Guess who they’ve stuffed in your Christmas stocking? Jim Calhoun
All right, that’s a paraphrase from Mel Brooks’ “The Producers,” but it fits here. The former UConn coach is Michael Kay’s guest on the next Center Stage, the YES Network interview show, and it will premier on Christmas Day at 3 p.m.
If you miss it, it will be re-run on Dec, 27 at noon, and probably several more times after that.
I was at the taping of the show on Broadway on Dec. 3, though I was not allowed to tape or take notes, because they did not want the cameras to pan the audience and see me writing things down. But I blogged and wrote of it at the time. It was an entertaining show, the coach was very relaxed and in great form, and he recounts the story of his life which, as UConn fans well know, is an interesting one. If you’re a Husky fan, it’s a must-watch. Check your cable listings for YES’ channel on your system.
This, for instance, was his take on Kevin Ollie:
“Well, I think Kevin Ollie epitomized everything we wanted in a basketball player. You know, he had been a four-year starter, came from South Central L.A. He went on to have a fourteen-year NBA career, playing with ten different teams and had seventeen ten-day contracts. Now, you talk about a man with perseverance. He is also a man who understands the deal of life. And, so therefore, after being with me for two years, I felt Kevin was the right pick for UConn.”