2004-04-16 / Sports

Bradley Quits FDNY Hoops… Armageddon Next?

Bradley Quits FDNY Hoops… Armageddon Next?

In happier times, the FDNY Brooklyn basketball squad celebrates another win.In happier times, the FDNY Brooklyn basketball squad celebrates another win.

The blissful, harmonious existence of the FDNY Brooklyn Basketball Club comes to a screeching halt this week before the biggest challenge to its 68-0 undefeated record.

The team has been practicing ferociously lately in anticipation of its May 16 contest with the Israeli National Team. As the old school members and new additions have been awkwardly jelling, original team member Jack Bradley has abandoned the squad.

Citing a general disrespect and an inability to coexist with the new breed of no defense, shot first mentalities of the younger players, Jack is done with the Brooklyn squad.

On the record, Jack told this reporter "I didn’t retire, I qui!". Rockaway’s favorite son, Coach Kevin "Flathead" Coursey is devastated by his long time friend’s actions. Coach Flathead will try to mend broken fences with his defensive stopper.

The irony exists because Brooklyn management was preparing to pay for Jack and his incredibly stunning wife Janine’s trip to Ireland in recognition for his many contributors. The FDNY Brooklyn squad is playing Dublin F.D. on the emerald Isle in June.

The game versus the Israel National Team is at 5 p.m., May 16 at Riverbank State Park at 145 Street and Riverside Drive in Manhattan. All are welcome.

Extra Tidbits

Congrats to Rockaway’s own Kevin "B.B." Murphy, Paul Peterson and multi-sport star Robbie as Ladder 170 made the FDNY city-wide finals versus a stacked questionable roster of Bronx firefighters and other assorted professional athletes. Note to Bronx recruiter: the definition according to Webster: Ringer-(slang) a horse or athlete entered in a competition under false representation.

Congratulations to team physician, Dr. Pete Brady on 25 years of service for a great job and good luck with your project, Wil "Shawn Kemp" Downey.

The team’s management has been scouting the fire academy for our next young star to bring youth for our Ireland trip. Coach Flathead found his future star point man as he tried to correctly spell Haughie on a uniform. The RIBS will be heartbroken this summer as their ageless mentor, power broker and ex-team supporter Ed "Not Eggy" Tolan has procured a full rental share in Fire Island this summer.

Ed says he has outgrown Rockaway and has a whole new set of best buddies. The ultra-confident bodybuilder came back from Cancun beaming after smoking his competition at a Mexican hot body contest. Thanks for the memories, Ed.

Rockaway Rugby legend John "Oakie" O’ Connor needs to help his pal, Bob "Small Pipes" Johnson with making rugby practice. Long Island’s Bob Johnson was seen playing rugby by himself in a full firefighting bunker gear on the boardwalk while posing as a professional photographer. Very odd behavior Bob so see you at the preacher curl machine. It was a great job by the younger brothers of Jameson’s Pub manager, Marty "Big Bungalow" McManus by celebrating his birthday with a day/night of steaks, Yankees and dancing. Kepp smiling, Marty! That’s it for now, so Bottoms up and calm down!

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