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December 18, 2013; Updated: 11:42 pm
Even here, where women's basketball is a habit and not a novelty, the education continues. This is how the game grows. One heathen at a time. Latest believers: A group of high school boys who discovered that women are...
December 17, 2013; Updated: 11:45 pm
The best sports stories usually come from nowhere, punctuated with "can you believe it?" "never thought we'd see this," and "we were there when."
The seasons when the rainbow is there for the climbing.
December 15, 2013; Updated: 11:42 pm
Idle Thoughts, while waiting for Auburn-Florida State, Brad Stevens to be named NBA Coach of the Year and for sledding at Fenway Park:
• Mr. Idle, Mr. I to his close friends, would like to salute all the acts of inspiring behavior...
December 14, 2013; Updated: 12:59 pm
They gathered Friday morning in the fieldhouse, all wearing green T-shirts bearing the words "Stay Strong. Eudy Nation."
And they stayed strong. Cheers, not tears. Just the way Josh Eudy wants it.
December 13, 2013; Updated: 11:42 pm
If you seek anything more than negligible insight into Bob Diaco's hiring at UConn, stop reading. Or prepare for disappointment. I know what you do. Won't pretend otherwise. Notre Dame pedigree, Jersey background, good reputation as a recruiter,...
December 11, 2013; Updated: 11:42 pm
Note to Chiney Ogwumike: Uncasville, Conn. is lovely this time of year. Pastoral beauty. Snow-covered trees. Wafts of nachos from the Brown Derby. The blueberry pancakes from Ed's.
Sorry. Lost my head. Way ahead of ourselves here. No lock...
December 10, 2013; Updated: 11:42 pm
Sometime around noon Wednesday, the annual press luncheon for the eight state high school football finalists commences at the Aqua Turf in Southington, where the media can squeeze in an occasional question among the suits bloviating cliché-ridden...
December 8, 2013; Updated: 1:53 am
Maybe the words would have sounded typical of a coach scorned. Maybe that's why Tim King, who would have been entirely justified Saturday to go volcanic about a miserably...
December 5, 2013; Updated: 11:42 pm
Now is the time for all good men (and women) to come to the aid of their columnist.
No, really. I need your help to solve a moral dilemma.
The two-minute drill version:
I have a Heisman vote. I take the responsibility...
December 2, 2013; Updated: 11:55 pm
Casey Cochran's ongoing education at UConn has fortified a vocabulary that already extended beyond the pedestrian, "can't," "doesn't" and "isn't." And yet the words, like the blanket behind Linus, are always there...
December 1, 2013; Updated: 11:29 pm
To think this could have been the last UConn-Rutgers football game for a while. The humanity of it all. The final installment of this contrivance played Saturday at Rentschler Field before assorted friends and...
November 30, 2013; Updated: 11:43 pm
Emotions continued to overcome Juan Roman, the conscience of this program, early Thursday afternoon, not 10 minutes after the culmination. He spoke to his kids in word spasms, not sentences, but with palpable joy.
November 26, 2013; Updated: 11:56 pm
Our corner of the world can claim much expertise, although let's face it: We are not the nation's go-to people for driving distances. Everything is too far. Example: We here in the People's Republic of East Lyme need a CVS in Flanders because...
November 24, 2013; Updated: 11:57 pm
Mohegan - It is 538 miles from the Dean Dome in Chapel Hill, N.C., to Neon Uncasville, where the Carolina Tar Heels spent their Saturday afternoon. That's the Tar Heels and a good 4,000 of their fans, who turned Mohegan...
November 23, 2013; Updated: 12:20 am
Storrs - Full disclosure: I wasn't there when Brenda Frese, the women's basketball coach at Maryland, said this:
"I said this all along. They went from nine All-Americans to seven,"...
November 22, 2013; Updated: 12:01 am
New London - Scott Beeney: Whaler. Yikes. To his old Fitch High pals, this would be sacrilege. An affront to all the Sons of Fitch who loathe the green and gold.
But to reiterate:...
November 20, 2013; Updated: 11:29 pm
Well, it's finally here. Armageddon. Basketball. UConn vs. Boston College.
First time in a feature sport since Jan. 5, 2005, when BC, bound for the Atlantic Coast Conference, beat UConn at the XL Center. Quite a night. UConn fans sported...
November 19, 2013; Updated: 11:42 pm
Many of us have been desensitized to the institutionalized extortion of the sporting public, to the point where a shrug of the shoulders has replaced any previous moral outrage.
Buy a ticket for the Sunday afternoon...
November 15, 2013; Updated: 11:42 pm
It is inevitable that the following lament occurs during the high school sports season. Every high school sports season. About multiple sports. More than once.
"Geez," the person says to yours truly. "The ECC is really down this year. I've...
November 14, 2013; Updated: 11:42 pm
One letter separates the concepts of "revolving" and "evolving." One letter. And yet nothing better illustrates the breadth of UConn football's dysfunction.
Out goes evolving freshman Tim Boyle, the future just a few weeks ago, the victim...
November 12, 2013; Updated: 11:42 pm
All together now: Here we go officials, here we go (clap, clap).
Here we go officials, here we go (clap, clap).
No, really. The time has come to embrace our inner whistle and remind the stripes to stay strong. For...
November 11, 2013; Updated: 11:42 pm
They decided to call it "G's," which only adds to the irony. Anyone with even limited knowledge of this corner of the world knows "G's" to mean pizza, grinders, laughs and stories, not goblet squats and kettle bell swings.
November 10, 2013; Updated: 11:42 pm
Sports' latest cause célèbre comes from a familiar haunt, this country's football culture, with newly elected patron saint Richie Incognito. The Nebraska reject. Which is saying something, given how Nebraska has produced notable humanitarians...
November 6, 2013; Updated: 11:42 pm
Under the category of "it's a tough job, but someone's got to do it" comes my existence. I watch games for a living. I know. Hardship. Especially when I'm trying to remember certain details. Time's passage turns all the games into the...
November 5, 2013; Updated: 11:42 pm
And after 25 years, there was no joy in Montville. Just a man suffering from what you'd call nerves. This was Friday night. To think of all the years Wally Christensen has spent on soccer fields coaching his kids. All the...