Restoring the Shore [PODCAST]
The recovery effort continues here in South Jersey, less than a week after our area experienced the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy. Our hearts and prayers continue to go out to the victims not only in our region, but up and down the east coast as well. Although we will continue to provide the very best in local sports coverage, it's important to keep in mind there are still some struggling to secure food, electricity or even a place to sleep at night.
This week's storm put a severe damper on the local sports scene, especially with many fall sports entering the postseason. From football to tennis to soccer, the Cape-Atlantic League saw many cancellations and postponements that will likely make the first weeks of November very interesting.
C.A.L. President Mike Gatley joined us on the South Jersey Sports Report to explain what goes into the process of rescheduling games and events between athletic directors. He also shared insight on a crazy week at Mainland High School, the decision to play Friday night's only football game, and provides the latest news on the negotiations to merge local teams with the West Jersey Football League.
Press of Atlantic City Brittany Grugan is a local resident also feeling the effects of Sandy, but that's not stopping her from providing coverage of the Cape-Atlantic League girls playoffs. Listen in for the latest postseason picture and what's changed for all the fall sports teams.
And as always, we check in with South Jersey Hall of Fame sports writer Tom Williams for more of the storm's impact on local sports. He reveals which local football team is close to clinching a home playoff game despite a slow start, and which schools are still picking up the pieces after the natural disaster.
November is here, and we're honoring those that have, and continue to, fight and serve for our country. One well-known sports figure is once again going above and beyond for our veterans. ESPN analyst and former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski joined the South Jersey Sports Report to explain how he's giving back, and why supporting our troops holds a special meaning for him.
And an interview with "Jaws" wouldn't be complete if we didn't ask him about what's going on with Philadelphia's football team. He previews the Birds' primetime showdown with Drew Brees and the Saints in the Superdome, which three players need to show up on Monday Night Football, and why it could be the most important game for the legacy of Andy Reid.
One of the biggest marathons in the world has wisely been scrapped, as officials continue to assess the widespread destruction in parts of New York. While he won't be participating in the New York City Marathon, one local resident did get the chance to compete in his "dream event", nearly 5,000 miles west of the 'Big Apple'.
We spoke with Ironman athlete John Jenkins about how one iconic event has affected his life, and what it's like to cross the "world's greatest finish line".
Listen to this week's show:
Mike Gatley, Cape-Atlantic League President
John Jenkins, Ironman World Championship competitor
Brittany Grugan, Press of Atlantic City sports reporter
Ron Jaworski, Former Eagles quarterback & ESPN NFL analyst
Tom Williams, South Jersey Hall of Fame sports reporter
We’d also like to congratulate the South Jersey Athlete of the Week:
Football, St. Joe's
He helped the Wildcats secure a 25th straight win with 137 rushing yards and three touchdowns in a 42-14 victory over St. Augustine.
It’s all right here, on The South Jersey Sports Report. Listen every Saturday, 9-11 a.m. on 97.3 ESPN-FM or 973espn.com
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