Welcome to our first beat writer bite, our new series where we get a few minutes with a beat writer from UConn Football’s upcoming opponent. This week we talk with Bob Asmussen of the News Gazette about the upcoming UConn-Illinois football game on September 7.
This episode features an interview with Andrew Krasny. Andrew is a Tennis Channel Host, Presenter, Emcee and Announcer, and the “voice” of the Oracle Challenger Series. Andrew talks about what the OCS is, what fans can expect to see at the tournament, his career in tennis media and more.
This episode features an interview with the new men’s basketball coach at Fairfield University, Jay Young. Coach Young talks with us about his journey to becoming a head coach, breaks down the 2019-20 roster and describes the type of program he is trying to build at Fairfield.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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This episode features an interview with Kevin Streelman, PGA Tour player and 2014 Travelers Championship winner. We talk about what life on the PGA Tour is like, his favorite guys to play with, and what it was like to set a PGA Tour record en route to his 2014 Travelers Championship win.