By Packy “Boom Boom” Goldstein
Oy Vay are you going to hear it today… Sadie’s bathroom remodel is nearly done and 17K later, she has eased up on the bagel breaking. I told her I am going to be the first one to break the new bathroom in if you know what I mean. Morning Prune Juice and I own that new fancy Kohler Toilet!
Did you hear the one about the grasshopper that walks into the bar and the bartender says, “did you know we have a drink named after you?” The grasshopper replies, “you have a drink named Irving?” Dean Martin told me that joke back in the 60’s and did the grasshopper in a Yiddish accent. I was on the floor.
Miguel Cotto… Retire already. Stop fighting on too long. You have enough money from all accounts. Miguel you’re a first time International Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee when your name hits the ballot for voting.
Joe Louis… I watched the HBO documentary from a few years back and I get so mad at what our government did to him with the tax bullshit, I could spit nails. He raised so much during the war with giving his purse and gate proceeds to the war effort. I honestly believe if our government had done right by Joe, his entire life would have been different. Well, I met him a few times over the years and he was one of the nicest gentlemen I have ever known. RIP Champ.
Christopher Walken… He is an American treasure. Even in a bad movie, he shines. Here are my top five Walken movies.
5. King of New York
4. Jersey Boys
3. Biloxi Blues
2. The Dead Zone
1. Deer Hunter
My Pal Al (“Bad” Brad’s Father)…. Since I discussed Joe Louis earlier, let me tie in an Alvin story. It was April 12, 1981 and Bradley was fighting at North Miami Beach City Hall in NMB Florida in a bout he would win. The announcer was Baby Jane from The Little Rascals. She announced the sad news that our champ, Joe Louis had died. When Al heard the news, he broke down in tears. He loved Joe as I did. The room fell silent and you could hear sobbing from many of the senior citizens who were in attendance and were alive many years earlier when on the radio, as Al and I did, they heard Joe defeat Max Schmeling in 1938.
The Chutzpah Award… The Chutzpah Award goes to former President Jimmy Carter. Politics aside, what this gentleman has done for humanity is just amazing. Sadie and I were very happy to hear he beat cancer.Contact the Feature Writers