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    Friday, August 19, 2022

    Another fan of Dr. I wants him to just stick to sports

    Idle Thoughts, while waiting for Aaron Hicks to mix in a line drive, consistent beach weather and to play "count the cliches" in upcoming graduation speeches:

    • Dr. Idle, Dr. I to his close friends, saw this post the other day and decided to copy and paste:

    "Hey parents! Try something! For any sports the rest of May and June, don't say a word to the umpires or coaches at any game. And only tell your kid 'good job, I'm proud of you, love you, listen to your coach.' And just see if it is a positive or negative influence."

    • The HCS (Human Comments Section) rarely disappoints.

    Earlier this week in a sports column about despotism at the University of Hartford, Dr. I made a reference to the athletic director's Trumpian tendencies.

    One HCS member contributed: "DiMauro should stick to sports. He knows NOTHING about Trump."

    And YOU do, dear reader?

    Spending weekends at Mar-a-Lago, are we?

    • Three locals playing for the Mystic Schooners this summer: Ken Turner (Ledyard), Tristan Levesque (East Lyme), Jared Burrows (Waterford). The Schoon Squad will be playing home games at Dodd Stadium starting June 7. Be there.

    • And they said it would never happen.

    But yes, Dr. I and Generalissimo Robert Kraft actually rooted for the same team last week.

    Generalissimo bypassed the Orchids of Asia Day Spa and spent last Sunday courtside cheering on the Celtics.

    • Dr. I is considering a hunger strike until the poor kids get to use the high school baseball field in the People's Republic of East Lyme.

    The latest issue:

    The seeding of the field was delayed because some type of endangered species bird had nested on the field and couldn't be disturbed.

    Apparently, another bird of prey took care of the issue.

    The field, according to a well-placed spy in the 06333, "has been seeded and looking at next year for use."

    Unless, of course, a snow leopard and his peeps take a particular liking to the area around third base.

    • Reader Tom Moriarty writes, "Hi Mike. Did you know that Aaron Judge leads the majors in barrel percentage per plate appearance (18.6)? Feel smarter now?"

    • We're gonna miss ya, Jeff Bernardi.

    • Happy retirement to the great Bob Heussler.

    Bob, the former voice of UConn men's basketball and the Connecticut Sun, bid adieu to WFAN recently as an update anchor.

    The pro's pro. A good man. And we will miss Mike Francesa throwing it to Bob for a 20-20 update with "heeeeeere's Mr. Met."

    • Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher sniping at each other about recruiting and Name-Image-Likeness.

    Dr. I can wrap this up in one line: Cheaters, cheaters pumpkin eaters.

    • Dr. I's newfound love of the Rangers has nothing to do with this kid Kappo Kaako.

    But if there's ever a candidate for a fictitious marriage ...

    • Speaking of: If Liv Tyler married former UConn linebacker Marquise Vann, divorced him to marry former Dallas Cowboy Leon Lett and then divorced him to marry former Auburn football coach Pat Dye, she would be a Beatles lyric.

    (Liv Vann Lett Dye).

    • Congrats to the great Tyson Wheeler and his new coaching gig as an assistant at Brown University.

    All you kiddies who think you're good players ought to dig up video on Tyson from his days at New London High and then report back.

    • Congrats II: To Alexis Michon (Montville) and Cassie Woods (Fitch) helping Eastern Connecticut softball to the Div. III nationals. Eastern baseball and softball, Mitchell baseball and Avery Point baseball with excellent seasons in 2022.

    • RIP, Bob Lanier. How he wasn't voted among the top 75 NBA players of all time suggests a flaw in the process.

    Or general stupidity.

    • Michael King > Garrett Whitlock.

    (Plus, King went to BC, thus making him smarter.)

    • ECC championships this week in lacrosse, tennis, softball, baseball and track.

    Get out there and support the kids.

    And try to behave.

    This is the opinion of Day sports columnist Mike DiMauro

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