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No Time To Get Sick – Hometown View 12/1/11

Getting sick would not be all that bad if you could pick when you get hit with something that might keep you home for a couple of days. Unfortunately I am dealing with my first cold of the season at a time when I can’t miss a couple of hours, never mind days. Thought I was beating this cold until I woke up this morning feeling lousy and my wife told me I should stay home. When I told her that was impossible I got the usual “even the President takes a sick day here and there and he’s a lot more important that you.” I agree although frankly I might have more on my plate not then even the President.


Warren Smith
Warren Smith (University Of Maine)

With the help of a pair of former Ocean County high school football standouts the University of Maine will play Appalachian State in the second round of the NCAA FCS Playoffs this Saturday in Boone, North Carolina. Black Bears quarterback Warren Smith played his high school football at Lacey and earned 2nd team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors recently.

A senior, Smith threw 17 touchdown passes this season and has had an interesting college career as he transferred to Maine after Iona College dropped football following his freshman year. It’s also been an interesting journey for senior defensive lineman Ryan Nani, who graduated from Toms River North in 2006 and has actually had a six-year career at Maine thanks to several injuries, surgeries and a medical red-shirt.

Ryan Nani
Ryan Nani (University Of Maine)

Nani has been able to play in all but one game this fall and his reward is a trip to the national tournament. Maine is 8-3 this season which includes a 6-point loss at Pittsburgh in week two.


We are in the home stretch of the high school football season on our Shore Sports Network and the 28th Annual WOBM Christmas Classic (boys) (girls) is just around the corner with the 32-team basketball tournament starting two weeks from Saturday at the Pine Belt Arena.

Chia Obama
Chia Obama. (Flickr user srqpix)


Speaking of the President has anyone seen the latest product from the people who have brought us the Chia Pet? Yes just in time for the holidays its Chia Obama, a special limited edition planter which supposed resembles our 44th President and includes the words “yes we can” on the side. And for just $19.99 you can own one or give it to someone on your holiday wish list you don’t really like.



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