Author Tim Delehaunty

20 entries

Iona Gets Back in the New York Groove

I took my ten year-old son Ian for our first live look at Iona this season. On the coldest day in January, we made the walk along North Avenue past the Mirage Diner to the Hynes Athletic Center on the Iona campus. The Gaels, taking the floor for the first time since their buzzer beating loss to Manhattan on Thursday,...

Lafayette Enforces Order at Holy Cross

If you could not make it to Worcester, Mass., for the Patriot League game between Lafayette and Holy Cross, if, say, you were in the hospital about to have your gall bladder removed, as was true for my usual companion in at the Hart Center, my father, you might call yourself lucky -- especially if you were a Holy...

Mismatched in Bridgeport

I went with my ten-year old son Ian to Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT where Fairfield hosted Iona. The guest Gaels, at 7-2 in the MAAC, were tied for the conference lead but looking a little less fearsome as they came off a loss to Siena. The host Stags, at 5-3, had won two in a row after early conference...

Iona at Manhattan 2/4/2012

Walking up West 242nd Street toward Manhattan College in the Bronx on Saturday night made our little group, two dads and three sons, feel like we'd caught up to the leading edge of New York City's excitement. The Iona Gaels were down from New Rochelle to play the Manhattan Jaspers, both teams' rosters full of...

EVEN TERMS: AMERICAN AT HOLY CROSS

I am a Holy Cross graduate and a Worcester native. I have skipped all of my reunions. But I have attended games in the Hart Center since it opened in 1975 when I was seven. I come back for the solace of the building and because my father is waiting with an extra ticket. I had not seen the Crusaders in the second...

Driveway Basketball: Bucknell at Holy Cross

Ian and I came once again to the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass., on top of the hill where it always feels four or five degrees colder than the rest of the city. We walked past the statue of Bob Cousy to see Holy Cross host Bucknell. Ian limped slightly (and sometimes tragically), having fallen that morning while...

Iona's Last Act

The cradle of basketball played host to the MAAC conference tournament, although no one in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts seemed to know. As my ten year-old son Ian and I walked around outside the ...

Patsos Primer: MAAC Semi-Finals

The concourse around the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, Mass. was still rumbling with Iona's unexpected loss to Fairfield in the first MAAC semi-final when Siena's Owen Wignot jumped out of the Siena zone, stole a pass, and soloed for a dunk to begin the second semi. Wignot's play established Siena's plan...

Cash Only at the CIT: RMU at Fairfield

MAAC tournament champion Loyola was done. NEC conference champion LIU Brooklyn was done. At-large NCAA bid Iona was done. Even Quinnipiac, playing in the CBI, was done. Yet somehow Fairfield and Robert Morris had a meaningfulbasketball game to play: the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.comTournament. And...

The Mercer Answer: CIT Semi-Finals

I. And so here came the Mercer Bears from Georgia, of the Atlantic Sun Conference, to play Fairfield in the semi-finals of the Collegeinsider.com Tournament. As fans in the northeast - followers of the MAAC, the NEC, the Patriot - we didn't know anything about Mercer, and the shot clock violation they committed...

The Wish is In

I don't know why my 11 year-old son Ian was willing to ride along with me into Harlem to see two teams predicted to finish in the middle of the pack in their respective leagues, but I'm glad he was. I know what motivated me: a wish for diversion. With days getting darker and temperatures colder, I needed the excitement...

Welcome to the Mid-Majority

Dear Hoops Fan, I love sports hype. And if you are riding the web looking for information about college basketball, you probably love the hype too. Your browser beats a well-worn path to the usual suspects, where the game we follow is packaged by corporate partners that want us to live in a televised fantasy....

Traveling

My family decides to break up a 400 mile post-Thanksgiving drive from Virginia to Connecticut with a stop in Easton, Pennsylvania to see Princeton play at Lafayette. This is how we make the decision: I convince Ian, my eleven year-old son and usual game companion, who persuades his mother, who talks our daughter...

Baby, Baby

I am 44, and I haven't held a baby in a long time. But Johan puts his youngest daughter in my arms after we've finished eating on Raymond Avenue so he can bring the car around. The calmest little child. Her quiet, brown-eyed stare follows her father out of the restaurant. I, of course, am antsy. We are going to...

Good Guys

The Fairfield-Drexel game begins with a moment of silence for the victims of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, twenty-five miles up the road. Earlier in the day, my eleven year-old son's game also started with a moment of silence; Ian and his fifth grade teammates stood awkwardly in their baggy uniforms....

The Sleepwalk

My eleven year-old Ian and I wake early enough on New Year's Day to walk the hundreds of steps at Manhattan College, up past the banners of priests in front of O'Malley library, up through the tight quadrangle, to reach Draddy Gymnasium. We find general admission seats under the basket in the second row. When...

The Shotmakers

My eleven year-old Ian and I immediately recognize Fairfield's Marcus Gilbert when he ambles to the half court line in Hynes Athletic Center in New Rochelle, New York for the opening tip against Iona. The spider-like limbs and thin mustache can belong to no one else. But we don't trust our eyes. We've never seen...

School Night

During the Monday holiday, my eleven year-old Ian and I are watching the Knicks on television when we see the ad for that night's Fairfield-Loyola game. The spot features Fairfield players dunking, although the moves do not happen in game situations; the empty blue seats of the Webster Bank Arena show prominently...

The Misfire

Johan calls to say he has to get out of the house. He plans to drop in on the game between Hartford University and Boston University in West Hartford. "It's basketball alumni day," Johan says, "and Vin Baker will be there." Baker is the local phenom from nearby Old Saybrook, a one-time Celtic, Sonic, and Buck,...

Blown Out

I hope for big things making the drive to New Haven with a carload of fifth grade boys to see Yale host Columbia. My son Ian's friend Desmond is turning eleven. In the back seats the five boys talk about the NBA all-star weekend. They play a simple memory game, taking turns naming a current NBA player as quickly...

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