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MIKE DIMAURO - RECENT COLUMNS

A salute to Mo and NL's fighting spirit

Published: September 19, 2020 | Mike DiMauro

The All-Whaler class reunion celebrated New London's finest.

It's a mask, not a catheter

Published: September 17, 2020 | Mike DiMauro

There are people – not the majority, but enough – who have turned mask wearing into a hissing contest

Jim Leone: the wind beneath the wings of St. Bernard

St. Bernard is minus one of its cleanup hitters now. Jim Leone, a 41-year theology teacher and football/wrestling/baseball coach, has opted for retirement – and just in time before having to learn Google Classroom, too.

Spring: When a young man's thoughts turn to ... football

Springs offers a safer version of Friday Night Lights

Dr. I's suggestions to combat the H.S. football crisis

Here are a few Idle Thoughts ... from COVID-19 to "hey, batter batter."

Dear H.S. football folks: Cope with the word 'no'

Giving science more time is the far better option than 22 football players breathing on each other in close proximity.

So when did high school football become more important than a lung?

We all want to know more about this virus. We just don't yet. We are still learning. Sometimes, science, patience and faith are all we have.

Barry and Sue poured more than coffee into Muddy Waters

Barry and Sue, who have decided to sell Muddy Waters, probably have no idea the impact they've had on the community just by choosing the vocation of coffee-pouring.

Let's have (second semester) football and ignore CIAC

Football in the second semester can and should happen.

The Mets lost their hero, a guy that made fans treasure their childhoods

Every team has one. The icon. The Man. The one player the fan base agrees — as much as fan bases can agree on anything — who symbolizes all it's ever meant to wear the uniform.

The NBA has turned activism into a living thing

The NBA players, who have turned activism from rhetoric into practicality, not only just made it easier for inhabitants of Milwaukee, Detroit and Charlotte to vote, but turned it into a cooler, safer experience.

Sports should not 'define' us

Have kids who say sports 'define' them been taught that at home?

'Shut up and dribble' no longer applies

Activism has become part of sports

Embracing the 'Mamba Mentality' to do better

I promise you: If you've ever been made uncomfortable — especially because of your own indiscretion — you learn that being uncomfortable is a great teacher.

It's time to replace the CIAC with 'CHANGE'

Connecticut needs a new governing body of HS sports

CIAC: where amateurs know more than experts

The high school sports wheels spin furiously but with no traction.

Harvey, Hahn give history some Royal treatment

Harvey, Hahn take the long roads back

Black Lives Matter advocates in East Lyme aren't going away

Navigating the BLM movement isn't easy in a pandemic.

CIAC's foibles are everybody's fault

If school systems want change, there will be change. And things must change

Killingly: the home of true Native American expertise

Maybe the actions of the Washington football team and from the Guilford school system would deliver a blinding flash of obvious to the Killingly school board.

We need to prepare the kids, not criticize the process

Kids, coaches and anyone else with an affinity for local sports were offered some hope Tuesday, when a CIAC source spoke of the likeliest path – for right now anyway – that fall sports return.

Baseball in the fall and football in the spring? Hmmm ...

Baseball in the fall would be a natural extension of a summer activity

Why does a golf course get more consideration than the kids?

And to think but three miles separate Norwich Golf Course from Jenkins Park. Three miles. Same city. Yet another example in this country that geographical proximity hardly begets corresponding philosophical connection.

Why would we waste time arguing with an idiot?

Sometimes, it's best to ignore

Should we have a fall high school sports season?

No high school sports till 2021 seems prudent

Memo to the media: Selective moral outrage is fraudulence

How about nobody ever quotes Hitler again?

Good thing Maya Moore didn't 'shut up and dribble'

Maya Moore deserves the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Dr. I: a closet Pats fan this season?

Will people named Brady have to change their names?

No more excuses at UConn: It's time to win

UConn has competitive advantages – some self-evident, others to be exercised – other Big East schools do not.

Will mosquitoes impact H.S. sports more than COVID-19?

EEE issues may imperil high school sports again this fall.

We're gonna miss you, Elaine Butler

Elaine Butler's chutzpah will be missed

How long till baseball goes to penalty kicks?

Don't we go to the ballpark to forget our daily problems?

Lorraine Allen: I'm glad I got to know her ... and will miss her dearly

New London hasn't known many more civic minded people than Lorraine Allen.

On transgender athletes: The law cannot stand still

Our antiquated, one-size-fits-all laws on this issue do not address the inherent concerns of equity, morality and biology. They need to be rewritten.

Change is happening before our eyes

This country works best when we include everyone of all colors, religions, ancestries and orientations who learn with, play with and learn about each other.

Local businesses offer hope to 700 with graduation gift boxes

Dozens (and dozens) of local businesses have offered us hope this month. They conspired to fill 700 "graduation boxes" with goodies for every kid graduating from East Lyme, Waterford and New London High Schools.

Shockey over Bavaro? I don't think so

I love no team more than the football Giants.

Tom Poblete: He came back home to New London

Tom Poblete pays it forward by remaining in New London

Do we have the guts to start teaching history differently?

History is a living thing, with tentacles and voices stretching across varying races and cultures

All-world fundraiser Bill Stanley can use a helping hand now

It requires time and many acts of good to reach institutional status. Ladies and gentlemen ... Bill Stanley.

CIAC: the home office for competitive disadvantage

Three-time defending state champion St. Joseph moves to a less competitive division

It's time to get the bugs (mosquitoes) out

If we have a high school sports season this fall, what guarantees do we have that it won't get hijacked again by those infamous mosquitoes carrying Eastern Equine Encephalitis? Ah yes. The dreaded EEE.

Young voices protest in ... wait for it ... East Lyme!

Three former athletes raise awareness

Voice of NFA grad McAlister resonates in black and white

NFA grad grapples with conflicting emotions

If baseball stays dark, why would we ever return to the ballpark?

The NBA, NHL and NFL are making it work. Baseball can't.

Sorry if failing to 'stick to sports' makes you uncomfortable

Athletes must use their forums and influence now more than ever

Are the Chicken Littles going to win at UConn?

State U is hardly alone nationally in its financial quagmire. But trying to solve it as if there's some cosmic shot clock tick-tick-ticking is far more reactionary than cautionary.

Colin Kaepernick's knee never killed anybody

Colin Kaepernick is still deemed "unpatriotic" by many who have never had to fight for the foundational right to live. Derek Chauvin's knee, placed on George Floyd's throat for more than eight minutes in Minneapolis, is a murder weapon.

Yeomans: from forgotten man to THE man

Yeomans made his last two places better places

Dr. I: of pickoffs, loud trains and literally too much of literally

80 pages of baseball restrictions too much

The Day never had a better reporter than Bill Toscano

We lost William Donovan Toscano last week to COVID-19. He died in Framingham, Mass. at 61. The Day has sent several alums to bigger papers and media outlets. But never — ever — has it had a better reporter.

Obama's words — 'build a community' — begin with sports

Building a community suggests togetherness

Millsaps comes with baggage, but deserves clean slate at NLHS

The state found 116 students bypassing the blind lottery process at Millsaps' old school.

R.I.P. to 'Waterford's Baseball Encyclopedia'

Harold "Hat" Fengar coached two Waterford teams to the Babe Ruth World Series.

When will MLB fans realize they have all the power?

Players, owners bicker over our money

Dunce caps all around in Killingly ... once again

Turf field voted down in Killingly

Dodd Stadium open to just about anything as it celebrates its 25th season

How sad, really, that Dodd Stadium's silver summer may be rendered quiet by the new abnormal

Geno to grads: 'You are living the greatest time of your life'

Auriemma's 'graduation speech' to the class of 2020

Walking or running, all in the name of 'Ski'

A chance to participate in a virtual road race

How much longer will sports fans be so well behaved?

A portion of this country -most of the south - will go Vesuvius without college football

A chance to honor Emily Eshenfelder ... and have fun, too

Creativity often begins in the abstract, which is why at first glance, this project involving the Emily Eshenfelder Foundation spawns quizzical looks.

Anyone out there (besides EL's Farrior) smart enough to know what they don't know?

Very few of us are health care professionals

Missing the Kentucky Derby, but remembering it with 'Unbridled' passion

There was supposed to be a Kentucky Derby on Saturday. It would have been cause to gather, watch and bet. It's a holy day of sports obligation to many of us.

Where do NL kids go now with no more Martin Center?

Community center would give New London kids a destination.

Brandy, she's a fine girl; just ask Roger and Pete

We need moments of comfort and enjoyment

It was about textbooks as much as playbooks for A.J. Dillon

This is not a football story. It is a life story. It is about how A.J. Dillon, the next kid to go national from the 06320, arrived not merely because he was blessed with the football gene, but because he parlayed it with unflagging pursuits of education and community.

In appreciation of Muffet McGraw

Muffet McGraw was our villain. Geno Auriemma was Notre Dame's.

'Stick to sports?' Fine. Maybe others should, too

The concepts of greater good and self-sacrifice have never been more prevalent.

GameDay presents Throwback Thursdays

GameDay Archives: New London 23, Middletown 22

Dr. I: In the Department of Redundancy Department ...

Dr. Idle, Dr. I to his close friends, would like to join the chorus and salute all doctors, nurses, medical technicians, healthcare office staff, grocery store workers and all the other folks on the frontlines for the work they do.

The coronavirus may turn me into a better loser

Some of you read this daily drivel and think I couldn't possibly be a bigger loser, let alone a better one. Thanks for reading nonetheless. And let me explain.

Desmond's project will get us all talking about baseball again

Not to be pretentious or anything, but there are problems remaining in the world because social distancing precludes us from solving them at the moment.

All-Decade softball team features Gatorade variety pack

Softball. This is where the Eastern Connecticut Conference gets to create similar self-esteem issues for other parts of the state, as evidenced by our All-Decade team.

Of mosquitoes, bowling and singing at Fenway: a look back at H.S. season

A chronological look back at some notable high school sports moments since September:

Aren't UConn fans supposed to know something about women's basketball?

The top 32 players in UConn women's history

Sports are doomed! Sports are doomed! (Or not)

It's early April. I have no idea what sports will look like in the coming months. Neither does anyone else

Playing politics during a pandemic? You no longer matter

This pandemic, if nothing else, has illustrated a few things to me: 1) politics during a health crisis are toxic and destructive; and 2) the unending need to be right about everything is overrated.

Marc Romano finally got the job he deserves: full-time athletic director

Groton needs to reconsider its AD position

We have more reasons than ever to believe in the goodness of people

We are living very conscious days, perhaps examining our lives and values as never before.

Moreland hasn't lost his fastball, even dealing with daughter's coronavirus

Local football official and baseball umpire Kevin Moreland learned Monday that his daughter, Cory Lynn, a nurse at Yale-New Haven, has the coronavirus. She is 24.

East Lyme's Mebus sisters are heroes in NYC ... and need your help

Rachel and Paige Mebus, former athletes and graduates of East Lyme High, work in New York City hospitals, heroically and frightfully fighting the coronavirus.

Game changer: My friend Doris tested positive for coronavirus

It's a relief to know Doris Burke is symptom free. Yet her story is also a cautionary tale.