1999-06-19 / Columnists

Boyle-ing Points

by Kevin Boyle

Although Jerry Lucas, Emil Lucev and I might be the only ones to recall ….this space did float the idea last fall that the Knicks with the addition of Latrell Sprewell might become a championship team. I said at the time and I’ll say it again: What a statement for the age….what a symbol of our society: With a Knicks championship Latrell Sprewell will ride in a ticker-tap parade in the Canyon of Heroes. The world is ending, the world is ending. God almighty, the world is ending.

That little twist is the inevitable end of this fairy tale season. Yes, the Knicks will pull a Muhammad Ali and shock the world. Right before it ends.

With all the hoopla surrounding the Knicks surprising title run you’d think someone in the mainstream media would note that that the greater the Knick success the more misery Pat Riley feels. It’s not just winning, as they say, it’s making the other guy miserable that really feels good. Thanks, Riles.

Even if they experience a broom in the Finals this Knick team is so much easier to root for than that smash-mouth team of 1994 which lost to Houston in the championship round. Even with Sprewell. And if they somehow pull it off I’ll whoop and holler and act like Carlissimo choked my man, Latrell.

Boyle-ing Points:

In the early 1980s a Kevin Boyle played basketball for Iowa; another played for Seton Hall; another at Manhattanville; and another at Harvard. They did little to distinguish themselves---with the exception of the guy at Iowa. His team went to the NCAA Final Four----where he promptly set a record which still stands nearly 20 years later. He managed to shoot a woeful 19 percent from the floor---a stat that links us more than our name---No one’s done it worse.

Though I’ve never met them there’s a father and son tandem in Rockaway going by Kevin Boyle these days. Dad, I hear, spends a lot time telling people "No, I’m not that Kevin Boyle."

Junior, meanwhile, seems out to prove that Kevin Boyles are not a dime a dozen. Apparently he’s out to make sure no one confuses him with any other KB. The seventh grader just hurled a perfect game in Little League was week. Keep this up, kid, and they’ll only be one Kevin Boyle.

**As you’ll see if you read the Graybeard basketball column, Skipper Edwards turned 49 this week. The man who picked Lemon Drop Kid to win the Belmont said he has one birthday wish: break my leg and put me out to stud.

**Kudos to Joe Mingino for doing such a great job making teams in the fifth and sixth grade division of the Summer Classic so even.

**Read The G-Man. Many people follow the G-Man---and if you don’t think so, read this week’s column!

**Victor Harrison, profiled in The Wave a while back, is back in town---but just for a while. You’ll remember the hoop star has made a nice career playing ball overseas. Before heading back he’ll address the students at PS 105 about his career and how education is far more important than a hoop dream.

**The honeymoon is over. Rugby Bob Johnson promises to deliver more Scrum Down News now that he’s married and no longer has to be on his best behavior.

Wedding photo of Bob Johnson

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