Evangelist following in his dad’s footsteps

Published Jan 8, 2017 at 9:00am

Did you know Bob Evangelist was an outstanding athlete at Rome Free Academy back in 1965? He played baseball and basketball and ended up a principal in the Rome City School District at John E. Joy Elementary School. He retired a few years ago and moved with his wife Lynn to Arizona. His son Jason just became the superintendent of Holland Patent School District last week. “The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.”

Pick of the Week: Giants 21, Packers 17. The G Men have a great defense and are peaking at the right time. I feel like a Brady/Manning matchup is brewing once again for the Super Bowl.

Pick of the Week II: Clemson 28, Alabama 27. The Tigers have the best player in the country at quarterback in Deshaun Watson.  I hope Rome’s No. 1 Alabama fan Steve Reed will still talk to me.

Last week, I went to the Davidson/Richmond A10 basketball game in Charlotte. DJ Carstensen was one of the officials and did a great job. Did you know he is going to be a grandfather this spring? His son Chad and beautiful wife Kate are expecting and they were both outstanding basketball athletes for Rome Catholic High and RFA respectively.

The talk of the town is the RFA boys basketball team. The Black Knights are 8-1 overall and 4-0 in league play with Notre Dame next up on Thursday. They beat Proctor last Tuesday and it’s the first win over their Utica rivals since 1992. Coach Nick Medicis has one of the best teams in Section lll and the home games are packed. This is like the old times back in the 70’s and 80’s when Coach Buddy Evans was at the helm.

Geek of the Week: The Big Ten, the 3-7 record in the bowl games was embarrassing especially Ohio State getting shut out by Clemson.

Geek of the Week ll: Duke University for letting Grayson Allen off with just a one-game suspension. 

Last week I had a visit with former NFL head coach Marty Schottheimer. He coached the Browns, Redskins, Chiefs and Chargers over his career. He is looking to move into our 55 and over neighborhood and the house his wife likes is right next to mine. OMG, that would be so much fun to talk sports everyday with him.

Carole Eilenberg passed away last week in Florida. She was the daughter of former Mayor Carl Eilenberg and a graduate of Rome Catholic back in the 70’s. Our condolences go out to Carl and Susan and their family. May she Rest In Peace. Al Panara died last week and he was a great man. He was a devoted husband and father yet found the time to be the Commander of Smith Post. He was the man behind the scenes on those state baseball championships coached by Tony Abone. Our sympathies go out to his children Paul and Karen. 

Love those who will love you when you have nothing to offer, but your company.