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Kevin Duffy

Six Straight Final Fours: Where does the streak rank?

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It’s not quite up there with 90 straight wins, but six consecutive Final Fours — which UConn achieved Monday — is pretty damn impressive. Because Connecticut is so accustomed to Final Four trips, it’s an accomplishment that may go overlooked. The Huskies are headed for a second straight national semifinal without a true superstar (although […] [Read More]
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Should UConn play in Fairfield County?

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It’s obvious why Webster Bank Arena wants to host UConn regular season games. But does such a move make sense for UConn? I examined the issue Sunday (you can read here), and arrived at the conclusion that, yes, a single regular season game makes sense under specific circumstances: It must be during the students’ winter […] [Read More]
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The Bracket of Bracket Strategies

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After a wild first weekend, your bracket might be hurting. That’s probably because you didn’t choose the correct strategy while filling it out. Don’t worry — I’ll help you see where you went wrong. Below, I’ve arranged sixteen popular bracket strategies in the structure of a bracket (’tis the season, isn’t it?). Seed-by-seed, let’s examine […] [Read More]
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How do you view Alex Oriakhi?

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Once a hero for the 2011 national champions, Alex Oriakhi won’t win any popularity contests in Connecticut these days. I caught up with Oriakhi Tuesday, and he discussed his comfort level at Missouri, his career at UConn and, of course, the upcoming NCAA tournament. Oriakhi and the ninth-seeded Tigers open with eight-seed Colorado State on […] [Read More]
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The Duffle Bag Returns…

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For the past two years, my assignment was the UConn men’s basketball beat, which I considered a truly awesome experience. I’m moving on, though, and The Duffle Bag is coming with me. Starting this week, I’ll be the sports columnist at Hearst Connecticut Media Group (Connecticut Post, Danbury News-Times, Stamford Advocate and Greenwich Time). I’ll […] [Read More]
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A New Era at The Duffle Bag

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The eyebrows are no more. Translation: My little cartoon won’t be appearing in The News-Times anymore…and this blog will be renamed in a few days. On Thursday, I took a job as the UConn men’s basketball beat writer with The Connecticut Post (you can find the new blog here). I couldn’t be more excited, but […] [Read More]
Categories: SWC Football

Bethel’s Duffy named SWC Athlete of Week

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Congrats to Madison Duffy of Bethel volleyball on being named the SWC Athlete of the Week for Oct. 2-9. Duffy received 223 total votes and doubled-up her Bethel classmates, Autumn Sorice and Brandon Schmidt, who respectively finished second and third in the voting. Duffy totaled 30 kills (that’s a ridiculous stat, for those of you […] [Read More]
Categories: SWC Football

Vote for SWC Athlete of the Week!

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This week’s ballot contains some familiar names — and three of them attend Bethel High. Cast your vote (aka choose your favorite Wildcat) below. Per usual, the poll will close Tuesday night at 11:59 p.m. Have at it! SWC Athlete of the Week… ‘Like’ your school’s Facebook FanPage: Bethel Wildcats Brookfield Bobcats Pomperaug Panthers New […] [Read More]
Categories: SWC Football

Around the SWC: Week 4

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If nothing else, Thursday night was proof that there are no down years for the Pomperaug football program. The Panthers were thoroughly outplayed by Newtown (in my opinion), but found a way to get the job done. Brett Gaughan got the scoring started with a 65-yard interception return and Garrett DeLotto shut the door on […] [Read More]
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Bunnell’s Camille wins SWC Athlete of Week

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Congrats to Bunnell running back David Camille on being voted the SWC Athlete of the Week for his 210-yard, 5-touchdown performance in a 55-20 win over Oxford. Camille edged out Bethel volleyball star Madison Duffy, 433-416, in the closest SWC Athlete of the Week race of all-time. Interestingly enough, Camille didn’t win SWC Football Player […] [Read More]