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Congrats to Florio Jr.'s football team

We’ll give you advance warning.  This post is off topic.  And if you don’t like it, just scroll, baby.

The Notre Dame Middle School Fighting Irish of Clarksburg, West Virginia wrapped up their 2010 season on Friday afternoon with a 39-20 win over the Cameron Dragons.  The victory gave the Irish a 6-2 record, and plenty of them likely will be playing next year as freshmen on the high school team.

Santino Cava, who continues to remind me of Barry Sanders (and we don’t make that comparison lightly), scored three first-half touchdowns on three carries.  The first time he touched the ball — on the first play from scrimmage — Cava went more than 50 yards for a score.  The next time — on the first play of the next drive — it was another 50-plus-yard run to paydirt.

Phil Chafin added a pair of touchdowns in the second half.

Of course, I’ve got to brag a little about Florio Jr.  Playing left tackle, a little defensive tackle, and a lot of middle linebacker, he had somewhere between six and 10 total tackles, a fumble recovery that was nullified because the get-what-you-pay-for officiating staff somehow thought that a quarterback simply dropping the football constitutes an incomplete pass (at least we know they’re ready to work on an NFL crew), and a stirring quarterback sack on a key fourth-down play late in the first half.

Alex and I had been joking all week that, if he got a sack, he would do Jared Allen’s calf-roping celebration (especially since Jared himself hasn’t gotten to do it much this year).  Instead, Alex got up and looked for me in the stands.

That was much better.

The non-Catholic schools in Harrison County don’t include the only Catholic school in their postseason tournament.  This year, the small Catholic school would have given the larger public schools in the county a run for their money.

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  1. Craphonso says: Oct 30, 2010 11:32 AM

    Didn’t mind reading this at all. Nice work, Florio Jr.!

  2. ArtModellsPimp says: Oct 30, 2010 11:47 AM

    I know that you’re going to get a fair share of smart-assed comments about this post, Mike, Sr., but I want to really commend you on this one.
    I make my living teaching young men (and young ladies) in a school for kids coming out of the juvenile corrections system, here in Texas. Business is booming, I’m sorry to say.
    If more Dads spent more time supporting their young sons, as you do, there wouldn’t be much of a need for positions like mine.
    Congratulations to young Mr. Florio for the winning season, and to you, sir, for supporting him. It takes a man to make a man…

  3. buckeyeboy says: Oct 30, 2010 12:01 PM

    that sounds like a scam that they dont get to play in the post season tournament lol

  4. RAMBradford says: Oct 30, 2010 12:12 PM

    How good of a tackle? The Rams have this guy named Renardo Foster starting at RT… We could probably use the help

  5. spartyfi says: Oct 30, 2010 12:23 PM

    Well played Florio. I like how you squeezed in the jab at NFL officiating! Good stuff!

  6. andyprough says: Oct 30, 2010 12:25 PM

    Michael Ornstein needs to get that Cava kid on the payroll, fast

  7. jaybertx says: Oct 30, 2010 12:30 PM

    Florio Jr. football skills > Florio Sr. reporting skills
    Hahahaha, sorry but someone had to do it. :-)
    Great job Mike. My sons are in the high school marching band and it’s amazing to me how many parents are NOT involved in their kids’ activities. Big ups to you.

  8. hookem1605 says: Oct 30, 2010 12:32 PM

    No one cares Florio. This isn’t your personal blog.

  9. AmateurFootballtalk says: Oct 30, 2010 12:34 PM

    why is your son playing left tackle? is it because he can’t throw the ball or simply because hes fat?
    seriously, if I had a son he’s playing one of two positions or not playing at all. quarterback or kicker

  10. WhySoSerious says: Oct 30, 2010 12:38 PM

    Over-rated.

  11. Rex Grossman says: Oct 30, 2010 12:47 PM

    Just wait until he’s 17, hates sports, and spends all of his time playing Call of Duty and smoking pot. Will you make posts about him then?

  12. Patrick says: Oct 30, 2010 12:57 PM

    Cool… Congrats on a great year…Our son’s 8th grade team(GoTigers!) went 3-3-1…Games at this level are more fun and intense than any pro games we watch…

  13. Cubano says: Oct 30, 2010 12:59 PM

    Nice job little Florio!!!!

  14. GrandsoOfCoach says: Oct 30, 2010 12:59 PM

    Nice post Florio. And congrats to Florio Jr. My Grandpa coached youth/HS football for 60-some odd years and is in the Wisconsin HS coaches hall of fame. Your post reminds me of his dedication to teaching young players what the game is really all about. Young boys having fun, learning the game, and the spirit of accomplishment (as a team and as individuals). Good luck to Florio Jr. And honor to all the coaches and Dads who take the time to teach their kids the right way to play the game.

  15. JoeSixPack says: Oct 30, 2010 1:04 PM

    Congrats to the Fighting Irish!
    Sadly I never got to experience such excitment as I played for the Fighting Amish during my middle school years.

  16. Sting Ray says: Oct 30, 2010 1:11 PM

    Great post!!!

  17. jayy says: Oct 30, 2010 1:12 PM

    Santino Cava, who continues to remind me of Barry Sanders (and we don’t make that comparison lightly
    _____
    so DONT!.. how u gonna compare a legend to someone whos in college lol.. i cant standddd when analyists on tv for nfl say oh he looks like him brown, or dickerson or sanders.. no if hes great hes gonna be his own name now the next of.. i cant standddddd legend comparisons. esp when the person wasnt even drafted let alone still playin in college..

  18. funi says: Oct 30, 2010 1:26 PM

    Florio dogging out the refs? What is the fine for that in WesVirgina? $500 or no moonshine….

  19. BIGsarge87 says: Oct 30, 2010 1:31 PM

    Outstanding article Florio.
    To all of you sad, pathetic, lonely morons who are bagging on him for this post:
    THEN WHY DID YOU READ IT!!!
    His very first line warned you. Get a freaking life. I don’t know what’s more pathetic, that you didn’t like the article (most decent human beings would appreciate it) or that you took the time to leave a degrading comment.
    Do the world a favor and go swallow a shotgun.

  20. dragonrider2300 says: Oct 30, 2010 1:32 PM

    Mr. Florio, I read your site every day and enjoy the explanation of the finer points of the CBA . The updates are timely and usually interesting (I loved the Romo video-he breaks his collarbone and his first concern is whether his pass was caught-classic).
    Congratulations for your son doing well on the field. I agree with the other comment that our prison systems would not be as busy if more parents actually spent time with their kids and, you know, be involved with their activities and taught them some basic values. Too many parents are ‘absentee parents’ or slough off too much child-raising responsibility to schools, churches, and other people/strangers-why even have a child if you are going to outsource your parenting responsibility?
    It is good to remind people that parenting is a 24-7 occupation and that to be successful, a lot of time & effort must be invested. Congrats to your son on a successful season on and off the field.

  21. shiftyshellshocked says: Oct 30, 2010 1:34 PM

    Hey Rex, you are one cold blooded dude.

  22. DanSnyderSux says: Oct 30, 2010 1:41 PM

    # hookem1605 says: October 30, 2010 12:32 PM
    No one cares Florio. This isn’t your personal blog.
    Yet, you took the time to click on the link, read the story, then comment on it. If you hate him so much, why bother coming to the site at all?

  23. Mudkip says: Oct 30, 2010 2:00 PM

    jayy says:
    October 30, 2010 1:12 PM
    Santino Cava, who continues to remind me of Barry Sanders (and we don’t make that comparison lightly
    _____
    so DONT!.. how u gonna compare a legend to someone whos in college lol.. i cant standddd when analyists on tv for nfl say oh he looks like him brown, or dickerson or sanders.. no if hes great hes gonna be his own name now the next of.. i cant standddddd legend comparisons. esp when the person wasnt even drafted let alone still playin in college..
    ——————————
    Epic Fail, clearly he stated that the kid is in middle school, not college. Maybe if you attended Middle school you would be able to actually read what he wrote…

  24. slutnuts says: Oct 30, 2010 2:01 PM

    @jayy…the post is about middle school, not college. too many ‘d’s in the word stand, how is one supposed to pronounce that?

  25. Rex Grossman says: Oct 30, 2010 2:05 PM

    Mel Kiper Jr.’s 8th grader Big Board:
    1. Pablo Sanchez
    2. Santino Cava
    3. Pete Wheeler
    4. Hey Arnold
    5. Dante Robinson
    6. Alex Florio
    7. Achmed Khan
    8. Reese Worthington
    9. Ricky Johnson
    10. Ronny Dobbs
    Great class headed into Freshman year.

  26. Tim says: Oct 30, 2010 2:07 PM

    Mike,
    You dont have to explain yourself to any of the idiots on this site. If you want to post something on YOUR OWN WEBSITE, you should be able to do so without telling idiots not to read…

  27. Igottz5onit says: Oct 30, 2010 2:12 PM

    Good for him.

  28. ct122333 says: Oct 30, 2010 2:16 PM

    wow florio isnt a virgin? who woulda thought

  29. Steelbreeze says: Oct 30, 2010 2:16 PM

    Nice! Best of luck for the future with the little guy!

  30. Bronco4life says: Oct 30, 2010 2:19 PM

    Dude he’s not making a college comparison, the kid is in middle school. Chill

  31. ejtowne says: Oct 30, 2010 2:20 PM

    Good story. You definitely sound proud of your son! I have 3 boys that will eventually play some ball, right now they are a little young, but soon. I can’t wait! Remember the last name Towne. It will be three times used in the NFL within 15-20yrs. Emory, Emeric and Elijah. WR, DB and QB. I have high hopes for my boys!

  32. PitTip says: Oct 30, 2010 2:21 PM

    Congrats, Florio Jr. for kicking butt! Tell he needs to dad to enjoy this now. Once you get to high school, your baseball coach will only want you to play your best sport, baseball.

  33. louisianafootballfan says: Oct 30, 2010 2:22 PM

    Really, people! You don’t have to be a-holes (and you know who I’m talking to). Any of you whonare parents know just how important this was to Florio. Congrats to Florio Jr on the winning season. If you didn’t want to read the post…don’t.

  34. bonecity7 says: Oct 30, 2010 2:23 PM

    jayy,
    You Sir (or son) are an idiot……and I don’t throw that word around lightly!!! The freakin’ kid is an EIGHTH GRADER you MORON.
    You hate legend comparisons…..I hate MORONS!!!
    Hope this helps…….

  35. mountainman27 says: Oct 30, 2010 2:34 PM

    @jayy
    Please tell me that you are still in a K-6 school. If not, perhaps your time would be better spent taking some remedial “Reading Comprehension and Grammar” classes. I know “remedial” may be a foreign word to you so go ahead and google it. Let me explain. The “Notre Dame Middle School” is NOT the university in South Bend, IN.
    Florio-props to you for supporting and bragging about your kid and his team. Too many parents don’t take the time to be involved with their kids. I still think you are a tool!

  36. Simon12345 says: Oct 30, 2010 2:50 PM

    Awesome, Mike…you must be very proud of your son! It really comes through how much you care about him…nice job, man.

  37. smiley says: Oct 30, 2010 3:00 PM

    Way to go Junior!! I hope you’re proud of yor dad as much he’s proud of you. Hail!!

  38. hockref says: Oct 30, 2010 3:07 PM

    @jaybertz , well played!
    Mike congrats on being a stand up guy and being involved with your sons activities.
    I was thinking of cool it must be for Florio Jr. to get mentioned along with the NFL news. Then I got to thinking he is probably used to it but the other kids on the team must get a really huge kick out of it!
    Props again for being involved with the kids stuff.
    HUGE thumb downs on the lagging on the refs in a junior high game. In no game will all officials combined make as many mistakes as even a single player does during the course of the game. Teaching these kids that ragging on officials for their mistakes is a terrible example to set. The poor attitude of many parents towards officials and other competitors is a big reason many parents steer their children away from organized sports.

  39. Floriostoupee says: Oct 30, 2010 3:11 PM

    # Tim says: October 30, 2010 2:07 PM
    Mike,
    You dont have to explain yourself to any of the idiots on this site. If you want to post something on YOUR OWN WEBSITE, you should be able to do so without telling idiots not to read…
    ________________________
    Actually, the site is owned by NBC, not Florio, not any longer anyway.
    IMO, it is pretty obvious why Florio posted this in the first place. 1) generate site hits, getting people to make comments, a-holes or not and 2) being an absent parent (least on weekends), it is the least he could do is put his son’s name and football achievements on the site.

  40. NFLMMAfan says: Oct 30, 2010 3:11 PM

    If only little Flo knew a competent attorney who could act as an agent and pimp up some national attention to get little Flo a free ride through college. Hmmm…..

  41. say_it_isnt_so says: Oct 30, 2010 3:37 PM

    Make daddy proud! Oh, and finish your homework, son…

  42. Juttster says: Oct 30, 2010 4:11 PM

    Good for you both. That’s great! Maybe he could forget high school and college. The Bears could use him right now!!!!!!

  43. Mike_in_Texas says: Oct 30, 2010 4:12 PM

    GO RAIDERS

  44. LionsPlayoffs2011 says: Oct 30, 2010 4:31 PM

    the lions would be more than happy to replace jeff backus with him.

  45. Pervy *Harvin* says: Oct 30, 2010 4:50 PM

    Congrats Mike Jr. ! Is it true you can beat Gregg Rosenthal up??

  46. spudz says: Oct 30, 2010 5:08 PM

    hookem1605 says:
    October 30, 2010 12:32 PM
    No one cares Florio. This isn’t your personal blog.
    This is Florio’s blog far far more than yours shithead…so why dont you go piss on some other guys parade….idiot
    Good story Mike….watching kids play for the love of the game is awesome….great memories.

  47. 1nationraidernation says: Oct 30, 2010 5:14 PM

    alright florio has a PPM! (proud papa moment) I just hope your not teaching you r kid to be hater like yourself :-)

  48. aggie95 says: Oct 30, 2010 5:54 PM

    If you’re not first, you’re last.

  49. ohgoodie says: Oct 30, 2010 6:02 PM

    Florio can do whatever the bleep he wants to. He posts when he wants to post. U sorry a holes out there can go pound sand.

  50. sasquash69 says: Oct 30, 2010 6:27 PM

    Way to go kids. Sounds like they had a fine season and a lot of fun. I always love post like this one.

  51. j-wil says: Oct 30, 2010 6:46 PM

    Nice job! I guess this is just another week without a Jared Allen sack celebration………..

  52. Brusci is Poncherello says: Oct 30, 2010 6:53 PM

    Florio Jr–at left tackle??–holy crap Florio Sr. isn’t big enough to play left tackle in middle school…Who’s the milkman in your neighborhood??

  53. winslow says: Oct 30, 2010 7:03 PM

    Mel Kiper is reportedly comparing Young Florio to Marcus McNeill, so any day now the kid should be receiving an ultimatum from AJ Smith.

  54. LarryFitzgerald4MVP says: Oct 30, 2010 7:11 PM

    Why does NBC Sports allow you to post this?
    It is completely irrelevant to the topic of this blog, and it holds no importance to anyone but you and your kid’s team who will probably get a kick out of it.
    As for that RB who scored 3 TDs on 3 carries, that’s what happens in youth football. My Freshman year of HS, a kid ran for 250 yards and 5 TDs on 5 carries.
    Not trying to be a d-ck, but it really shouldn’t be here.

  55. helix says: Oct 30, 2010 7:11 PM

    Jeez..anyone who took the time to make a nasty post towards a father, proud of his young son’s accomplishments on the field needs to get their head checked.
    Really? It’s too much for the man who owns this blog and lets you take shots at him all day(and he does, most blog owners filter out ALL negativity towards themselves), to have a little something cool for his son and his teammates to look at on a well recognized site? The post is for the kids you dopes.
    Although… # ct122333 says:
    “wow florio isnt a virgin? who woulda thought”
    Made me lol

  56. Bwa Ha Ha says: Oct 30, 2010 7:26 PM

    LOL, Good job little Florio.
    Best thread of the week!!
    Good job , Dad

  57. BobsCountryBunker says: Oct 30, 2010 7:31 PM

    Keep those updates coming Florio. Those of us whose sons played in high school, but who have since graduated are living vicariously through you. And don’t blink … it goes by way too quickly.
    Don’t forget to get us some rock band updates, too. Detroit Rock City was one of my favorites, and boy did that bring back memories.

  58. 1stngoal says: Oct 30, 2010 7:54 PM

    Gratz Mr. Florio, Go Irish!!! :-)

  59. GPO says: Oct 30, 2010 8:42 PM

    this is florio’s blog dopes. nbc is just along for the ride. mike is a good man, good father, and a helluva entrepreneur. dude was/is a clarksburg, wv attorney, turned nfl blogger, turned top nbc sports football analyst–its actually an incredible story.

  60. BigBear123 says: Oct 30, 2010 10:09 PM

    One of your better articles in awhile. Just shows you can write well when you want to.
    Congratulations to Jr. and his team.

  61. jodave5 says: Oct 30, 2010 10:12 PM

    You haters suck. With all the crap in the world that blows, what’s better than watching your son (or daughter) out having what will be the times of their (and our) lives? Lose a 19 yr old in a car accident and then post the putrid venom some of you have left. Mike Sr., excellent work. Enjoy and cherish every minute with your son. No one is promised tomorrow.

  62. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says: Oct 30, 2010 10:15 PM

    Love it! Congrats Florio’s.

  63. Kisstherings says: Oct 30, 2010 10:40 PM

    Florio – Enough of these articles……It’s harder to despise you when it’s clear your a proud, loving parent.
    Congrats to lil Florio
    Now back to Favre so I can get on your case again…..

  64. The Black Cat says: Oct 30, 2010 10:50 PM

    I can’t believe the refs didn’t call holding on that TD.

  65. william a says: Oct 30, 2010 11:45 PM

    Just for the record, public schools are non-sectarian, not non-Catholic.
    I enjoyed the article though. There’s nothing better than a kid making a parent proud.

  66. Blackn'Gold says: Oct 30, 2010 11:54 PM

    An interesting story, Mr. Florio. It appears that Florio Jr. is more comfortable on the defensive side of the ball. Middle linebacker, a position I wanted to play when I was much younger. Congratulations to Florio Jr. for having a nose for the ball.

  67. Bass says: Oct 31, 2010 12:30 AM

    Ummmm… If Jr is “Left” tackle, does that mean all your friends call him “Big” Florio and call you “Little” Florio?
    If not now, maybe later on in high school? I just love it when a Jr is bigger than a Sr!!!!

  68. pondbridge says: Oct 31, 2010 2:03 AM

    The prize was a bit of a bummer, though: pamplets about future male pattern baldness.

  69. pondbridge says: Oct 31, 2010 2:08 AM

    CONGRATULATIONS FLORIO JR.
    New nickname: “Smashmouth”.

  70. Kappy says: Oct 31, 2010 2:14 AM

    Nice post Florio. Be proud of him & enjoy it because it wineglass forever.

  71. sequtugh says: Oct 31, 2010 2:27 AM

    Congrats Florio …. my childhood friend played for the Irish in Clarksburg, I played for WI (still a high school back then), and we never got to play a game then either. Not much has changed :)
    Folks up there are passionate about football, I bet you guys are having a blast. Take it easy on the volunteer refs though, there are a lot of good people in that town.

  72. FinFan says: Oct 31, 2010 3:55 AM

    what ever happen to PRO+football+talk?

  73. Clock_Is_King says: Oct 31, 2010 9:59 AM

    How many times has Florio, Jr been fined for leading with his head on defenseless receivers?
    I hear he has come out against the James Harrison Rule!!

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