<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Dog House]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/blogs/dog-house http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usSat, 23 Sep 2017 05:24:24 -0400Sat, 23 Sep 2017 05:24:24 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Schedule for 2 UConn Football Games Altered Due to Irma ]]> Thu, 14 Sep 2017 10:32:51 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/uconn+football_generic+shot.jpg

Two changes have been made to UConn’s football schedule because of Hurricane Irma, which caused devastation in the south. 

The American Athletic Conference announced Thursday that UConn will now host East Carolina on Sunday, Sept. 24 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field at noon. The game was originally scheduled for Nov. 4. 

The game will be on Sunday because Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field is unavailable Saturday because of a previously scheduled event.  

UConn will now host South Florida on Nov. 4 and play the game that was originally scheduled for Sept. 9. 

“I am grateful to the American Athletic Conference and its league members for their hard work and cooperation in making this change possible,” UConn Director of Athletics David Benedict said in a statement. “Finding a way to play our complete schedule was very important to our team, our fans and we all appreciate the amount of time and effort spent over the past several days to get this accomplished. We look forward to seeing UConn Nation out in force at the Rent on September 24.” 

Tickets bought for the original East Carolina game will be honored on Sept. 24 and tickets for the original USF game will now be honored on Nov. 4. 

For additional ticket information about exchanges or any other transactions will be available via UConnHuskies.com and other UConn Huskies social media outlets. 

UConn will travel to Virginia this weekend for a Saturday, Sept. 16 contest against the Cavaliers. The game kicks off at noon.



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<![CDATA[UConn's Game Against University of South Florida Canceled]]> Thu, 07 Sep 2017 18:56:52 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/uconn+usf+football_fixed.jpg

UConn football was set to play the University of South Florida (USF) at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford on Saturday, but the game has been canceled. 

“Obviously we are disappointed for our team and our fans at the cancellation of a home game,” Director of Athletics David Benedict said. “Our thoughts are with USF and all of the areas in the path of this storm. We wish them all the best as they deal with this terrible storm and are here ready to assist in any way that we can.”

Officials from both schools and from the American Athletic Conference discussed options and originally decided to move the kick-off time to 10:30 a.m. from the original noon start time, according to a release from UConn. 

However, on Thursday, it was announced that the game was canceled. 

“I know both our team and USF were excited about a chance to play this weekend,” UConn head coach Randy Edsall said. “We certainly are disappointed, but clearly understand that this is something totally out of everyone’s control. I hope that Coach Strong, his team and the entire community impacted by this storm remain safe and know that we are thinking about them as they deal with this.”

UConn will provide details next week to all USF game ticket holders regarding future ticket options due to the cancellation.

USF is located in Tampa, Florida.



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<![CDATA[Hurricane Irma Impacts UConn Home Game Against USF]]> Wed, 06 Sep 2017 15:18:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/uconn+usf+football_fixed.jpg

UConn football is set to play the University of South Florida at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford on Saturday, but Hurricane Irma is affecting the game.

Officials from both schools and from the American Athletic Conference discussed options and have decided to move the kick-off time to 10:30 a.m. from the original noon start time, according to a release from UConn.

USF is located in Tampa, Florida.

Officials will keep an eye on any significant changes in Irma that could affect USF's travel plans.

Another option that was discussed was to cancel the game, but UConn and USF don't have a common bye week to reschedule, according to officials.

Tailgate lots will open at 6 a.m. for season ticket holders and at 6:30 a.m. for general ticket holders.



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<![CDATA[UConn Women's Non-Conference Schedule Includes Defending Champs]]> Tue, 05 Sep 2017 14:03:14 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/geno+auriemma+uconn+mississippi+state.jpg

The UConn women's basketball team announced its non-conference schedule for the season on Tuesday, and it includes current National Champions South Carolina.

The Huskies will play 13 non-conference games in all, according to the university.

They will open the season on November 12 against Stanford, one of only two teams to beat them in the past four years. The other team was Mississippi State, which beat UConn on a buzzer-beater in the Final Four in April. That loss ended Uconn's 111-game winning streak.

UConn faces Maryland on November 19 before heading out on a West Coast swing over the Thanksgiving holiday, which includes a game against UCLA on November 21.

The Huskies will square off against longtime rivals Notre Dame as part of the Jimmy V Women's Classic on December 3.

Defending national champion South Carolina will host UConn in Columbia, S.C. on February 1, 2018. UConn beat South Carolina during the regular season earlier this year before the Gamecocks went on to win the title in April by beating Mississippi State.

Here is a full list of non-conference games for 2017-2018:

  • November 12 - Stanford (Columbus, OH)
  • November 17 - California
  • November 19 - Maryland
  • November 21 - at UCLA
  • November 25 - Michigan State (Eugene, OR)
  • November 28 - at Nevada
  • December 3 - Notre Dame
  • December 8 - at Depaul
  • December 19 - Oklahoma (Mohegan Sun)
  • December 22 - Duquesne (Toronto, Ontario)
  • January 15 - at Texas
  • February 1 - at South Carolina
  • February 12 - Louisville



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<![CDATA[UConn Football Season Opens at Home Against Holy Cross]]> Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:11:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/uconn+football_generic+shot.jpg

UConn football season is back and the Huskies play at home tonight against the Holy Cross Crusaders.

This also marks the return of Coach Randy Edsall, who led UConn’s football team from 1999 to 2010.

The game starts at 7:30 p.m. at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. http://www.uconnhuskies.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/083117aaa.html

This is UConn’s 119th season of football.



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<![CDATA[Chick-Fil-A Coming To 'The Rent' For UConn Football Games]]> Wed, 30 Aug 2017 14:50:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Chick-FIl-A.png

UConn football fans will have some new food options at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field this season - including Chick-Fil-A.

The popular fast-food restaurant will have a concession booth on the concourse of the stadium, according to a release from Spectra Venue Management.

Chick-Fil-A will sell some of its signature items, including the Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich, Grilled Cool Wrap and Chick-Fil-A Waffle Chips.

Chick-Fil-A won't be the only new food this season. There are several new items being added to the menu at The Rent this year.

New offerings include a Husky Burger, Randy Edsall Burrito Bowl, Bacon Jalapeno Mac & Cheese, Fried Pickle Chips, a Mexi Bratwurst Sandwich, and a Fully Loaded Baked Potato.

Local favorite Chowder Pot will also be offering clam chowder.

UConn's first game is Thursday night against Holy Cross at Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford.



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<![CDATA[5 Former UConn Huskies to Start WNBA All-Star Game ]]> Wed, 12 Jul 2017 11:51:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Sue-Bird.jpg

Five former UConn Huskies have been named to start the 2017 WNBA All-Star game.

Sue Bird, of the Seattle Storm, has been named to her record-tying 10th All-Star selection. She now shares that distinction with Tamika Catchings.

Diana Taurasi, Maya Moore, Tina Charles and Tiffany Hayes join Bird as the other former Huskies named to the All-Star starting lineups. Moore was the overall vote-getter among fans, according to a UConn news release.

Players are selected by fans, media and other WNBA players.

The WNBA All-Star game will be played on July 22 and KeyArena in Seattle.



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<![CDATA[No First Night Festivities for UConn Basketball This Year]]> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 15:14:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/uconn+fans+gampel.jpg

Uconn's annual First Night basketball activities won't be happening this year.

That's because of repair work that is being done on the roof and ceiling of Gampel Pavilion.

The $10 million upgrade project began just after UConn's commencement in May and will continue until the end of October, according to the university.

The repairs will be done in time for the start of the basketball season, but not in time for First Night, a date in mid-October when the NCAA allows official basketball activities to begin.

In the past, UConn has held joint festivities with both the men's and women's teams for fans who wanted to come and watch.

Gampel was built in 1990.

The building's roof was in need of repair to replace the roof and ceiling panels, which had become worn and the exterior sealant on the dome was wearing off, leading to some leaks, UConn said.

The women's volleyball team, which also uses Gampel, will play its home games at Guyer Gym in the Hugh S Greer Field House for the fall 2017 season.

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<![CDATA[UConn Football to Face BC at Fenway in Primetime]]> Wed, 07 Jun 2017 16:14:42 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-520535618.jpg

UConn football will play Boston College in Primetime in the Fenway Gridiron Series this upcoming season.

The game will take place November 18 at 7 p.m. at Fenway Park, according to news releases from UConn and Fenway Sports Management.

"When we announced this event, we promised a first class experience for our alumni and fans," David Benedict, UConn Athletic Director, said. "This is a great opportunity for our fan base to show its support for the program, sell our complete offering of tickets, and turn Boston into UConn Nation."



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<![CDATA[Geno to Participate in Free Autograph Session at Mohegan Sun]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 18:12:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/468870330.jpg

UConn Women's Basketball Coach Geno Aureimma will participate in a free autograph session and Q&A discussion at Mohegan Sun on Thursday, May 25.  The Q&A session will be moderated by former UConn and now CT Sun star Morgan Tuck.

The event is part of Mohegan Sun's "Signings & Sightings" series of events.  The event with Geno starts at 6 p.m. at The Shops at Mohegan Sun concourse.

The session is first-come, first-serve with Geno able to sign one piece of memorabilia per person.  There will be headshots distributed at the event that he will be able to sign if you do not bring any memorabilia.

Geno will not be personalizing items or taking personal photos, according to the event's website.

Fore more information, visit the Mohegan Sun event page.



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<![CDATA[UConn Men's Soccer Team Host Youth Clinic in South Windsor]]> Sat, 15 Apr 2017 14:09:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/UCONN-V-UNH.jpg

The UConn Men’s soccer team held a youth soccer clinic in South Windsor Saturday, complete with a game against the University of New Hampshire.

The clinic began at 10:45 a.m. Huskies will face off against UNH at 1 p.m. at South Windsor High School. The event is free.

The South Windsor event was one of three clinics this season presented by ProHealth Physicians, and was open to children ranging in age from 5 to 13.

Another clinic is scheduled for Friday, April 21 at Vernon Center Middle School at 6 p.m. For more information, visit the UConn Huskies website. 



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<![CDATA[UConn Women Get Send-Off to Final 4]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:23:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/UConn+send+off+2.jpg

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<![CDATA[UConn Coach’s Speech Getting Attention Year Later ]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:12:03 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_684250709082.jpg

Coach Geno Auriemma, for the UConn Women’s Basketball team, spoke at a press conference during the 2016 Final Four about the importance of values on the court. 

Auriemma’s philosophy has been receiving attention on the internet even a year later, according to the NCAA.

Having won 109 games in a row, Auriemma has much to be proud about. Yet, his words of wisdom from this 2016 conference highlight that he still cares about how his players behave.

"We put a huge premium on body language," Auriemma said. "And if your body language is bad, you will never get in the game. Ever. I don't care how good you are."

Auriemma looked back on a game where he benched Seattle Storm and All-American Breanna Stewart.

"It was because she was acting like a 12-year-old," the coach said."I would rather lose than watch the way some kids play."

He said he doesn't want his players to only think about themselves when they're in the game.

"'Me, me, me. I didn't score, so why should I be happy?'" Auriemma said. "That's the world that we live in today, unfortunately."

Auriemma and the Huskies are currently in the third round of the NCAA tournament and are seeking a fifth straight national title, the NCAA said. His way of coaching emphasizes good sportsmanship from his players. “I’d rather lose than watch some kids play the way they play.”



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<![CDATA[Storrs Ranks Among Best Cities for College Basketball Fans]]> Mon, 06 Mar 2017 10:10:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ap_17063738389678-crop.jpg

Storrs has made the list for one of the best cities for college basketball fans, according to a new WalletHub study.

The study focused on NCAA teams. Storrs ranked ninth out of the 291 cities considered in the analysis, which looked at seven key factors including the number of teams per city, winning percentage of each team, stadium capacity and social-media engagement. When the data was broken down by population size, Storrs ranked in at number five for cities with a population fewer than 100,000 people.

Storrs tied for first for most engaged college basketball fans with the likes of Chapel Hill, NC, Lawrence, Kan., Bloomington, Ill., East Lansing, Mich., and Morgantown, W. Va.

It wasn’t all good news for Connecticut. New Britain ranked dead last in the study, making it the worst city of college hoops fans, according to their analysis.

College basketball is big money – an estimated $9.2 billion was wagered on the 2016 NCAA tournament.

The top ten best cities for college basketball fans, according to the study, are as follows:

 

  1. 1 Chapel Hill, NC
  2. 2 Los Angeles, CA
  3. 3 Durham, NC
  4. 4 Bloomington, IN
  5. 5 Philadelphia, PA
  6. 6 East Lansing, MI
  7. 7 Lawrence, KS
  8. 8 Lexington, KY
  9. 9 Storrs, CT
  10. 10 Cullowhee, NC

 

 

The ten worst cities for college basketball fans:

 

  1. New Britain, CT
  2. Tampa, FL
  3. Peoria, IL
  4. Daytona Beach, FL
  5. Clinton, SC
  6. Hackensack, NJ
  7. Riverside, CA
  8. Lynchburg, VA
  9. Poughkeepsie, NY
  10. Ithaca, NY
For more information on the study, click here.



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