Stafford Football 2013


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At long last, football season is right around the corner. I’m very excited for this upcoming year as we look to continue our success at the Stafford Bulldogs Youth Football League.  Also, there will be a new coach this year at Stafford High, as Coach Bernier will not be returning, we wish him the best.

SBYFL practices will start this year on Monday July 29th at 5:30pm. Please be there early to fill-out paperwork if you have not already done so. The cost is $100 per child. You can also sign up online at bulldogsyouthfootball.com or click here to print forms –> football forms.

Goto to my facebook page (Coach Vail’s Football Page) devoted to local football and hit like for all updates and news. Please answer the poll below, check out the picture of the new UConn football uniforms below and let me know what you think.

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2011 Football Season is Here – NFL Poll


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The 2011 football season is almost here and it’s my favorite time of year. Stafford Bulldogs youth football is looking forward to a great season. Our numbers are up from last year, and all the teams are looking to make the playoffs and compete for a championship. Coach Bernier’s Stafford High Bulldogs are returning a lot of starters from last year’s squad and look to have a winning record for the first time since the 1990’s.  They are loaded with athletes so let’s make sure we are up there on Friday nights rooting them on.

UConn football is coming off it’s greatest season in history with a BCS bowl appearance. They have a new head coach in Paul Pasqualoni and are setting their sights very high this year as well. I, personally, had the priveledge of playing for Coach P at WCSU in 1986, and if anyone can keep the Huskies heading in the right direction it’s him.

After a preseason lockout, the NFL is finally ready to play some football. Make sure you play Coach Vail’s click your picks every week of the season and win some great prizes by picking the winners of each week’s games. Paradiso Insurance intern Kevin Smith and myself will be making the picks as well and sharing our thoughts on each week’s games plus a recap of all the local action each week.  Please let me know who you think is going to win Superbowl XLVI this year.

2011 Coach Vail’s Click your Picks


Football season is here, finally, and practice has begun for the NCAA, NFL, and even for the Stafford Bulldogs youth football. High school practice begins next week. On a local level we are pretty optimistic at the youth and high school levels. I will be an assistant coach for the B-Team this year and my son Noah will be on the team. We will be starting “Coach Vail’s Click your Picks” for the first week of then NFL season.
It’s a fun competition that will take place every week where you pick the winners of the games and if you do well you can win prizes to local businesses. We had a great time with it last year and look to improve on it this year. I look forward to working with Paradiso Insurance intern and Stafford native Kevin Smith on making it bigger and better.
The highlight of the competition was shooting the videos with my picks for the week. We went to local businesses and asked local residents there opinions, it was fun. Check out two of the better videos that we did last year below. You can see all of the videos, the links are on the right side bar, stay tuned!

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.

Paradiso Insurance Restaurant Reviews


Starting next week the staff here at Paradiso Insurance are going to start going out into the community to do reviews of local restaurants and try to help generate some potential consumers for them. We filmed this week’s addition of Coach Vail’s click your picks from Village Pizza on Main St in Stafford Springs(located where the old Arizona Restaurant was). Vivian and George were gracious enough to let us film from there this week and get us started with our new restaurant segments. Check out this video, it’s a good one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-SChJC2Tgw. The food was fantastic as you can see in the video. What we wanted to do for next week is let you decide where we go next, so we created a poll of four local restaurants. Make your choice and follow the results then make sure to tune in each week to get a review of one of our fine local eateries. You can also vote again at paradisoinsuranceblo.com

Patriot fans win an autographed photo of the legendary Steve Grogan


That’s right!! Win an autographed photo of Steve Grogan and a $20 gift certificate to Rockville Vintage Lanes if you do the best in this week’s Coach Vail’s click your picks. You can also win a $10 gift card to Express Wireless!! It’s fun and it’s easy and you don’t have to be a football expert to win. Click here to do your picks now! http://www.paradisoinsurance.com/click-your-pick/  Last week’s winners were coach Scott Gilbert of Stafford Youth Football, Jen M. and Larry L. Next week we will be filming from Shark Cycle and they will be offering a gift certificate to next week’s winner. Check out this week’s video and DO NOT forget to do your picks!!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RONcdVRdDa0