John Holt: CIAC and Sports Media

This episode features an interview with former WFSB Sports Anchor John Holt who now works for the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC). We talk about his time covering sports for WFSB along with the work he’s doing for CIAC, including the new documentary he created on high school winter sports in Connecticut.

Mechelle Voepel: The Future of UConn Women’s Basketball

A lot has been said about what the move to the Big East means for UConn Football and Men’s Basketball, but what impact does this have on Geno Auriemma and the UConn Women’s Basketball program? Mechelle Voepel of ESPN joins us to talk about what this move means for UConn Women’s Basketball, how the Big East sets up UConn Women’s Basketball for the post Geno era, the impact of playing in the Big East vs. the American.

Connecticut Sports Summer Reading

As much as we want you to keep listening to our podcasts there is something about summer that draws everyone to a book. Here are some recommendations to get your Connecticut sports fill:

September 1918: War, Plague and the World Series
Skip Desjardin

Back around the 2018 World Series, we featured an episode with Connecticut resident Skip Desjardin, author of September 1918: War, Plague and the World Series. In the book you’ll be introduced to a young Babe Ruth, learn about the impact that World War I had on baseball, and most interestingly to me, a pay dispute that almost brought the World Series to a premature end.

Listen to Skip talk about the book >>

Inside the Empire: The True Power Behind the New York Yankees
Bob Klapsich and Paul Solotaroff

Since I plugged the Red Sox in the book above I have to recommend something for the Connecticut Yankees fan. I don’t usually pre-order books, but as soon as I saw an excerpt from this one in the New York Post I had to pre-order. Based on the 2018 baseball season you’ll get an inside look at how the Yankees franchise is run.

 

From the Outside: My Journey Through Life and the Game I Love
Ray Allen 

While the book highlights Ray’s entire basketball career, UConn fans we’ll particularly enjoy the chapter about his time at UConn including some great insight into how Jim Calhoun ran his team. Along with Coach Calhoun, Ray tells some great stories about his UConn teammates including Doron Sheffer and Donyell Marshall.

 

The Game: Harvard, Yale, and America in 1968
George Howe Colt

Here’s another one for anyone who likes some history intertwined with their sports books. Colt writes about the iconic 1968 Harvard Yale football game against the backdrop of the Vietnam War and other events taking place in America at the time. The book gives an interesting look at one of the football match-ups we look forward to each year.

 

Play by Play
Verne Lundquist

I read this book back in November while prepping for our episode with Verne. While it might not be Connecticut specific, there are plenty of allusions to the things we love here — college basketball, golf, and more. From football being played at the Yale Bowl to Jim Calhoun, Verne gives insight into his storied broadcasting career. For anyone looking to get outside the Connecticut sports scene, Verne has it all covered for you.

Listen to Verne talk about the book and his experiences with Connecticut sports >>

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