Everett DJ Moonlights as Star Quarterback

Leader Herald Staff

Quarterback Zeke Santiago braces for the football in pregame warmups.
Photo by Joe Resnek

When he’s not spinning tunes at local entertainment venues and parties, Zeke Santiago (Zeke the DJ) is passing spirals to his teammates as the quarterback of the Mass Warriors, a semi-pro football team out of Weyland that competes in the New England Football League (NEFL). This past Saturday he led his team to a raucous 28-14 victory over the Somerville Chargers.  

“It felt great,” said Santiago, who was 7 of 9 with 150 yards and two touchdowns. At 4-0, the Warriors are currently the number one seed in the league.

Santiago brings his experience from Chelsea, where he was a two-sport all-star for the 2005 Chelsea High School Red Devils. Santiago has been a professional DJ based in Everett for the past decade, over which time he’s also been playing semi-pro football for the NEFL.  

He told the Leader Herald that playing football is more than just a hobby.  

“I feel like I need to play. It’s a passion. I was debating whether or not to play this year but I just felt like I had to,” said Santiago.

His next game is Saturday at 6:30PM at Weyland High School. 

Zeke is a full-time DJ in the area; he can be reached at zekethedj.com.

Bill Russell

The death of Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell is giant loss.

For those of us old enough to remember his heroics on the basketball court – and his heroics in life, Russell represented about the best in professional athletes and human beings on and off the court.

He didn’t put up with racism. He always spoke out. He was bitter about how he was treated in Boston for many years before he became a sports God.

Russell was about as good as a professional athlete could be in the time he played.

He has been voted the greatest player in professional basketball history.

We’re not sure what Michael Jordan or Lebron James would have to say about that.

Intellectually, Russell towered above all the rest playing during his time.

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Getting Revved Up For Fall Sports!

Leader Herald Staff

Few cities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are more renowned for their high school sports programs than Everett.

Coming off the heels of a surprising 2022, the Tide hopes to ramp things up a bit with the kickoff
of their 2022-2023 fall sports season this Saturday at 10AM at Sacramone Park.

At that event there will be free lunch and slush for all athletes and families. There will
also be a punt, pass, and kick contest, face painting, corn hole, yard pong and various
other assorted games.

At the center of the day will be a kickball contest between first responders and Tide athletes. Contestants must be 8+ to play and can sign up at the main hut.

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Online Betting OK’D In Last Minute Deal

Photo by Jim Mahoney

By Josh Resnek

A last-minute deal the House and Senate worked out during an all night session that went into Monday morning allows both
in-person and online sports wagering, including some college games, and sets up the Gaming Commission as the regulatory body overseeing the practice.

The bill sailed through each branch Monday morning and now sits on Governor Charlie Baker’s desk.

He has 10 days to act on the legislation.

Governor Baker has consistently maintained he will sign the bill into law.

After years and years of stops and starts, online wagering will become a reality here.

The state expects to reap the benefit of hundreds of millions of dollars in new tax revenues.

For the Wynn folks who own and run Encore, sports betting online will be a windfall – a powerful, steady, rich stream of new money coming in without the need of building a new facility.

When you can place your first bet is anyone’s guess.

The Senate’s chief budget writer, Sen. Michael Rodrigues, told reporters Monday that betting could “hopefully” start in time for the fall football season, according to a report carried by MassLive.

“Yeah, I think it will be,” the Westport Democrat said when asked if sports betting will be up and running in time for football season.

“Hopefully. You can bet on in-state football teams, so you can bet on the Patriots.”

Casinos and online betting companies hailed the law’s passage as a win for the state and Massachusetts residents.

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Big Papi

The induction into Baseball’s Hall of Fame of David Ortiz was a giant moment for baseball and for the Boston Red Sox and for all of us who watched many of his finest moments during a long a grand career.

His first round induction into the Hall of Fame says a great deal about Big Papi’s stature as well as his popularity.

He was, in every way, what baseball fans and sports fans all over the world regard as a clutch ball player.

He wielded an explosive bat. He hit over 500 homeruns and he led the Red Sox to world championships.

Big Papi at bat during a critical moment of a big game rarely disappointed the fans or himself.

His unlikely rise from abject poverty in the Dominican Republic to become one of the greatest baseball players of his time should prove as an inspiration to many younger ballplayers trying to make it.

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