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Thoughts about the Pinstripe Bowl

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Bronx, NY – The 2013 New Era Pinstripe Bowl was an event held at Yankee Stadium on a perfect autumn-esque Saturday between the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and Scarlet Knights of Rutgers.

Seeing the sea of red and waves of blue throughout Yankee Stadium was breath-taking. From the Scarlet Knight’s cowbell fan to the Fighting Irish fans raising each other in the air for push-ups after every Notre Dame touchdown, the sellout crowd of 47,122 spectators added a special dimension to Saturday’s beautiful atmosphere.

Other highlights included interacting with Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish mascot, the leprechaun and several fans from both sides. As a result of their commitment and passion for their teams, Yankees President Randy Levine estimated the economic impact of Pinstripe Bowl was to be approximately $25M for New York City.

As entertaining as it was to witness the Fighting Irish’s 29-16 triumph over the Scarlet Knights, I considered the bowl game to be a secondary highlight of the afternoon. Truth is, my conversations with Howard Goldin of Bronx News, Lloyd Carroll of the Queens ChronicleBobby Ciafardini of BronxNet TV and our Photographer Daniel Budasoff was my highlight of the Pinstripe Bowl.

Not only are all four gentlemen fantastic individuals to know, I consider them my friends. Despite the different publications we write and represent, I appreciate their consistent contribution here at Latino Sports. Their contribution as well as everyone else involved here makes my job a joy.

In the case of the Pinstripe Bowl, their presence greatly enhanced our coverage of the bowl game. In addition to covering the game, we had a pleasant conversation about the  ever-evolving state of local coverage. During the game, I had the opportunity to talk with a member of the Yankees front office to talk about Major League Soccer’s second New York club, New York City Football Club or NYCFC for short.

Without going too much into detail, we had talked about NYCFC’s 2015 inaugural season and some of the plans. Until I’m given an official statement from the Yankees, I’m unable to comment any further. In the meantime, you can read about my coverage of NYCFC by clicking here.

Following the Pinstripe Bowl, I enjoyed the conversation I had with several of my friends who attended the bowl game. Somewhere in our conversation we talked about the movie, Rudy. We debated whether the outcome or the journey itself made an individual’s dream a success. Whether we want to admit or not, it’s one of those postgame conversations that strengthened our friendship.

Let’s be honest, no matter how big, small, realistic or outrageous it was, we’ve all had dreams. Here’s a some food for thought, how far did you go into your journey. Was it a success? Was it a failure? Were you set back by life’s realities? Do you still carry your dream close to your heart? The only individual who knows is yourself. Happy New Year’s and remember, it’s never too late.

“If you have a dream in your life, go ahead, it’s possible.”- Lyoto Machida

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