2009-07-17 / Sports

RBVL Playoff Picture Coming Into Focus

By Joe McGivney and Rocky D.

Many divisions played a position week on Wednesday night, pitting the top two teams against each other. The results: Freedhand's Dynasty won 3 to 2 over Sugar Bowl in the Ocean Division; the Sand Spikers lost 4 to 1 to Brooklyn Window & Door in the Wave Division; the Bay House Babes 3- JG Electric 2 in the Beach Division; 3rd and Long 3 - Snotty Yachtie 2 in the Boardwalk Division; Average Joes 3- Sets on the Beach 2 in the Sun Division; Le Greann 4- Simon Says Sea Bar 1 in the Moon Division and Last Call 4 - the Social Yachties 1 in the Star.

Many other battles on the sand were equally exciting. Pennant fever is heating up on the shores of the Atlantic. For 2009, the Boardwalk Division is unique in the RBVL in that it is the only division that will not send everyone to the playoffs. The race for the last playoff spots tightened with the Bayview Baracudas edging Rathbones, 4-1 and Boarders Surf Shop beating the Harbor Light Brooklyn Transplants, 4-1. This race should come down to the wire with every remaining game taking on added importance. Of course, the ninth and tenth place teams will be invited to play each other on 8/8 for their very own championship. There might even be a case of beer in it for the winner. (Who needs one of those sweatshirts anyway?) Keep an eye on the bubble teams; there is still a lot of volleyball to be played, which could lead to weekly changes. Good luck to all coming down the stretch!

For the first time in three weeks, Casino Towing played someone other than the Flip Cup All-Stars, but the results were the same as they fell to Coppersmith's, 3-2. Every game was decided late and the play could not have been more even. Congratulations to Joe McGivney who is currently leading the league in time outs called. Not bad for an old timer. Healy's Ratpack took four from Connolly's to escape last place. Kudos to Ellen for playing her butt off. Connolly's is still whining about not having shirts. I guess that's why they lost.

This week, Mr. Happy had duct tape strapped on everywhere, well almost everywhere. It seems he missed a spot on his goinectakazoid and suffered his weekly gash there. Ouch! He has given a pint of blood a week for a month, all without ever getting stuck with a needle. And was that a neck brace he was wearing? It seems to be de rigueur on Beach 127 Street.

Steve still manages to run his Monday night practice game in spite of the injuries. The rumors that Bugsy is really the long lost Lindberg baby are only partially true. However, he did take over the title (with a twist) of TBG from his distinguished teammate - The Big Goldberg!

That's what happens when a five foot nothing dynamo spikes a ball straight down into the ground. But why did he wait 21 years to do it? Tim (formerly TBG) Murphy has not let the rough season his team is having effect him on his job. After all, the mail must get delivered - even to the pink flamingo mailboxes of anonymous clients like Rocky. Oops! The original quote machine has let it effect his contributions to the articles though. He has been as quiet as a church mouse this summer, although he is quite fond of the RBVL headline celebrity couple- Branjoline. Scientists have cracked the I-Phone but they still can't explain EZ Company's Weber Phenomenon. A Nobel Prize awaits that discovery.

The pro golf tour must have scheduled a stop at Riis Park this week because star golfers, Snake, Sally No- Eggs and Mr.G all made it out to the Summer Winds after their stellar rounds.

A mea culpa goes to Mr. Howard Schwach for denying his intern access to the Wounded Warrior event at the Rockaway Point Yacht Club. Security was tight. As you can imagine an event of this magnitude attracts scores of well wishers - well meaning, not so well and those that belong in a well.

The Wounded Warriors event is one of the greatest expressions of community spirit and support. According to Kirk Bauer JD, Executive Director of Disabled Sports USA, "This is the premier event on the Wounded Warrior sports project calendar. We could not make this a success without the community involvement. The Breezy Point and Rockaway Community have literally opened up their hearts and homes to us and have shown that America cares." Many of the soldiers are amazed at the treatment they get from the community by total strangers. We have to politely remind them that we're not strangers - just friends who hadn't yet met.

It was not the next generation of young stud players. It was not the thought of steroid allegations catching up to him. It was not his quiet ego, no, it was with sudden shock that Tommy "The Moose" Reilly abruptly announced his retirement from the volleyball league. It left his team completely hanging with no back up. The Moose announced he can no longer compete or keep up. He has decided to take up pitch and putt golf for the remainder of his life. Of course he admits that this will enable him to drink his face off with no regrets.

This request comes from P.E.T.A ; please wash all your clothes on the gentle cycle; it is more humane. After being totally humiliated the last two weeks, Robin Shapiro came through in the clutch with a 4-1 victory. The stars, Bobby and John, and once in awhile Brian, played "above the net." The girls: Joanne got off her phone and dialed a great game; Sue was floating un- returnable serves; Colleen played a great game between Budweiser's. While league official Denise was laid up sick at home, her husband Jack chose team loyalty by heading to Riis to play. And Mini-Denise, Caroline, even came down to do her mom's job of setting up the score sheets and referees - some say, even better than Denise. Caroline only replied, "And I'm a better volleyball player than her, too."

Rockservation: If you don't think God has a sense of humor, just take a look at some of the people

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