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Nurse shines on big stage. Fireworks and NFL Players.

POSTED July 21, 2015
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: You don’t ever get used to seeing teams that include names like Breanna Stewart and Moriah Jefferson lose a basketball game, I mean ever.

That’s just what happened though, on Monday night as Team Canada took home the gold medal in the 2015 Pan American Games with an 81-73 win over Team USA.

Stewart and Jefferson may be the biggest names coming out of Storrs as members of the National Champion UConn Huskies women’s basketball team but it was another younger star, Kia Nurse, who stole the show and the trophy in this one.

Nurse was spectacular for the Canadians, scoring 33 points or two more than her teammates combined for (Stewart 17, Jefferson 14) as the team from north of the border took home their first ever Gold Medal in the Pan American games.

Having Nurse raise her game to this level is just not good news for the rest of the country as they try and unseat the champs come this winter.

As a freshman for UConn last season, Nurse was the fifth best player on the court at times. She was the best player on the court for her national team against two of the biggest names in women’s basketball.

On Monday night, Nurse played 29 minutes, scored 33 points on 10-17 shooting but really stood out at the free throw line where she connected on 11-12 chances as the Canadian team fought back from a double digit deficit to stun the Americans.

While Team USA may not have brought home the top prize, you have to figure UConn head coach Geno Auriemma was smiling wide as he watched Nurse materialize into the player he hoped she would.

Sorry rest of the NCAA women’s team, UConn could be even better in 2015-2016.

….Had not commented on it since it happened but is it that hard for professional athletes to understand that you have to put your safety and well-being ahead of things we warn our 10-year old kids to watch out for every year?

Jason Pierre Paul of the New York Giants was one of two NFL players to suffer career effecting injuries playing with fireworks over the recent Fourth of July weekend, costing him a potential long term, 60 million dollar contract with the team.

Really? You lose a finger to fireworks? It’s beyond ridiculous to think that a grown man, making millions, I said millions of dollars playing football would put himself in a position to jeopardize everything to watch something go boom.

Maybe the sound he heard was his career doing just that.

CJ Wilson of the Tampa Bay Bucs also suffered potential career ending injuries as a result of careless behavior that just boggles your mind.

New rule: sparklers only for these idiots.

….A tremendous vacation (marred a bit by a nightmare of a trip back to Connecticut) is in the books and I return rested and rejuvenated as the dog days of summer approach.

Temecula, California is a tremendous part of the country and the memories will last a lifetime.

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

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