Brooklyn FDNY Basketball Dominate Over Chicago
The Brooklyn FDNY Basketball Team remains undefeated after stomping the Chicago Fire Department before an SRO crowd at the Horizon on DePaul University’s campus. The New Yorkers pulled away with a 104-82 victory despite sloppy play and some noticeable unexcused no-shows. The back-to-back Chicago cub matinee games with the team roast at the Cubby Bear on Waveland Avenue might explain the squad’s sluggish start at gametime.
One player seemed rejuvenated with his new threads: one of Rockaway’s greatest big men ever, Paul Peterson’s inspired play for the Brooklyn squad had management ecstatic. Paul raced up and down the court all night like it was Msgr. McClancy JV tryouts all over again. Management wants to know what it will take to get a full time commitment from Paul? Maybe getting his personal playmaker, Kevin "B.B." Murphy out of retirement?
One player voting against that move is former Rockaway boy turned Breezy Pt. Jackie Bradley. His minutes have increased but now he’s angling to run the offense directly thru him. Rockaway’s favorite son, Kevin "Coach Flathead" Coursey is mortified with the demanding needs of Jackie. Tempers are simmering and these inner conlicts better correct themselves before the summer barnstrorming tour lands in Cleveland next month. The coach wasn’t happy with the overanxious play of point guard Timmy Riches. Timmy seemed more preoccupied with making it back to the Irish Circle for dinner Sunday instead of running the offense on Saturday.
The recent warm weather had helped a little with the tremendous weight problem of center Wil "Chewbacca" Downey as his outdoor workouts have increased. The Parks Dept. is attempting to get a supergiant lifeguard stand down to the beach so the loveable giant can patrol Rockaway beaches again. Newly acquired team manager, Jerry Curran, joyfully embraced his role with the team but management definitely wants to cut out any future lengthy speeches, just worry about icing the cooler up.
The next game against the Cleveland Fire Department should be a true character test for the FDNY squad. Coach Flathead is ready to take on the souped up mechanical bull at the Cleveland Rock and Roll museum.
With no help from Mother Nature, Mike Andrews’ family and friends did a great job running his second annual clambake. Despite the fourteen straight hours of steady, heavy downpour, everyone dug in and had a great day. Nigel Powers wasn’t going to let anyone rain on his parade as he gave Ed "Not Eggy" Tolan and Sean "The Brow" a quick lesson in "Smooth as Silk 101".
However, Ed "Not Eggy" seemed a little short and snappy with Cliff "Red Dog" Sheulin when Cliff warned Ed about the dangerous, swirling winds as the storm brewed. Rockaway Fishead Legend John O’ Connor anchored the FDNY Rugby Team all day at the Sevens Tourney with his breakway speed, behind the back passes and inspired all around play. Too bad Oakie couldn’t lift that piano off his buddy Bob Johnson’s back after he was easily caught and pulled down by that portly Carib Cougar defender from fifteen yards behind the play. Bob looked like Mo Vaughn tagging up after Rusty Staub’s BBQ Rib Party.
The R.I.B.’s are throwing a huge beach party on Friday, July 4 at Beach 130 Street in memory of their buddies and it should be a huge day. (B.Y.O.B.) Ryan "Ears" Whelan has been eying up Kevin Murphy’s retired #2 Brooklyn jersey even before he’s in the fire academy. The Brooklyn FDNY squad sends a huge shout-out to Christ Meeks, Kevin Wooods and their co-workers for sponsoring the barnstorm nationwide tour. Finally, the Saturday night dinner special of the year at the Harbor Light last week, a finely aged, snapping and dead porgy was the hit of the night. Anyway, bottoms-up and Calm Down.