Susan Herbst (AP)

Thoughts on religion in sports…

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  Ernest Jones isn’t in South Bend anymore, and maybe it took some time for the new UConn running backs coach to realize that. Jones sparked a mini-controversy when he said “we’re going to make sure they understand that Jesus Christ should be in the center of our huddle” during an interview with The Courant’s […] [Read More]
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LeGarrette Blount (AP)

Behind Blount, ever-evolving Pats back in familiar territory

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FOXBOROUGH, MASS. — He’s been in New England for seven years now. He’s played in two Super Bowls and has been reliable as anyone on Bill Belichick’s ever-evolving, perennially-contending roster. By now, Stephen Gostkowski knows how to address the media like a Patriot. “I got really lucky tonight,” Gostkowski said.  ”I’m not gonna lie.” Stephen […] [Read More]
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The Duffle Bag returns…

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So normally I don’t do New Year’s resolutions. I think they’re lame and most people never follow through with them. But when we hit 2014, I realized that I was in very poor physical shape and that The Duffle Bag, my pride and joy, hadn’t been updated since September. So here we are. I’m writing […] [Read More]
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Catching up on The Duffle Bag…

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Hello friends, How was your Labor Day Weekend? 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 […] [Read More]
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Maroney in Hartford, has sights set on Rio

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McKayla Maroney earns the gold as an interview (for me, Jim Calhoun is silver and Shabazz Napier is bronze…clearly I need to branch out a little). Anyway, Maroney, in Hartford for this weekend’s nationals, spent a half-hour with the media Wednesday, discussing everything from her goal of competing in the 2016 Olympics to her annoying […] [Read More]
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UConn O-Line looks to erase painful 2012 campaign

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You watched UConn football last season, so you know how dreadful its offense looked. Still, some of these numbers are astounding: 3.52 — Yards per carry by UConn’s top three running backs in 2012. 24 — Offensive touchdowns scored by UConn last season. 1 — Division I teams that scored less offensive touchdowns than UConn […] [Read More]
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A-Rod, Johnny Football and the temptation to cheat…

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The co-ringmasters of this week’s sports circus: Alex Rodriguez and Johnny Manziel. A-Rod, of course, is appealing an unprecedented 211-game PED suspension. Johnny Football is in the midst of an NCAA investigation that alleges he sold his autograph for a five-figure fee. Here’s the column.   [Read More]
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Can The American fit with the Power Five?

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Talk of the Power Five splitting off to form their own football division will only intensify from here. Something will happen soon. Problem is, none of us know what. I addressed the subject this past Sunday and again at Tuesday’s AAC Media Day. One column is about UConn; the other is about the AAC as […] [Read More]
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