Gone Fishing: Talk To You Soon

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Hello everyone:

The moment Kelly Faris was drafted by the Connecticut Sun, I began some time off that will end just before the start of WNBA training camp season.

I just wanted to take a second to thank everyone for their readership and comments – good and bad.

If you dish it out, you need to be willing to accept it. Free country, profanity notwithstanding, however.

Interesting to see the lawsuit against Geno dropped.  And now the shovel has dug in the dirt for the UConn basketball center. I guess the picture of the new Husky drew mixed reviews. And the coming of the team’s new uniforms Thursday should do the same.

Anyway, I will be back at the start of May, ready for the Sun season and Kelly Faris’ rookie season. I hope to start a Sun chat, which may actually include Sun players, since I know it will be easier to line guests up.

Again, thank you for your friendship and readership and enjoy the warm weather. And pray for the victims in Boston and their families. They are in need of divinity more than UConn women’s basketball is.

 

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27 thoughts on “Gone Fishing: Talk To You Soon

  1. Captain Pine

    John,

    Great job reporting on the team all year. We appreciate your style, honesty, integrity and sense of humor.

    Stay well.

    Captain Pine

  2. John B

    Mr. A, Many thanks for all the articles appreciate them.
    Enjoy your time off ice fishing.

  3. Big Jim

    Thanks! John.

    Great job – we just need blog 101 for some folks that post on here.

    Until then, then…

  4. Steve in Maine

    Yours is the first place I look on HartfordCourant.com website. Husky news is scarce in Maine, as you might expect. I have loved following the Lady Huskies (through you) over the last few years and, like (most)others, appreciate your insight, news and perhaps most of all, your sense of humor. I look forward to following the Sun over the summer, but primarily because of the former Huskies on their roster. Have a great time off!

  5. Paul

    Good work John. Thanks for your reporting and your point of view.
    Keep it up!
    Paul

  6. Why oh why did you pick ND??

    While the second Ammendment say you have the right to your opinion, no matter how wrong or stupid it may be–while you are “representing” Uconn WBB Why would you pick ND over UC in the final 4??
    Your “chat” comment came no where near apologizing for the faupas with you touting Notre Dame—Muffets’ got Geno’s number, Diggins and McBride just too good for Uconn–all Your statement (in the chat) John.

    It was just punishment for you to have this thrown up to you for the next year or two–

    You follow the UC Women–report on them–ask favors of them (to speak to you), your blog base is UC Women BB fans? Even Bob Steele as honest as he was, would have favored the home team in the big game (even if we all asked him to choose the opponent).
    So John when you start you blogs/columns on Uconn women next fall–start with an apology.
    You owe our
    Women and US that much… Or become an ND reporter.

    1. UconnFan

      Why Oh Why, Opinions are just opinions and have no bearing in making you a realistic fan and the fact that UCONN beat ND the way they did surprised the experts although people like me were not. It sounds like you are amongst the small group of people who even though when Uconn went 39-0 were not satisfied when they won by 20-25 points because nothing is never good enough for them and think their opinion is the only one that matters!

    2. Steve in Maine

      Bob “Kiss of Death” Steele??? Those over 65 would remember a time when he picked the winner of the two 1965-66 UConn-Rhody games wrong both times in the regular season. Then when they were to meet in the post-season, UConn fans petitioned him to pick Rhode Island. He picked UConn, and the Rams won. (If this is not a true story, my apologies to the Steele family, but I’ll blame Jim L., my roommate at UConn for two years who told me the story!)

  7. Awareness

    Thanks, John, for letting some folks know that blog 101 does NOT exist and you appreciate the diversity of opinions.

  8. Mandy

    Dear Guy/Gal who keeps yelling at John for picking ND,

    You’ve for to get over it! This is like the third time I’ve read comments of you blasting him for his pick. He does this for a living and knows ball. He was being honest and not a “homer”. The easy thing would be for him to just pick UCONN for the 4th time. I actually respect him more since he told us how he really felt the game would play out.

    Good thing for all us UCONN fans that he was wrong for a 4th time!!

    Thanks John for the great effort all year. Can’t wait for your perspective on the Sun.

  9. BILLNAPLES

    I appreciate postings which add to a debate, some that might get me to if not change my opinion on something to at least consider the other side of the arguement. We can make it clear when someone is out of line with out using expletives, we can use facts to make the point. UCONN nation is happy that John got the outcome wrong on ND#4. We got to enjoy the capturing of the 8th title for Geno and the UCONN women’s program. About a year from now we’ll know if another back to back was in the cards. We think the talent is there, the desire likely will be there, we hope the health will be there.

  10. Dayong

    John picked UC win for the first three times, I think John just picked ND hoping the result will be different. (John, did I successfully defend you).

    I just want to say thank you to John for his wonderful job covering our beloved Uconn Women’s basketball team. John seems easy-going that I won’t mind saying hey to him if I meet him at Casino this summer…

    Thanks again John.

  11. Eileen

    John, Thanks for all the wonderful Courant articles and blog info. You are the greatest–forget the hee haws that say different. Enjoy your time off and looking forward to commenting on your Sun blogs. GO HUSKIES, GO SUN.

  12. martin fallon

    Thanks for everything John. Given the recent ND record against UCONN, you were right to be a little cautious in your predictions. But as Texas A&M did in the 2011 finals and Baylor accomplished a year later, it’s not difficult to get up for games against the Irish. And getting tired of Skylar’s act was easy, as the Huskies contributed to their own losses, after being ahead in most of those games. But the championship semi-final was as sweet a beat-down as any I can remember, sending Ms. Diggins off to her nightmare-filled collegiate retirement. The South-Bend sweeties added a lot to this season’s drama but their run as the next college darlings was conspicuously short. Winning the title ended the rivalry as it began, ND on the short end. Looking forward to next year. Hope everyone gets healthy and stays well. Have a great summer!

  13. HousyRunner

    Five things I like very much about John’s reporting: his intelligence, his knowledge of the game, his humor, his compassion (no personal attacks), and his integrity. So he picked Notre Dame. He thought they would win. That wasn’t unreasonable. And that’s far better than him patronizing UConn fans by picking UConn when he thinks otherwise. I’m glad he was wrong and I imagine he is too. Thanks for a season of terrific reporting, John.

  14. Coach Ray

    John,

    Great job reporting on the team all year. We appreciate everything all of your reports on the team. UConn
    news is hard to find here in georgia. Enjoy the fishing.

  15. cj

    enjoyable season, ja. drama, to be sure. liked the ending best–uconn fulfills gr8ness and truth wins out in the case of randy, the chattanoogan vol boy. couldn’t have written it better–oh, wait. . .

    on to the flip side!

  16. FREDDYKOOL

    FREDDYKOOL: AS ALL OF UCONN NATION KNOWS I PICKED UCONN BY 20 OVER N.D. (PROBABLY THE ONLY ONE IN THE WORLD) AND THEY WON BY 18 AND THEN I HAD THE AUDACITY TO PICK UCONN BY 30 OVER LOUISVILLE AND WE WON BY 33, SO…. I AM BORROWING 2 POINTS FROM THE LOUISVILLE GAME ADDING IT TO THE N.D. (CAN’T STAND SAYING NOTRE DAME LMAO)GAME AND I ENDED UP BEING VERY VERY “KOOL” ON MY PICKS……HOW SWEET IT IS!!!! NINE WOULD BE DEVINE…I LIKE THAT!!!! AND JOHN I LOVE YOU AND IN THE FUTURE IF YOU NEED ANY HELP WITH UR PICKS, PLEASE CONTACT ME…..LOL U DA BEST!

  17. FREDDYKOOL

    FREDDYKOOL: AND I MUST ADMIT I HAVE A BIG DISLIKE FOR SKYLER WIGGINS AND ENJOYED MORE THAN YOU’LL EVER KNOW SEEING THE FROWN ON HER PUSS……LOL…(I KNOW BUT THATS PART OF THE DISLIKE WIGGINS)

  18. PRACTICE?!

    http://elmcitytoeaglevillenhr.blogspot.com/2013/04/chris-dailey-dishes-on-bria-hartleys.html

    “Dailey said she had a heart to heart with Buck before it was announced that she would return for her fifth season and needed an assurance that Buck would be able to handle a role similar to the one she had in her first three seasons. Buck said she was and other than one time early in preseason camp when Dailey had to remind Buck of the talk that they had, Dailey couldn’t have been more impressed with the way Buck acted as the good and supportive teammate even though her minutes were limited.”

    THERE YOU HAVE IT. PROOF FROM GENOS LOYAL ASSTANT. PLAYING TIME AT UCONN HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH PRACTICE HABITS. BUCK WAS TOLD SHE WOULD BE THE LAST OFF THE BENCH AND BE LIMITED TO 5 MINUTES OR LESS. DOTY PUT UP 0S IN GAMES. NO WAY SHE WAS A SUPERSTAR IN PRACTICE.

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