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Holding their championship trophies from the Carteret Fall Fastpitch Softball Tournament are Hamilton Hurricanes 10U Blue All-Stars, kneeling, from left, Mia Land, Becca Bocock, Avery Kontura, Lizzie Kelly, Gracie Gaskill and Johnna Filapponi, and standing, from left, Ciara Donaldson, Gabbie Fonollosa, Alex Haley, Natalie Kozemchak, Bella Truelove and Haley Lestician.
10U Blue Hurricanes win wild Carteret Fall Tournament
Proving that age is just a number, the 14U Hamilton Hurricanes display the trophy they won in the Marlton 16U tournament recently.
Hurricane 14U squad wins Marlton 16U Tournament
Despite losing two of three bracket games and being eliminated from the Babe Ruth World Series Monday, the HGSA 16U team can stand with pride after an outstanding four-year run that included two World Series berths and one title.
The Hamilton 16U Hurricanes had plenty to smile about Sunday as their 11-2 win over Greater Lynn, Mass. put them into bracket play at the Babe Ruth World Series.
Aug. 12 Babe Ruth Softball 16U World Series
Birthday girl hurls 'Canes into bracket play with 4-hitter
Gerri "Bear" Laird and Caitlin Brugnoli happily lead a post-game warm-down for the 16U Hurricanes after their Friday night win over Fern Creek, Ky. It was a little different Saturday as the 'Canes fell to Cashie, N.C. to drop to 1-2 in pool play.
Aug. 11 Babe Ruth 16U Softball World Series
Tough loss for 'Canes leave them in precarious situation
Courtney "The Salad Queen" Whittaker, shown here with Steinert, had two hits and a big two-run double as the Hamilton 16U Hurricanes got a key win in North Carolina Friday (Photo by Ken Weingartner).
Aug. 10 Babe Ruth 16U Softball World Series
Hurricanes nip Fern, Ky. to improve to 1-1 in pool play
After celebrating a Mid-Atlantic Region championship in Egg Harbor last month, the Hamilton 16U Hurricanes are hoping to do the same after this weekend's Babe Ruth World Series in North Carolina.
Aug. 7 Babe Ruth 16U Softball World Series
All grown up, Hurricanes seeking second championship
Hamilton products Karen Prihoda (front row, far left) and Alyssa "Scooter" Brugnoli (back row, second from right) pose with their West Jersey Witches Elite teammates after the team took third in the ASA Tournament in Salem, Va. Prihoda slugged two over the fence during the tournament.
Things are looking up for Caitlin Brugnoli (shown playing for Steinert) and the Hamilton 16U Hurricanes as they just earned their second World Series berth in four years (Photo by Ken Weingartner).
July 25 Babe Ruth Softball
Hurricane 16U vets thrilled to be headed back to Series
The Hamilton 8U Hurricanes show off their banner in Charles County, Md. after winning the Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Regional championship.
Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Regional
Hamilton 8U Hurricanes calm down Inferno to win title
Kelly Keane's dramatic RBI single plated Kasey Giordano with the winning run as the 12U Hurricanes beat Kinnelon, 3-2, Sunday morning (Photo by Victoria D'Antuono).
July 22 Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Super Region
16U 'Canes reach World Series; 12Us fall game short
Alexis Davidson has a throw to first bounce off her head while trying to beat the throw to first during Saturday night's Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Regional game with Exeter (Pa.) in Chester County, Maryland. Fortunately for Alexis, the helmet did its job! (Photo by Victoria D'Antuono)
July 21 Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Softball Super Region
12U 'Canes reach semis; 16U squad goes 4-0 in pool play
Victoria Savelli and the HGSA 12U softball team slid into Chester County Maryland on Thursday and opened Babe Ruth regional play with an 11-1 win Friday morning as Savelli aided the cause with an RBI single (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at firstname.lastname@example.org).
July 20 Babe Ruth Softball Mid-Atlantic Super Region
Danser's paces 12U 'Canes; 16U squad wins twice
The youngest and the oldest Hurricanes got together to celebrate their championships on Monday as both the HGSA 8U and 16U teams won their respective Southern New Jersey Babe Ruth titles.
Babe Ruth SNJ States
HGSA 8Us win it the hard way; 16Us win it by dominating
The scoreboard tells most of the story and the banner and trophy tell the rest as the Hamilton 12U Hurricanes celebrate after winning the Babe Ruth Southern New Jersey state championship with a win over Egg Harbor Township Monday night on their home field (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at email@example.com).
July 9 Babe Ruth SNJ States (12U)
Hurricanes top Egg Harbor for sixth time to win crown!
Coaches hit 100; players kept in dark; and other stuff
Sacred Heart's Matty Palentcdhar slides under the tag of Hamilton catcher Kate Ferlisi in the third inning of Sunday's Babe Ruth state game at HGSA (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at firstname.lastname@example.org).
July 8 Babe Ruth SNJ State Softball
12U Hurricanes one win from crown; 10Us eliminated
Alexis Davidson puts the windmill in motion as she gets set to deliver another unhittable pitch against Egg Harbor Township in Saturday's Babe Ruth SNJ States. Davidson threw a one-hitter to go to 5-0 against EHT (Photo by Victoria D'Antuono).
July 7 Babe Ruth SNJ State Softball
HGSA 12Us beat the heat behind another Davidson gem
Lestician equals Alexis's effort as 10U Hurricanes roll
Hamilton second baseman Sarina Campanella squeezes a pop up for a key second out in the fifth inning of the 12U Hurricanes SNJ State Tournament win over Hopewell Friday night (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at email@example.com).
July 6 SNJ State Tournament (12s)
Comfort, Keane lead Hurricanes past Hopewell in opener
July 6 Babe Ruth SNJ State Softball (10s)
Donaldson-Cerasi provide the runs as Hallam fires gem
Morgan Comfort, shown here during here 10U days, is one of numerous veterans on the HGSA 12U squad that hopes to earn a state championship as one of two Hamilton host teams this weekend (Photo by Ken Weingartner).
July 5 Babe Ruth Softball
10U Blue and 12U Hurricanes host states this weekend
Hurricane 16U squad looks to repeat the magic of 2008
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The Hamilton 12U Hurricanes wear smiles and hold plaques and trophies after winning the Babe Ruth District 1 championship to warm up for next weekend's South Jersey States, which will be held at the HGSA complex.
June 28 Babe Ruth District 1 Softball
Hamilton 12U Hurricanes win title as warm-up for states
June 28 Babe Ruth District 1
Cerasi, Pirozzi help 'Canes 10U Blue get back on track
June 28: Nicole Cerasi got it started. Jess Pirozzi finished it off.
In between, the rest of the Hamilton Hurricanes 10U Blue All-Stars followed their lead.
The 'Canes bounced back from a loss in the Babe Ruth District One Tournament, beating the Cherry Hill Panthers, 18-0, in five innings in an elimination-round game at Sacred Heart CYO in Hainesport tonight.
The win puts the Hurricanes (24-12) back in action Friday evening in the losers' bracket. Four of the seven teams remain alive in the tournament.
Cerasi left Wednesday's loss to Sacred Heart with an injury, but bounced back against Cherry Hill by jump-starting the offense. She crushed the first of her two doubles to left field to open the top of the first inning. She also scored twice, stole a base and led the defense with flawless glove work at second base.
Pirozzi came on to pitch three standout innings of relief work to earn a save and give the win to starter Jess Hallam.
The duo's spark traveled right to some of the other Hurricanes, including offensive standouts Lauren “Daughter of Sponge Bob” Coiante (3-for-3, 4 runs, 3 RBI), Gabbie Fonollosa (2-for-2, run, 4 RBI) and Gracie Gaskill (2-for-2, 2 runs, two RBI).
June 27 Babe Ruth District 1
12U Canes roll into title game with two impressive wins
June 27: The Hamilton 12U Hurricanes came out swinging in pursuit of a Babe Ruth District 1 title.
Hamilton opened the districts by beating host Hopewell Valley, 10-5, in the opener. Morgan Comfort notched the win as she fanned eight and went the distance. Comfort helped her cause by going 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.
Taylor Hawkes was 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI and Alexis Davidson had a single, double and RBI. Lauren Texany had a hit and run scored, while Madison Balke (double, run scored) added some extra punch.
In Game 2, the ‘Canes beat Sacred Heart CYO, 11-1, in four innings in the winners bracket final. Alexis Davidson struck out 10 in four innings, while Sarina Campanella was 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBI. Also contributing were Victoria Savelli (2-for-2, triple, RBI), Kelly Keane (double, run) Kasey Giordano (triple 2 RBI, run), Courtney Danser (run), Brianna Dunmeyer (RBI) and Carli Backlund (run) assisted in the win.
Hamilton will play the Sacred Heart-Hopewell winner in the championship game.
June 27 Babe Ruth District 1
Host Sacred Heart drops 10U ‘Canes into loser’s bracket
They are forced to take the hard route, but the Hamilton Hurricanes 10U Blue All-Stars are not deterred.
Tournament host Sacred Heart defeated the Hurricanes, 9-3, tonight in the winners' bracket of the Babe Ruth District One Tournament in Hainesport.
The loss dropped the Hurricanes to an elimination-round game against Cherry Hill on Thursday. Six of the seven teams remain in the tournament.
Sacred Heart fireballer Kaila Mungo struck out 12 to outduel the Hurricanes' Haley Lestician and Jess Hallam, who were victimized by six errors and five unearned runs.
For the 'Canes, Lauren Coiante led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a walk and turned it into their first run. Lestician and Hallam both had a hit and a run in the fifth.
June 26 Babe Ruth District 1
10U 'Canes explode past Upper Freehold Twp in opener
June 26: There' a talented field of teams in the Babe Ruth District One 10U All-Star Tournament, so the Hamilton Hurricanes Blue All-Stars knew to be focused in their opening-round game tonight.
They were focus, personified.
The 'Canes derailed Upper Freehold Township, 23-0, at the Sacred Heart CYO Complex in Hainesport to advance to play the host squad in a winners' bracket game Wednesday evening.
Manager Pete Lestician's squad banged out 20 hits to back winning pitcher Jess Hallam. Hitting standouts were aplenty, including Natalie Mehl (3-for-3, 2 runs, 4 RBI), Gabbie Fonollosa (3-for-3, run, 3 RBI), Haley Lestician (3-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBI), Lauren “Daughter of Sponge Bob” Coiante (2-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBI) and Ciara Donaldson (2-for-4, 2 hits, 2 RBI).
The Hamilton 8U Hurricanes proudly display their championship trophies after rolling through the District 1 Tournament by outscoring four opponents 46-17 to advance to the Southern NJ Tournament.
June 25 Babe Ruth Softball
8U 'Canes take no prisoners in winning District 1 title
June 23-24 Travel Softball
Hamilton 16U Hurricanes look good at college showcase
The HGSA 8U Hurricanes display their trophies after going 5-0 to claim the Slide Into Summer Tournament in Carteret this past weekend.
June 17 Travel Softball
8U Canes slide into title, gear for Babe Ruth districts
8U Hurricanes demolish foes to win Friendly tourney
The temperature wasn't the only thing heating up in South Brunswick on Sunday. The bats got hot the 8U Hamilton Hurricanes as they outscored their opponents 53-9 in the three-game Friendly Tournament.
Becca Bocock was a lucky 13-for-13 at the plate with eight runs scored and six RBI, while other big bats came from Mia Land (10-for-11, 4 runs, 6 RBI) and Ayanna Stetzick (9-for-10, 5 runs, 7 RBI).
Also contributing for Hamilton were Avery Kontura (9-for-13, 7 runs, 4 RBI), Cierra Acevedo (8-for-10, 7 runs, 2 RBI), Carley Lederman (7-for-10, 4 runs, 2 RBI), Johnna Filipponi (7 hits, 4 runs, 7 RBI), Bella Truelove (7 hits, 5 runs, 4 RBI), Tara Szczepanski (7 hits, 4 runs, 6 RBI), Lizzie Kelly (7 hits, 4 runs, 6 RBI), Kelsey Smith (4 hits, run, RBI) and Gianna Casale (hit, 2 RBI).
Next up for the 8U squad is a trip to Carteret for the Slide into Summer tournament.
Hamilton Township residents (from left) Karen Prihoda, Alissa “Scooter” Brugnoli and Rachel Taylor helped lead the West Jersey Witches Elite softball team to the first USSA Softball championship of the year this past weekend in the Cupid’s Classic in Wilkes Barre, Pa. The team allowed just one run, Prihoda pitched two no-hitters while Brugnoli and Taylor rocked several extra-base-hits.
After a depressing end to the NLDS, Phillies fan Karen Prihoda got some good news over the weekend when she was named the 2011 Finch's 14U Invitational Gold bracket MVP while playing for Diamond Nation in Flemington. Diamond Nation topped 24 teams to capture the first-place trophy. Also on the team was Hamilton’s Alissa “Scooter’ Brugnoli.
HGSA hosting breast cancer awareness event Sept. 17-18
The smiles from within the forest of trophies can mean just one thing - the HGSA 8-year-olds ended their season with a Sid Lee Classic championship.
Hurricanes cap season with crown at Sid Lee Classic
Hurricanes cap season with crown at Sid Lee Classic
July 17 SNJ Babe Ruth States
HGSA 8s must beat old nemesis twice to claim crown
July 16 SNJ Babe Ruth State Softball
HGSA 8s top Egg Harbor to get rematch with N. Burlington
Pete Lestician gets a paycheck for being a teacher but gets sheer joy from coaching the HGSA 8U softball team, which is gearing up for this weekend's state tournament in Millville.
July 14 HGSA 8U Softball
His name is Pete, but call him coach like everyone else
Kasey Giordano had the 12U Hurricanes leaning in the right direction when her sacrifice fly gave HGSA an extra-inning lead, but the three-time state champion couldn't make it a fourth as Millville won two straight today in the Babe Ruth SNJ championship round (Photo by Mark "Paparazzi" Pasierb).
July 12 SNJ Babe Ruth Tournament
HGSA 12U Hurricanes have impressive streak halted
It's hard to tell at this moment if HGSA infielder's Sarina Campanella (left) and Morgan Comfort are perplexed or excited after recording the final out against Millville Sunday, but their expression soon turned to joy as the Hurricane 12s moved within a game of a state title (Photo by Mark "Paparazzi" Pasierb).
July 10 SNJ Babe Ruth Softball
HGSA 12U team wins again, moves nearer to state title
8U 'Canes gear for states by winning hometown crown
Kaley Wise kept her team in the game long enough for a five-run sixth inning make the difference as the 12U Hurricanes won their state opener over Egg Harbor in Millville Saturday (Photo by Mark Pasierb).
July 9 Southern NJ Babe Ruth Softball
Keane's clutch hit paces HGSA 12s to first-round victory
Sarina Campanella drops a run-producing bunt for the HGSA 12U Hurricanes during their victory over Riverfront in the Babe Ruth District 1 Tournament at the HGSA Complex Thursday night (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org).
12U 'Canes Millville bound after blowing through districts
The trophies in hand can mean just one thing, that the HGSA 10U All-Stars are this year’s Babe Ruth District 1 Tournament champion. Enjoying the celebration are Kaylee Whittaker, Katie Ferlisi, Nicole Cerasi, Megan Brugnoli, Cora Bridgers, Iliana Nyktas, Julia Martine, Carli Backlund, Nikayla Harrill, Brianna Dunmeyer, Danielle DeLisa and Victoria Savelli.
'Canes U10s win districts, U8s reach states, U12s in finals
The West Jersey Witches White team captured the NJ 14U Pony Championship this past weekend with three Hamilton girls on the roster, including Karen Prihoda (No. 6), Amanda Ferlisi(No. 5) and Alissa “Scooter” Brugnoli (No. 16). The Witches beat the Cyclones White, Bordentown Bandits, Middleton Flames and Insanity.
HGSA 8U team falls, must beat Northern for championship
Manager Pete Lestician comforted his Hamilton Hurricanes 8U Softball All-Stars by telling them they hadn't lost the Babe Ruth District One Tournament game as much as Northern Burlington went out and won it.
And he was right, as Northern played well in all facets in handing the Hurricanes a 17-7, five-inning loss in the championship round Monday night at Mansfield Community Park.
The result left both teams with one loss in the double-loss-elimination tournament and set up one final game at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Although both teams have qualified for the Southern New Jersey State Tournament as a result of reaching the district championship, Tuesday's game will decide the district champion.
The Hurricanes (16-3) had defeated Northern Burlington, 14-13, in the winner's bracket final on Saturday.
Julia Lydon is a Babe Ruth tournament veteran and also the catalyst from her leadoff spot for the HGSA 12U Blue Hurricanes, who begin District One play at home Monday night (Photo by Mark Pasierb).
June 27 Babe Ruth District One
HGSA 12Us begin quest for a fourth straight series berth
Carli Backlund fires a pitch against Northern Burlington during the HGSA 10U Hurricanes victory in Sunday's Babe Ruth District One winner's bracket final.
June 26 Babe Ruth District One
HGSA 10U Hurricanes move within one win of state berth
Kaylee Whittaker scored twice and hurled the win for the HGSA 10Us in District 1 Babe Ruth play Saturday in Westhampton (Photo by Ken Weingartner).
June 25 Softball
HGSA 10-year-olds win District 1 Babe Ruth opener
HGSA 8s reach district finals with three straight wins
HGSA 8's start Babe Ruth districts thinking defense
The HGSA 8U Softball Travel team proudly wave their championship flag while displaying their trophies after winning the Howell Tournament this past weekend.
Judging by the celebratory expression on Allie Martone's face at the completion of the Sparta Tournament, is their any doubt that the HGSA 12U Blue Travel team added yet another championship award to their trophy case this past weekend (Photo by Mark "The Roving Eye" Pasierb).
HGSA 8's roll to Howell title; 12U Blues win fourth crown
The HGSA Hurricanes 8U All-Stars pose with their second-place trophies from the
Carteret Slide into Summer Tournament. Enjoying the festivities are (front row, from
left) Lizzie Kelly, Johnna Filipponi, Jenna Mastropolo, Christina Weil, Rebecca
Bocock and Katie Philburn; (back row) Haley Lestician, Gracie Gaskill, Madison Rios,
Ciara Donaldson, Alex Haley and Gabbie Fonollosa.
8U 'Canes second in Carteret, draw praise from champs
The HGSA 8U Hurricanes had reason to smile after winning four games in one day to claim the South Brunswick Tournament title. Team members include (bottom row, from left( Johnna Filipponi, Katie Philburn, Christina Weil, Rebecca Bocock, Lizzie Kelly and Jenna Mastropolo; (top row) Gracie Gaskill, Madison Rios, Haley Lestician, Alex Haley, Ciara Donaldson and Gabbie Fonollosa.
8U Hurricanes have good four-tune in winning SB title
Nicki Martone (front and center) is all smiles as she poses with her sister Allie's team, the HGSA 12U Hurricanes, after the ''Canes lent their support to the Miracle League of which Nicki is part of. And when they weren't busy showing youngsters the ropes, Hamilton was winning the Backbreaker Tournament held at its own complex. Helping serve the cause were (front row, from left) Morgan Comfort, Kasey Giordano, Julia Lydon, Sarina Campanella and Allie Martone; (back row) Courtney Danser, Jackie Pasierb, Erykah Mathis, Kaley Wise, Kelly Keane and Alexis Davidson.
12U 'Canes win Backbreaker and help with Miracles
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Jun 14, 2013
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June 14: OK, I’ve learned how to be a good man with a good heart through a series of repetitive days in Punxsutawney, Pa. I was purchased at an auction and got to spend the night with Andie McDowell. When I woke up this morning, “I Got You Babe” was no longer on the radio.
Yes folks, Groundhog Day is over. And if you didn’t see the movie, you have no idea what I just wrote about. Anyway, in laymen’s terms, the blog is back and ready to roll.
And just so you know, since Feb. 2, I predicted Louisville would win the NCAA Tournament and Florida Gulf Coast would reach the Sweet 16. I predicted the Pacers would beat the Knicks in the playoffs, I predicted the Ravens would win the Super Bowl and there would be a power outage at the game; I predicted Nicole Kasian would win the Inaugural Fish Bowl; I predicted Orb would win the Kentucky Derby but not the Preakness or Belmont; I predicted Argo would win Best Picture and I predicted Brian “The Chef” Giallella would get his own show on the Food Network.
I just never wrote it down. But I definitely predicted it. And I still hold out hope for the Chef!
One thing I couldn’t predict, however, is the following item.
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Does anyone besides me find this Athletic Director swap between Hamilton West and Steinert quite perplexing?
OK, let me put it another way. Is there anyone not perplexed by it except for the six school board members who voted for it and the superintendent who defended it?
No one who really cares about this can give comments to the papers or me, or they will be looking for work so quick you’ll see a line of Kool-Aid Stands lined up from Five Points to the Whitehorse Circle with former educators all pouring the beverages. It’s called the “I want to say what I think but I have a family to feed” syndrome.
No one who voted for this gave any comment to the papers that I saw. Only Patty Del Guidice, one of the two who voted against it, gave her opinion as to why it was completely wrong that John Costantino was sent to Hamilton West and Steve Gazdek was sent to Steinert. And she made some darn good points.
Superintendent James Parla said he couldn’t comment, and would only say that sometimes a transfer can lead to a fresh perspective.
A fresh perspective!
Costantino has been at Steinert for less than two years! That’s about enough time to learn where all the lavatories are. I guess after two years he’s burned out and needs to go back to the school where he worked for 15 years.
If you’re gonna make a move and hide behind spin talk, at least make it something believable.
Tweets from students ran rampant once the announcement was tweeted by Fish4scores.
They weren’t happy tweets either. More like stunned tweets. And these are just from the kids, who were wondering what was going on.
Another tid-bit in Mike Macagnone’s interesting Trentonian story about this situation, is that Costantino was never given a reason for this puzzling move. He wanted to stay, they wanted him to go. If a guy is being forced to go somewhere against his wishes, shouldn’t he at least be given a reason?
Maybe there is no reason at all.
At least none that makes any sense.
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I am proud to say I have not watched one hockey game all year, but I watched the equivalent of one the other night when I watched the start of the third period of the Hawks-Bruins Stanley Cup final opening game. I ended up watching a full game plus the third OT and it was awesome.
I really can’t hang with hockey during the season but every year the NHL proves that there really is nothing better than playoff hockey. That’s what happens when referees actually let them play. It gives the drama the chance to gain momentum with non-stop action.
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Here’s a question. How good is Nottingham’s boys track & field team going to be with winter track back in Hamilton Township starting next winter? The Northstars have only gone 27-0 in dual meets without it.
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Speaking of Nottingham, was there a school in the CVC who had a better 1-2 freshman punch in spring sports than the Northstars?
Kristin Hallam was downright awesome as a freshman softball hitter and pitcher, while Grace Dwyer has become quite visible on the New Jersey track & field radar.
When I was at the Group III meet in South Plainfield, writers from papers all over the state were asking me about the standout distance runner.
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For those wondering, the road to Williamsport begins on June 29 when the District 12 Little League gets underway.
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Don’t forget next weekend when the Mercer County American Legion League holds its college showcase at Mercer Park. It’s really a good idea for kids to get seen by college coaches and lets hope it’s successful.
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Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there! Now go cut the grass. Lol!
Feb 2, 2013
Groundhog Day is
Feb. 2: Well, today is Groundhog Day.
And you know what that means? It means I have found a blogging loophole.
For all you people out there -- like Whalen and Costantino and the Baroness -- who insist on telling me I need a new blog just because they don't want to read the old one for 19 straight weeks, I have discovered the answer to my problem.
Again, I reiterate, it is Groundhog Day. And if you saw the Bill Murray movie, you know that Groundhog Day is the same day, over and over and over again.
Therefor, because I am writing this blog today, it gives me carte blanche to leave it up here over and over and over and over again. Moreso than usual. Like. . .forever!
You think you got tired of seeing Phil Alu and Jon Adams at the top of this blog?
You are REALLY gonna hate The Groundhog!
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Just want to pass along good luck wishes to Nottingham junior Josh Lajeunesse, one of the many class acts and key contributors on the Nottingham state champion football team. r Josh recently discovered he needs serious shoulder surgery, which will keep him out of action for four months and unfortunately cause him to miss track season.
"Yeah, but I gotta get ready for football," he said.
Yeah ya do buddy, so good luck on the surgery No. 2 and hope all goes well!
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Speaking of Nottingham football, seems they are taking Fish Bowl 1 quite serious.
"It was nice to win a state football title," said one administrator. "But to say we won both the state title and the Fish Bowl, now that would be something!
We are keeping the administrator anonymous lest he incur the wrath of Coach Adams for linking the two together . .but we know that secretly, the Big Dawg feels the same way! lol
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Speaking of Fish Bowl, I just want to thank everyone for participating. I had hoped to get about 20-30 responses and just run them straight down in a list. But with the great feedback from everyone we got 88 responses (89 counting Donna Brihn's dog) and rand allowed us to turn it into the Fish Bowl.
What's amazing is as a collective group we couldn't pick a winner! 44-44. Wow, a township divided!
Anyway, thanks for taking part in the fun folks, and good luck to you and your team!
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Oh, one other thing. We heard back from Phil Alu (there's that name again!) about his selection of Kyle Kaepernick as Super Bowl MVP.
"Holy crap! Now I know why my Fantasy Football team sucked all year. I was playing Kyle Kaepernck out of West Oak High School in Kalamazoo, Michigan all season and not Colin Kaepernick from the 49ers."
The sad think here is, Kyle Kaepernick even sucked for West Oak High School. And Kalamazoo football is weak!
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I love my mother, but I'll never play her Super Bowl pool again. She asked me to buy five blocks, which I did. She said she would fill them in and mail it to me, which she did.
But rather than scatter my name in different blocks all over the sheet, she wrote it straight down in five blocks.
The result? In all five of my boxes I have Baltimore and nine. Nine! Are you freakin kidding me? So much for having a lot of different chances to win this baby, which of course, is the reason for multiple blocks.
Love ya mom!
Hate your pool!
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OK, that's it. I hope you like this blog, cuz you're gonna see it over and over and over and over and over. All that's missing is a picture of Ned Ryerson and the soundtrack to I Got You Babe!
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Oh, and one more thing. Does anyone out there actually watch all 8 hours of pre-game Super Bowl shows that are available? If so, then you could actually read this blog over and over and over and never get bored. Because you reeeallly need a life!
Jan 27, 2013
Happy New Year!
Yeah yeah, I know, it's an old year by now. But hey, I haven't written anything since the new year so it's a New Year for Fish Tales.
Hope everybody had a great holiday, hope everybody enjoyed the NFL playoffs, hope everybody has returned all their gifts that sucked and I just hope everbody is doin' great dogawnnit!
I don't really have a heck of a lot on my mind, but I'm getting yelled at again by people saying to put up a new blog. They don't neccessarily care what I have to say, they just get tired of seeing the same thing at the top of this spot for so long. Sorry Big Dawg, all the love is gone now, they all hate you now due to over-exposure. You have joined Phil Alu as a "stayed at the top of the blog too long" poster boy. lol.
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OK, let's start with the Super Bowl.
I mean, you never really hear much about it (insert *rolls eyes* here) so we'll talk about it!
You know what's interesting. And this, like so many other things, speaks to the popularity of the NFL. The Supe is the one championship in sports that the TV Networks don't fret about.
In baseball they would moan if the World Series match-up is the Kansas City Royals vs. the Milwaukee Brewers. "Oh God, those aren't big TV markets!"
It wasn't always like that for the Series. It was the big thing, everyone cared. Kids rushed home from school as fast as possible to catch the end of the games. But not anymore. Games that last til 12:30 a.m. don't help the cause these days, but that's only part of it.
But I digress.
Take the NBA. If they don't have the Lakers and/or the Celtics/Miami in the finals, its like a mad dash for a bridge to jump off of.
"No one will watch this. Ohhhhh noooo!"
And if it's the NHL's Stanley Cup Playoffs.... . .um, what's like, the big match-up for the NHL? OK, forget that one.
But football has no such worries. This game could be the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. the Seattle Seahawks and it wouldn't matter. 999 gazillion people would tune in anyway, just because it's like an unofficial national law.
"Gonna watch the Super Bowl?"
"How come, you don't like football?"
"I know, but it's the Super Bowl?"
I mean, that's basically the answer people give, and it's just understood. Oh yeah, it's the Super Bowl.
And by the way, when is the NFL gonna give folks a break and make this game on a Saturday so people at all the parties can recover on Sunday? . They can't be clinging to tradition or the game would still start at 1 o'clock, the halftime show would still be the Hokey-Fanokie high school marching band and the tickets could still be purchased by folks outside the 1 percent of the people with all the money in the world.
I'm sure someone did some research and concluded "Can't move it to Saturday, too costly."
Oh well, it's still the Super Bowl and we'll all watch it. Cuz hey, it's the Super Bowl!
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Speaking of the Super Bowl, I don't know who's going to win and I don't care. But if I have to make a pick, I'd pick the Ravens.
I dunno. But I had to make a pick so I picked the Ravens.
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Here's a classic basketball official story. I will not reveal the names to protect the innocent (and guilty) but it was pretty good stuff.
Three refs walked into a CVC girls game earlier this year. As they entered the gym, one of the head coaches says "Oh here they come, the three blind mice."
To which one of them -- who I am proud to say lives in Hamilton -- promptly responded by going "Yeah, but one of us can hear," and slammed the coach with a techncial foul before the game even started.
Now that's style!
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I kind of lost a kindred spirit when Stan Musial passed away last week.
First off, Stan the Man was from Donora, Pa., and I had a roomate in college who hailed from Donora. His parents knew Musial and said he was the greatest guy ever.
Secondly, Musial got his 3,000th career hit on the day I was born.
Just think. . .two monumental occurrances on the same day!
Uh, OK. . one.
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So I have seen three of the movies nominated for the Oscars so far: Lincoln, Argo and Silver Linings Playbook. All good flicks, but, man, Daniel Day Lewis blew me away as Lincoln. Good stuff!
I find Lincoln to be so fascinating. The more I learn about him, the more I want to know about what made him tick.
As opposed to somone like, say, Kim Kardashian, who I don't know anything about and yet I want to know even less.
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I would much rather see Amber Dietrich and Courtney Adams playing basketball this winter instead of texting me updates to tweet of Steinert and Hamilton girls' basketball games.
But they are injured and can't play and that stinks. But thanks girls, for contributing to the cause. You're the best!
And while Amber has been promoted to Fish4scores Director of Twitter Operations (with a 50 percent pay increase from her original salary of nothing), Courtney's work from mid-season on has promoted her to Assistant Director.
Please don't be late for the next staff meeting girls.
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I would also like to thank another Twitter contributor -- who I will only refer to as "Outcast of the People" -- but he can't seem to stay at the games for more tha none half -- and sometimes the decision wasn't his to leave. :)
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Check back later this week when we provide Super Bowl picks from the township's athetic community.
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OK, I leave you with this trivia question -- which I guarantee 80 percent of you won't be able to answer:
Who won today's Pro Bowl?