2002-11-30 / Sports

Crimes Can Occur In Secret Or Out In The Open

By Elio Velez

By Elio Velez

The sports column normally seen here will begin this week with an advisory for everyone. A story that hasn’t been reported or is under the radar due to War Talk 2002 or the supposed death of the Democratic Party will hurt people as soon as 2003 begins.

New York State will raise the bus and subway fares next year. It is almost a guarantee.

Now how can that be you ask? The buses are crowded, there seems to be less or raggedy service (The Green Bus Line is abominable) and the A train has seen a rise in ridership at all hours of the day. The MTA and the State should have been reaping a windfall of cash all these years. But intermittent to lousy service will slowly return to bite people in the butt.

So fares will be raised to $2 bucks because Election Day has passed. It is safe because the same people who wanted to pass the fare in the first place (Pataki to start) were elected to do the task of fare hikes. The regular folk are always asked to take the hit. Willt here be a day where people will go out their windows and yell that we aren’t going to take it anymore? Or do we continue to just let politicians decide the fate of millions behind closed doors? Oh wait, it just did happen.

If the quick increase for the property tax by the City Council and the Mayor is any indication, the New Year will be full of new taxes. Doesn’t it just suck?

The Portland JailBlazers

The NBA should really think about hiring Johnnie Cochran on a full time basis to help defend the TrailBlazers for their continuing crimes for this dysfunctional and nutty franchise. Head coach Maurice Cheeks stated the obvious. "I think it's an issue we have to deal with. We have to be accountable for the things that we do and the things that we say.''

You ain’t lying there Mo. The count so far:

Guard Damon Stoudamire and Rasheed Wallace were both arrested for smoking an big fat hyrdo marijuana joint in plain view of the cops.

Police had charged Stoudamire earlier this year when they found a large bag of weed in his house after they responded to a burglar alarm in his house. A judge threw out the search.

Rasheed Wallace, a noted hothead for his uncontrollable temper with his coaches, teammates (threw a towel at Arvydas Sabonis), refs and the whole world, has been thrown out of many ballgames for his temper. (41 technicals in 2000-01) He may face up to mandatory jailtime with Damon if convicted.

Guard Bonzi Wells, also noted for his surly behavior, was arrested in December of 2001 for refusing to leave the scene of a fight in Portland.

Even the young players get into the act. 20-year-old Zach Randolph was arrested on charges of underage drinking in Marion, Michigan.

And here may be the craziest rap sheet for any player, heck even a person.

Forward Ruben Patterson, arrested on November 25 for felony domestic assault charge for assaulting his wife. Patterson has been arrested twice before and pleaded guilty and on probation since 2001 for trying to rape his children’s nanny. Patterson, a registered sex offender, in Oregon and Washington, had his bail posted by his teammate Derek Anderson.

Anderson hasn’t got into trouble. Yet.

Court TV should have a field day reporting on the trials of these players. The JailBlazers should be embarrassed for presenting such a team to their fans.

Your Assistance Is Needed

With Men’s and Women’s College Basketball just underway, the Wave would like to feature those people who are playing in winter collegiate sports. We would like your help in submitting present players who have lived in Rockaway, Broad Channel or areas where this paper is viewed. Last year, the Wave featured Rockaway players such as Clare Droesch, who plays for Boston College, Sharif Fordham, who attended St. John’s University in Queens and Kevin Fitzgerald, who attends Boston University.

If any person would like to tell of us someone who plays for any collegian or university sport for example such as football, you can send an email to editor@rockawave.com, write to us or call us at (718) 634-4000

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