Biography

Jeff Jacobs was born in Kirkwood, Mo., and grew up in Newport, R.I. He got a degree from University of Missouri School of Journalism, then worked at newspapers in Michigan and New Jersey before joining the Courant in 1984. He covered the Hartford Whalers and the NHL for 11 years and has been the general sports columnist for 19 years, covering everything from Olympics, Super Bowl and World Series to UConn basketball and high school sports. He is a nine-time Connecticut Sports Writer of the Year and twice has been honored by APSE as one of the Top 10 national columnists. Married to wife Liz since 1987 and has two children, Katerina, a recent graduate of Southern Connecticut, and Liam, a junior in high school. Passions: Sports, music, geography, genealogy, playing Sporcle. Hobby: Surviving heart attacks.

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Emotions Run Highest In The Game

Emotions Run Highest In The Game

November 22, 2014

BOSTON — The Game was relevant in every way again, among the patricians as well as the peasants who would tune in to watch Handsome Dan lick Kirk Herbstreit's face.

  • Think Diaco Inherited A Mess? Just Ask, He'll Go On And On

    November 18, 2014

    STORRS — Bob Diaco has won only two of his first nine games as UConn football coach, but never let it be said that he has run out of ways to describe what a bad situation he inherited or the painfully long process he is undertaking.

  • Eli Manning Accurate At One Thing: Sticking A Fork In The Giants

    November 16, 2014

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Leave it to Tom Coughlin, cheeks reddened by the November chill and five successive losses, to figure out that two wrongs could make a right.

  • Yale Honors Its Football Past

    November 15, 2014

    NEW HAVEN — One after another, the pride of Yale football entered the big tent outside Portal 20 of the Yale Bowl.

  • Boatright, Filling Napier's Big Shoes, Leads Huskies Past Bryant

    November 14, 2014

    STORRS — Ryan Boatright knew he was getting his national championship ring in a ceremony before the season opener Friday night. What he didn't know was that his national championship mom Tanesha was going to be at Gampel Pavilion.

  • Celebrating Pagni's Legacy: A Special Night For State Hockey

    November 13, 2014

    His words were engraved on the back of Jonathan Quick's goalie mask during the NHL playoffs last spring. His words will be engraved in the heart of Connecticut hockey this weekend.

  • Hartford Took A Shot On Nwakamma, And It Has Paid Off

    November 12, 2014

    Four years ago, John Gallagher had questions about Mark Nwakamma's work ethic. Now, as the first Hartford player since Vin Baker to earn consecutive first-team all-league honors begins his senior season, Gallagher still has concerns.

  • Jeff Jacobs: Hard To Point Angry Finger At Silly Act By UConn Player

    November 11, 2014

    HAMDEN — Even now, 41 years later, I can't fully explain why I did it. There it is on page 188 among the senior homeroom pictures in my high school yearbook.

  • New Faces Looking Like Veterans

    November 9, 2014

    HARTFORD — On a Sunday afternoon when we began to see the many possibilities of Daniel Hamilton, we saw the specific pop of Sam Cassell Jr. for a second time.

  • A Horrible Loss For The Huskies Against Army

    November 8, 2014

    NEW YORK — After we sift through the could'ves, should'ves, successful onside kick, Chandler Whitmer's spine-snapping interception, Bob Diaco's steely postgame, long-term resolve and the, wow, wasn't it cool to play in the House That Jeter Built, it came down to this.

  • Auriemma Keys In On Piano, Not Retirement

    November 7, 2014

    STORRS — Geno Auriemma says it has been an obsession of his to learn to play the piano. He has an iPad app, he says, and likes to fool around with it in his office.

  • Hearty Meal For Hockey Starved State

    November 5, 2014

    A Boston College man, the governor of our state, made this night happen. A former Boston College coach defeated his mentor, a man he called the John Wooden and Bear Bryant of his sport, in a night that jumped for hockey like it hadn't in a long, long time at the XL Center.

  • UConn's Cavanaugh Will Face His Mentor As York Brings BC To XL

    November 4, 2014

    Mike Cavanaugh taught bowling at Bowling Green to get to a night like this one. He taught billiards on Bowling Green's green velvet tables. He taught volleyball for the opportunity to coach under Jerry York, an opportunity that would grow into nearly two decades of enormous success with a college hockey legend.

  • Edelman, Gronkowski Make The Big Plays For Patriots

    November 2, 2014

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Julian Edelman, all 5 feet 10 of him on his tippy toes, looked over a forest of reporters and cameras and spotted Rob Gronkowski walking past in the Patriots' locker room.

  • Using Foxx At Quarterback A Sly Move

    November 1, 2014

    EAST HARTFORD — The UConn offense had produced 15 yards in 15 plays when Deshon Foxx went in at quarterback with 12:34 left in the first half Saturday.

  • Why Do Stories Always Seem To Change In Domestic Violence Cases?

    October 31, 2014

    Friday marked the last day of Domestic Violence Awareness month, but we all know the scourge of domestic violence respects no calendar.

  • Memorial A Joyful Moment For Jasper Howard's Fiancee

    October 30, 2014

    Jazz's daughter is 4 now. Ja'Miya Howard is full of life. She is all personality.

  • Bourque Brothers Enjoying Time Together With Wolf Pack

    October 29, 2014

    Twenty eight years later, here was Raymond Bourque sitting inside the XL Center. That's right. The noblest opponent, who played more games, scored more points and skated infinitely more minutes than anybody against the Whalers, finally got off our ice.

  • UConn Got What It Deserved, But They Should Throw Book At UNC

    October 28, 2014

    There is no reason to feel one shred of sympathy for the academic fraud that is the University of North Carolina. Not if you are a UConn athlete, not if you are a UConn academic, not if you are a UConn fan. Not if you are standing in Storrs and looking 617 miles to the south, down I-95 toward Chapel Hill.

  • Money Needed To Finish Center Could Use Some NBA Bling

    October 17, 2014

    STORRS — The $40 million Werth Family UConn Basketball Champions Center, christened on a Friday when dual national championships would be celebrated across the street, is beautiful. Beyond beautiful, really, borderline spectacular compared to what the Huskies' basketball teams have used in the past.

  • Jeff Jacobs: After Nauseating Bickering, Give Stadium A Chance

    October 15, 2014

    Isn't democracy grand? Or messy? Or both? Anyway, after months of citizens spitting vitriol like chewing tobacco at each other, making numbers sing, making numbers dance, doing everything just short of proclaiming that a baseball stadium will either turn Hartford into Emerald City or forever bankrupt Connecticut, the Hartford city council voted Tuesday night to approve a sweeping $350 million development plan that includes a minor league ballpark scheduled to open in April 2016 for a move downtown by the New Britain Rock Cats.

  • Rizza's $5M Gift Comes From A Modest Heart

    October 13, 2014

    STORRS — He had made an anonymous $3 million gift a few years ago. And even as he pledged to match $5 million more in donations toward the construction of a new soccer complex, the largest single donor in UConn athletics history had to be encouraged to allow his name to jump from his checkbook to the public eye.

  • They Love To Run, And So Do The Ones They Love

    October 11, 2014

    Scott Mindel was running to jump a Southwest flight to Chicago immediately after finishing ninth at the 2014 NU Hartford Marathon.

  • Reception Warms Donovan's Heart

    October 10, 2014

    Jurgen Klinsmann cut Landon Donovan in May. And anyone who has ever loved someone or something as much as Donovan has loved soccer knows the first cut is the deepest.

  • No Coverup At Trinity: Tapsall Discards Wig, Inspires Others

    October 9, 2014

    Athletes often take off their gloves, their pads, their caps before they start an interview. Liv Tapsall takes a seat on the bench at the Trinity field hockey field and takes off her blonde wig.

  • In Refurbished XL Center, Whaler Green Is Missing

    October 8, 2014

    There was so much to look for at the refurbished XL Center when NBA hopes and NHL history suddenly collided on this Wednesday night in October.

  • It Has Been Ugly; Diaco Says UConn Has Been Own Worst Enemy

    October 8, 2014

    STORRS — On one level, on many levels, really, the rebuilding process will be a long one. Yet on another level, through the prism of gifts wrapped for the opposition and a defense not necessarily designed to create turnovers, the damage the UConn football team has done to itself through five games is stunning.

  • UConn Hockey Team Has A Tough On-Ice Leader In Kirtland

    October 4, 2014

    STORRS — Patrick Kirtland is not a talker, Mike Cavanaugh explained, but he is a leader.

  • Gray Matters: My Friend, A Hartford Legend, Signs Off

    October 3, 2014

    Scott Gray began the final commentary of his 42-year radio career Friday morning with an anecdote about Bobby Hull's first visit to the Civic Center as a member of the Winnipeg Jets in 1975. And I'm not going to lie, I was wondering where the heck his last one was headed.

  • Class Act By Plainfield Students Follows Ugly Act At Game

    October 3, 2014

    PLAINFIELD — For someone who makes his living offering sports opinion, this is a difficult enough column. For a parent of a high school athlete who plays in a town with people accused of using the ugliest of racial slurs against high school athletes from other towns, this might be the most difficult of my 37-year career.

  • Yale's Varga Takes His Place In Bowl History

    September 27, 2014

    NEW HAVEN — With a distinctive brush of hair, a strong jaw and an even stronger running constitution, Yale's Tyler Varga is a football player off a 1950 Saturday Evening Post cover. There's something classic in Varga's look, just as there was something undeniably classic in this late Saturday afternoon of college football.

  • Page-Turner: Book On Yale Bowl Rich With Trivia, Classic Tales

    September 26, 2014

    NEW HAVEN — There is a century-old, leather-bound piece of history sitting on the Yale squash coach's desk that tells the story of the school's 1914 football season. In book stores, meanwhile, there is a newly published book from Rich Marazzi that tells the story of every Yale football season since.

  • As Always, Jeter Brings The Magic

    September 26, 2014

    NEW YORK — It began with a rainbow and it ended with that inside-out swing, the Jeterian swing, and a walk-off single to right field.

  • Despite Measly Resources, Toner Built Powerful UConn Empire

    September 24, 2014

    John Toner got UConn into the Big East. He hired Jim Calhoun. He hired Geno Auriemma.

  • Bill Detrick: The Coach's Coach Had Time For Everyone

    September 23, 2014

    NEW BRITAIN — The first time I met Bill Detrick, he talked about the last time he coached a college basketball game. It was in 1990, for Coast Guard, not Central Connecticut. The Bears finished 11-12 in Detrick's one season in New London, lost that 23rd game on a last-second shot, and Detrick got a double technical when he went into a rage over a call.

  • Still More Questions Than Answers After Patriots Win

    September 21, 2014

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Devin McCourty watched the ball bounce off Raiders receiver Denarius Moore, pinball off fellow defensive back Logan Ryan and nestle in the hands of Vince Wilfork. The Patriots safety just couldn't resist.

  • Say A Little Prayer For Me: Dorothy Ollie In Jacobs' Corner

    September 20, 2014

    My Walk of Faith from the steps of the state Capitol to the steps of Gampel Pavilion, Hartford to Storrs, all 26 miles of redemption, will be Sunday, Oct. 5.

  • UConn's Offense Reported Missing In Florida

    September 20, 2014

    TAMPA — This was more than offensive frustration. Until the very end, this was offensive farce.

  • Eastern Soccer Captain, Now Cancer-Free, Makes Emotional Return

    September 18, 2014

    WILLIMANTIC — Jon DeCasanova knew something was wrong in June 2012 when he looked in the mirror and saw his eyes had turned yellow. The signs of jaundice would mark the first steps into a living hell of radiation, chemotherapy, badly swollen limbs and belly and, maybe worst of all, the endless wait for an appropriate match for a bone-marrow transplant.

  • Emotional Night For Wethersfield's Tyler Murphy

    September 17, 2014

    It was, Tyler Murphy said, a day to remember. "And it was," Murphy said, "a night I will never forget. It's hard to put into exact words how special it was. I've never experienced anything like it."

  • Smart QB: UConn's Casey Cochran Goes Out A Winner

    September 15, 2014

    STORRS — By Casey Cochran's best estimate, he has played the game for 20 years. Casey Cochran is 20 years old.

  • In Almost Every Facet, Giants Succeed At Beating Themselves

    September 14, 2014

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — From the cynical seats at MetLife Stadium, the Giants' fourth-quarter collapse Sunday in their home opener could be applauded for its precision. It was clinical. It was surgical. And given some of the precursors, the timing was impeccable.

  • Give Huskies A 'C' So Far, But 6 Wins An Attainable Goal

    September 13, 2014

    EAST HARTFORD — Over the past month, Bob Diaco repeatedly called the first quarter of his first UConn season "the preparation." On Saturday, after this 38-21 loss to Boise State, he called the next quarter "the present."

  • UHart AD Anton Goff Is Banking On Men's Basketball Success

    September 12, 2014

    WEST HARTFORD — Anton Goff has so much energy, I fear standing in the same room as the new Hartford athletic director and his kinetic men's basketball coach John Gallagher. Light bulbs surely will flicker and explode. The earth below the Hartford-West Hartford city line surely will rumble.

  • QB Career Over, So It Would Be Nice To Hear From Casey Cochran

    September 10, 2014

    STORRS — Few young athletes have been on our state radar as long as Casey Cochran. He is Jack's kid, the son of the most famous high school football coach in Connecticut history. He could not escape our attention.

  • TEST - QB Career Over, So It Would Be Nice To Hear From Casey Cochran

    September 9, 2014

    STORRS — Few young athletes have been on our state radar as long as Casey Cochran. He is Jack's kid, the son of the most famous high school football coach in Connecticut history. He could not escape our attention.

  • Let's Go To The Video: NFL, Ravens Handled Rice Case Horribly

    September 8, 2014

    NEW YORK — The video, not some great and enduring principle, led the Baltimore Ravens to cut Ray Rice on Monday. The video, certainly not moral fiber or a sage's wisdom, led NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to suspend the running back indefinitely.

  • Derek Jeter, As Always, One Cool Captain

    September 7, 2014

    NEW YORK — On a day the Yankees honored Derek Jeter, a Sunday when Joe Torre called him the best player he'd ever managed, Torre recalled a moment from October 1996. Jeter was a 22-year-old rookie. Torre was a rookie Yankees manager.

  • Some Good, Some Bad, In UConn's Win Against Stony Brook

    September 6, 2014

    EAST HARTFORD — The first reaction that Bob Diaco had when Luke Allen, who had endured a number of low, short liners, leaned into a third-period punt was, "He just outkicked his coverage."

  • School That Tattled On Geno Is As Slimy And Pathetic As NCAA

    September 5, 2014

    The pathetic part is that the school that complained about Geno Auriemma's making a phone call to congratulate Little League pitcher Mo'ne Davis somehow will feel validated by the NCAA decision to slap UConn with a secondary rules violation.

  • Rossomando Brings Change In Culture To Central

    September 4, 2014

    NEW BRITAIN — Behind them was a wild 31-27 victory over No. 7 Towson, arguably the greatest victory in the history of the football program. Ahead for the Central Connecticut Blue Devils last Saturday night was a five-hour bus ride home.

  • Diaco May Have His Process, But It's Results That Matter

    September 2, 2014

    STORRS — After the unfortunate Paul Pasqualoni era, Bob Diaco has been given a very wide berth. Diaco just has to make sure he doesn't seize all that available space in the early going and make the scoreboard sound as if it doesn't count.

  • Shocked Deutsche Bank Championship Winner All But Shuns Ryder Cup

    September 1, 2014

    NORTON, Mass. — One had been practically begging Tom Watson to play in the Ryder Cup. The other almost seemed to be begging Watson not to pick him.

  • UConn's Goalies Coach Has Wealth Of Experience

    August 30, 2014

    Mike Cavanaugh didn't know Andrew Raycroft. He knew his name. He knew his game. He knew he got traded for Tuukka Rask. Everyone from Boston to Botswana knows that Raycroft got traded for Tuukka Rask. Still, Cavanaugh didn't know Raycroft personally.

  • From Clean And Crisp To Bedraggled, Just Like That

    August 30, 2014

    EAST HARTFORD — He charged onto the field in a white dress shirt as clean and crisp as this new season. Yes, as clean and crisp as his new coaching era.

  • After Initial Whiff, Roger Goodell Finally Gets It Right

    August 28, 2014

    He accepted responsibility for the worst decision of his reign as NFL commissioner. On a Thursday during the 2014 exhibition season, Roger Goodell manned up.

  • Weist Resides In Michigan, But UConn Will Live In His Heart

    August 27, 2014

    He met his wife on Michigan's charter flight home from the 1992 Rose Bowl. T.J. Weist was a graduate assistant. Karen was a flight attendant.

  • Jeff Jacobs: Max DeLorenzo Emerging As Leader On UConn Football Team

    August 26, 2014

    STORRS — Max DeLorenzo was 50th on the UConn depth chart when he arrived in Storrs from Berlin High. OK, that's an exaggeration, but not by much. He was ninth.

  • Torre Still Giving Credit To Everyone Else

    August 23, 2014

    NEW YORK — When he took over as manager of the Yankees on Nov. 2, 1995, greeted by the blaring tabloid headline "Clueless Joe," and the oft-unreasonable demands of George Steinbrenner, Joe Torre had a choice.

  • Huskies Embrace Casey Cochran's Bad Hair (Media) Day

    August 21, 2014

    STORRS — Coach Bob Diaco introduced his four captains Thursday afternoon at UConn football media day. The team voted for them, Diaco said, and he insisted that Byron Jones, Marquise Vann, Geremy Davis and Alex Mateas were incredible leaders.

  • Jeff Jacobs: Blake, Courier Give Connecticut Open Crowd Money's Worth

    August 21, 2014

    NEW HAVEN — They were not afraid to whiz some vicious shots at each other's head. Yes, it was much more dangerous off the court Wednesday than on it for James Blake and Jim Courier at the Connecticut Tennis Center.

  • Casey Cochran At The Bat, But We'll See If He Stays There

    August 18, 2014

    STORRS — Two quarterbacks are going to play, he announced, but this is not a two-headed monster.

  • A Bleak View Of NCAA's Future

    August 16, 2014

    Walter Harrison, a serious man of letters, is not without that most important of qualities: A dry sense of humor.

  • Springer Enjoys Fenway Visit

    August 14, 2014

    BOSTON — His favorite Fenway memory is his first Fenway memory.

  • Wayne Simone Honored For His Work: Call Him Mr. AAU

    August 14, 2014

    WATERBURY — Ken Smith, the longtime coach at Windsor High School, remembers reading a book called “Raw Recruits” by Alexander Wolff and Armen Keteyian. Good grief, it was almost 25 years ago.

  • Kevin Ward's Tragic Death Heartbreaking And Unnecessary

    August 11, 2014

    On the list of needless deaths in sports, this has to be the most needless. Kevin Ward's violent passing at age 20 on a New York dirt track Saturday night was tragic, heartbreaking and totally unnecessary.

  • Sun Have To Do Better

    August 10, 2014

    UNCASVILLE — Maybe this is what it takes. Maybe it takes Chiney Ogwumike, the team's future, to get caught in the health issues of the present and have to watch the vital minutes from the bench.

  • Dad Who Gave Kidney To Daughter Grateful To Sox

    August 9, 2014

    This story starts with pain in Bella Forrest's knees and it ends with her dad, Bill, winning three authentic Red Sox World Series rings. Yet it is all the things in between, the kidney transplant, the strength drawn from Jonny Gomes, that will form a special forever bond between a Connecticut father and his daughter.

  • UConn's Basketball Brotherhood Gathers For Jim Calhoun Charity Classic

    August 8, 2014

    UNCASVILLE — Charlie Villanueva walked on the court 22 minutes before the start of the seventh Jim Calhoun Charity Classic, hugged Donyell Marshall, hugged Ben Gordon and immediately made a move to block a jumper by Taliek Brown.

  • We Must Do Much More To Rid Campuses Of Sexual Violence

    August 7, 2014

    He received a master's degree from Michigan in social work in 1993 and an MBA from Michigan's Ross School of Business in 2005. He has been involved in athletics management at the highest collegiate level for many years.

  • Foreign Substance: Knappe, Cruz Vow To Improve UConn's OL

    August 6, 2014

    STORRS — One comes from Silkeborg, Denmark and the defensive side of the football. Another comes from Dominican Republic via myocarditis.

  • In WNBA, Joy At Becky Hammon's Coaching Job In NBA

    August 5, 2014

    UNCASVILLE — Pokey Chatman was ecstatic. Ecstatic Becky Hammon had smashed a big hole in the glass ceiling. Ecstatic that an aspiring female coach and the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs were such a perfect fit.

  • Jacobs: Cespedes Fills Many Needs

    August 2, 2014

    BOSTON — Boston already has Big Papi. So let's call Yoenis Cespedes the Big Need.

  • A Night Ranaudo Won't Forget: Fans Jeter For First Strikeout

    August 2, 2014

    BOSTON — It was barely a year ago when Anthony Ranaudo stood in the rear of the New Britain Stadium press box, stretched to his full 79 inches and smiled at a question he knew was coming.

  • A Night Ranaudo Will Never Forget

    August 2, 2014

    Ranaudo was only 7 when he went with his family to his first major league game, the Yankees' home opener against the A's. Seventeen years later, after seeing Jeter for the first time in person, Ranaudo saw The Captain again. This time it was from 60 feet, six inches.

  • Jacobs: A Worst-To-First-To-Worst Cycle

    July 31, 2014

    After the Red Sox put an exclamation point on one of the most compelling stories in baseball history last October, only champagne bottles were left to be collected in the home team clubhouse.

  • Another AAC Trophy? Aresco Might Be Top Cheerleader In Nation

    July 29, 2014

    NEWPORT, R.I. — The weight of modern athletic history, one made all the heavier by the bottomless moneybags of network television, is against him and his league. Deep down, Mike Aresco must know this.

  • What's Next For The XL Center?

    June 14, 2014

    I have no answer. I'm going to ask the question, anyway.

  • Problems With New Britain Stadium Put Solomon On The Move

    June 13, 2014

    Rock Cats owner Josh Solomon doesn't like being called a liar. Nobody likes being called a liar. And that's probably as good a place as any to start.

  • Summer In The City? Baseball Would Make It Special

    June 3, 2014

    We have a history. Oh, do we have a baseball history.

  • March 15, Where It All Started [We Know The One Team UConn Can't Beat]

    March 15, 2014

    In this column that appeared in The Courant on March 16, 2014 - after UConn's loss to Louisville in the AAC tournament final - columnist Jeff Jacobs went out on a limb. Read on!

  • Aaron Hernandez Had Everything – Except Courage

    June 26, 2013

    As he walked out of the front door of his $1.3 million McMansion on Wednesday morning, handcuffed under his white T-shirt, it struck me that Aaron Hernandez looked like he had alligator arms.

  • Sports No Salvation For Alleged Bomber

    April 21, 2013

    After a marathon that danced with joy and ended in horror, surely we see what sports can mean to a city. By now, after pregame tributes marked by an anthem singer's fist pumps and the most appropriate f-bomb in New England history, yes, we see how sports can serve as the great stage to unite a region and lift its spirit.

  • Bombings Hit A Race That Is Peaceful At Its Heart

    April 16, 2013

    Amby Burfoot was a little more than a half mile from the finish line Monday, running happily with childhood friends from Groton, when suddenly a human traffic jam confronted him.

  • Soccer Stars Give Newtown Kids Something To Smile About

    January 8, 2013

    This was Chris Canetti's idea. This is Marcus Tracy's hometown.

  • Athletes Who Use Guns Must Use Their Influence In Wake Of Newtown Massacre

    December 17, 2012

    Some of the best hunters and anglers in the world are to be found on the rosters of American professional sports teams. Some of the best hunters and anglers in the world are to be found enshrined in Cooperstown, Canton and Springfield. They are respected as both sportsmen and sportsmen.

  • Let's Have Hugs, Prayers And No More Need For Tributes

    December 17, 2012

    John Prior saw the news flash across CNBC on Friday and it staggered him.

  • Calhoun: Guts And Glory

    September 14, 2012

    STORRS — The reality of 40 cold New England winters are behind him. We begin with the Jim Calhoun legend now, and when legend becomes fact, they say, print the legend.

  • Calhoun's A Legend; Get A Legend To Replace Him

    September 12, 2012

    We knew the toughest man in the room, the most competitive man in the gym, the greatest college basketball coach in New England history would battle until the end. We knew he'd go the full 15 rounds.

  • Jeff Jacobs: Never A Doubt Webb Simpson Was Coming To Travelers

    June 20, 2012

    CROMWELL — He passed on Letterman. He passed on Leno. He didn't pass on the Travelers Championship.

  • Michael Thompson Is Rising Toward Top Of PGA Tour

    June 19, 2012

    Michael Thompson lived last week on the crookedest street in the world, which is entirely fitting given his profession. He arrives in Connecticut this week all too aware that no sport puts you on the crookedest street of emotions like golf.

  • Nov. 23: Bobby Valentine Will Be Fun With Red Sox, But It Won't End Well

    November 24, 2011

    This started Nov. 3 at the Hartford Club. And make no mistake, it would end spectacularly. This started with an arranged meeting before a World Affairs Council event on Prospect Street. And the prospect of it ending in flames on Yawkey Way isn't really a prospect at all.

  • Kemba Walker Embraced The Process

    April 13, 2011

    STORRS — Jim Calhoun was using Charlie Villanueva as a comparison, but the truth is the UConn coach could have inserted the names of hundreds of college basketball players. The difference with Kemba Walker, Calhoun insisted, is he didn't have to learn how to work.

  • UConn's George Blaney Not Just Along For The Ride

    April 9, 2011

    By his own calculation, UConn associate coach George Blaney had been to 36 Final Fours before 2004. He sat on the board of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. That meant Blaney always had good seats.

  • Finale Built Brick By Brick

    April 6, 2011

    Sure, it was a rock fight. Yet to focus on the rock is to miss the fact that the UConn Huskies moved a mountain over 28 glorious days.

  • Three For Calhoun In The Blink Of An Eye

    April 5, 2011

    HOUSTON — In one of those simple, brilliant leads that occasionally grace the sports pages, Courant beat writer Michael Arace sent 17 words back to Connecticut from St. Petersburg, Fla., on March 29, 1999.

  • Calhoun Vs. Calipari A Show In Itself

    April 2, 2011

    Coaches, players, Cinderellas, old New England turf rivals, they were all at a banquet to honor their Final Four achievement Thursday night when Jim Calhoun decided the time was ripe to play the "My Three Sons" card.

  • They're Riding High Out Of The West Again

    March 27, 2011

    ANAHEIM, Calif. — The three-pointer by Derrick Williams that would have ended this jubilant, most improbable UConn season bounced off the rim. Kyle Fogg kept the rebound alive and the three-pointer by Jamelle Horne that would have ended this jubilant, most unusual nine-game run bounced off the rim again.

  • With Jeremy Lamb, March Comes In Like A Lion

    March 25, 2011

    ANAHEIM, Calif. — Kemba Walker blinked. College basketball's omniscient guard, the god who sees all, knows all, does all, blinked.

  • Not Women's Or Men's, Just Greatness

    December 22, 2010

    Tina Charles flew in from Russia. Kemba Walker, Randy Edsall, Richard Blumenthal — the who's who of Connecticut — descended from all parts Nutmeg. In the middle of Geno Auriemma's postgame press conference on this historic night, even the President called.

  • Howard Baldwin Knows It Wouldn't Pay To Fight For Two Letters

    September 21, 2010

    The old Howard Baldwin probably would have fought this fight. In those days, the 30-year-old blond WHA rebel would be told he shouldn't do something by the hockey establishment, do the opposite and then dare the old codgers to do something about it.

  • Watson Triumphs On A Day That Had It All

    June 28, 2010

    If you saw the pitching wedge Bubba Watson topped from a fairway bunker into the water on the 17th hole, you saw a piece of it. If you saw his monster drive on 18, the one that bounced off the cart path 396 yards into Travelers Championship legend, yes, you saw another piece.

  • Micheel Has Special Delivery For Ill Mother

    June 27, 2010

    — The ball has traveled from the Pacific to the Atlantic Coast and it remains in a safe spot in Shaun Micheel's golf bag. The three-iron from 239 yards turned into only the second double-eagle in the 110-year history of the U.S. Open, and considering it occurred on Father's Day, any other time Micheel would gladly have presented the ball to his dad.

  • Rebuilding The Love Of The Game

    June 26, 2010

    — Seems like such a great life, doesn't it? Courtesy car is waiting at the airport. Mint chocolate is on the hotel pillow. Wake up and rub elbows with the big boys on the range.

  • Thursday Usually A Day For Dreamers At Travelers

    June 25, 2010

    Thursday in Cromwell can mean only one thing.

  • At The Travelers Championship, Wounded Soldiers Get Many Thanks

    June 24, 2010

    You watch Dan Nevins make his way slowly up the 18th fairway on two prosthetic legs. You look at Dan Perry's face, a face that has paid the price, a face that breaks into a huge smile after he chips in at the second hole at TPC River Highlands.

  • Howard Baldwin Makes First Move

    March 20, 2010

    Howard Baldwin is back and this time he insists he's not leaving. He has moved into an office at 100 Pearl Street and dug in for long days of work. Maybe the address is only fitting. For Baldwin will continue to swim out in the sea of his biggest dreams, 100 percent committed to finding the great pearl in the mouth of the whale.

  • Dobratz Always Had Time For Kids

    February 10, 2010

    They met skiing at Powder Ridge. Ray was months out of Maloney High in Meriden, soon to head for basic training in the National Guard. Paula was a Newington girl, still in high school.

  • Dixon's Journey Made Him A Leader

    January 3, 2010

    Andre Dixon took us into his locker room. Randy Edsall took us into his heart.

  • Aug. 26: UConn Football, Expect Big Year From Howard

    August 26, 2009

    Jasper Howard is a talker. He talks to his mom in Florida twice a day. He talks to the wide receivers in drills, oh, twice a minute.

  • Money, Allegations Squeeze Romanticism

    April 3, 2009

    For days I have been unable to get the thought out of my head. It creases my brain when I'm awake. It arrives in black and white footage in my dreams.

  • Greed? Arrogance? It's Waist Deep

    March 26, 2009

    First off, Coach, it wasn't a blog. The investigative piece was the result of six months of industry by Yahoo! Sports, one of the world's most visited websites. Calling it a blog, whether by intention or ignorance, sounded dismissive and the last thing you and UConn need today is to come off dismissive.

  



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