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Ramblings from the Desk of Mr. Gaff.

POSTED August 12, 2014
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: Another great week for the crew at Litchfield County who found themselves in different part of the state from Ledyard to Storrs and back to Torrington.

John Torsiello started things by reporting back from the Kevin Ollie Golf Tournament where he ran into former MLB star, Rob Dibble who talked extensively about what he has been up to now along with throwing some great stories from the clubhouse, the radio and beyond.

The big fellow had himself a blast playing ball and playing golf as well.

You never know who JT will run into but you can always count on getting a great story out of it.

....On Friday, Patrick Tiscia and I made the journey up to Mohegan Sun for the Jim Calhoun Charity Basketball game. Talk about hanging around with some serious NBA talent and being reminded of just how much talent has played for Calhoun and now Ollie over the last 30 years.

My trip was more of a conquering return to a building I limped around real slowly back in the spring for the Thomaston girls basketball teams magic run to the Class S championship.

Still within just three months of recovering from my knee adventure in December, getting around the corridors that are simply looking to get you lost (or stop at a one-armed bandit) was more than an effort to say the least.

I have always been a fast walker so having my one leg drag far behind the other was beyond annoying, to say the least.

Back then I used valet parking but found that the walk was both confusing and far too long. I went the Indian Summer route, walked in three and a half hours before game time at 7:30 and found my stride in a heartbeat.

Nice carpeted floors are great to get a fast paced walk going and I took advantage. I soon found familiar landmarks like the Hash Hash To Go joint which reminded me of going to the original out in San Diego last spring.

I knew I was on target then, not far down the walk, a fast left brings you right to the front of the arena.

A major victory. In April, I found the entrance but it was the back entrance. Still made my way in but it was good to finally start knowing how to get around the place.

Once I picked up my press pass and got inside the empty arena, I made a right and saw an old foe that I dared not take on my last visit: the escalator.

Getting ones feet situated the right way with one leg that you don't have much confidence in does not lend itself to feeling a great deal of confidence.   

No fear on this day though. Bring on the multi-teethed animal, the knee was ready.

Making my way around the court was a piece of cake and I found an open seat courtside and got settled in.

Another obstacle overcome on the journey towards a fully healed limb.

As for the event, it was something of a homecoming party, a family reunion and a chance to let the fan faithful give their hero's another blast of appreciation.

The energy you feel at these events is what its all about.

Four different National Championship Trophies were paraded out with players with names like walker, Lamb, Allen, Gordon and Drummond, just to name just a few.

A great event that has raised over $8 million dollars for cancer research. The Coach has done a great job with this one.

....Today is Monday and it's already a busy day that will get busier as we get deeper.

UConn football practice in Storrs followed by head coach Bob Diaco's press conference and interviews with the players starts the morning while prep work for our Litchfield County Applebee's Show will occupy the afternoon.

Tonight's show promises to be another great one with two stellar guests on tap.

Torrington legend Don Murelli will be on hand to talk about his amazing baseball career in Torrington and in the Orioles organization.

Another T-Town legend, Michael Colangelo will be making an appearance as well. He's up from Florida for a visit and will let us know what's new in the Wide World of Sports in Florida.


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