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Giants fan/shofar blower/rocker wins Tony for 'Memphis' score

Speaking of vuvuzelas and other exotic horns, mazel tov to David Bryan, the Bon Jovi keyboardist, who won a Tony Sunday for writing the score for best-musical-winner "Memphis."

I first met Bryan in the Giants locker room after a game when I recognized him not as a member of Bon Jovi but as the best shofar blower I ever have heard. (He used to be a regular at the same synagogue as me.)

The friend he was with found that extremely amusing.

I once discussed Bryan's shofar skills with Jon Bon Jovi himself, who told me he is tired of hearing Bryan brag about that.

That conversation with Bon Jovi came during an Arena Football League news conference at the ESPN Zone, which is closing this week.

Other memorable moments for me during the 11 years of the restaurant's existence:

Attending the 2000 news conference at which the Giants unveiled their retro, lower-case "ny" helmet logo; attending the after-party for the premiere of "Invincible;" talking to Elisabeth Hasselbeck (not about politics) during a horse racing news conference; going out to lunch with ESPN p.r. staffers after the network's upfront presentation to advertisers; playing pop-a-shot with my daughter there a couple of months ago.

One last Jewish reference: Every time the Yankees and Mets both are off on a Monday I am reminded of a kid I met at summer camp in 1971.

He was an orthodox Jew, and he was adamant in telling me that the Yankees are off on Saturdays. I told him his parents evidently had been lying to him, because the Yankees never are off on Saturdays. They usually are off on Mondays or Thursdays.

He didn't believe me. I sometimes wonder whether he's figured it out by now.

I'm off to write newspaper stuff now. Enjoy Japan vs. Cameroon.


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