Rogers Rave Reviews: CT Sun, Australian Bee Gees, and Susan James

by Roger Zotti

CT Rebounds

After the Indiana Fever embarrassed the Sun, May 27, CT’s Barbara Turner said, “It’s something that we watch and correct…Our response to this is on Friday [May 30].” So, what happened Friday against the New York Liberty? A nail-biting 89-85 victory, that’s what.

At the end of the first quarter, CT was up, 27-15, but then came the turnovers, nineteen in all. Make no mistake, New York capitalized. After the game, Sun Head Coach Mike Thibault, said: “We were good for a long stretch, then all of a sudden… I don’t have an answer [for those turnovers].” Point guard Lindsay Whalen added, “[We have] to take care of the ball…There are some really disappointing things to take away from the night. We need to work on those things.”

Sun point guard Jamie Carey sank three clutch three-pointers and scored a season-high 11 points. One reason for her strong offensive showing was that Coach T. told her to shoot more often. “…he told me [that] right before the ball went up,” Jamie said. “When I came here, I was very liberated by how free you are as a shooter. If you can shoot the ball, shoot the ball…”

Fast forward to June 1. An away game against the Chicago Sky. A 75-73 CT win. Tamika Whitmore and Lindsay Whalen each had 19 points, while rookie Amber Holt scored 11 and snagged 5 rebounds. Key was the Sun’s 16 for 20 foul shooting.

The Austalian Bee Gees

June 1 was a busy day for Mike Weltman of North Hampton, MA. First, there was baseball: An Eastern League/Double A game in New Britain between the Trenton Thunder, the Yankees’ affiliate, and the New Britain Rock Cats, the Minnesota Twins’ farm club. Trenton’s Austin Jackson belted in seven runs, in a 9-3 victory. Then Mike traveled to the Mohegan Sun Casino for the Australian Bee Gees: Stayin’ Alive concert.

If you’re wondering about the Australian Bee Gees, they’re Michael Clift (as Barry Gibb), David Scott (as Robin Gibb), and Wayne Hosking (as Maurice Gibb). On bass guitar is Tony Richards; on drums and vocals, Mike Mitchell. What a show they put on! In Mike’s words, “No frills. Just that great Bee Gees’ harmony and all their hits. And on the big screen, the videos of the guys in concert worldwide and, near the end, clips of Barry, Robin, and Maurice. Tribute bands don’t get any better.”

Highlights: A medley – which included “Heartbreak,” “Run to Me,” and “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” – with vocals from Michael (on guitar, too), Wayne, and David. (Drummer Tony and bass guitarist Mike took a break)…My favorite Bee Gees’ tunes are “Massachusetts” and “I Started a Joke,” performed by the guys from Australia. Check the latter’s lyrics: “I looked at the skies, running my hands over my eyes/ I fell out of bed, hurting my head from things that I said./ Till I finally died, which started the whole world living,/ Oh, if I’d only seen that the joke was on me.” (On one hand, maybe Mel Brooks wrote them; on the other, Albert Camus.)

A few facts about the “English Bee Gees”: 974 top forty hits in worldwide charts. Twenty U.S. number one hits. 13 U.K. number one hits. Two hundred number one chart positions worldwide. Enough said!

Susan Jones

Susan Jones, author of the poignant “Until We Meet Again,” is one of the three finalists for the 2008 Benjamin Franklin Book Awards in the Children’s Picture Book category. The ceremony took place at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, Los Angeles, CA, May 29. Susan, a Norwich resident, was interviewed in these pages several months ago.