Thursday, March 29, 2007

One Shining Moment

Happy March 29!! 77-74 Day.

Monday, March 26, 2007


If anyone is still paying attention, I apologize for the lack of posts. Quite frankly, there hasn't been much to talk about.

The past weekend with Payton was great. We saw Beauty & the Beast at the Garde & attended the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Mystic. The weekend went by much too fast.

Work has been crazy busy, so that leaves me no time to update.

This weekend brings about my annual fantasy baseball drafts. I'm proud to report that my teams won both leagues last year, something that would never be possible without Mr. Upson's help. Thanks Boss! (I also can't believe that this will be my 10th Tulip League draft. Wow.)

Back to school tomorrow night. Last week was Spring Break & it was fantastic. Oh well. A necessary evil.

For the past week, I've been attempting to download the HD version of The Departed from the Xbox Live Marketplace. Because it's in HD, the file is massive & I don't leave the 360 on long enough to download it all in one shot. I'm getting there though!

In the meantime, check out my Twitter page. Eventually, maybe by the time you read this, I'll have a funky little button on the right that will show updates.

Hope life is treating my three readers well!

Thursday, March 15, 2007


Although UConn is not participating in the tourney this year, there is still joy to be found. Thank you Virginia Commonwealth!

Sunday, March 11, 2007

There's Always Next Year

I'm very much aware that the title of this entry is a rallying cry for many sports organizations (hi Cubbies!). This year, it's also one for UConn, one that us fans have used many times in the past. However, this year is different. For the first time since Jim Calhoun's first season at UConn, the Huskies will not be attending a post-season tournament. So, to help lift my spirits, here's a rundown of my Top 20 UConn games in my lifetime. As with all of my Top 20 lists, this is solely based on my feelings, not general consensus. Also, my lifetime basically extends back to the beginning of the Big East. I don't remember much of the Yankee Conference Huskies, so no comments regarding any omissions there.

March 19, 1993 vs. Jackson State (watching Lindsey Hunter drop 39 in a UConn NIT loss)

December 6, 1986
Purdue 88, UConn 70 (HCC, attn. 9,155)
UConn falls at home to the #4 team in the country. This makes the list because I was able to move down & sit directly behind the visitors bench, yelling like mad at Gene Keady & constantly calling Boilermaker Doug Lee, "Ugg Lee".

February 20, 1988
Syracuse 73, UConn 71 (HCC)
I'm at this game with my Dad, on his birthday, as we watch Jeff King throw a horrible inbounds pass in the final seconds of a close game, which leads to the game-winning points. UConn falls to the #12 in the country and we are devestated.

March 24, 2002
Maryland 90, UConn 82 (Elite Eight at Syracuse)
This makes the list because I was there & was hoping to watch UConn make the Final Four. Unfortunately, the fell to the eventual national champs, but I did get to watch Caron Butler go down swinging. In his final game as a Husky, he dropped 32 points, 26 in the second half, almost single-handidly carrying UConn to victory.

March 24, 1990
Duke 79, UConn 78 (Elite Eight)
March 24 seems to be a bad day. He Who Shall Not Be Named hits a shot at the buzzer to end The Dream Season. Memories of Tate George with a game-sealing steal falling out of bounds continues to haunt me. I'll share this picture of HWSNBN to make us feel better.

January 26, 2002
UConn 100, Arizona 98 (OT, @ Arizona)
No more losses on this list. This is unreal game from Emeka Okafor/Ben Gordon's freshman year. Mek should've had a triple-double, but the official scorer robbed him of at least two blocks. (He finished with 9)

November 28, 1987
UConn 102, Maryland-Eastern Shore 63 (Field House)
My first game at the Field House. Other than that, not too memorable. Even though UConn score 102 points, they made only two three-pointers, both by Greg Economou, not Phil Gamble.

February 28, 1987
UConn 56, Seton Hall 54(HCC, attn. 8,130)
Once again, the lack of fans allows me to sit directly behind the home bench. I sit one row behind suspended stars Cliff Robinson & Phil Gamble, who both sign my program. UConn wins it's 9th & final game of the season. This was the last season UConn failed to make the postseason until this year.

March 9, 1996
UConn 75, Georgetown 74 (BE Championship Game, MSG)
Ray Allen hits a running jumper to give UConn the lead. The Allen Iverson-led Hoyas miss two easy shots at the buzzer, leading to another UConn BE Tourney championship & a #1 seed in the NCAA tourney. That ended ugly two weeks later against Mississippi State.

March 24, 2006
UConn 98, Washington 92 (OT) (Sweet 16 in Washington, DC)
This one's for you Brian! UConn trailed by six with 1:55 to go in regulation and Rashad Anderson hit a game-tying three-pointer with 1.8 seconds left. They never trailed in regulation, moving on to the George Mason debacle two days later. Next please.

March 19, 1998
UConn 75, Washington 74 (Sweet 16 in Greensboro, NC)
Sorry Brian. Another miraculous finish, this time with Rip Hamilton hitting the game-winner after what seemed like 10 missed shots prior to that. My Dad was there to witness this beauty. Again, this set the stage for another Elite Eight loss to the hometown Tar Heels two days later.

January 20, 1990
UConn 70, Georgetown 65 (HCC)
This was a snowy Saturday night. Dad was there, but I was stuck in Torrington watching the game on a 5" inch black & white TV. I liked what I saw, as UConn jumped out to a big early lead, preventing the #2 Alonzo Mourning-led Hoyas from ascending to the #1 spot the following week.

January 15, 1990
UConn 70, Syracuse 59 (HCC)
Five days before the aforementioned Georgetown game, UConn squared off against the Orangemen on ESPN. Syracuse was ranked #5, which made this win one of the program's biggest wins ever at the time. We had great seats for this one, compared to our regular seats, so this was special.

March 13, 2004
UConn 61, Pittsburgh 58 (BE Championship Game, MSG)
One of the most amazing games I've ever been to. UConn trailed most of the game, but for some reason, I sensed they were going to win. Pitt shot the ball extremely well early on & UConn struggled. I was hoping the Law of Averages would take over & they did. Unreal atmosphere in the Garden that night.

March 30, 1988
UConn 72, Ohio State 67 (NIT Championship, MSG)
I listened to this one on the radio, laying in bed, while Dad was there. An unbelievable moment, UConn going all the way to win a title. I'm aware it was the NIT, but this is UConn we're talking about. They won 9 games the year before and had never sniffed the post-season since I started watching. Unreal.

March 20, 1999
UConn 67, Gonzaga 62 (Elite Eight in Phoenix)
Finally, UConn is over the hump. They made it interesting, but they finally proved they can make it to a Final Four. I was proud to be watching on TV with my Dad.

March 25, 1988
UConn 72, Virgina-Commonwealth 61 (NIT Elite Eight, Field House)
I remember this game like it was yesterday. It was a Friday night & Dad picked me up for school. This was only my second game at the Field House & it was for a ticket back to MSG for the NIT Final Four. It was ridiculously hot in that building, but also incredibly loud. According to many reports, it was the loudest home game ever, no matter the venue. Dust was falling from the rafters it was so loud. I would love to get a copy of this game. I was glad to be one of the 4,801 in attendence.

March 22, 1990
UConn 71, Clemson 70 (Sweet Sixteen, Meadowlands)
The Shot. Scott Burrell to Tate George with one second remaining. I'm afraid to say I didn't see the play happen live. I was too busy crying into a pillow. A game that UConn was in control of the entire time had slipped away in the closing minutes & they were going to lose. I couldn't bear to watch. I heard it, but I didn't see it. (Dad, you don't get off easy here either. You took Trapper out for a walk & missed it too.) This game made the Duke loss two days later that much more painful.

April 5, 2004
UConn 82, Georgia Tech 73 (National Championship, San Antonio)
This isn't #2 only because it was almost anti-climactic. Don't get me wrong, it was still amazing, but after the game before and the fact they were always in control, knocks it down a peg.

April 3, 2004
UConn 79, Duke 78 (Final Four, San Antonio)
Whew. This was a barn-burner. Like the BE Championship game against Pittsburgh, UConn trailed late. However, some timely three's & clutch free throws gave them the victory. This was sweet given the opponent and the sense that UConn was the class of the country & deserved to win. A great game.

March 29, 1999
UConn 77, Duke 74 (National Championship, St. Petersburg)
I don't have to look any of that information up. I can remember what I had for dinner that night. (Chicken & rice, one of the only things I can cook.) This was something that I thought I would never see. To do it against the hated Dukies, when the national media had already crowned them National Champions, was simply amazing. A night I'll never forget.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

You're It!

I suppose it was prophetic that the same day Payton told me she played Freeze Tag & conjured up some old memories, that Mike tagged me.

Here is the definition of being tagged, blog style:
"Turns out there is a game of Blog-Tag going around the blogosphere in which bloggers are sharing five things about themselves that relatively few people know, and then tagging five other bloggers to be "it.""
(Source: The Jeff Pulver Blog)

Mike said six weird things, but since he didn't play by the rules & only tagged me, I'm referring to the rules I've found. Here are the five things about me you may or may not know.

1. I'm extremely goal oriented. I'm much more efficient at work if I'm given a deadline, a benchmark to shoot for. I suppose this is why I'm addicted to earning those achievements.

2. There is a stuffed animal that resides on my bed, which I may or may not cuddle with occasionally.

3. To go along with one of Mike's items, my iPod is also quite diverse. 2300+ songs, from artists ranging from Ace of Base, Backstreet Boys, Metallica, N.W.A., Doobie Brothers, Gordon Lightfoot, Olivia Newton John, Frank Stallone, White Lion to Tevin Campbell. Some interesting notes. 1st on the list is 2 Live Crew, last is ZZ Top. Most played song is "Higher" by The Game. Three different songs titled "Right Now" (Van Halen, Al B. Sure & SR-71), only one titled "Love Rears Its Ugly Head" (Living Colour).

4. I don't untie my shoes before putting them on. Slip on, slip off.

5. I'm a total homebody. I can't see myself living anywhere but Connecticut. More specifically, I don't like being away from SE Connecticut. I think I could do Baltimore, but I think I'm meant to stay in the Nutmeg State.

Now, I need to tag five more people. We'll start with PJ, since he asked about it and obviously Brian. Now it gets tricky, since I don't have many friends that blog. So let's see who we can get. Brian Stucki, founder of the wonderful site, Life In The Office, come on down! Let's stick with The Office theme and shoot for the moon. Kevin Malone, Toby, Angela Martin, Craig, and last, but not least, Jenna. (I'm aware that's more than five, but I figured I'd up my chances of actually having one of them respond by inviting more.)

Here are two more Fishers Island pics courtesy of Patty. A little chilly over there the past couple of days!

Since I'm not working today, there may be another post this afternoon. Maybe.

Friday, March 02, 2007


So I was on my way to work this morning, driving in the monsoon down Route 2. As usual, I had to deal with my fair share of idiots on the highway. The difference today was that I could identify one of the morons causing the issues.

All members of the Connecticut legislature have special license plates, identifying their position. Hee hee hee.

I was unfortunate enough to be traveling behind the Chief Assistant Majority Leader, Senator Eric D. Coleman and his Chrysler Sebring.

Apparently, you don't need to know the rules of the road to represent the citizens of Bloomfield, Hartford & Windsor. This guy thought that the far left lane was the travel lane, ignoring the right lane, also known as the travel lane. Sure, he would jump over there occasionally, but he would jump right back in the passing lane, clogging up traffic. What made it worse was that the visibility was very limited due to the heavy rain.

On page 49 of the Connecticut DMV Driver Handbook, it clearly states, "Don't block the passing lane. Stay out of the far left lane and yield to the right for any vehicle that wants to pass." Seems fairly simple, but I guess graduating from Columbia precludes you from knowing this.

This wasn't his only faux pas. As he approached the Route 11 exit/split, he was still traveling in the passing lane. In order to make the exit, he cut across three lanes to make the exit just in time. Of course, there weren't any State Troopers sitting there today like they usually do, even though I'm sure they would've let a State Senator off with a warning.

Hopefully Senator Williams can learn the rules of the road soon before inflicting some serious injuries on an innocent driver.


Yes Mike, I'm aware you tagged me. Look for my list of six weird things about me coming soon, along with my list of five others to tag.