Wednesday, February 4, 2009

A Bridge & Tunnel Hit and Run

"Don't let the past remind us of what we are, not now..." CSN

My yearly trip back to the old neighborhood was actually a trip to Newark. A train to a subway (I was embarrased I couldn't remember which was the express or the local) led me to my old front door. The slice of pizza was nostalgic. The old seat at the Dive Bar, although clear of smoke in the air, was just old. Seeing the family for dinner was comfortable.

Back to business - Seton Hall taking on St. John's in a Big East "old school" matchup in Newark. Now this takes me back. Back before the Big East was powered by teams like Louisville and Marquette. The Big East is like the Borg from Star Trek, assimilating teams left and right to add to an all-powerful collective.

It reminds me of what a Jersey kid and NYC dweller loved about the Big East. A couple of local schools who fed off local talent. Now St. John's and Seton Hall are fighting to stay relevant in the Big East 2.0. Both teams are very young - 8 of the 10 starters are sophomores, and the future is in their hands.

Hope you catch the action from "The Rock" - the Prudential Center. It's the newly minted jewel of downtown Newark, and may or may not have been built by Ralph Cipharetta representing Soprano family interests.

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