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That's New England Sports.
morning when we all wake up, we will either be jumping for joy, or calling
in sick. It's crazy I know, the way we let sports affect our day to
day lives. We will either be looking forward to the Patriots
playing the Broncos on Monday Night Football, or we could
Nobody likes to lose.
And thank God, I am not the same person I was a year ago, when the Patriots were on their quest for greatness. I am so-o-o-o over that. No longer will I wear certain clothes during a game, or sit in a special chair, and make my kids wear "game shirts". Nope. I'm over it. Hell, I'd even miss surfing, just to watch every game. I had a problem.
I'm cured. If there's surf, I'm going surfing. If there's something
else going on in my life, with either my family or friends, and there's
a game on, I'm choosing my family and friends. I will not get sucked
into that web of insanity again. Unless of course, they go 19
I jumped on the Celtics bandwagon last year. And if I remember correctly, there were quite a few familiar faces on board. I'd jump on the Bruins wagon too, if they could only get some wheels. And I am admittedly, a bigger fan of the NFL in general, but let's face it. Our New England Patriots are not the same as last year's team. With or without Brady. They are not the same.
Which leads me to believe that, if we fans have suffered from last year's Super Bowl loss, it must of really crippled the team and coaches, more than we'll ever know. Even though, their ability to play a whole 60 minutes worth of football, has been suspect as of late. The Chargers game? Please. And playing Denver tomorrow night? Even home at Kraft Kingdom...well, don't hold your breath.
Like I said...if there's anything else I could be doing that might be more fun...I'm doing it. No, I'm not becoming a disgruntled fan. Hardly. In fact, if anything, I should be thanking them for giving me my life back in the Autumn months. Remember? My favorite time of year. October.
And tonight? Well it just might be, one of the most memorable October nights, we have ever experienced as fans of the Boston Red Sox. If not for anything else, this game tonight, will restore our hope and faith, in our local Teams. Please Lord, help us defeat the Devil Rays. Yes Lord, they used to call themselves The "Devil Rays".
Today is Sunday Lord. The Devil does not like this day. Help us defeat him. Help us Lord, Defeat The D-Rays. Help us restore, the Hope and Good, that only a winning team can provide. Because...no one likes losing. But if someone has to lose...please Lord, let it be them Devil Rays.
Thank you Lord.*Oh and one more thing, if you're not too busy, can you help the Patriots beat the Broncos too? I have a friend from Denver who's a big pain in the ass (I mean butt) and ...well, Lord, I'd like to be able to rub it in his face tomorrow night.
All in good fun Lord. Amen.
There was a surf contest today in Maine. The 2nd ESA-NNE contest of the 2008 season. Lenny and company, have decided to run the contests into the Fall, and to use the Sunday option as well. My observations of the day, were both good and bad. The good was, there was surf. The bad, was the water temps have dropped significantly. 4/3's and 3/2's minimum was the call.
It got cold. Real cold.
Honestly? It felt more like late November than mid October. Or, maybe it was because, we've had such a mild October that things seemed colder. But the water temps? It was cold. If you didn't have boots or gloves, you were in trouble. Deep, cold trouble.
And like most contests I've witnessed over the years, everyone had fun. And, there was some pretty dam good surfing to see as well. Some of the Junior Men, have really stepped it up a few notches, and their surfing reflects it. These kids are more like adults than kids. It's funny to witness some of these kids, grow right up before our very eyes. I mean, can I feel any older, when some grom who was shoulder high on me last year, suddenly is looking down at me? What happened?
And their surfing? It's very impressive. Your Northern New England Junior Mens, Boys, and Menehunes are coming of age. And not to be outshone, the Girls and women are right behind them. If there are any surf parents out there, wondering what it might be like, to have your children compete in a local surf contest, you really should really check it out. You can take the contest thing as far as you want. Stay local, or travel to the Northeast Regionals and hope to move on through to the ESA Championships in Hatteras.
It's all up to you.
There have been some rather successful surfers to come out of the ESA. But we don't have to go any further than Mr 9 World Titles himself. Kelly Slater.
Nuff said? I think so. Suffice it to say, that Kelly got his start in the ESA. I guess he's not slowing down. Is the next Kelly Slater, a young grom from Northern New England? Probably not. But you never know. Just like we don't know if the next Tom Brady is coming out of these woods. Or the next Stevie Ray Vaughan.
We just don't know.
But let me end this topic, with this simple fact. The families involved with the ESA, are good people, who have fun with their kids, at the beach, surfing. And the level of surfing gets more difficult each year, when the Groms advance from one division to the next. And competition breeds competition. In other words, your child's surfing will improve, simply by being around others their age, who they are competing with. They hang out together and actually judge together.
I know, some of my older friends are scoffing at me right. Why? Well I guess, it's because I personally have never entered a contest in my life. That's right. I'm going to my grave, with the perfect contest record. Having never entered one, my record is... well..it's Perfect. However, I support the ESA and the local contest scene, because of what I've seen it do for the younger groms. I know it's not for everyone. But the kids dig it. And that's why, I approve this message.
SOX! GO PATS! Go Home Manny!
1972- My Old Dodge Tradesman 100 Surf Van.
2008 Today-New England Scenes October 2008.
Meanwhile down South...Hurricane Kyle September, 2008
The surf in Hatteras was a bit unruly.
Another somewhere in El Salvador.
Today 2008 PARTING SHOT- It's a Grom's World