Halfway Through the Summer
If you consider Memorial Day weekend the start of the summer season then I’ll remind you we are at the midway point between that and Labor Day weekend.
In other words summer is flying by and yes I’ve already heard and seen those three hideous words in commercials and ads: ”back to school.”
Plus if you haven’t noticed let me add to that by saying the days are getting noticeably shorter (at least to me). We have already lost about 13 minutes of daylight in the last three weeks and will lose another 30 minutes by the end of the month. So now that I’ve got things off to a positive start a little of this and a little of that:
Predictions of rain and thunderstorms forced the postponement of last night’s Shore Sports Network All-Shore Gridiron Classic at Long Branch High School. Things look much better for tonight with the Monmouth and Ocean County All-Stars set to play the 42nd annual football game at 7 p.m.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are $10. For more information visit shoresportsnetwork.com where you can also watch a live stream of tonight’s game.
It will be interesting to see if all the hype and celebration over the World Cup winning U.S. Women’s Soccer team impacts attendance at National Women’s Soccer League games which starting this weekend will feature the return of some of the players who won gold medals in France.
Portland leads the 9-team league with an average attendance of over 18,000 fans per game but at the other end is New Jersey’s Sky Blue FC which has drawn an average of just 1,400 fans for their five home games at Yurcak Field on the campus of Rutgers University.
The team, which has won just one of ten games this season, has been plagued by ownership and management issues. Their best known player is US co-captain Carli Lloyd and tonight they host the Utah Royals.
When people ask me about Todd Frazier one of the first things I always say is that he’s never forgotten where he came from. The latest example of that is the $50,000 donation he will be making to the Field of Dreams project in Toms River which became public yesterday.
Todd will present that check to Christian and Mary Kane on July 27th when the Mets host the Pirates at CitiField. He was home in Toms River during the All-Star break this week and even spent a day on the North Avenue Beach in Seaside Park with his family where I’m told he did not break any of my Ten Beach Commandments.