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.
Springs offers a safer version of Friday Night Lights
Here are a few Idle Thoughts ... from COVID-19 to "hey, batter batter."
Giving science more time is the far better option than 22 football players breathing on each other in close proximity.
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, 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.
Football in the second semester can and should happen.
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 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.
Have kids who say sports 'define' them been taught that at home?
Activism has become part of sports
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.
Connecticut needs a new governing body of HS sports
The high school sports wheels spin furiously but with no traction.
Harvey, Hahn take the long roads back
Navigating the BLM movement isn't easy in a pandemic.
If school systems want change, there will be change. And things must change
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.
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 would be a natural extension of a summer activity
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.
Sometimes, it's best to ignore
No high school sports till 2021 seems prudent
How about nobody ever quotes Hitler again?
Maya Moore deserves the Presidential Medal of Freedom
Will people named Brady have to change their names?
UConn has competitive advantages – some self-evident, others to be exercised – other Big East schools do not.
EEE issues may imperil high school sports again this fall.
Elaine Butler's chutzpah will be missed
Don't we go to the ballpark to forget our daily problems?
New London hasn't known many more civic minded people than Lorraine Allen.
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.
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.
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.
I love no team more than the football Giants.
Tom Poblete pays it forward by remaining in New London
History is a living thing, with tentacles and voices stretching across varying races and cultures
It requires time and many acts of good to reach institutional status. Ladies and gentlemen ... Bill Stanley.
Three-time defending state champion St. Joseph moves to a less competitive division
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.
Three former athletes raise awareness
NFA grad grapples with conflicting emotions
The NBA, NHL and NFL are making it work. Baseball can't.
Athletes must use their forums and influence now more than ever
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 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 made his last two places better places
80 pages of baseball restrictions too much
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.
Building a community suggests togetherness
The state found 116 students bypassing the blind lottery process at Millsaps' old school.
Harold "Hat" Fengar coached two Waterford teams to the Babe Ruth World Series.
Players, owners bicker over our money
Turf field voted down in Killingly
How sad, really, that Dodd Stadium's silver summer may be rendered quiet by the new abnormal
Auriemma's 'graduation speech' to the class of 2020
A chance to participate in a virtual road race
A portion of this country -most of the south - will go Vesuvius without college football
Creativity often begins in the abstract, which is why at first glance, this project involving the Emily Eshenfelder Foundation spawns quizzical looks.
Very few of us are health care professionals
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.
Community center would give New London kids a destination.
We need moments of comfort and enjoyment
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.
Muffet McGraw was our villain. Geno Auriemma was Notre Dame's.
The concepts of greater good and self-sacrifice have never been more prevalent.
GameDay Archives: New London 23, Middletown 22
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.
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.
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.
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.
A chronological look back at some notable high school sports moments since September:
The top 32 players in UConn women's history
It's early April. I have no idea what sports will look like in the coming months. Neither does anyone else
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.
Groton needs to reconsider its AD position
We are living very conscious days, perhaps examining our lives and values as never before.
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.
Rachel and Paige Mebus, former athletes and graduates of East Lyme High, work in New York City hospitals, heroically and frightfully fighting the coronavirus.
It's a relief to know Doris Burke is symptom free. Yet her story is also a cautionary tale.