2004-02-27 / Sports

FDNY Wins Over NYPD In Close Basketball Game Battle

FDNY Wins Over NYPD In Close Basketball Game Battle

The FDNY topped the NYPD All Stars 98-90 before an energized pac ked house at St. Francis De Sales gym. The rugged firefighters burned their foes using an intense man-to-man de fense. Their offense was somewhat erratic as the cops packed in a zone to force the FDNY to work the ball around. FDNY’s offense was sometimes erratic and sloppy, resembling a game of hot potato, but their deep bench proved to be the difference.

The entire FDNY "Brooklyn" Hoops raised $1500.00 for the St. Francis de Sales School Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Luckily for the team, the Rockaway boys rose to the occasion. Rockaway’s favorite son, assistant coach Kevin "Flathead" Coursey helped front he event. He then worked the new husky ref like a stand up comic frequently changing the ref’s initial thoughts with his constant verbal attacks.

New coach, Steve Collins (replacing his little buddy) did a great job organizing the event and then getting his first major coaching victory using his many players like a chess master. One piece evidently not happy with his lack of court time was Jack "Arnold" Bradley. He was quoted on the post at the Harbor Light, "I got the beer, what else do I have to do to get in the game." Keep shooting Jack and keep your nose up and great job with the beer.

Thank God, Paul "the Gentle Giant" was signed to the Brooklyn squad for the night. His 26 rebounds were key to victory offsetting his trouble putting numerous wide-open lay-ups back that would have opened the game up. Welcome aboard, Big Paulie; Br. Wolf needs help now selling his Quebec t-shirts, Paul’s buddy, Sean "the Brow" attributed the gentle giant’s off shooting night to sweaty palms due to general nervousness with his initial local game in a Brooklyn uniform.aitress provided by the Harbor Light.

On a better note, after a shaky start imitating Charles Smith against the ’93 Bulls, Greg (N.H.) Hearn’s aggressive offense down the stretch with 13 offensive rebounds (12 on his own missed layups) offset his matador defense. Keith "Keef’ Long and Tim Riches ran that fastbeak all night Jumbo Miller officially announced his overdue retirement tearfully to his confidant, Coach Flathead in the post game. Brooklyn’s record during his tenure was 68-0 and with Coach Flathead’s help, is looking forward to a management role.

Extra tidbits: Special thanks to many, especially refs Ken Whelan and his husky partner, Bert. Also, the D.J. supplied by the Tubridy’s. The work staff was huge and even BlackJack’s 2BD-hour halftime show was entertaining. Rockaway Rugby legend Oakie led the FDNY chants from the beer line before his Irish exit to order the porgie special at the Harbor Light! Oak’s buddy Bob "Small Pipes" Johnson supported the Fire Dept. by slowing down the cops fast break with a timely spill. Coach Flathead was definitely not impressed with Bob’s effort.

Future fire point man, Ryan "Ears" Whelan was salivating at the game waiting for his chance at stardom. Good luck with your psychological this week, ears, you’ll need it. Ryan was not happy with the "Chairman of the Board", Mr. C grabbing his mane, setting him up with a full service day at Mr. Rocco’ s scissors of fury.

No doubt how Keef got the MVP many years ago after the long, warm embrace with his old coach at the post-game party. Good to see cherubic Marty McManus, successful manager of Jameson’s Pub support the FDNY squad and keep the hot dog guy on his toes. Noticeably absent from the event, was ex team supporter, the ageless power broker Ed "Not Eggy" Tolan. Ed’s apathy towards the squad is difficult to explain, rumors of the existence of a third party are rampant. His old running mate, "the Brow" boldly stated "Eddie Who?"Anyways, the next stop for the Brooklyn Bus are the beaches of San Diego. No more guarantees to the Mighty Quinn. Until then, bottoms up and calm down.

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