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Stapleton: Victor Cruz on top of the world after big win
Tuesday February 7, 2012, 12:17 AM
By ART STAPLETON

INDIANAPOLIS – When the questions stopped, Victor Cruz stood up from behind the microphone, descended the steps to the floor and again got lost in the celebration.

He embraced his mother, Blanca, resting his forehead on hers as the two whispered back and forth, a son and his biggest fan attempting to steal a private moment as the Giants celebrated their Super Bowl XLVI victory over the Patriots.

A smiling Elaina Watley watched with tears in her eyes from a few feet away late Sunday night inside Lucas Oil Stadium, admiring the way her biggest client – also the father of their 4-week-old daughter, Kennedy – delivered on a promise made by two North Jersey childhood sweethearts shortly after their chance meeting at a party a decade ago.

“We are living the American dream right now,” Watley said. “This is a complete joy and it’s everything we talked about wanting to do when we first got together 10 years ago.

“The day Victor and I first met, I told him, ‘Look I want to be in sports publicity. I want to be an agent. I want to do deals,’ and he said, ‘I want to be an NFL player.’

“People used to laugh at us. But you know, I think we’re a testament to dreams really coming true. We sit down every day and we highlight what our goals are. One of our goals was to have a family and we have Kennedy now. One of his goals was to win a Super Bowl and he has that now.”

She paused before adding with another smile: “And we’ve done it together.”

a fucking love story. )
New Jersey people
They will suprise you
Cause they're not expected
To do too much

They will try harder
They may go further
Cause they never think
That they are good enough

I'm from New Jersey
I don't expect too much
If the world ended today
I would adjust
I would adjust
I would adjust
-- John Gorko - I'm From New Jersey















When I first got the letter I was to be inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame I was a little suspicious. New Jersey Hall of Fame? Does New York have a hall of fame? Does Connecticut have a hall of fame? I mean, maybe they don’t think they need one.

But then I ran through the list of names: Albert Einstein, Bruce Springsteen… my mother’s going to like that. She’s here tonight. It’s her birthday and it’s the only time she’s going to hear those two names mentioned in the same sentence, so I’m going to enjoy it.

When I was recording my first album, the record company spent a lot of money taking pictures of me in New York City. But…something didn’t feel quite right. So I was walking down the boardwalk one day, stopped at a souvenir stand and bought a postcard that said “Greetings from Asbury Park.” I remember thinking, “yeah, that’s me.”


[stuff about him and his wife Patti and kids and not leaving NJ]

That’s what New Jersey is for me. It’s a repository of my time on earth. My memory, the music I’ve made, my friendships, my life… it’s all buried here in a box somewhere in the sand down along the Central Jersey coast. I can’t imagine having it any other way.

So let me finish with a Garden State benediction. Rise up my fellow New Jerseyans, for we are all members of a confused but noble race. We, of the state that will never get any respect. We, who bear the coolness of the forever uncool. The chip on our shoulders of those with forever something to prove. And even with this wonderful Hall of Fame, we know that there’s another bad Jersey joke coming just around the corner.

But fear not. This is not our curse. It is our blessing. For this is what imbues us with our fighting spirit. That we may salute the world forever with the Jersey state bird, and that the fumes from our great northern industrial area to the ocean breezes of Cape May fill us with the raw hunger, the naked ambition and the desire not just to do our best, but to stick it in your face. Theory of relativity anybody? How about some electric light with your day? Or maybe a spin to the moon and back? And that is why our fellow Americans in the other 49 states know, when the announcer says “and now in this corner, from New Jersey….” they better keep their hands up and their heads down, because when that bell rings, we’re coming out swinging.


-- Bruce Springsteen
okay. first: I have a lesson plan due in 2 hours (and I'm making good time thankfully). And I experienced my first tailgate & my first Bruce Springsteen concert (and I always mocked those people who go and see him all the time -- because shit man I've seen all his live shit too and why would I want to go to Giants Stadium and freeze my ass off? Trust me. I was converted by the end of the night). But. But. And I will discuss further in detail when I have some fucking time to myself. Next Tuesday. But. But. But.
Brendan Shanahan, Devils part unexpectedly

23 minutes ago

NEWARK, N.J. (AP)—Veteran forward Brendan Shanahan(notes) and the New Jersey Devils have parted way less than two days before the start of the NHL season.

Shanahan issued a statement on Thursday that the separation was mutually agreed upon and was amicable.

The 40-year-old said that he and Devils president Lou Lamoriello agreed when he signed last year that if he were unable to compete and contribute at the level he expect of himself, he would step aside.

Shanahan also noted that the Devils have several young forward ready to play for the team now.

Shanahan plans to spend the next couple of weeks with his family discussing his future. He has scored 656 goals and played in 1,524 career NHL games with the Devils, Blues, Hartford Whalers, Red Wings and Rangers.
Hey? Do you remember when I could go through a whole day without having to take a nap in the middle of it? Yeah, me too....

[livejournal.com profile] ravensgurl211: In 1666, Newark was established by Puritans from Connecticut.
[livejournal.com profile] cobrasnaps: ...
[livejournal.com profile] cobrasnaps: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHA
[livejournal.com profile] cobrasnaps: And, that's all you gotta say.

Speaking of, I've been pretty good with not mocking the hell out of Corzine. I'm glad to see that most of the newscasters have been doing my job instead. I might actually watch Letterman tonight if I remember to see what he says. I know I got a billion jokes. But, seriously, my hate aside, I'm pretty pleased that apparently those write-in votes actually do work sometimes, LMMFAO, because look! My vote-in vote from the last election is now the substitute governer again. Cody should've just ran for office, lol. Oh, and that crash did look horrible and it's one of the many reasons why I hate NJ highways, but ehhh. At least *I* already always wore my seatbelt, even before Dan died.

MINNEAPOLIS -- Mariano Rivera is the only player in the major leagues with the No. 42.

That number was retired in 1997 in honor of Jackie Robinson, but players who already had the number were allowed to keep wearing it. Rivera is the only one left. This Sunday, he will have plenty of company as Major League Baseball is allowing any player, coach or manager who wishes to wear 42 to do so. The Yankees announced yesterday that manager Joe Torre, Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano will honor Robinson by wearing his number.

Jeter called it "an easy decision" to don Robinson's number, and also said: "If there's one player I could play with or talk to, it'd be Jackie Robinson."

Rivera said he thinks this is a great idea. He actually wishes MLB would go farther and have everyone wear 42 for one day.

"I wear it with honor," Rivera said. "I wear it with pride."

Cano is particularly tickled to wear 42. He is named for Robinson, his father Jose's favorite player.

"We wouldn't be here if it wasn't for him," said Cano, gesturing around the clubhouse.


Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] luckystar37, I am now in love with this band. Soon, once I have time (I'm shooting for Sunday afternoon), so will all of you.

And even though I don't like talking about the sport during the playoffs (and on Friday the 13th at that!) a verrrry happy birthday to my sexy cheese eatin' hair dyin' almost died three years ago Czech, Patrik Elias.

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