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Not a lot of game action to talk about in the past week other than the Huskies’ second-half runaway from Stanford. Interesting thing about that is peoples’ different takes on what it means.

Some folks are pointing out that UConn looked “human” in the first half, and that is what opponents should focus on. I say that’s fine, because opponents have to focus on something hopeful. But not to go all coach-cliche here, however … what’s that irritating thing coaches always say about games lasting 40 minutes?
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This has happened before. Lots of times. UConn goes through chunks of its schedule not playing anyone of note, and so the results of the Huskies’ games just kind of blend in with all the other blowout results across the country.

Then the Huskies play a team that really is supposed to test them … but it doesn’t happen. They pound them, too. It happened that way last season when both UConn and North Carolina entered a game in Chapel Hill, N.C., unbeaten … and then the Huskies won by 30.
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You know the feeling when it’s just four days before that one holiday where, sometimes, you buy stuff for people or send cards …  and yet you have not really done any of that?

Oh, no, I don’t know that feeling, either. Ha-ha. Nope, not me. My motto is, “Always think at least two months ahead.”

Well, that is my motto starting today, actually, which means I should have any gifts purchased and cards sent no later than Feb. 25. That way I can just add in another major holiday like Presidents Day, too.
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What’s in a name?

You’ve probably heard by now that Tennessee coach Pat Summitt decided to put her players’ names back on their jerseys. In fact, if you would have been near my house around 6 p.m. Central time Wednesday, you would have literally “heard” about it because I was yelling,”Look at that! Look at that! The names! The names!” when I tuned into the Tennessee-Louisville game.

Certainly, there are people who couldn’t care less about this topic. Which I suppose I understand. But what I don’t get at all is anyone who actively opposes names on jerseys. I loathe that saying, “The only name that matters is the one on the front of the jersey.”

I mean, seriously, I can’t stand that. It goes against everything I love about sports and even why I became a sports writer. The individual does matter. Being on a team should never mean giving up your identity. It should mean blending your identity with other identities to pursue a common goal.
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One of my nephews once brought up the Loch Ness Monster, a topic that delighted me … but forced me to admit that as desperately as I’d like to believe it’s real, I don’t actually think it is.

“Oh, no, it’s real,” he said solemnly. “I saw it on Yahoo, and Yahoo knows almost everything.”

OK, well, who am I to doubt the all-knowing Yahoo?
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Want to start a Monday feature here on the blog: Looking at the past week, and also including my Associated Press ballot to attract ridicule.

*- TIGER ISSUES: No, not you-know-who. Rather, this is about what’s going on at Missouri, where senior starters Jessra Johnson and Amanda Hanneman were suspended after being arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault regarding a dispute with fellow student Justin Short, who is an MU cheerleader.
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Recently, I wrote a piece for ESPN.com about how the Big 12 had started the season, and I left Missouri out. Why? Well, it was sort of intentionally unintentional, if that makes any sense.

I started writing the story and planned only to hit the league’s highlights, not make it some 40-inch-long wade through the entire league. And when I was done, it wasn’t 40 inches  … it was 50. (Cough). So I sliced Missouri. Because I thought, sadly, “Who is going to mind? Who is wildly curious to know my thoughts on the Tigers’ performance so far?”
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