Random notes and thoughts heading into the home stretch before Christmas:


I have sensed an obvious effort by many of say “Merry Christmas” this year instead of the more politically-correct “Happy Holidays” and there is nothing wrong with that. As a matter of fact it’s rather refreshing and even if you’re not a Christian you should not be offended by the term. The truth is that many non-Christians celebrate other facets of Christmas so accept the wishes and understand they are just one persons way of expressing feelings of good will towards you.


On a somewhat related note the hatred shown by some to Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow because he has strong religious beliefs is shallow and absurd. Some athletes go around and throw God out there with little sincerity but Tebow is a young man of conviction who “walks the walk and talks the talk.” He happens to be a very decent person who helps others and bothers nobody. You can have the pro athlete who brings attention to himself by being a jackass…I’ll take Tebow because the world could use a lot more of him.


I couldn’t help but notice a story in the Asbury Park Press today about a two- car accident in Lakehurst that was apparently the fault of one of the drivers who according to the newspaper is 100 years old. What else do I have to say?


Yesterday morning I alluded to Eric LeGrand, the Rutgers football player who was paralyzed last fall and is making remarkable progress…so much so that he’s on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated. Tonight the Jackson Memorial High School Girls and Boys Basketball teams will play a doubleheader against Atlantic Christian Academy with all proceeds going to the Eric LeGrand Believe Fund and the 21-year old Scarlet Knight will be in attendance with his family. Turns out LeGrand is the cousin of Jazmin Curet, a junior who plays for the Lady Jaguars. Those coming out to tonight’s games are encouraged to wear red and show their support for LeGrand and his foundation. The Girls take the court at 5pm with the Boys game to follow.