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by Ron St. Pierre & Jen Brien, contributing columnists
Well. There it goes – another potential win. In “BILL WE TRUST” was so 4 years ago.
I know- there’s a lot about the game I (Jen) don’t fully appreciate. Lots of moving parts. Lots to digest… minute by minute decisions to make….etc., etc. But –I’m super clear on what I would have done on 4th and 3 in overtime. GO FOR IT (Ron, too) Belichick played it safe and punted. Ok. But how did THAT workout for you? After the game I started thinking about all the 4th and 3’s I’ve had in my life. The times when I should have taken a risk but played it safe. The times I said ” nah” when I should have said “Hell. Yah!!!!!
I mean life is hard and I’ve wandered around in the mundane playing it safe over and over because I’ve lacked the balls to risk it all. Sometimes you gotta’ know when to hold em’ – know when to fold em’… and know when to throw caution to the wind on 4th and 3. Hero status awaits.
But not if you play it safe…
You could lose the game.
Is reality settling in for McCoy Stadium? Is the old ballpark walking towards the wrecking ball in lock step with the Industrial Bank (THE SUPERMAN) Building? The park, left abandoned by the carpet bagging Pawsox who bolted to Worcester, (thank you, Nick Mattiello), is in limbo… and spiraling into disrepair. McCoy was built on a swamp in the early 40’s and a recent engineering ground study suggests the land may not be suitable to support typical residential or commercial structures. What looks like prime Pawtucket real estate may not be so promising.
Superman’s making big headlines these days. First, DC Comics announced the “new” Superman, the son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane, will be revealed as bisexual in the November 9th issue of “SUPERMAN: SON OF KAL EL.” Then DC announced the MAN OF STEEL will be moving off “the American Way.” During a virtual DC Fandome event, the chief creative officer and publisher of DC said our greatest protector’s motto will be “evolving” from the well known mantra that he fights for “truth, justice and the American way.” Soup’s new “mission statement” will be “TRUTH, JUSTICE, AND A BETTER TOMORROW”. Sounds more like a 24-hour news network’s sig out to us. For the record “TRUTH, JUSTICE AND THE AMERICAN WAY” didn’t originate with The Man of Steel’s creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in the early comics. The saying came from the Superman radio serial in the early 40’s as a way to cheer on American military efforts in World War II.
Folks long thought the INDUSTRIAL BANK BUILDING resembled the DAILY PLANET BUILDING in the 50’s TV series, THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN. The building used for exterior shots in that TV show was, actually, Los Angeles City Hall.
Ron St. Pierre is a veteran broadcaster whose career has spanned over four decades. Ron has programmed, performed on and managed WHJJ, WPRO, WWRX, 790 The Score in Providence, as well as WBZT and WKGR in West Palm Beach and WABC in New York City. Ron also anchored sports on WPRI Ch 12 in Providence. He is a member of both the Rhode Island Radio and Television and the City of Pawtucket Halls of Fame. He was born and raised in Pawtucket.
Jen Brien has over 20 years of radio broadcast experience having hosted shows on WPRO and WHJJ with Ron as well as her own shows on WRKO and WBZ in Boston, WXTK on Cape Cod and WHAM in Rochester, New York. Jen was born and raised in Woonsocket and served six years in the Army MP Canine Unit.
Hazel, Ron’s dog, makes regular appearances.
“Ron and Jen’s Great Escape” podcast, a more lighthearted reaction to the events happening around us, can be found on YouTube and wherever you get your podcasts, with new episodes premiering Mondays and Wednesdays.