Wednesday, January 11, 2012

XL Center

The XL Center -- formerly the "Hartford Civic Center" -- is in the middle of downtown Hartford.  The columns in the space outside the arena are wrapped in sports photos, including this photo of Diana Taurasi.  Taurasi led the UConn women's basketball team to three consecutive national championships (2002 - 2004).  When the coach was asked why he thought Connecticut would win, he answered "We have Diana and they don't."

20 comments:

PerthDailyPhoto said...

She was their 'secret weapon' hey Jack, just not so secret!! How nice it must be to be so super fit and top in your game, although a lot of pressure too I bet.

If you think Kalamunda sounds interesting Jack, we used to live in a suburb called Innaloo, which was originally Njookenboora meaning swamp in Aboriginal talk but was considered too hard to pronounce (no really!!)..and that's just the tip of the iceberg haha!

VP said...

Great place! She is clearly of Italian ancestry, but I think it is spelled 'Taurasi'.

Luis Gomez said...

Love your first shot Jack. It is a great portrait of an action shot describing Diana.

Sharon said...

And now, we say something similar here in Phoenix. She is the star of the Phoenix Mercury's.

Cezar and Léia said...

A beautiful homage for this talented girl!
Great pictures!
Léia

Sylvia K said...

A talented young woman indeed and great shots for the day as always, Jack! I like the columns wrapped in sports photos! Hope you have a great day!

Sylvia

RedPat said...

Good to recognize the athletes that way especially a female college athlete!

joo said...

This place is great with these photos!

Halcyon said...

Why is it called the XL center? Does that stand for something?

Jack said...

XL is a big global insurance company. It has a big presence in Hartford.

Lowell said...

XL is extra large and would naturally have a big presence. Not as big as XXL but big.

This could have been titled "The Power of One." Sometimes, for good or ill, one person makes a huge difference in this world.

Dianne said...

She must be an amazing athlete Jack - I must Google her!

cieldequimper said...

I'd prefer photos of rugbymen :-)!

Cildemer said...

He he he! At first I thought you had taken a photo of the real lady playing!
Thanks for sharing, Jack;o)

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Regina K said...

Nice to see a secret weapon as a woman.

Michelle a.k.a. Farmchick said...

Nice to see some recognition of the female species.

Randy said...

Great shot!

Halcyon said...

Thanks Jack. You seem to have a lot of insurance companies there!

Kate said...

She must be a pretty special, strong, and talented player.

Birdman said...

Saw UCONN vs IU game here a few years back. IU nipped them. We GOT nosebleeds.