By Packy “Boom Boom” Goldstein
Oy Vay are you going to hear it today…. It was a sunny 85 on Miami Beach today and Sadie had me shopping on South Beach. It’s not the same as when Al and I use to hang out especially when they shot A Hole In The Head with Frank Sinatra, back in 1959. Al was the King of Miami Beach than and I was his Wing Man. Oh the stories I could tell. In fact, here is one for you…
Picture this if you will. The old Dog Track on Miami Beach called the Miami Beach Kennel Club which was around for years. It was actually opened by a boxing guy named Tex Rickard and was located at First Street and Collins Avenue. It’s 1962, and Al and I are hanging out there on a Friday night with two hot shiksas. For my non Yiddish speakers, that‘s a broad who is not Jewish usually very WASP looking. Well, let me tell you, the two Al and I had that night with us, were Va Va Va Voom!
Al tells them ladies, I have a winning dog name Happy in the third that is a sure pick. Happy sure was… Al won 3G’s that night and the party went on at the Fountainbleu until the wee hours of the morning. My putz had to be put on ice the next morning, I can tell you that.
Miguel Cotto… He had his moment in the sun and I always liked the young man. Up until and I am going to use harsh words here, that piece of shit, Antonio “Hands of Plaster” Margarito loaded his gloves, and beat poor Cotto from pillar to post, he was something special. Margarito needs a double kick in the Bagels! That was then, and this is now. Cotto is still a decent fighter, but his handlers and Freddie Roach know he will never step in the ring against Triple “GGG” for all the tea in China because he will be destroyed in less than six rounds.
Bobby Darin… What a talent he was and all these years later, he still has the vocal chops when you play an old CD. We lost him at a far too young age of 37, back in 73. Like Sinatra did, Darin owned a nightclub floor. Al and I saw him many times over the years on Miami Beach.
The Chutzpah Award…. Today, it goes to Lester Holt. Brian Williams embarrassed himself by lying many times on the Nightly News and Lester who I always thought was better, has now taking over the helm and is doing a great job with it.