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Head coach Rob Nosari (left) and assistant Vince Capone talk to the Nottingham freshman baseball team after its seaso-ending win over Princeton Friday (Photo by Pamela Jo Capone).
May 17 Freshman Baseball
Nottingham gets combined no-hitter in win over Princeton
May 4-7 Baseball
Northstars top Hornets after two straight losses
May 7: After scoring only three runs in its last 18 innings, Nottingham's freshman baseball team broke out for a 10-5 win over rival Hamilton West today at home. Kyle Liedtka (3-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBI, walk) set the tone from the top of the order. Michael Suosso (hit, 2 runs, 2 RBI, 2 walks, double), Joe Garey (2-for-3, 2 RBI, run, walk), Sean Houck (hit, run, RBI, walk), TJ MacKenzie (2-for-3, 2 runs, walk) and Pedro Navarette (3 walks, stolen base) helped the Northstars snap their four-game losing streak.
Jacob Page picked up his third win of the season, pitching five innings and giving up only two runs (one earned) and two hits with five strikeouts.
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Oh well, at least home plate stayed together this time.
In the conclusion of a game suspended in April by the "self-destructing" home plate, the Northstars let one slip away on Monday against Allentown, 11-9. Staked to a 7-2 lead at the time of suspension, the Stars mustered only two more runs on one hit. The Redbirds rallied, courtesy of nine walks, a hit batsman and a bevy of wild pitches by a trio of Northstar hurlers.
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The Northstars dropped a 10-0 decision to Hillsborough Saturday in the quarterfinals of the Hamilton West Freshman tournament. Click here to see photos from that game.
May 3 Baseball
Leonard, Adezio pace Notre Dame win
May 3: Township resident Steve Leonard had a hit, run, stolen base and RBI to help Notre Dame High’s freshman baseball team to a 6-4 win over West Windsor-Plainsboro South today. Derek Adezio had two walks and scored a run as the Irish improved to 8-3.
Northstars edged by HoVal despite Page’s excellence
May 3: Jacob Page was the losing pitcher but came up with a sterling complete-game effort in the Nottingham freshman baseball team’s 2-1 loss to Hopewell Valley.
In a rematch of earlier this year when HoVal pulled away late, Hopewell won on a suicide squeeze in the bottom of the seventh today. Sean Houck (2-for-3, double, RBI, walk) drove in Michael Suosso with Nottingham's only run. Dylan Delany went 2-for-3, while leadoff man Kyle Liedtka had a hit and two walks.
Page had the best start of the season for Nottingham, pitching six-plus innings, allowing one earned run, six hits and two walks with eight strikeouts.
Apr. 27 Baseball
Page, McKenzie pitch Northstars past Hornets
Apr. 27: On a gorgeous morning the Hamilton West and Nottingham High School freshman baseball teams played their first matchup at DeMeo Field in Veterans Park.
A solid pitching effort from Jacob Page and T.J. McKenzie lead the Northstars to a 10-3 victory, giving the Stars their first win since their harrowing explosive home plate experience. The hurlers combined to allow one earned run while fanning seven.
Hamilton West starting pitcher, Chris Stout did a good job on the mound early in the game. At one point he retired eight batters in a row, but eventually the Northstars were able to adjust their offensive approach and score some runs.
The Stars offensive leaders were Kyle Liedtka (single, 2 runs, 2 SBs), Michael Suosso (single, 2 runs, BB, SB), Joe Garey (triple, 2 runs, 2 RBI, SB) and Jacob Page (2 singles, run, 2 RBI).
The Hamilton West offense was lead by John Iorio (2 hits, RBI). The Northstars are back in action Monday against Princeton.
Apr. 26 Baseball
Derek Adezio spark Notre Dame past Princeton
Apr. 26: The Notre Dame High freshman baseball team defeated Princeton, 10-0, in five innings today as Hamilton resident Derek Adezio had two walks, two RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases. Steve Leonard made some big defensive plays to aid the Irish cause.
Apr. 24 Baseball
Muller settles in to pitch Steinert past ND
Apr. 24: After a tough first inning, Kyle Muller settled in and pitched Steinert’s freshman baseball team to a 5-2 win over Notre Dame today.
Muller allowed two hits, two earned runs, one walk and struck out 10. ND scored two in the first, thanks in part to some shaky fielding, but Muller eventually struck out the side and did not allow a hit over the next four innings. Shane Keledy finished up for the save, and also had a hit, sacrifice, two stolen bases and a run scored.
Other offensive contributors were Kenny Zahn (single, walk, RBI), matt Ricci (double, triple, 3 runs, 2 RBI), Dan D’Ascoli (hit, walk, RBI) and sean O’Boyle (hit, run scored).
With the score tied 2-2 in the fourth, Keledy singled, Zahn walked and Ricci hit an RBI double. Ricci scored on Steven Moticha’s infield hit. In the sixth, D’Ascoli singled home Ricci.
Apr. 22 Baseball
O’Boyle, late outburst pace Steinert past Nottingham
Apr. 22: The Nottingham and Steinert freshman baseball teams battled neck-and-neck for five tense innings before Steinert exploded for nine runs in the last two innings to take a 12-3 victory today. Steinert improved to 6-1 while Nottingham fell to 2-3.
Sean O'Boyle went the distance for Steinert on the mound, allowing two earned runs in seven innings with eight strikeouts. O'Boyle had a three-run triple at the plate. Shane Keledy and Kenny Zahn paced the offense with three runs scored each and combined for seven stolen bases. Kyle Muller had a double with two runs scored and three RBI. Matt Ricci had a three-run home run and Steve Moticha went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and an RBI.
Nick Formica gave up three earned runs over five innings for the Northstars. Sean McGeehan had a solo home run, while Michael Suosso had a hit, run, walk, stolen base, and a double.
Hamilton Freshman Baseball Tournament
Stars' daring baserunning provides first-round win
Strong pitching has Steinert off to 5-0 start
The Steinert freshman baseball team is off to an outstanding start, going 5-0 in the first three weeks.
In a 10-4 win over Cherokee, Kyle Muller hurled the win with Shane Keledy picking up the save.
The was followed by an 18-0 win over Hamilton West and a 17-0 win over West Windsor-Plainsboro South. Nick Maglione notched the win over West and Keledy got the decision against South. Jason “The Mayor of Brandywine” Belmont saved both games.
The next victories were complete game-efforts, as Muller fired a four-hitter in a 3-1 win over Notre Dame, and Maglione struck out 10 in pitching a 4-0 shutout over Princeton.
“Our pitching has been pretty good,” coach Jamie Riese said. “It’s carried us, as we haven’t hit the ball consistently. They are still learning how to make adjustments at the plate and use the entire field.”
Apr. 17 Baseball
Township quartet powers Notre Dame past WWP-S
Apr. 17: The Notre Dame High freshman baseball team topped West Windsor-Plainsboro South, 6-3, today behind a bevy of Hamilton Township residents.
Derek Adezio had a hit, stolen base and run scored, Tommy Persichetti had a hit and run scored, Steve Leonard walked and scored a run and Russell Kirczow threw two innings of relief for the save.
Steinert softball wins first two games
The Steinert freshman softball team won their first two games by the 10-run rule over New Brunswick and Neptune behind strong pitching from Kaley Wise and stellar catching from Sam Tucker. Cassie Perry and Taylor Duino hit the ball well in both games.
Apr. 10 Baseball
Francioso hurls Notre Dame to win over Hopewell
Apr. 10: Behind the stellar pitching of Hamilton Township resident Anthony Francioso, the Notre Dame High freshman baseball team defeated Hopewell Valley, 11-3 today. Francioso struck out four and also collected a hit and RBI.
Other contributors from Hamilton were Russell Kirczow hit, walk) Tommy Persichetti (walk, run scored), Steve Leonard (walk) and Derek Adezio, who helped the Irish improve to 2-0.
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The Nottingham-Allentown game was suspended due to bizarre circumstances today when an Allentown baserunner slid home, only to see the plate shatter with splinters and shards of wood scattered everywhere. The conditions were deemed too dangerous to continue.
“You see something weirder every day,” Stars skipper Vincent Capone said.
Apr. 5 Baseball
Hamilton natives help Notre Dame past Northstars
Apr. 5 Hamilton Township product Russell Kirczow had two hits and two runs scored while Anthony Francioso added a hit and two RBI to help the Notre Dame freshman baseballl team to a 10-0, five-inning win over Nottingham today.
Other township players on the ND roster are Derek Adezio, Steven Leonard and Tommy Persichetti.
Apr. 3 Baseball
Nottingham rolls past WW-P South in season opener
Apr. 3: The Nottingham freshman baseball team started off the season with a 7-2 win today against West Windsor Plainsboro-South.
Northstar starting pitcher Jacob Page went a strong five innings, allowing one hit and one walk with eight strikeouts. The defense behind Page was solid throughout the entire game with Dylan Delany at third base and Joe Garey at catcher.
Leading the Northstar offense was Sean McGeehan (3-for-4, 3 Runs, stolen base), Michael Suosso (hit, 3 runs, RBI, walk, stolen base), and Ahmed Tahoun (hit, 2 RBI).
“Today was a good test for us,” said coach Rob “The Apprentice Voice Nosari. “Coach (Vince) Capone and I saw a lot of positive things defensively and with our pitching. We need to improve our approach at the plate and reduce our team’s total strikeouts. Overall we are on the right track, but need to continue to develop this strong core of freshman.”
Stars coaches have high hopes for 9th-graders. Click for preview
The Hamilton West freshman baseball team displays its plaque after winning the Hamilton West Freshman Baseball Tournament at Switlik Park last weekend.
May 11 Freshman Baseball
Hornets top WW-PSouth to win their own tournament
Apr. 28 Softball
Petrilla pitches Spartans to Hamilton Tournament title Michelle Petrilla recorded a total of 22 strikeouts in four games and Steinert batted .900 with two home runs as a team in winning the Hamilton West Freshman Softball Tournament. The Spartans defeated Hunterdon Central, Neptune, St. John Vianney and Hillsborough in the title game. The 10-0 Spartans battle Rancocas Valley Monday.
Apr. 25 Softball
Spartans carry 6-0 record into Hamilton frosh tourney
Apr. 25: The Steinert freshman softball team is off to a big-time start this season, having carved out a 6-0 record with two wins each over Nottingham and Hamilton, and one against Hunterdon Central and Lenape.
The Spartans are ready to roll in this weekend’s Hamilton West freshman tournament, where it must defeat traditionally tough Hunterdon Central, Neptune and St. John Vianney to reach the championship game.
This year’s team, led flawlessly by veteran skipper Adam Jankos, has been sparked by Maggie Lewellen, Cassie Perry, Samantha Tucker, Kelly Tarza, Sarah Persichetti, Danielle Sloboda, Jessica Mingle, Nicole Stull and Shelly Fitzpatrick.
Apr. 23 Baseball
Eric Struble smacking the ball at .675 clip for Nottingham
Despite Nottingham’s 13-3 loss to Steinert in Saturday’s Hamilton West Freshman baseball tournament, Eric Struble continued to swing a hot bat as he collected a double and two singles for the Northstars. According to coach Al Offredo, Struble is 10-for-16 this season (.675 average) with three doubles, two walks and four RBI out of the leadoff spot.
The coach noted that Struble, who joined the varsity for Saturday’s game with Jackson Liberty, is also playing an outstanding defensive center field.
Apr. 18 Baseball
Giori’s hit lifts Spartans to first win; Peroni excelling
Apr. 18: On the same day his good buddy Brian “The Chef” Giallella got his 300th win, Jamie Riese reached his only little milestone as his Steinert freshman baseball team gained its first win of the season.
The Spartans took a 6-5 win over Notre Dame today as Domenic Maruca notched the mound decision and Kyle “Son of Basement Dweller” Beczo picked up the save. Nick Giori’s two-run single provided the game-winning hit in the fourth.
“We executed very well today with a hit and run, a few sacrifice bunts and a squeeze,” Riese said. “Defensively, we made the plays when we had to.”
The skipper also noted that catcher Anthony Peroni has been a consistent standout during a tough season.
“He’s a baseball player in every way,” Riese said. “It’s good I have him behind the plate but he can play anywhere. He’s my best infielder too, and he just knows the game. For being a freshman, he is schooled in the game.
“I am confident in saying he could play on most varsity teams in the area. He’s a very coachable kid.”
West's Autumn Sharkey fires a pitch during her no-hitter against Pemberton at Saturday's Hamilton Freshman Softball Tournament (Photo by Ken Weingartner).
May 14 Hamilton Freshman Softball Tournament
Autumn leaves Hamilton's opponents swinging at air Constantini uses bat and arm to lead Steinert baseball
Apr. 14: Austin Constantini threw a five-inning three-hitter to pitch Steinert’s freshman baseball team to an 11-0 win over West Windsor-Plainsboro South today. Constantini also helped his own cause by going 3-for-4.
In the battle of Hornet softballers, Green beats Orange
Apr. 14: The Hamilton West Hornets found out you don’t mess with the Green Hornets of Pemberton.
West dropped a 16-6 decision to their Burlington County opponent today, but got some strong efforts. Na’Crya Kirkland had a single, two walks and two runs scored, while Korayma Mendoza had two hits and scored twice. Roxana Canastuj and Arcellis Rivera also scored, while Nataly Rodriquez pitched well and Tayba Ahmad did a nice job catching.
Cody Astbury is one of several of last summer's Hamilton Babe Ruth 13-year-old All-Stars who play on the Hamilton West Freshman team this spring (Photo by Ken Weingartner).
New crop of players hope to be the future for township
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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?