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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Belichick addresses Hernandez issue, Patriots “move forward”

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Bill Belichick did what he needed to do Wednesday. He was sincere and sympathetic. He elaborated (as much as Belichick does) on the Aaron Hernandez situation. A very serious, very heartfelt 22-minute press conference even had a comedic moment: A reporter started a question with “Without being too specific” and Belichick cut him off, quipping, […] [Read More]
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Tracking three Bridgeport JuCos on their paths out of the city

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Jerome Parkins, Jamill Powell and Corey Baldwin were tops in the city not too long ago. But they all went the route of JuCo because none had the grades for a four-year school. In Sunday’s Connecticut Post, I track the paths of the former high school stars, each one facing the typical Bridgeport obstacles of […] [Read More]
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Matt Harvey interviews fans about Matt Harvey

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Well, this is ridiculous. Matt Harvey, the NL’s starting pitcher in the 2013 All-Star game, spent Monday morning interviewing fans about himself for a piece on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The fans, some of whom wear Mets jerseys or hats, don’t recognize Harvey. One guy even tells Harvey that his favorite Met is Lucas […] [Read More]
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