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The Drifters, DeSimas and tennis courts; Rick Wilson takes a `Closer Look'

POSTED July 12, 2015
BY Rick Wilson
Twitter: @scribewilson


            Former Torrington High pitching star Sydney Matzko is enjoying her summer with the world famous Raybestos Brakettes, stationed in Stratford. Matzko had a 4-2 record with a 2.1 ERA through the first week of July. She has struck out 36 and walked six in 32 innings of work. In case you missed her first season at North Carolina, Matzko posted a 14-5 record and team best 2.39 ERA for the Tar Heels. In 105 innings of work, she struck out 77 and walked 45.

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            Berkshire League tennis teams will be happy to note that Thomaston should have several new courts in play next year. Through the efforts of former Finance Board Chairman Mike Burr and a healthy state grant, the foundation for the courts has already been poured at the town’s Nystrom’s Park facility. Thomaston has been playing on two courts behind the current Center School for eons causing matches to extend well into the evening hours at times. The new facility will have four courts.

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             I have never been a Serena Williams fans but give the lady her due. The best ever? Yep. I think Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova could have given her a run for sure, but Serena tops the list after her 21st major at Wimbledon this weekend. All of this from a Chris Evert fan.

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            There are worse things in the world than to be under a star-lit sky on a sultry Friday night listening to Charlie Thomas’ Drifters. I was in Hamden Friday night listening to a free outdoor concert that included the Tokens (Lion Sleeps Tonight) and I know I’m dating myself but it was quality stuff. Charlie Thomas is 78-years old now and Jay Sigel of the Tokens is 70 and they can still bring the music and feeling. And listening to Thomas sing God Bless America was pretty cool.

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            It would be a safe bet that if DeAndre Jordan goes on Shark Tank he will not receive an offer from Mark Cuban don’t you think. Jordan backed out of an oral commitment with the Dallas Mavericks to sign with the  Clippers. Four years and $87.6 million will do funny things to a man.  Well, that and second thoughts and a full court press from Clipper players Chris Paul, Paul Pierce, Steve Ballmer and J.J. Redick who went to Jordan’s house.

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            Mr. Gaffney is on the left coast this week in San Diego and we wish him well. Go to Mission Beach, watch out for sharks and see what you can do for the Padres (39-49). And most importantly have some fun with the family.

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            Many happy birthday wishes to my old colleague and boss Gerry DeSimas who had a birthday this past week. As good a guy in this business as I have worked with.

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            Jordan Spieth has you feeling the way you did when Tiger was in his prime. You just knew Tiger was going to drain the 10-foot putt. You just knew that Tiger was going to win, there was that aura of invincibility around him. Tiger’s run lasted for years and maybe to call it a run does not give due credit to his absolute brilliance and Spieth’s just starting. The intimidation factor is still being built and there is a softer outer demeanor here, but some things are starting to feel the same.

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            Off to the beach and little golf at the end of the week. See you in August.

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