In three weeks the newly renovated XL Center will officially open with a Celtics-Knicks NBA exhibition. With a fan lounge, concourse level luxury seating, improved handicapped seating, color coding for easier location and an open symmetry between the arena and the concourse the XL Center will assume it’s continuing role as the home of the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack and a home away from home for the UCONN men’s and women’s basketball teams while becoming the Hockey East home for UCONN hockey.
Where to go. Today it’s a definite quandary, with two issues that beg for comment, the first close to home. The change of player development affiliations by the New Britain Rock Cats creates a personal void. I have relationships in the Minnesota Twins organization that date back to the early 1980’s and every summer brought a chance to catch up with old friends.
The NFL has mishandled the Ray Rice affair. One of their largest sponsors pointed that out to them yesterday.
Do you think this is all new? Do you believe the troubles in the sports world are unique to our era? This week the NFL Players Association is expected to approve HGH testing, the latest step in combating a drug issue that certainly is not unique to football, as baseball will forever be tainted by it’s “Steroid Era”.
Sean McDonough is the best play-by-play man in America. A veteran of several networks, McDonough, currently in the employ of ESPN, has called some of the biggest events in the world of sports, from the World Series to the major college football bowl games. He’s known for honest description that tell it like it is, never calling attention to himself with prefabricated “signature” calls.
An old friend from high school who went to work for our home town police department once told me a story from his days on cruiser patrol. A car screeched out of a supermarket parking lot, through on coming traffic from both directions and tore down the street.
Anton Goff is only 45 years old, but already the former Bowling Green wide receiver out of Pittsburgh has nearly two decades of administrative experience at various levels of college athletics, from major schools in major conferences to mid majors to division II.
An interesting dynamic exists between the sports media and the, often, spoiled and overpaid superstar anti role models they cover. Nowhere is the messenger more vulnerable than in the sports world.
The first question that should be posed to Baltimore Ravens and National Football League officials is what they thought happened in an elevator from which two people emerged, one of them unconscious, being dragged by the other.
Who are those guys? Who are the guys leading the PGA Tour Fed Ex Cup point standings going to the Tour Championship in Atlanta?