As we await the decision of A’ja Wilson this afternoon on ESPNU at 3 p.m. ….
The national champion UConn women and men will be heading to Fenway Park on April 22 to be honored by the world champion Red Sox. It is still unclear what kind of ceremony will take place before the game; you know, the first ball thing, who throws it, who catches it…But the Huskies will be there to share and get to see a baseball game. And what is better than that?
Stefanie Dolson [of the Washington Mystics] is still likely to show up on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, at some point, but as you can tell from watching NBC this week the show is already on a hiatus and in repeats. UConn is enlisting the help of NBC Connecticut executives in trying to put the gig together. If you recall, Stef asked Fallon to ‘Hit her up” during her impromptu address to the nation following UConn’s win over ND in the national championship game. Fallon did just that was using the first two minutes of his monologue one night latter to talk about the “Lady” Huskies and Dolson’s invite He invited her to play some one-on-one and XBox. Let’s hope it happens. And now, the WNBA can even help make it happen. It’s legal now.
The Mohegan Sun Arena and the American Athletic Conference will be announcing a one-year extension to their agreement to stage the conference tournament at the casino on Thursday morning. Let’s face it. the tournament would be there FOREVER, but no one is quite clear what UConn’s future is in the AAC and why would Mohegan Sun want a multiple-year deal with the AAC knowing its championship game might between East Carolina and Tulsa someday?
Stefanie Dolson has come to understand that most everything she said and did at UConn during her career was seen or heard by someone.
Like the time she slapped a pair of playful bunny ears and the POTUS at last year’s White House reception. That got a lot of people talking.
On Tuesday night, Dolson she said she was hoping for a call-out from The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon in the moments following UConn’s national championship game win over Notre Dame. What she wasn’t expecting was that Fallon would walk on stage on Wednesday and open his monologue talking about what the UConn senior said.
“Yes, it was definitely surprising,” Dolson said. “Especially after last year, when Ellen [DeGeneres] never got back to me. The fact that Jimmy Fallon actually said something about our team, and called me out to play [basketball and Xbox] with him was really cool. I was really excited last night when I saw it.
“We are trying to see if I can get there [to The Tonight Show, which is now taped in New York City]. I’m hoping we can bring the entire team. I’d rather all the guys get to be there and not just me.
“Can I take him in basketball? Uh, yeah. But in video games? I am terrible at Xbox.”
A spokesman in the UConn sports information office confirmed that the university and Fallon’s staff have been in touch about setting up an appearance.
Dolson will be a first-round selection in Monday’s WNBA Draft, held at Mohegan Sun Arena. And she will likely fly immediately to the team that drafts her to meet with the coaches and ownership, take a physical and hold press conferences before returning to school. But it looks like this is going to happen once his people talk to her people