The Big East Blast
The Big East Blast


March 2015

BLAST 5 was the best simply because of the 85 great guys that attended this year’s Blast. Guys came from Florida, Arizona, California and Oregon You guys set the example by showing your desire to be at the Blast. I observed great interaction among the Blasters this year. We also had five guys call me afterwards to ask if they could attend next year since they heard a lot about the Blast. These guys were not on our lists so we are getting a great reputation thanks to you guys!
We established the Blast Hall of Fame this year. We inducted Tom Nash of Holy Cross HS and Notre Dame University and legendary Coach Vince O'Connor of St. Francis Prep. Both men were inducted posthumously. 


Coach Tom Pugh was honored for his forty two years as Head Football Coach at Holy Cross HS.


We gave away $1,800 between award contests and raffle proceeds. A special thanks goes out to Chris Young (Hayes) for giving back part of his winnings back to the Blast so that an award could be given to another raffle winner.  We had our first official joke contest and you all did a great job. Guys told me they were practicing looking into the mirror in preparation for the event. Way to go men! We will do that again next year!


Tir Na Nog was excellent again - food, service and drinks were first class with Aisling leading the Tir Na Nog staff! Thanks. We are looking forward to returning next year.


My only regret is that we did not have as many guys in a few groups that I had hoped to have. This was not because of lack of effort on our part. To help remedy this we are taking a few new steps. Next year we will move the Blast to April 20, 2016 at Tir Na Nog. This will free up accountants from the tax preparing season. This will hopefully allow the warm weather crowd to come back so they can attend. This date will also free up the spring break parents who will not be tied up with that. The weather should be nicer as well.


Most importantly, some blasters volunteered to actively recruit certain groups. Thanks to the volunteers. 100 Blasters will be perfect for Tir Na Nog. We will "Rock That Joint". We are always looking to improve so I welcome any and all suggections in that regard.


So overall it was great!!! Thanks for your help recruiting and at the Blast. I also had a great workout! We will be in touch. Hopefully other guys will join us - WE WANT YOU! Good Health! Mark it down!! April 20, 2016!!!


If you need a doctor's note to get out of work, call me. Doctor Martin is ready to get you excused. Thanks for helping us to have such a GREAT TIME! 


Pete the Master Blaster and the Blast Committee.

February 2015 Update

The Big East Blast is just around the corner - Wednesday, March 11 to be exact. Master Blaster Pete Martin promises that this will be the best blast so far - don't miss the opportunity to re-connect with friends and teammates. As always, Pete has some new surprises in store for all the blasters in attendance. Festivities begin at 3:30 at Tir Na Nog, 315 West 39th Street, NYC. See you then - Chin straps optional!

The cost of the event is $95. It includes buffet dinner and top shelf open bar. Camaraderie with friends is free. 

Please send payment by March 2nd to: Peter Martin, 102 Fox Chase Court, Freehold, NJ 07728

June 2014 Update

Blast 4 was a big success. The new venue - Tir Na Nog - did an outstanding job. The Blasters in attendance had a great time. This site contains new pictures and testimonials from the event.

Blast 5 is set for March 11, 2015 and again will be held at Tir Na Nog from 3:30 to 7:30. Blasters have eight months to clear their schedule. To be forewarned is to be forearmed so no excuses! This will be our best blast for sure. 

I am in recruiting mode for new Blasters and have already added 15 new guys for Blast 5. I ask all of you to recruit as well. Guys will be more likely to attend if they know others who will be at the Blast. Send them to if they need more reasons to attend. Our goal is 100 Blasters for Blast 5.

Past Attendees


Ray Adiletta

Ernie Altimirano

Vince Ambroselli

Joe Avena

Tom Baxter

Mike Barang

Jon Bernstein

John Bibbo

Bob Bonistalli

Chris Brauer

Howie Burke

Gerry Byrnes

Mike Campbell

John Carlucci

Bill Catone

Bob Cesa

Rocky Colavito

Joe Crescenzo

Dan Crowe

Joe D’Angelo

Joe Darcy

Bob DeMarco

Ron DeMarco

Bud Denniston

John Devaney

Dan DeVoe

Rich Doino

Bob Donfield

Bob Erhardt

Tom Erhardt

George Emmons

Brian Feeney

Carmen Flamino

Bill Folkerts

Mike Forbes

Dan Gilhooley

Bob Graebe

Mike Grappone

Gerry Green

Bob Griffin

Kevin Griffin

Mike Griffin

Dave Gower

Mike Grotle

Gene Harris

John Heim

Lil John Heim

Ted Heim

Pete Higgins

Paul Iacullo

Pat Keneally

Bob Kenny

Tom Kiernan

Kevin Koop

Rudy Krizan

John Lium

Art Louise

Lonnie Lugo

Jeff Lund

Carl Maresca

Greg Martin

Justin Martin

Pete Martin

Pete Martin Jr.

Nez Martin

Paul Matacera

Frank McDonough

Jim McHugh

Gerry McNamara

Rob Morini

Jim Muse

Tom Nash

Pat Nash

Vince O’Connor

Dennis O’Malley

Bill Orlaskey

Frank Orzo

Mile Paolillo

Mike Pappagallo

Bill Paonessa

Bob Piazza

Bob Piekarski

Kevin Philzone

Ed Plank

Kim Purcell

Jim Pugh

Tom Pugh

Tom Ponosuk

Darrell Reid

Ken Rehders

Steve Reynolds

Jim Robertson

Ed Robinson

George Robinson

Dan Romanello

Ken Salvatore

Ed Sforza

Mickey Spillane

Pat Spitaletta

Joe Stun

Sean Smith

Tom Smith

Kevin Swan

Eric Swanson

Steve Swanson

Greg Tarone

Joe Tartaglia

Joe Terilli

Ted Tomaszewski

Greg Toop

Mike Toop

Joe Toscano

George Thorsen

Steve Trentacoste

Pete Trupia

Tom Uhlig

Len Vecchio

Rudy Wanderusch

Hugh Walsh

John Walsh

Paul White

Pete Wiederlight

Terry Wiederlight

Brian Wright

Tom Wright





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