2002-08-31 / Columnists

Boyle-ing Points

By Kevin Boyle
Late Summer Potpourri

With all this talk about the baseball strike I figured its time we, the taxpayers, built these guys new stadiums.

One of the snags in the baseball negotiations is about steroid testing and how such testing would be administered. Baseball players who look like Olive Oyl one year and Bluto the next are now saying they’re for testing but hold on, there are privacy concerns that really have to be addressed. Yeah. I don’t know who’s taking the juice but some of these players are getting as big as a couple of the women on the pro tennis tour.

**Boyle-ing Over: A couple weeks back, I mentioned that several peninsula athletes will be playing on the college level this year and The Wave will do what it can to keep an eye on their progress. I hope Elio, the Wave’s regular sports editor, doesn’t rely on me for leads. Seems I got the McCormacks mixed up. Yeah, it’d be tough to follow the exploits of Kevin McCormack, however---since he’s a few years past his playing days. His son, Thomas, though will be playing basketball for Adelphi University in the fall. Speaking of McCormacks, I hear Ryan McCormack, one of the all-time best point guards to come from the Rockaway peninsula has signed with a professional team in Italy. That league is just about the toughest league this side of the NBA. Come to think of it, I’d like to see Ryan take over for Charlie Ward of the Knicks right now.

**Has anybody else experienced the grouchy meals they’ve been serving at the Beach 92 Street McDonald’s lately? Somebody said there’s new ownership and they follow the philosophy that you deserve a frown today. For me, it won’t be hard to boycott. The hamburger I got with the kids happy meal looked like it had a sneaker imprint on the roll.

**Phil DeBasket, longtime scribe of Graybeard Basketball, has been suspended without pay and will be reassigned as a result of his season recap in which he maligned basketball veteran Dan Conlon. Supporters of Conlon left voice mails (though some sounded like Conlon himself) denouncing DeBasket’s reporting and editorial commentary. Numerous emails demanding DeBasket’s resignation were received as well. According to sources, DeBasket was physically removed by security from the Wave premises. He was heard pleading with management about how it’s just a matter of style, how he likes to tear people down before building them up. Conlon was going to get his props, he said.

Apparently, Wave management didn’t want to take such a chance so they gave Phil DeBasket the heave-ho. Conlon’s fans do seem to have a point. The guy finally wins a championship and all he gets is grief?? Come on! No mention of how his game has remained consistently effective through the years? How he still hits the15 footer in his sleep? How his defense is underrated? Dan Conlon deserves his day in the sun.

Here’s hoping the above, highly favorable commentary doesn’t spark a backlash the other way.

***Mark your calendars!  The Graybeards will hold their Inaugural Blood Drive on Sunday, September 15 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the St. Francis de Sales school gym on Beach 129 Street. All Rockaway residents are encouraged to participate to help collect blood that is in short supply, especially at this time of year. To register or find out how you can help, please call 318-3890.

***So every street west of Beach 116 street is being ripped up. Don’t know anything about sewers but it sure seems as if they might finish one block before ripping up another.

***I’m so out of the loop. Can somebody tell me what the hot controversy is these days? What’s killing friendships? Remember the good old days of dunes or no dunes on the beach? The Beacon school at JHS 180. The Belle Harbor vs. Rockaway Park boundary (fence sitter that I am---I live in both). The barrier at Cronston and Beach Channel Drive. You can’t even say it’s the beach regulations---everybody agrees (well almost everybody) they’re dumb. Yes, Captain Talamo does have his supporters in the Bag of Mail. If "Captain Talamo is enforcing all laws" is a fact---as a letter in the Bag of Mail suggested --- then I say, watch out jaywalkers! And you on your bicycle---stop at the stop sign or red light. Obey all traffic laws! And don’t ride on the sidewalk---even if you want to ride alongside your six or seven year old child. You’ve got to ride in the street---that’s the law---and if you want to change it, well, there are legislative means. Hey, if those rules are enforced it’ll be, as the letter writer said, just another means of "improving the quality of life for each of us."

***I’ve had a nice nosy air conditioner blasting for 3 months straight---are the crows still out there at 5 in the morning?

***Speaking of regulations and law enforcement… Wanna hear a beauty? I got a ticket for having my Inspection sticker placed above my registration sticker. Apparently, according to the ticket-writing agent, the stickers are supposed to be side by side. Do you believe such crap?! I will make my case to the powers that be and get back to you. Then again, perhaps this ticket agent was just enforcing the law and helping to improve the quality of life for everyone. If that’s the case, I support him with all my heart. That $%#!&!

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