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A little UConn, a little Dave Post, a little....

POSTED September 02, 2014
BY Rick Wilson
Twitter: @scribewilson


            Was Brigham Young good for UConn? Is UConn a better team as first-year head coach Bob Diaco offered after Friday night’s 35-10. We don’t know. Okay, it was the first game of the season under a new regime against a quality opponent. However, so much looked the same from last year.

            The real test comes this week against Stony Brook and the week after against Boise State. That’s where we will begin to see if the Huskies are a better team than they have been. Diaco sounded the positive approach but the reality remains to be determined.

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            Watertown High legend, former major leaguer and area coaching vagabond Rico Brogna has found his way back to the major leagues. According to Jim Dreher of the Watertown Town Times, Brogna is working with the Los Angeles Angels as a “liason between coaching staff and the scouting department.” We wish him well and hope this turns into the permanency he has been seeking.

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            Because I know you are dying for it: Manchester United – three games, two goals, no wins. And still no smiles in the Wilson household.

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            Phil Mickelson and I have finally have something in common. He hits balls off the carpet of the hospitality areas while I have hit balls on to the roof of a house and underneath the swing set of a nice suburban retreat. I knew there was something similar in our games.

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            I’ve got to admit it, I’m worried about the New York Giants and particularly worried about Eli Manning. He was awful last season and hasn’t looked good in the new offense this year, completing less than 50 percent of his passes in five preseason games. A slow start and the questions start getting real serious about Mr. Manning. Get past Manning, and the 5-0 preseason not withstanding, there hasn’t been much else to lead to create a load of optimism. 

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            Ran into Tri-State League Hall of Famer Dave Post recently and am glad to say that he is looking good and doing well. Dave has had some health problems in recent years and is currently on oxygen not to mention that he lost the love of his life, wife Lucy, two years ago after a long battle with cancer.

            Dave has lost 100 pounds and looks to be moving well. I have known Dave since our Little League days and it is good to see him in good shape and good spirits.

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            Congratulations to Debbie Gomes, who captured the Blongo World Championship title recently on the beach of Martha’s Vineyard. Gomes, the wife of former Thomaston High basketball coach Muffy Gomes, credited her win to a unique postal-style delivery technique. By the way, Gomes’ maiden name is Hurlbert. Are you surprised?

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            Mo’ne Davis isn’t hurting the UConn cause any is she.  The Philadelphia Little Leaguer who has already called out Geno Auriemma and said she wants to play there was at the WNBA Western Conference finals Sunday posing with Brittany Griner with a UConn sweatshirt on.  Her favorite player Maya Moore scored 32 points and Diana Taurasi had 23. The UConn influence stretches far and wide.

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            Former Class state champion and two-time defending BL champion Sabrina Olsen of Thomaston is running at Syracuse this fall. Olsen is a member of am impressive team that finished third in the ACC a year ago and is favored to win the the N.E. Regional this year. The Orange are ranked 13th nationally.

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            Can’t say I predicted the Orioles current position which is 9-up  with 27 games to go, but I will say I am enjoying it.

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