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The Morning Dish – Thursday, September 11th

A moment of silence here in Hoopville to honor the victims of the September 11th attacks.

  In Appreciation . . .

I just read for the first time the tribute you paid to my late brother, Dan. I just wanted to say “Thanks”. He really was quite a wonderful individual as well as athlete. Danny was my best man at my wedding in 1984, the year he was drafted by the Celtics. We miss him dearly, and I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate the manner in which you have remembered here in Hoopville.

     – Tim Trant


No article of fallen 9/11 hoopers would be complete without the mention of Timmy O’Brien. Timmy played at Hartwick College in th early ’80’s. He left the school as their leading scorer. He was a fine man (as they all were), and a heck of a player. My friend played with him and spoke at a memorial service this past season at halftime of a game.

     – Dan King

Thank you for your beautiful tribute to our beloved son, Tyler, and all of those who were also lost on 9/11. We had received earlier a letter from one of Ty’s high school teachers who wrote some beautiful memories she had of Ty including a conversation she had with him where she asked him why a lot of boy’s in his class where not going out for the team. She said that he told her that they didn’t like the coach. So she
asked him, “What about you?” To which he replied: “It doesn’t matter to me. I just love playing the game.”

At the new Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts (the city Ty was born), there is a permanent tribute inside the Game Gallery which simply says: IN TRIBUTE TO TYLER UGOLYN – “I Just Love Playing The Game”.

     Our warmest regards and appreciation,
     Mr. and Mrs. Ugolyn

Basketball news will return tomorrow.

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