To me Lindsey Nelson was the longtime play-by-play voice of the New York Mets, calling their games in the 60s and 70s as part of a Hall of Fame career. However at Donovan Catholic High School Lindsay Nelson (first name spelled with an a and not an e) is the freshman softball pitcher who yesterday led the Griffins to a 3-1 victory over Notre Dame in the Non-Public South “A” championship game at Stockton University.
I was not a Muhammad Ali fan so unlike much of what you might have heard and read over the weekend this will not be a tribute to one of my boyhood idols. In truth I became an Ali fan after he retired from boxing as I greatly admired how he lived his life during a 32 year battle with Parkinson’s disease which ultimately led to his death at the age of 74.
Former football players from Central Regional High School and Lacey Township High School will roll back the clock tomorrow when they meet in an alumni football game at Central’s Joseph J. Boyd Memorial Field at 7pm.
With Memorial Day having come and gone I know many of you are wondering when I will once again reveal my “Ten Commandments of the Beach.” It’s an annual tradition that is as much a part of summer as ice cream, running through sprinklers and strolling the boardwalk. Well today is not that day although it’s coming real soon.
It was a very good weekend for businesses along the Jersey Shore as the dreadful spring weather gave way to five consecutive sunny days before Monday’s clouds and rain. Clearly people could not wait to head to the beach and warm weather sent them flocking to the shore which gave many businesses a badly-needed shot in the arm.
Nothing will ever match the build-up and excitement surrounding the first All Star football game in the summer of 1978 in which a group of recent Ocean County high school graduates beat their contemporaries from Monmouth County 21-7. It was then called the Asbury Park Press All Shore Classic and the inaugural game drew over 8,000 fans at Wall Stadium which was not the ideal location.
I think we can all agree that many so-called celebrities have inflated opinions of themselves and that really comes out during election season. Why would anyone care what a musician, actor, comedian or even pro athlete says when it comes to their thoughts on who we should elect?
If you have a void in your life without football then may I suggest you head to Seaside Heights tomorrow for Pros Vs. Heroes, a flag football game on the beach just north of Casino Pier matching members of the Toms River Police Department against a Pro Elite team made up of former NFL players, WWE wrestlers and MMA Fighters including team captain Frankie “The Answer” Edgar.
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