Gov. Dannel P. Malloy captured some attention at the University of Connecticut basketball parade on Sunday by mispronouncing the name of the women’s team’s well-known coach, Geno Auriemma.
Some in the crowd started to boo, and Malloy, who had just returned from Florida and was hoarse, said, “Did I mispronounce it? … I got a bad voice.”
The Courant’s longtime sports columnist, Jeff Jacobs, reports the following from the rally outside the state Capitol in Hartford:
Before he drew boos for mispronouncing Geno Auriemma’s last name — making him a candidate to run for mayor of Boston — Gov. Malloy had drawn big cheers for welcoming the crowd to the “Basketball Capital of America.”
And on this day, who was in position to argue?
This date, April 13, is a date that forever will hold a grip on the hearts of sports fans in our state.
April 13, 1997, was a dark, dark day.
Hartford’s last NHL game was played that day, and it was mourned by thousands and thousands. Seventeen years later, about 25 members of the Hartford Whalers Booster Club gathered Sunday for its annual “Fanniversary” at the Black Bear Saloon.
April 13, 2014, was a great, great day.
Across the street and up the hill from the Black Bear, 200,000 gathered for a parade to celebrate UConn’s dual national basketball championships.