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Running Backs Among Those Churning Victories

By at October 14, 2011 | 10:45 am |

Running Backs Among Those Churning Victories

Avid sports fans, and contemporary sports writers with a similar provincial manner, tend to look beyond the moment at hand toward the day when they can celebrate a championship. The notion of savoring victory in one battle at a time before winning the war is the philosophy to which coaches subscribe. It requires much deeper thought than watching a ballgame and thinking more...

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Tebucky Enthusiastic Over Hurricane Wins

By at October 14, 2011 | 10:30 am |

Tebucky Enthusiastic Over Hurricane Wins

Devante Gardner gathered in the opening kickoff from Hall. The atmosphere on the New Britain sideline radiated concentration, a dedication to the task at hand with a certain festive air hovering above the fray. The Hurricanes, after two defeats in which they didn’t score a point, were fresh from a convincing win over East Hartford. In Hall, they were facing an more...

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Tebucky NBHS Strategy: “One Game at a Time”

By at October 7, 2011 | 11:15 am |

Tebucky NBHS Strategy: “One Game at a Time”

Golden Hurricanes Win First Game The New Britain High football reformation wasn’t going to happen overnight. No matter how much the alumni yearn for some sort of projection about a return to glory, Tebucky Jones and his coaching staff are compelled to look no further than the next game, as coaches well should. The Hurricanes spun themselves into virtual oblivion more...

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NBHS Basketball Coach Makes Connection with City Youth

By at October 7, 2011 | 11:00 am |

NBHS Basketball Coach Makes Connection with City Youth

The New Britain Parks and Recreation Department is combining forces with the NBHS athletic department to stage a boys basketball clinic that administrators feel has implications ranging far beyond sport. Mayor Timothy Stewart, commission chairman Jamie Giantonio and vice chairman Paul Shaker announced Sept. 27 that the Parks and Recreation Department is accepting more...

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Pigskin Predictions

By at October 7, 2011 | 10:45 am |

Pigskin Predictions

Last week I went 13 and 3 in my picks. So far this year I am 42-18. A lot of you don’t know that I started my journalism career as a sports editor. I never planned on leaving sports, but went where I was needed. The New York Giants play at home against Seattle at 1 p.m. The inconsistent play of the Giants is frustrating. This game should be all New York. I’m taking more...

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Red Sox Demise Not from Farm Team

By at September 30, 2011 | 10:45 am |

Red Sox Demise Not from Farm Team

In the perennial blame game that local baseball fans play when their favorite teams go into the kind of slumps that the Red Sox have recently experienced, I heard one recent theory from an erstwhile expert that the team’s “player development machine is broken.” That the Red Sox haven’t developed enough reserve talent at the highest levels of their minor league more...

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Pigskin Predictions

By at September 30, 2011 | 10:30 am |

Pigskin Predictions

I am 29-15 with my picks after week 3. Week 4 holds some really difficult match-ups. The New York Giants are a 4 p.m. start at Arizona. I haven’t been right about the Giants all year. I’ve never been able to figure them out. I’m taking Arizona because it is a long road trip. I would not be surprised, however, to see the Giants win. Arizona 28, New York more...

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Garcia “Confident” in Season Opener

By at September 23, 2011 | 12:00 pm |

Garcia “Confident” in Season Opener

After 15 rollercoaster years of covering New Britain High football, you don’t just walk away without caring. The sounds of “Bingo,” as interpreted by the Golden Hurricanes Marching Band, begin to resonate in my mind as soon as the humid days of August melt away and the harvest moon lights up the night. There are vivid memories of Len Corto’s last two teams more...

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ECHO Keeps New Britain Football Legacy

By at September 23, 2011 | 11:45 am |

ECHO Keeps New Britain Football Legacy

The phenomenon of New Britain High School football uniting the community is steeped in rich history, memories and story-telling, but its continuity was becoming endangered as the city changed. The factories at the center of a blue-collar culture that established New Britain as Hardware City to the World closed down. The diverse ethnic mix has changed. The pace of more...

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Pigskin Predictions

By at September 23, 2011 | 11:15 am |

Pigskin Predictions

I was 9-5 last week putting my total so far this year at 18-9. Not too bad. Let’s see what week 3 looks like. The New York Giants travel to Philadelphia at 1 p.m. to see a very good Eagles team. This game depends on if Michael Vick plays. Vick suffered a concussion last week. I’m picking the Eagles, but that is contingent on Vick playing. Keep an eye out on more...

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