Garden State of Mind: The Nets Say "So Long" to New Jersey
As the shortened NBA season comes to an end, last night's game between the New Jersey Nets and Philadelphia 76ers signified more than just the end of a dismal season for the Nets. It also marked the team's last home game in the Garden State.
After 36 years in New Jersey, the Nets are scheduled to move to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn at the start of next season.
The franchise team, partially-owned by Jay-Z, honored team greats from the past with a halftime tribute to mark the occasion and here's five songs that put us in a Garden State of mind.
"Jersey Girl" - Tom Waits
"Tonight I'm gonna take that ride/Across the river to the Jersey side/Take my baby to the carnival/And I'll take her on all the rides."
"You Can't Catch Me" - Chuck Berry
"New Jersey Turnpike in the wee wee hours/I was rolling slowly 'cause of drizzlin' showers/Here come old flattop he was movin' up with me/Then come wavin' goodbye/In a little old souped up jitney/I put my foot in my tank and I begin to roll/Moanin' sirens, t'was the state patrol/So I let out my wings and then I blew my horn/Bye-bye New Jersey I become airborne."
"I Like Jersey Best" - John Pizzarelli
"Travelling down the Turnpike/heading for the shore/A thought just then occurred to me/I never thought before/I've been a lot of places/Seen pictures of the rest/But of all the places I can think of/I like Jersey best."
"I'm From New Jersey" - John Gorka
"There are girls from New Jersey/Who have that great big hair/
They're found in shopping malls/I will take you there."
"Born to Run" - Bruce Springsteen
"Baby this town rips the bones from your back/It's a death trap, it's a suicide rap/We gotta get out while were young/`cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run."