Yellow Brick Road Antiques, H & H Outdoor Accents, Village Pizza, Body by Design Fitness Center, Bosco’s Market and DeliJudy’s Country Store, Basil’s Restaurant, The Hive Catering Truck, Hairlarious Salon, Stafford Mechanical, Randazzo’s Package Store, and Inspiration Station. If you would like your business to be involved in future videos and promotions please call Kurt Vail at (860)458-9366.

This week’s click your pick is going to be different. You have to pick the final score! Whoever comes the closet wins $20 gift certicate to Rockville Lanes, $15 gift certificate to Yellow Brick Road Antiques, $10 gift card to Express Wireless, 1 free tanning at Body by Design, a 16 inch grinder at Bosco’s, and three autographed Patriot pictures (Steve Grogan, Mosi Tatupu, and Steve Nelson). How awesome is that! Also, anyone who picks the MVP wins a $10 gift card to Express Wireless! Click here Coach Vail’s click-your-picks and win this great prize.

In conclusion, I would like to thank all the people of Stafford who have participated in click your picks, and all those who have followed it. We will continue to do videos in the community but with a different theme in mind, so please stay tuned. Next season will be exciting. Please subscribe to my blog to keep updated. Also goto myStaffordSprings.com to follow everything Stafford, it’s a great site, you have to check it out. Watch the video below, and again thank you to everyone who was involved and those of you that followed Paradiso Insurance Coach Vail’s click-your-picks.

The History of the Superbowl

Green Bay




Congratulations to the Packers and the Steelers on their victories last weekend, and also congratulations to Ben K. and Jamie T. for picking them. They both won $10 gift cards to Express Wireless. Thanks again to our friends at Judy’s Country Store, Express Wireless, and Basil’s Restaurant who participated in the Coach Vail’s click your picks video last week. A lot them picked it right.

I thought with the Superbowl coming up I’d post a brief history of the game’s origins and all the results of every Superbowl. All the information was gathered at http://www.superbowlhistory.net/superbowl/scores.php. It’s interesting info, check out how your team has done over the years.

Both teams in Superbowl XLV have storied pasts. Green Bay has been in four Superbowls, winning three and losing one. They won the first two Superbowls ever, under Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi, and went to back to back Superbowls in the nineties giving Brett Favre is only Superbowl victory.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are the winningest team in Superbowl history, having won six times while losing only once. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (2 wins) in trying to catch up to his legendary predecessor Terry Bradshaw (4 wins) in all time Superbowl wins. It should be a great game. Stay tuned for information and more “click your pick” videos in the next two weeks leading up to the Superbowl.




The History of the Super Bowl


The history of the Super Bowl starts with two things: the merging of the American Football League with National Football League, and a bouncy rubber ball.

The NFLAFL World Championship Game was created as a piece of the merger agreement between the NFL and the AFL in 1966.

During the negotiations between the NFL and the AFL, Kansas City Chief owner, Lamar Hunt, thought of the name “Super Bowl” for the Championship game, after observing his daughter playing with her toy Super Ball. Hunt only meant the name to be a stop-gap until the powers that be could think of something better. Not having thought of one, the game was named “The NFL-AFL World Championship Game“.

The first Championship took place in 1967. With the official title being quite a mouth full, the fans as well as the media took to the short, unofficial name, Super Bowl. In 1969, the name, “Super Bowl” became official.

The Green Bay Packers won the first two Super Bowls convincingly, causing many people to question if the AFL teams could compete. The very next year, the New York Jets upset the Baltimore Colts for the AFL’s first Super Bowl Title. The Chiefs won the 4th Super Bowl, evening the record at 2-2.

In 1970, the NFL and AFL merged into one combined league with two conferences, which resembles today’s National Football League. Three NFL Teams joined the 10 AFL teams forming the AFC (American Football Conference). The remaining 13 teams from the old NFL formed the NFC (National Football Conference).

Since the construction of the combined league, former AFL teams have won 10 Super Bowls while original NFL teams have taken 23. Two Super Bowls have been won by teams created after the merger.

The Winner of each Super Bowl receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy, named after Vince Lombardi, the great coach for the Green Bay Packers who led his team to victory in each of the first two Super Bowls. Following his death, the trophy was named prior to Super Bowl V in his honor.

Super Bowl Scores

Game Date Result
XLIV Feb. 7, 2010 Saints 31 Colts 17
XLIII Feb. 1, 2009 Pittsburgh 27 Arizona 23
XLII Feb. 3, 2008 New York 17, New England 14
XLI Feb. 4, 2007 Indianapolis 29, Chicago 17
XL Feb. 5, 2006 Pittsburgh 21, Seattle 10
XXXIX Feb. 6, 2005 New England 24, Philadelphia 21
XXXVIII Feb. 1, 2004 New England 32, Carolina 29
XXXVII Jan. 26, 2003 Tampa Bay 48, Oakland 21
XXXVI Feb. 3, 2002 New England 20, St. Louis 17
XXXV Jan. 28, 2001 Baltimore 34, N.Y. Giants 7
XXXIV Jan. 30, 2000 St. Louis 23, Tennessee 16
XXXIII Jan. 31, 1999 Denver 34, Atlanta 19
XXXII Jan. 25, 1998 Denver 31, Green Bay 24
XXXI Jan. 26, 1997 Green Bay 35, New England 21
XXX Jan. 28, 1996 Dallas 27, Pittsburgh 17
XXIX Jan. 29, 1995 San Francisco 49, San Diego 26
XXVIII Jan. 30, 1994 Dallas 30, Buffalo 13
XXVII Jan. 31, 1993 Dallas 52, Buffalo 17
XXVI Jan. 26, 1992 Washington 37, Buffalo 24
XXV Jan. 27, 1991 N.Y. Giants 20, Buffalo 19
XXIV Jan. 28, 1990 San Francisco 55, Denver 10
XXIII Jan. 22, 1989 San Francisco 20, Cincinnati 16
XXII Jan. 31, 1988 Washington 42, Denver 10
XXI Jan. 25, 1987 N.Y. Giants 39, Denver 20
XX Jan. 26, 1986 Chicago 46, New England 10
XIX Jan. 20, 1985 San Francisco 38, Miami 16
XVIII Jan. 22, 1984 L.A. Raiders 38, Washington 9
XVII Jan. 30, 1983 Washington 27, Miami 17
XVI Jan. 24, 1982 San Francisco 26, Cincinnati 21
XV Jan. 25, 1981 Oakland 27, Philadelphia 10
XIV Jan. 20, 1980 Pittsburgh 31, L.A. Rams 19
XIII Jan. 21, 1979 Pittsburgh 35, Dallas 31
XII Jan. 15, 1978 Dallas 27, Denver 10
XI Jan.   9, 1977 Oakland 32, Minnesota 14
X Jan. 18, 1976 Pittsburgh 21, Dallas 17
IX Jan. 12, 1975 Pittsburgh 16, Minnesota 6
VIII Jan. 13, 1974 Miami 24, Minnesota 7
VII Jan. 14, 1973 Miami 14, Washington 7
VI Jan. 16, 1972 Dallas 24, Miami 3
V Jan. 17, 1971 Baltimore 16, Dallas 13
IV Jan. 11, 1970 Kansas City 23, Minnesota 7
III Jan. 12, 1969 N.Y. Jets 16, Baltimore 7
II Jan. 14, 1968 Green Bay 33, Oakland 14
I Jan. 15, 1967 Green Bay 35, Kansas City 10

NFL Championship Weekend

Congrats to Greg for winning last week’s Coach Vail’s click your picks! This week we have NFL Championship Weekend and a lot of disappointed Patriot fans I’m sure. Make sure to go do click your picks and pick the Steelers!  Jets @ Steelers and Packers @ Bears, pick the two winners and get a ten dollar gift card to Express Wireless! It’s that easy.

Kate and I drove around West Stafford to make our video this week, and got everyone’s thoughts on this weekend’s games. I want to thank everyone from Judy’s Country Store, Express Wireless, and Basil’s Restaurant for participating. We were fortunite enough to find local Whelan Modified Driver Woody Pitkat dining at Basil’s for lunch and he gave us his picks! Goto Coach Vail’s click your picks now! Always remember it never costs anything to try to save money on your insurance, call me now at Paradiso Insurance to save money today! Goto myStaffordSprings.com  and check out this awesome new website devoted to everything Stafford! Subscribe to my blog in the column on the left for email updates of new posts.

Coach Vail’s Click-Your-Pick Week 17

The last week of the NFL season concludes this weekend, but we will continue the click-your-picks contest through the NFL playoffs and of course Superbowl XLV. Congrats to last weeks’ winners Nick, Garth, and Mark, I’m sure they will enjoy the food at Village Pizza Restaurant  just like we did. This week’s video was shot live from Body by Design. Check out the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dz3wdtuBnck. Please do your picks this week as the prizes for first and second place are one month free membership at  Body by Design Fitness Center and third place is 2 free tanning sessions. Others will receive $20 gift certificates to Rockville Vintage Lanes. Please do your picks this week, it’s fun and you can win these wonderful prizes for free, go to http://www.paradisoinsurance.com/click-your-pick/. Don’t forget to check out the Paradiso Insurance Restaurant Review  later this week from Basil’s Restaurant in Stafford. I hope everyone enjoyed Christmas and have a great and a safe New Year’s Eve, if you have too much to drink and need a ride give me a call (860)458-9366. Happy New Year. 2011 is going to be a great year