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Random thoughts: UConn, Torrington, Kobe/LeBron, Golden Globes, Aaron Hernandez, etc.

POSTED January 16, 2015
BY Patrick Tiscia
Twitter: @PatrickTiscia


It's been far too long since one of these posts, so let's get right to it:

Yet another big game (aren't they all?) for the UConn men's basketball team late Saturday night at Stanford. Standing at 9-6, the Huskies have to start compiling wins if they are to, at the minimum, receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Sure, the AAC is not the strongest conference around, but one hard aspect of it is the travel. Unlike the Big East, UConn has no local rivals and, as we saw Tuesday against Tulsa and during the infamous New Year's trip to Texas last year, the increased amount of travel can play games with the energy levels of players.

Last season, UConn lost a last-second decision to Stanford in Hartford and the key's to Saturday's game are the usual: find additional scoring to go along with Ryan Boatright and keep Amida Brimah out of foul trouble. Easier said than done.

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Speaking of UConn sports, the Huskies' hockey team makes its national TV debut tonight at Notre Dame on the NBC Sports Network. I will check in with them Sunday at the rematch between the teams at Webster Bank Arena. Teaser of the story I'll be writing: it's nice to have a strong hockey vibe in this state again.

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Another season, another strong start for the Torrington girls, sporting an 8-1 record and led by Brie Pergola's 18.7 points per game. Every year, you hear rumblings that the Raiders may not be as strong as in years past. I've long ignored those.

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Over on the boy's side, is there any doubt Sacred Heart will be standing on top of Class S at Mohegan Sun Arena in March? Any?

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I watched 47 seconds of the Golden Globes the other night and saw some mini-series win and an actress thank her agent, because, as you know, all of America cares about that agent's work. Question: When and where are these mini-series? I have never seen one, nor have seen one promoted, yet they dominate the time on these award shows. Am I really missing out? Should I watch, and then maybe I'll appreciate the work that agent did? Yeah, that's probably a no.

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I stayed up until 2 a.m. this morning (I have problems) to watch the battle between LeBron and Kobe. On one hand, it's scary how similar this Cavs squad looks compared to LeBron's last Cleveland team in 2010. It's like he never left.

Meanwhile, people always like to poke fun of Michael Jordan's time with the Wizards. I'll take Michael from then over Kobe from now. Humor yourself and compare the numbers between the two.

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Remember the basketball team named the New York Knicks? I only have a vague recollection.

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I've lived in Bristol, hometown of Aaron Hernandez, for over six years, and to say his upcoming trial is big news around here would be a major understatement. No matter what the outcome, this situation is sad and depressing. I'm hoping, at least, it goes by quick and doesn't drag out.

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Just because, I'm taking the Patriots and Seahawks this weekend and Seattle to win the Super Bowl again. We'll get into this more as the game approaches.

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Cheap plug alert: We have several shows featuring members of our Litchfield County Sports team coming up in the future, so make sure to keep checking the site for updates.

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