Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Of Thabeet, Trains and T.O.

Hasheem Thabeet has been named the United States Basketball Writers Association District I Player of the Year and Jim Calhoun Coach of the Year. (District I represents Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut).

Jeff Adrien and A.J. Price also made the All-District Team. Joining them is Boston College's Joe Trapani, a Madison resident and Daniel Hand High graduate, and Vermont's Mike Trimboli, a Norwalk resident and Trinity Catholic grad.

Here's the list:

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Hasheem Thabeet, Connecticut
COACH OF THE YEAR
Jim Calhoun, Connecticut
ALL-DISTRICT TEAM
Jeff Adrien, Connecticut; Jimmy Baron, Rhode Island; Weyinmi Efejuku, Providence; Tony Gaffney, Massachusetts; Ricky Harris, Massachusetts; A.J. Price, Connecticut; Tyrese Rice, Boston College; Hasheem Thabeet, Connecticut; Joe Trapani, Boston College; Mike Trimboli, Vermont



***Metro-North will make things a little bit easier for UConn fans traveling from New Haven to New York City to see the Huskies in the Big East tournament.

Select inbound afternoon trains from New Haven will have additional cars for Thursday’s game. For the late night return to New Haven, two trains will have additional cars. The same pattern would pertain to Friday night if UConn wins on Thursday.

For Saturday’s championship game, two inbound afternoon trains from New Haven will have extra cars if UConn is playing. In addition, an extra train will depart New Haven at 5:45 p.m. and arriving at Grand Central at 7:20 p.m. (This is in addition to the regular 5:55 p.m. departure.)

After the game, an extra train will depart Grand Central at 12:12 a.m., arriving New Haven at 2:01 AM. (This is in addition to regular 12:22 a.m. departure.)

***Every now and then you learn something from ESPN. Very rarely, but it does happen.

This morning, for instance, I learned that Calhoun once coached against Terrell Owens. Yup, that Terrell Owens -- T.O. himself. Owens was on the Tennessee-Chattanooga team that UConn crushed, 100-71, in an opening-round NCAA tournament game on March 16, 1995 out in Salt Lake City. (Maybe this is common knowledge to UConn fans, but it's new to me).

T.O.'s line? 0-0 FG, 0-0 FT, 1 rebound in 1 minute of play. And no doubt, plenty of yelling at his coaches for not playing him enough, and his point guard for not getting him the ball.

1 Comments:

Blogger Todd Parmelee said...

I like the factoid about T.O.

7:24 PM 

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