Have A Holly Jolly Break, UConn And Sun Fans

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For the next few days, I will be retreating to holiday mode. While the Huskies take tests, I will be taking naps, when not tackling the Christmas shopping before Dec. 19 when Oakland comes to the XL Center and life gets oh so crazy again for three months.

Some musings and observations, post Penn State (Note to grinches: there will be WNBA talk)

  •  Coach Auriemma said Thursday the ability of his players, 5 through 9 on the depth chart, has been vastly over-rated by the pundits. He says they couldn’t beat a good intramural team. If so, what does that makes 50 percent of what’s left of the Big East Conference. I’ll take his five over those five any day, on any floor and in any conference.
  • The game ball for Thursday’s win over Penn State goes to athletic trainer Rosemary Ragle for her healing powers in regard to Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis. KML went from ouch to pounce in four days. Great job, Rosie.
  • In case you’re wondering, Miss Maya, on her way to becoming the Big East’s Player of the Year in her freshman season, turned in two seven-point games – one in the Big East tournament against Pitt, one in the Elite Eight against Rutgers. She didn’t end up so bad, did she? Do not trade your Breanna Stewart rookie card just yet.
  • Whatever it is that Brianna Banks is eating for lunch can someone call in an order for Moriah Jefferson, please? I’ll have a grilled chicken, broccoli rabe panini.
  • What is going on with UConn’s free throw shooting, now at 72.5 percent? Bria Hartley is 10 of 18? I blame the 10-foot rims.
  • What was the NCAA thinking by assigning officials Jesse Dickerson and Bryan Enterline to the UConn-Penn State after they worked Notre Dame-Baylor in South Bend? Was Dee Kantner still on the beach in St. Thomas?
  • This is just a feeling I have, and I have no information to support this. But I’m thinking UConn’s TV deal with SNY isn’t going to sit well with the Big Ten, if that conference decides to engrave an invitation for the Huskies. You may have heard of the Big Ten Network? Do you think those university presidents are going to let UConn cut its own deal for women’s basketball unless it decides to share some of the money with, uh, Maryland and Rutgers, for instance?
  • Nobody dresses better on game day than the UConn assistant coaches.
  • What was Coach Auriemma thinking Thursdsay kicking the message board as the Nike ad was being displayed? He might as well have been wearing a Members Only vinyl windbreaker.
  • I need as restaurant recommendation for Eugene, Oregon for the night of Dec. 30. Debbie Fiske is depending on me.

As for the Sun……..

  • I am sure the management of the Connecticut Sun must understand by now it was a big mistake firing Mike Thibault, even though he hadn’t won a championship in 10 years. I equate it to hitting the send button on an angry e-mail whilst in a combative mood.
  • I would ask them to spend the next few days thinking as clearly as humanly possible, hard with the clanging of casino bells and whistles in the background. They must hedge their bets here – note the gaming reference – and reconsider before Thibault takes the Washington Mystics job.
  • People do reconsider. The Toronto Blue Jays just rehired John Gibbons; not a good example, I know. What about Billy Martin, Red Holzman and Phil Jackson? They came, they went, they returned.
  • Tell Thibault you are sorry. Apologize. Pay him what he wants in the spirit of repentance, ask him to come back and make this good before it begins to go so terribly bad.
  • Little birdies are chirping that the veterans are very angry about this decision. One or two may have even told their bosses that they are.
  • This is Connecticut. God forbid it turns into Tulsa.

 

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32 thoughts on “Have A Holly Jolly Break, UConn And Sun Fans

  1. Village Idiot

    Stokes, Jefferson, Tuck, Stewart, KML –would give most BE teams a run for their money and beat most. Not ND or Lville.
    But they should be playing as a unit in the second halves.\

    Banks is playing amazingly great. Jefferson is playing extremely well. She’s an excellent point guard and shows she’s in charge on the floor as point.

    Stewie will learn to roll with the punches and how to avoid all that contact from everywhere. She and Dolson take the bumps and bruises too personally–Stewart is still the real deal, make no mistake of that.

    Watch the Big Ten Network great games on the BTN.

    Referees learned their craft in Italy, but forgot that the home team is supposed to win. I think they just love the bright lights too much.

    You didn’t know??? Christine Dailey buys and makes all the assistants wear her clothing on game day. What will happen when they hire a male assistant?? think of that!!

    Connecticut (or UConn Suns) Suns without Mike T. is like having a Moon without a Sun. UConn Fans will no longer flock to watch the Sun set.

    1. Raised by Village of Idiots

      Mike T could not win a championship in 10 years at the CT Sun, despite running his system and picking his players. CT Sun as a team fell flat on their face – at home – when it mattered most. Coaches have to take blame at some point. Well – except Geno – of course. He gets all the credit when UConn wins a championship. But when UConn loses or plays poorly and still wins, it is never Geno’s fault.

  2. Samanthabrown3

    Geno’s saying that players 5 through 9 couldn’t beat a good intramural team reminds me of his saying that Rebecca Lobo was the worst post player in America. Kara Wolters said last night that he said the same thing about her, too.

    Hope you enjoy your snoozes and shopping, John.

  3. HarryH

    Best clothing – look at what Mosley was wearing on Monday night – it was so ugly and weird that even I noticed.

    It is good to hear Geno say bad things about his players – he worries me when he is too positive.

    Had to be one of the top 5 worst ref jobs I’ve seen. They not only let some players get killed but they missed walks (ok slides), called wrong out of bounds etc. One of the reasons that WBB is not popular is that this type but not the extent, of bad refs happen too often.

    1. TexasBogger

      Like when he said several weeks ago: “We are really, really (that’s two “really’s”) good.
      It’s just Geno being Geno. Keep grains of salt handy.

    2. Idiots Delight

      Harry H–Geno, is reverting with negative comments. With this generation of players you get better results with honey than with vinegar (along with a swift kick in the glutus maximus)

      Besides bad/wrong calls they took over the game–worst called game ever, only second to the UConn/Okla (women)(2002??) at the Civic Center–people booed (CT Fans) for calls against both teams–intrusive, very intrusive.

    3. Fairfield county fan

      Yeah – the worst part was the inconsistency of their lowsy calls, which made them all lowsy; and they all need a crash refresher course on charges vs blocking fouls – some terrible calls against both teams last night! Very difficult to enjoy the game because of the refs – never a good thing when the refs are the story!….

    4. Raised by Village of Idiots

      Marissa is very pretty. Could care less if you did not like her clothes.

  4. RP

    This was a very sobering week for UConn fans. UConn won two games against good teams (neither of whom will finish in the Top 10) at home. But we judge the Huskies by their standards not the final score often. UConn’s half court offense was very chaotic. They got outrebounded. Indeed, they looked very soft. The inside game was virutally nonexistent against Penn State. This should be the best UConn team in maybe a decade. They can score from four positions. This team should never shoot around 40 percent, should never have 25 turnovers, and never be bullied. There are only a very small handful of teams capable of being in the Final Four and righ now UConn does not look like one of them.

    1. Raised by Village of Idiots

      UConn’s softness under the boards is a direct reflection of their coaches. UConn recruited Soft Bigs like Buck, Dolson, and Stokes.

  5. bridget

    I hope that these teams that we play stop knocking dolson to the floor but she does handle it so well that is the one thing that I love about her she takes it. she handles her self very well and I could not be more proud of her this season

  6. martin fallon

    When you have seven shooters, all of whom were their high school’s go-to girls, which one should now shoulder the shooting responsibility? You are moving the ball around and no one is open and the back door has been shut down. Who takes the shot? Jefferson has been a little too comfortable hoisting it up, and Banks will drive if she sees a crack and she’s been uncanny from the outside. Bria may still be hurt because if you’ve ever seen her high-school footage, she routinely drove the length of the court, broke down the defense and scored. KML can beat a defender and take the jumper. Stewart can rebound and score or take the short jumper. If they’ve packed it down low, Dolson can come to the foul line and shoot. Tuck can shoot jumpers or drive. Doty can stop and pop. And Faris was on fire until last night, when you saw her confidence begin to waver again. She is better driving or taking the short jumper, and we’ve seen her excell at catching and shooting an offensive rebound. That’s eight shooters, if you count Kelly. But it’s inconceivable that seven players in constant motion, coming off screens (granted they only allow five on the floor at one time), that somebody doesn’t come free for a good, uncontested shot. But when that impossibility happens, Uconn has enough shooters to beat defenders and then shoot or pass, making the defenses pay for packing the paint. They shouldn’t be afraid to take the clear shot and let the rest crash the boards. Of course getting fouled and missing is natural, not getting the calls infuriating. Beyond last night’s frustrations, we are witnessing the evolution of this year’s team, clearly a work in progress, and we are grateful for the chance to see it happen, to become the contender we know it can be. Last year’s Big-East final was a great example of everyting coming together at the right time. Just sayn’.

  7. dude in New Britain

    Players 1-4 are Faris, Hartley, KML, and Dolson. So Players 5-9 must be Doty, Stewart, Stokes, Banks, Jefferson, and Tuck. Is Geno really saying these negative things about Doty? I realize Geno is known for motivating by overstated put-dowens, but it just doesn’t seem likely he would call out Caroline that way. And he felt a need to get on Banks’ case after yesterday’s game? I know he’s the coach and knows and sees stuff that none of us do, but something just isn’t adding up here.

    1. dude in New Britain

      Well, okay, I can’t count. I have 6 players in 5 spots, 5-9. I would guess I shouldn’t have included Jefferson. Only a guess.

      1. FREDDYKOOL

        HEY DUDE GO TALK TO THE AD AND TELL ‘EM U COULD DO BETTER THAN GENO AND U’LL TAKE A LOT LESS $$$$$$$$$$!!!!

  8. FREDDYKOOL

    FREDDYKOOL: JONHNNY GOOD POST, MAKE SURE U CAN STILL SEE YOUR BELT BUCKLE DEC 26TH.

    GENO STILL STIRRING THE PORRIDGE POT! WE SHALL SEE!!!!

    THE 3 THREE BLIND MICE WERE AWFUL IN PENNSTATE GAME.

    TO ME WE DID NOT MOVE THE BALL AROUND THE HORN LIKE WE USUALLY DO, AND IT SEEMED THE TOILET SEAT WAS DOWN ON THE RIM MOST OF THE NIGHT!!!!

    WE NEED TO GET OUR OWN TV STATION (LIKE ESP NETWORK) WAS ORIGINALLY SUPPOSE TO JUST BROADCAST UCONN SPORTS TO THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT. I KNOW I WAS THERE THE VERY FIRST DAY WITH BILL AND SCOTT AND ED EAGAN. ALL U TECH STUDENTS I WANNA CHALLENGE U TO GET US OUR OWN BIRD (NOT SUE) LIKE BYU HAS. EAST OF MISSISSIPPI WHUS,WEST KSUH…LOL THEN WE SELL IT TO EVERY CABLE SYSTEM AND SATELLITE COMPANY IN THE USA. ALL COMMERCIAL MONEY (16 @HOUR) $$$$$$ MIND BOGGLING. SAY $100.00 (AND IT COULD BE $10,000)AN AD TIMES 16 TIMES 24 TIMES 30 GO GET UR CALCULATOR AND IT WONT GO THAT FAR…LMAO.

    AND IDIOT DON’T KNOCK CHRIS WE WOULD NOT HAVE WHAT WE HAVE WITH OUT HER. OUR COACH GALS R “KOOL”

    CONNECTICUT SUN BIG BIGGGGG BIGGGGGGGGGG MISTAKE!!!!
    YOU’LL BE SO SORRY!

    MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY N HEALTHY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF MY FRIENDS N HALF ME ENEMIES IN UCONN NATION.

    1. Village Idiot

      FREDDY–YOUR COMMENTS ARE WAY OFF. YOU ARE THINKING POSITIVE COMMENTS ARE NEGATIVE. THE ONES YOU’VE COMPLAINED ABOUT WERE HIGH FIVING UCONN. CHRISTINE DAILEY (A LONG LOST RELATIVE) IS MISS FASHION TO THE BASKETBALL WORLD–AND A GREAT ASSOCIATE COACH.
      YET THE REFS WERE BAD–BUT UCONN HELPED P.S. WITH BAD PASSES AND TOO MANY PASSES.
      FREDDY–you are either having trouble with those trifocals or comprehension, or you aren’t feeling well–you are usually nicer than this.
      Geno makes mistakes–but not 3 games in a row. It is great that he is getting these lapses in offense and defense early on and not in the ND, Baylor, Stanford games. this is the time for fixing problems–want to bet the next time you see dolson and Stewart they play stronger (I mean against teams other than oakland or hartford).

  9. PSConn

    Since the Sun came to CT I have been attending games. Last season was my first as a seans ticket holder and I really enjoyed it. I was planning to renew but but Coach T’s dismissal and the reaction of the players makes me sick and I am reconsidering. Will Torrens and Gruda reconsider? I smell a season of turmoil ahead with a big drop off in wins. No one has floated a replacement name that is a)plausible and b) a potential upgrade. I am sick about this turn of events.

  10. MN

    1) I’ll take our bench players over almost any team in the country. Geno is pressing those buttons again.

    2) Everyone is entitled to one not-so-good game once in a while. Even Stewie and Kelly. (But I really hope Kelly doesn’t let this one game’s shooting troubles get into her head, as it may have in other years.)

    3) From your mouth to someone’s ears, particularly someone in the Sun front office. It was a mistake to fire Mike Thibault, and I hope they’re beginning to realize it. They want a championship? It’ll be awfully hard to get it this year with a new coach who is going to have to work really hard to gain the trust and respect from the players that Thibault had.

    4) Please, Mike. Think *carefully* before heading to Washington. The Mystics have been a mess from game one. The teams lack chemistry and haven’t been able to click even when they have legitimate stars in their lineup. And has the front office supported any coach for longer than a couple of years? Do you really want to walk into that situation?

    5) Freddy, I know it’s your schtick, but the all-caps thing really needs a rest, especially if you’re posting more than a one-liner. It’s really hard to read, and that’s not what you’re going for, I trust.

  11. John Melillo

    Uconn isn’t wanted the (A)ll (C)upcake (C)ake conference you think the the have a shot at the Big Ten? Never, not gonna happen.
    As for SNY, I’m loving the coverage, so glad my long time wishes of getting the OFF CPTV finally came true.
    The pre & post game is good, the game professionally done, and even Culmo has stepped up a bit. Very happy no longer having to deal the Jerry Franklin and his lemmings Harriet and Barney the purple Rifkin.

  12. Quikster

    Can ANYONE be more full of themselves than freddykool? Do you really think anyone cares about inane senseless drival? Make a meaningful post or say nothing.–

  13. RioBravo

    Please explain why the Courant is publishing the increasingly vulgar, deranged, and offensive posts composed by “Freddy.”

  14. Subway Eat Fresh

    KML – tougher than Maya.
    Faris – 1st team AA if she could score 14ppg.
    Dolson – quicker, leaner, but lousy rebounder.
    Doty – invaluable leader, not much else.
    Hartley – selfish, poor decision maker.
    Stewart – discovered Big Girl Basketball is not easy.
    Banks – will be UConn’s best guard next season.
    Stokes – gifted body, no confidence, doghouse veteran.
    Jefferson – overrated version of Dixon.
    Tuck – expected much more based on the hype.
    Buck – never improved, should pay back her scholarship.

    1. Village Idiot

      Nice list. But Uconn world can stop the damning of Buck–we’ve been there and done that 1001 times.
      Dolson is an excellent shooter–takes punishment personally rather than reacting.
      Stokes has improved dramatically, still not a scorer
      Tuck is an asset right now. Will only improve and will be an impact player by years end.
      Jefferson–is a Freshman and has played really well. Will be a huge part of this team this year. Played a total time of less than 3 games —
      Doty has had very good games, the P.S. game was a bad game for her.
      Hartley–is still hurting too much to be playing.
      Geno has been mixing and matching and getting decent (not great) results–it will take time to make High School kids in to big time Uconn players.
      Have a great Holy Day/ Holiday vacation. Anyone know what the 8 of Dec begins for Puerto Ricans?? Asks this Gringo.

  15. Eileen

    John, I hope you enjoy your Christmas shopping and the time off.
    Speaking of Dec. 30 game in Oregon, do we get to see the game which right now is only PAC-10 viewing?

    Agree on asking Thibault to return. He is a great coach. I am upset that the Sun haven’t had the elusive championship all these years, but it cannot be blamed only on Thibault–the team needs to take a hit after the last horrible game against the Fever. One more year to mature with all the talent and then fire him??

    I always note what the UCONN assistants wear, but those heels, yipes, can’t be good for Shea’s knees!!

    The refs were horrible in the Penn St. game. I noticed Barb (can’t remember her last name) who is the head of the Big East refs sitting on the sideline during the game. Can’t she see what a horrible job these refs are doing? In fact, I have seen her at many of the UCONN games in which the officiating was horrible. What gives? Don’t they have certain expectations that they need to achieve in order to get raises, just asking.

  16. foreveruconnfan

    Thibault should have been fired way before now, this was the team that should have at least made it to the championship game, even if they didn’t win it. He doesn’t have a feel for the game to make adjustments as the game goes along. His statment after that embarassing game against the Fever at the Mohegan Sun was “that’s how the game was played out” (paraphrased). There’s no way some meaningful adjustments could have been made during that game,not only that game but many games before that.

  17. Randy

    This team is fun to watch, and from not knowing what to expect, to only finding out two days before the opener
    that SNY was included in my sports package, it’s been a pleasant surprise. I was at the Penn State game and it was brutal and hard and horribly officiated but a grind
    worth watching. Give these young women some slack, this team could be a powerhouse…

  18. Cale

    Why all the crap comments about Bria H. She is getting over a injury..remember ? Any team in the country would kill to have her …She has been a really big part of some great wins the last couple years..Get over your selves !

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