Hello to each and every UConn and women’s basketball fan who kindly takes the time to stop by.
You may have heard that UConn’s national title defense begins Saturday at the XL Center against the University of Hartford at 4 p.m.
That means two things: A nice hand for Hawks’ coach Jen Rizzotti and a mad rush for tables at the downtown restaurants at around 6.
If you are new to this blog or tweet site, allow me to welcome you. I am glad you are here. Please visit often.
I do have a few rules, comments and suggestions that I hope my rule-following readers adhere to:
1). I will do my best to keep you informed and entertained at the same time. I love what I do for a living. It is a great job. Covering an eight-time national champion is akin to covering the Red Sox and the Democrats in the last decade. But I do not take myself all that seriously and as much as I will try to keep you up to date, I will also try to make you laugh.
But as a Mets fan, I am familiar with the concept of swinging and missing. I will just dig in deeper.
2). I do not know everything there is to know about UConn women’s basketball. There is only one person who does and it’s not Geno Auriemma. He is Carl Adamec who writes the blog for SNY and has been covering the team for decades for the Manchester J-I. If UConn’s record book is the sport’s bible, he is Leviticus. And how do the beatwriters know this? Sometimes when we ask Geno a question, he asks Carl to answer it. You can compete with someone and respect him at the same time. This is not Congress.
3). Bob Joyce and I will be at every game UConn plays this season. We will even be there on those days UConn wishes it didn’t have to be, buried in the Midwest on a cold winter morning. Keep us company.
4). My thing is writing about people. I am not big on x’s and o’s or any other letter you might associate with technical aspects of the game. How can I criticize a kid for not doing something I had no idea they were even trying to do? I don’t get double-downs or charge zones; things that muddle my mind. But I love the kids I write about, am interested in who they are and what kind of lives they live and I always wish them well.
5). I could care less about recruiting. To me, asking a 15-year-old girls basketball prodigy if they would like to play at UConn is like asking a 3-year-old preschooler if they like ice cream. I will mention it on occasion. I will write about players like A’ja Wilson, for instance, if they decide to come to UConn. But in general, I do not like talking to teenage girls unless one is considering dating my son
.6). If you write me a note, I will do my best to answer it. If I don’t, please don’t get mad at me. Why wife likely already is.