Boyle-ing Pointsby Kevin Boyle
The older you get the quicker the summer flies by. That impending doom first pokes its head through the summer fun around Fourth Of July. By July 5 I’m uttering my first, "Summer’s over." Let’s face it, after the Fourth, everything’s just a big wind-down.
Although some die-hards insist that that’s a tad premature there can be no arguing that summer is kaput when the final horn sounds at the Summer Classic, the basketball league held annually at St. Francis de Sales on Beach 129 street.
The curtain came down on Wednesday night as the girls high school division wrapped up play with the championship game. In what might have been the upset of the year---in any division---MAR Mechanical topped Marsh & mcClennan. What made the upset so stunning was that MAR played without the amazing Clare Droesch who was sidelined with a bum ankle. Marsh, meanwhile, came armed with Trish Tubridy and a team chock full of good players. After falling behind 11-3 in the early-going MAR applied full-court pressure and attacked the offensive boards leading to numerous second chances.
Bugsy Goldberg will provide all the details in a season re-cap in next week’s Wave. It’s worth noting that John Raphael coached MAR in its championsip run. John also helmed the boys winner in the fifth-sixth grade division. At the post-game news conference he vehemently denied that his teams were stacked. He denied even knowinbg that his own brother, Kevin, was the league commissioner.
Read Bugsy Goldberg’s recap in next week’s Wave.
So, summer’s over. Labor Day parties are desperate attempts to hang on to something that’s already gone. They’re like going to an after-hours joint. If you didn’t have enough fun before 4 a.m. you ain’t gonna have it after it.
Summer’s over; Labor Day parties stink.
Boyle-ing Points: Hoop fans remember that Eugene Brennan left Belle Harbor last year to play for the Runnin’ Rebels of Las Vegas. Well, he’s back in the area and will be playing at New York Tech.
Serious, serious hoop fans have heard of a kid called the "Jewish Jordan." He’s got a 47 inch vertical jump and Maryland has signed him even though he won’t be able to play on the Sabbath. Well, no less an authority than Levon Kaloylan says the kid’s all hype. He can jump out of the room but he’s got no game. Levon, who will star at Poly Prep this year, is known by a growing number of fans as the Rockaway Jordan. And that ain’t hype.
**After getting a look at some, uh, revealing photos Bob Johnson sent to The Wave there’s some sentiment growing for renaming the Rugby Club to the Irish Curse Club.
**Graybeards alert: lock the doors, don’t let the bride out the house. The Rockaway Rugby club will be hosting an All-Male Revue on Friday September 3 at their clubhouse. (Psss….sounds like a good night to run a poker game).
**Happy 40th birthday to Wave correspondent Brian King. Louie Pastina will do a laser show at the party.