Hurricane Bonnie Goes Undefeated
Teams may win some and lose some but hurricanes usually go undefeated. That was the case on Wednesday night when Hurricane Bonnie whipped through the Rockaways, depositing an unprecedented amount of rain and lighting the skies with a fierce lightning display. Because the weather hit so hard and so early, RBVL Commissioner Patty Moule was able to call off the matches before anyone trekked to Riis Park. Additionally, after much discussion with the executive board, several captains, the sponsors at Jameson’s and the weatherman, the games were not rescheduled for Thursday night either. They simply were dropped and will not be made up with the playoffs looming this weekend. That means that the standings from last week become the final standings.
The top two teams in each division receive a bye in the first round of the playoffs and will play their first match of the day at 12:00 noon. All of the other playoff teams will begin at 10:30 AM sharp. These match-ups will pit the third place teams against the sixth place teams and the fourth place teams against the fifth place teams. Court assignments will be posted on the boardwalk in the morning. Remember, nets are available at 9:45 a.m. and forfeit time for game 1 is 10:30 a.m. Allow enough time to set-up and start promptly.
On Saturday at 12:00 p.m., the First Annual Bud Bowl will take place between the only two teams to miss the playoffs, the Brooklyn Transplants and the Kerry Hills Pub. Two of the best party teams in Rockaway will battle it out in a match that awards a case of beer to the winner and a lovely consolation prize to the loser. The Transplants will try to set a league record for attendance and odds-makers like their chances.
No one knew it at the time but last week’s Beach division battle between the Mahooshkas and It’s All Good determined the regular season champion. With Laverne and Shirley leading the way, It’s All Good won the match and took the series against their rivals 2-1, which gave them the tiebreaker edge. Amazingly, these were the only two teams tied for any position in any division. The mathematical improbability of this statistic even had Murph muttering to himself. (Or was that just his normal muttering to himself.) Congratulations to the other regular season point leaders – Freedhand’s Court Champs, Stealth, the Ramblers and Gamblers and Sands Point Physical Therapy.
Many inquiries were made to this reporter about last week’s cryptic note, “Irish Eyes weren’t smiling for the West Islip Girls, as Johnny Blue Eyes was MIA at the Irish Circle,” but I have been sworn to secrecy. Good luck, amateur sleuths. Who are the oldest active man and woman still playing in the RBVL? We want to know. Team captains should submit entries to Patty or Joe ASAP. Hats off to Bugsy, Joe and Craig Samu for making it to Jameson’s Wednesday night! Does this mean that Cubby’s perfect attendance streak is over? Jimmy Mack will make a ruling shortly.
Jameson’s has offered to host an impromptu post-game party Saturday afternoon when all of the action has concluded. It will be a great way to end the season for anyone looking to go out one last time with his or her volleyball buddies. If you don’t have a block party or a date with the Queer Eye for the Straight Guy make sure you stop by. Remember, the RBVL Awards Dinner will be held at the Beach Club on Friday, 9/17 from 8:30 PM to 12:30 AM. The cost is $60 and it includes an open bar, bottled beer and hot food with music by Head Over Heels. Captains are collecting money as we speak and the first 140 people will be confirmed. In the past we have never had to turn anyone away but this year’s expanded league has produced large turnouts at all of the parties and the dinner promises to be booked solid.
In case Hurricane Charley hits on Saturday, the rain date for the playoffs is Sunday 8/15. However, with the whole day available to get the games in on Saturday, a postponement is very unlikely. Come to the beach prepared for inclement weather and be prepared to wait out any passing showers. There will be plenty of food available - so eat, drink and be merry - and wait patiently.
We won’t see you on the beach next week – the season is over! We hope to see you at the awards dinner on September 17.