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    Mike DiMauro
    Tuesday, April 16, 2024
    Mike DiMauro
    Tuesday, April 16, 2024
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    COLUMNS BY MIKE DIMAURO

    It’s still my favorite voicemail of all time. The voice was unmistakable. “Mike,” the voice said. “This is John Sterling. A friend of mine sent me your column. I want you...
    Idle Thoughts, while waiting for warmer weather, the Giants not to screw up the draft and for people to maintain proper traffic flow by not backing into every parking pla...
    There’s an old joke about a man who wanted to become a monk, later learning from the head monk he must take a vow of silence. Only two words every three years. After the ...
    There are good reasons sports fans think they’re powerless against the machine. The machine of networks setting start times at bed times. The machine of outrageous ticket...
    It is both amusing and amazing that otherwise well-meaning, rational humans can watch the same video evidence of a play and draw such contrasting conclusions. Exhibit A c...
    Among Geno Auriemma’s greatest cautionary tales to his players over the years is reinforcing the Shakespearean maxim that your greatest strength is your greatest weakness...
    Colchester — Not to quibble with Colin Powell here, but his line, “all the great ideas and visions in the world are worthless if they can't be implemented rapidly and eff...
    How ironic — or pathetic — that as Huskymania moves toward its annual March Madness crescendo, the potential renovation of UConn’s downtown Hartford home has been thrown...
    Idle Thoughts, while waiting for Gerrit Cole to heal, an unusually warm spring and for turf and lights at Bacon Academy: • Dr. Idle, Dr. I to his close friends, is the fi...
    It is National Athletic Trainers Month, an occasion for all of us to appreciate and understand the roles of highly qualified health care professionals in our schools. And...
    Colchester — The only difference between death and taxes, Will Rogers once said, is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets. Among other interpretations of...
    Many of us will spend the rest of our lives missing “Dr. Longshots,” otherwise known as the New London original named Thomas E. Eshenfelder — “Esh” — a man who made us la...
    Old Lyme — Maybe the real stars of the show here are members of the hiring committee, who inspected 16 other candidates and ultimately chose this 21-year-old, perhaps sum...
    Our modestly sized corner of the world punches above its weight in many categories, not the least of which is exporting Major League Baseball players. Who knew our little...
    How ironic, if not miraculous, that the UConn men’s basketball players represent the university and play the game with poise and composure so completely lacking in their ...
    Maybe fate’s guiding hand planned this long ago. Or maybe it’s plain old serendipity. But how fitting that the conscience of Wheeler High’s last act comes at a time when ...
    The message, via Facebook, arrived sometime Thursday. “Mike,” former UConn guard Maria Conlon wrote, “you made me quite famous last week, LOL. Hope you are well.” And wha...
    Waterford — There are moments when real life gets in the way of all the “breaking barriers,” “silencing stereotypes” and “you can be anything you want to be” bromides. Re...
    Recency bias is hardly recent, a phenomenon hard wired in us to favor the experiences new to our memories over anything historical. It’s like how yesterday’s halfcourt sh...
    Idle Thoughts, while waiting for Opening Day, the Rangers to win the Cup and for Gus Johnson to stop shouting: • Dr. Idle, Dr. I to his close friends, was doing some dete...
    Fact: All six state high school football champions from 2023 and the top 16 teams in the final state polls participated in the Connecticut High School Alliance, a conflue...
    Mohegan — Until Tuesday night, the only “Wheeler” that really ever accomplished anything in basketball around here was named Tyson. (Father and son). But then there was n...
    Some snotty, sarcastic person wrote this 10 years ago: “There's just no way of knowing for sure, what with Freddie Mercury's passing and all. But when Mercury and Queen s...
    In roughly six weeks, the next major national sporting events conclude: The crowning of men’s and women’s college basketball champions, the annual late-winter rhythms of ...
    Groton — And to think it began as just another night in Mike Nystrom’s happy place. Game night in Saints Country. Same pregame routine, like all the others in the last 41...
    So I’m in the checkout line the other day buying supplies (wine) for Impending Armageddon, otherwise known as Tuesday’s snowstorm. The guy in front of me commits the mort...
    Leave it to your humble narrator to manage a snit amid what was the greatest basketball play he’s ever witnessed. Indeed, of all the gin joints in all the world … there w...
    Her 18-month battle with cancer, good fight notwithstanding, was about to morph into a peaceful, eternal sleep. And there they were in a hospital room a few nights ago. S...
    Montville — Jada Cheung calls herself “5-foot-zero,” the first clue that basketball, the game catering to the tall, may not be for her. Until she stands on her charisma. ...
    My ongoing education rarely fails to reiterate that the universe (and whatever other deities we choose to follow) ensure that we’re always where we need to be in our dail...
    New London — It was a little after 11 Saturday morning, the coordinated chaos inside the fieldhouse at Coast Guard Academy humming along, as if a bus terminal had just ma...
    Full disclosure: Your humble narrator has been known to roll his eyes at the same heedless, utopian proposals you are about to read. And so if your first instinct is snar...
    Educators are well-meaning enough when they schedule leadership and sportsmanship seminars for high school kids, endeavors that happen frequently in Connecticut. But I wo...
    Idle Thoughts, while waiting for the Beanpot, Carlos Rodon’s 20-win season and for the Giants to draft 12 offensive linemen: • Dr. Idle, Dr. I to his close friends, summo...
    New London — Maybe fate’s guiding hand gently nudged Glen Miller into this gym, this town, this night. Of all the gin joints Miller’s coaching career has taken him, there...
    Montville — Snowflakes were falling, punctuating the cold and wind last Friday night, as patrons in their haphazardly parked cars schlepped through this idyllic campus, w...