Greg Schiano Grieves Loss Of “Tony Soprano”June 21st, 2013
Joe was torn Wednesday when he learned the shocking news that James Gandolfini, far-better known as the boss of bosses, Tony Soprano, on the great HBO series “The Sopranos,” died of a heart attack in Italy.
The loss was more than felt by Bucs coach Greg Schiano, who got to know “T” via Rutgers. Gandolfini was a Rutgers graduate and strongly supported the Rutgers football program when Schiano took over. Schiano offered his condoleances via the Bucs’ official Twitter account.
“I am sad to hear of the passing of Jim Gandolfini,” Schiano said. “He was a great supporter of Rutgers Football long before it was fashionable to be so. His generosity in helping us lent relevance to our football program at a time when it was desperately needed. In addition to his acting acclaim, he will be remembered by all Rutgers people as a compassionate alum and a great New Jerseyian.”
Joe cannot remember a better drama on TV than “The Sopranos.” It was a strange mix of “The Godfather,” “Goodfellas,” “Leave it to Beaver,” and “The Three Stooges,” with Gandofini’s character a larger-than-life figure.
With the possible exception of “24” at its most paranoid, tech-geek, violent, peak, if there was a series better than “The Sopranos,” Joe has not seen it.
The bartenders, if not the dancers, at “The Bing” are wearing black armbands.