Catching up on The Duffle Bag…

Hello friends,

How was your Labor Day Weekend?

Ryan Mathews (AP)

Probably better than mine. On Saturday morning, I pulled my hamstring during the first series of a truly pathetic flag football game, a painful 45-minute showcase that featured more dropped passes than receptions and more injuries than touchdowns. On Saturday afternoon, I drafted the worst fantasy football team in history. And as it was happening — as I was inexplicably selecting Ryan Mathews and, later, using a six-pack of hot dogs and a bag of boneless wings to ice my leg — my entire family was on a pub crawl in Key West, one of the destinations on their cruise.

So, yeah, Labor Day weekend could have been better.

Then again, I’m sure it was worse for anyone affiliated with UConn football. Here’s a look back at Thursday’s horror show at The Rent and some other columns from the past few weeks.

**The sad state of UConn football — Same problems from last season — poor blocking and ill-timed miscues — killed the Huskies’ offense. What’s worse? A top 20 defense from a year ago looked pretty bad, too.

**Ansonia’s Newsome racks up yardage, history — Ansonia’s three previous star tailbacks were homegrown. Arkeel Newsome moved from Waterbury after middle school, and he’s on target to shatter every one of the Chargers’ rushing records. There’s a real chance Newsome finishes in the top 10 of all-time for career rushing yards, as well. He needs 2,000 to pass Emmitt Smith’s high school total (Smith is No. 17 on the list) and 3,000 to finish No. 7…of any high school running back ever. Pretty amazing.

**Not sure what to make of this UConn football team — Before that Thursday night whipping, I actually thought the Huskies could go 8-4.

**Mixing music and sports — While Newtown’s Marcus Tracy, former National Player of the Year at Wake Forest, sat out for three-and-a-half years with knee problems, he honed his musical skills.