RBVL Regular Season
By Joe McGivney
The Rugby Club threw another terrific party Wednesday night with a new twist by providing a delicious 6-foot hero for the gang to chow down on. The good grub highlighted a lovely evening in the clubhouse backyard. However, the Fishheads were wondering if their co-hosts from the Red Division needed driving directions since they were noticeably absent.
The regular season concludes next week, 8/7 with a position night matching 1st vs. 2nd, 3rd vs. 4th, 5th vs. 6th and 7th vs. 8th place teams. Coppersmith's needs one win to lock up the Red Division title and Kerry Hills Pub has clinched the White by a large margin but the feature match will pit The Irish Circling Sharks against It's All Good for the regular season championship in the Blue Division. Think Ali - Frazier for the magnitude of this heavyweight bout! In the White Division the last playoff spot is up for grabs and will be decided by the outcome of the matches of One Win and The Odd Couples. Remember that the last two teams in each division do not make the playoffs.
8/10 is Championship Saturday and the RBVL has planned an all-day extravaganza at Riis Park. Nets will be available for set-up at 9:45 a.m. and the first round games will begin at 10:30 a.m. The teams will face off in a 3 vs. 6 and 4 vs. 5 formats with the winners advancing against the 2nd and 1st place teams who secured byes in the first round. The second round is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and the finals will begin at about 2:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided in the form of various bagel hero sandwiches but please bring your own liquid refreshments. Bugsy will provide some easy listening music throughout the day as well.
Start getting ready for the League Dinner, which will be scheduled for a date soon after the season ends. Final details are being worked out as we speak but there is a high likelihood that it will be held at the Rockaway Knights of Columbus on a Friday night in early September. Start talking it up so that we can make this year's event even better than last year's (if that is possible).
Now for some highlights from Wednesday night! Abbracciamento's may have won their match 5-0 over Jameson's but they apparently have lost the league drinking title they have held for many years. Age, marriage and overtime seem to have finally taken their toll on the squad. Although their attendance at the post-game receptions has been OK it has fallen way short of their lofty standards. When the pregnant Patty Melt leads the team in attendance you know you're in trouble. Once again, congratulations to Patty and Simon on the birth of their lovely, healthy daughter Juliana Sophia Josephine on 7/19. Buck wants to know what Rocky is made of? Is he a man or a mouse? He is still waiting for Rocky to spike a ball rather than the dozen or so dinks he dropped over the net.
The trash talking is reaching a feverish pitch, as It's All Good and the Sharks prepare for their title match next week. Opposing players wonder what the excitement is about since both units specialize in early exits from the playoffs. Murph seems to have put the bad sausage behind him as he returned to vintage 1992 form. However, the team would not have carried the night without the performance of Mrs. Bugsy, Marybeth who also showed flashes of her 1992 self. The rumors are starting to fly again about Seal Moore being picked up by the Red Division but TBG insists he'll be wearing blue again next season. (That's if he still wants his daughter on the basketball team.) Thanks to the very thoughtful Cement Shoes Flanagan, who brought a full cooler to celebrate Joe Abbracciamento's birthday. Although the Rugby Club has an ultra relaxed dress code, Tim "The Mailman" Murphy managed to break it by showing up without shoes of any kind.
Kevin of the Fishheads had a notable achievement when he served 8 consecutive points to win a game. Amazingly, Dancer topped that with 11 points in a row for Just Healy's. Bobby "Big Toe" Whelan was so moved by this serving exhibition that he showed up at the post-game party for the first time in recent memory. Can anyone stop the runaway freight train known as the Kerry Hills Pub? We'll find out the answer in the next 10 days. More cleavage has been displayed this season than in any other year and that doesn't even count commissioner, Patty Melt who is breast-feeding at the beach. Polls show that most of the men in the league favor this trend. Keep up the good work ladies!
Next week is the last Wednesday night to celebrate after the volleyball action. Make sure you stop by Jameson's Pub for the wrap up party. You can always go visit your own sponsor any of the other 354 days of the year. See you on the beach Wednesday and Saturday!