Sunday, August 2, 2015

Bible Study, Jersey Style

Once upon a lifetime ago...

OK, it was a mere thirty years ago but at this point in the journey, it sure as hell feels like a lifetime. 

But I digress...

Way back when on the tour in support of the Born in the U.S.A. album (for those readers under a certain age, think a large, vinyl version of a CD with cool, built-in scratches and hisses), Bruce Springsteen would regularly wind his way into playing "Pink Cadillac" by telling a story straight out of the Book of Genesis from the Old Testament: 


According to the "latest theological studies" (circa 1985), the Garden of Eden, which it had long been believed was located in Mesopotamia had been revealed to have been located someplace completely different...ten miles south of Jersey City right off of the New Jersey Turnpike.  Who knew?  First, Adam and Eve.  Much later, Hoffa. 

While neither Adam nor Eve...nor any fruit-bearing serpent is expected to make an appearance in the State of Concrete Gardens today, we are playing host to a creature whose name has Old Testament connotations.  

Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah is competing, today, for the first time since he completed his history-making trip in the Belmont Stakes in early June in the Haskell Invitational.  The Haskell is the summer's signature event for the good folks at Monmouth Park Racetrack.  While I am not a horse-racing person, I have a soft spot in my heart for Monmouth Park as it serves as the launching pad for the New Jersey Marathon.  Although I must confess that when I saw the way Pharoah's arrival at Monmouth Park was treated, I felt a bit slighted.  I would wager that he did not have to wait in line for fifteen minutes just to pee. 

Today, a whole hell of a lot of people are going to be at Monmouth Park to see whether American Pharoah will continue to run like a champion or simply walk like an Egyptian.   I have no idea whether the field against which he shall compete today contains an actual challenger although I kind of hope that it does not.  I would very much enjoy seeing him win in a cakewalk.  The big fella is, after all, on a "Victory Tour" this summer...


-AK 

2 comments:

Judith Pack said...

Great day for American Pharoah in New Jersey today. I am not a knowledgeable race horse person, but this horse is stunning, and sure makes winning look easy.

Adam Kenny said...

He certainly did. And he received a far warmer reception in NJ than our Governor did.