Well constituents, it’s that time of year again. In a few hours, I get on a plane – hopefully with enough gas – and head back to Connecticut, another college basketball season in the books (and You Tube, for that matter). So much television to get caught up on….
I enjoyed Denver, although the altitude is a real issue. It kicked my “hash tag” a few times on walks around the city. I was huffing and puffing around the streets as if I was a somewhat roly-poly sportswriter….oh wait, I am. Never mind.
Denver is a beautiful city, but one populated by a heartbreaking number of homeless. They were everywhere in the downtown area, huddled together mostly, stopping into McDonald’s for whatever free coffee they could get when it was snowing Monday night and Tuesday.
It’s the first time I’d been back since Sept. 11, 2001. I was on a plane back very early that morning returning from the New York Giants Monday Night Football season opener against the Broncos when my flight was diverted to Cincinnati because of the 9-11 tragedies playing out in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.
I never wanted to go back to Denver. Silly, neurotic Italian me, blaming a blameless city for the fear I felt that day. What a dope.
I’d return in an instant now.
The NCAA national championship game played out exactly the way most suspected. Brittney Griner was simply too much for Notre Dame, especially when Dev Peters got into foul trouble. Watching Griner play must be like what is was to see Lew Alcindor play at UCLA in 1967. You’ve never seen anything like it before.
With Griner, Odyssey Sims, Destiny Williams, etc., all returning, I would have to believe they have another chance to go undefeated again, unless UConn figures out a way in February 2013 to beat the Lady Bears in Connecticut.
Most ironic, of course, about last night’s game for UConn fans were the stat lines of Husky killers Natalie Novosel (0-for-11) and Brittany Mallory (1-of-3). I know, I know what you are thinking.
I will be taking a few days off, then will start getting ready for the WNBA Draft and the start of the Connecticut Sun season. I will not be going to the Olympics. My big brothers in Chicago and Los Angeles get all the really neat national and world assignments. So I will be watching Geno with the rest of you on NBC.
Thank you for everything this season. I hope you found this space informative and, at times, humorous.
Read and laugh. It keeps your mind active and your heart light.