For those of you who couldn't buy or even scalp tickets for last week's Graybeard Basketball Finals at St. Francis de Sales Gymnasium, we apologize for adding yet another grain of salt to the wound. You not only missed the virtuoso performances of Joel Mirrer and Richie Ryan, you missed history. The Blue Gray Denims became the first team in league history to win the regular season title and then continue its supremacy through the playoffs. In a surprisingly one-sided final, the BG Denims squad knocked off the Orangemen 71-59.
With Mirrer and Ryan supplying the kind of offensive firepower Con Ed was looking for last week, and John (Oakey) O'Connor draping his good old self all over the Orange's Billy Collins, the Blue Gray Denims coasted to a 15 point halftime lead. Although Collins had plenty of offensive stars at his side and Jerry the Ref in his pocket, the team couldn't overcome its icy shooting and never really threatened.
Jerry Scannell, commissioner and general manager, helped crush any hopes for an Orange comeback with several second half hoops. Jim McCool and Jerry Nappo controlled the boards and Kevin Boyle and John Ronayne capitalized on a couple of kickballs. Kickballs? Well, you had to be there.
Roundup: Although the BG Denims went wire to wire, league observers and aficionados said the league was as balanced as ever. But, evidently, this is no time for self-congratulations.
Rumors abound that league power brokers have already been meeting in smoke-filled rooms deciding who, if anyone, deserves the boot (for misconduct and/or lack of social skills) and who out there might get a crack to play (after years on the Graybeard waiting list).