As Connecticut athletics go Bobby Valentine is a sports pioneer so it’s fitting the ex star athlete and baseball manager slip into a new professional SHU as the director of Pioneer athletics. Sacred Heart University technically has a Fairfield address, but its history with the state’s largest city is intertwined religiously, socially, educationally and athletically. SHU dorms are located in Bridgeport, the baseball team plays its home games at Harbor Yard, and lest we forget, the university’s bulging expansion fear on the minds of neighbors in the North End.
Can’t wait for Valentine, a Republican, to sojourn over to Testo’s Restaurant, owned by the venerable Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa, for a little linguine and red, a little linguine and white, maybe even a little linguine red, white and blue. Mario’s Madison Avenue restaurant is just a few minutes from SHU. Many North End neighbors are convinced Mario is seeking zoning expansion of his restaurant for a SHU dorm someday. Bobby, himself a successful restaurateur, could easily settle all this Mario-wants-SHU-dorms biz. Bobby buys Mario’s restaurant, turns it into a Bobby V sports bar with a legal promise never to turn it into SHU dorms. Maybe we can persuade Valentine to rename the restaurant Bobby V Spot as a magnet venue for adult dancers. Now wouldn’t the North End love that?
Since SHU baseball games are played at Harbor Yard maybe the sensible thing to do is for Bobby to scout out new housing downtown for SHU athletic dorms. Paging Phil Kuchma. Always good to keep the star athletes away from the sinister influences of the beered-up student body.
So you see, Bobby Valentine’s economic impact is already paying dividends. Let’s organize a Bobby V Day in Bridgeport, contact Mario and cut the deal.