2000-07-08 / Sports

Graybeard Hoops

AWOL Players Muddle
Playoff Picture
By Phil DeBasket

As Clyde Frazier might say there was much consternation and conflagration last week when no Graybeard article appeared in The Wave. Fact is, there was nothing to write about. The games have been remarkable in their unremarkableness. These are the dog days of the 10 game season. Too many games are played with the absence of key players thereby distorting meaning of such game and consequently, the league standings.

The Red Rabbits sit alone the top. Are they that good or are they beneficiaries of their own nearly perfect attendance? We say it’s the latter and we say they will fall in the playoffs.

Besides lacking key players, the games also seem to lack intensity and crispness. It appears that Jack Weber’s wisdom: (everybody makes the playoff, so relax)…has taken hold. So until the money games get underway in a couple of weeks we’ll just have to snooze our way through the last couple of games. Wake me if something good happens.

Steve Stathis, the 50-year-old wonder boy, didn’t miss a shot for three weeks. We reported a few weeks ago about him hitting a couple of three pointers. Well, he followed that feat with a 2-2 outing and then another perfect performance a week later. In this league of players who can’t shoot straight, it’s definitely a record.

Kevin Kelleher picked up his annual technical foul. That’s a case of beer penalty, of course. But league officials are debating if the fine should be heavier. Why? His sainted mother was in the stands.

Bill Armstrong was out of uniform last week. His shorts were used in Operation Sail.

The Wave sports section was derelict in its duties by not reporting the miraculous re-emergence of Jim Leaper Howley. After playing like donkey dung for four weeks, the Lord of Leap had his knee drained and just like that he could fly again. Although his team has a lock on the regular season cellar they might surprise come playoff time now that Leaper’s got his legs again (that and if Joe J. McCormack snaps out of his season-long hibernation). League historians recall the last time a Leaper-lead team finished last in the regular season his team was wearing the long sleeves on Championship night. Further proof that this team might still surprise: John Ippelito took great exception to Mr. Bogard’s crusty criticism (Bogie tells his mailman, one James Walsh, that Ippelito stinks. Word gets to Ipp…he doesn’t like it….he says he’s gonna drop 40 on somebody….if it happens in the playoffs Upset Uncle will be in the building).

Dan Conlon hit a three pointer this year. (That’s all the good ink he’s getting).

Kevin Boyle, as usual, is on the injured reserve but he filled in for a half last week---long enough for him to give a charlie horse to Long Haired George (just like old times).

Brian Boyle tossed in 43 points last game. When he scores his age, we’ll really be impressed.

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