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March 16, 2014; Updated: 11:29 pm
Idle Thoughts, while waiting for brackets, cherry blossoms and for the Sun to draft Chiney Ogwumike:
• Mr. Idle, Mr. I to his close friends, would like to wave the flag for the ECC today.
Tired of hearing how it's a bad league...
March 15, 2014; Updated: 12:21 am
It is of some comfort, especially to those who watched the late James Johnson's final days battling cancer, to believe he is offering his old team a guiding hand. But this? This was almost literal.
And so it was the...
March 13, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm
How ironic that Paulla Solar is about to receive a merit award from the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, honoring her character, win total (more than 300) and two state titles.
And yet Solar has accomplished something far...
March 11, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm
And you thought the UConn women authored the most noteworthy feat over the weekend at Mohegan Sun, cutting a swath through the American Athletic Conference Tournament.
Hah. Not even the Huskies outdid what happened...
March 10, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm
This was going to be the world's first temporary eulogy, commemorating the momentary end of UConn-Rutgers in women's basketball, thanks to the Scarlet Knights' move to the Big Ten.
It turned out that previous hints that...
March 9, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm
It is fruitless to assess blame. Secretariat has left the barn and is at the clubhouse turn. There is, however, reason to explore why the UConn women were not televised Saturday for their quarterfinal game at the American...
March 7, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm
This much we know about sports: Athletes, coaches and anyone else with an emotional attachment rarely take the time to dissect the moment when they're immersed in it.
And so maybe the loyalists of Norwich Free Academy and Woodstock Academy,...
March 6, 2014; Updated: 7:05 am
It was all there, the impending New London-Ledyard championship game to decide the Eastern Connecticut Conference. This exercise Wednesday was a glorified formality, the...
March 2, 2014; Updated: 11:44 pm
It's hard sometimes not to get a little teary. No, really. Spend enough time around these kids and you start becoming a de facto fan, too. You like them. Appreciate them. And then when it's time to say goodbye, it's a bit of...
March 1, 2014; Updated: 10:15 pm
OK. Old person joke. A reporter was interviewing a 104 year-old woman:
"And what do you think is the best thing about being 104?" the reporter asked.
She replied, "No peer pressure."
February 26, 2014; Updated: 12:07 am
News item: The National Football League's competition committee may adopt a rule next month making it an automatic 15-yard penalty if a player uses the N-word on the field, with an ejection on the second infraction. This from national outlets...
February 25, 2014; Updated: 12:20 am
Their opinion of Kerrianne Dugan hasn't changed. Not half a decade later. And this is the opinion of her contemporaries:
February 21, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm
A year ago this week, Baylor University defeated the UConn women, somewhat convincingly, at the XL Center. This was after the Bears had roughed up Notre Dame on the road, too, leaving little doubt the consensus to win the national...
February 20, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm
Creative thinking requires a measure of faith, what author and educator Stephen Covey calls "leaving the comfort zone of base camp to confront an entirely new and unknown wilderness."
Maybe that's why creativity is often mocked. The unknown...
February 19, 2014; Updated: 12:24 am
New London - They will retire Kris Dunn's jersey Thursday night at New London High, an impending event that has produced some consternation among the region's sports observers, surely not the desired effect of such...
February 16, 2014; Updated: 10:37 pm
Idle Thoughts, while waiting for Jeter's MVP season, March Madness and for someone to explain curling:
• Mr. Idle, Mr. I to his close friends, remains amused at the narrative that it's some foregone conclusion Jennifer Rizzotti...
February 14, 2014; Updated: 10:50 pm
They will argue Honus Wagner. As if they just got off the golf course with him. Except that Mr. Wagner's last game was in 1917. You'd have to be roughly 107 years old to have seen him play.
They will argue Ernie Banks. Except that Banks...
February 13, 2014; Updated: 11:16 pm
Kevin Carlow didn't need his Brown education to know the score: a winless senior season in the Ivies, a wilderness on its best day for the intelligentsia of baseball. Sure, the scouts give you Ron Darling. Mostly, though, for Ivy kids, it's "not...
February 10, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm
Shhhhh. Hear that? Ah, the sounds of silence. Rather enjoyable. And proof of how millions of people can be utterly confident and patently wrong at the same time.
Because how, really, can they explain Magic Johnson? All the dim bulbs, in and...
February 2, 2014; Updated: 11:16 pm
It has become a secret society. When you're in, you're in. Because you want to be.
You swear by it. What it teaches. How its education endures. How it is "unique," a word that wrestling loyalists use a lot, when...
January 29, 2014; Updated: 11:43 pm
All Todd Peretz really had to do was walk across campus. True story. Some nothing weekday in the spring a few years ago. And there's Peretz, the basketball coach at Mitchell College, perhaps enjoying the scenery of the...
January 28, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm
Chestnut Hill, Mass.
The question isn't even a question. Spend your college years in Boston or Storrs, Conn.? Please. It's like asking, "would you rather the Crown Roast of Pork or the...
January 27, 2014; Updated: 11:49 pm
And so Super Bowl week has arrived, the game again a sideshow, but never like this. Never has the game itself surrendered the spotlight to two such ambiguities as the weather and the musings of Richard Sherman.
January 26, 2014; Updated: 11:29 pm
It's becoming more common now to hear this new tenet of coaching success, "changing the culture" of the program, another in the developing line of sports jargon that sounds like esoteric, insider talk, but could mean almost...
January 23, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm
The truth, as our ongoing education teaches us, is usually in the middle. And the truth about UConn athletic director Warde Manuel's dalliance - or lack thereof - with the same job at Virginia Tech depends on whom you want...