Unfortunately, threatening weather
caused the cancellation of volleyball halfway through the night on Wednesday.
We do have a partial score though - Its All Good 13. In their first and only
complete game, the team formally known as Abbracciamentos went toe to toe with
last year’s champs Freedhands. After being down seven points, they roared
back through the play of the aging Frank Ganun and budding young star, Sarah
McCarthy. Richie Whalen’s laser spikes combined with the soft hands of Marie
McGoldrick were a tough combo but game one went to the team formally known as
Abbracciamentos. Freedhand’s was saved from a potential 5-0 sweep when Bugsy
blew his air horn to postpone play. In fact it looked bleak for the defending
champs when the ref thought the rule for rainouts gave all 5 points to the
winner of the first game. Fortunately for the defending champs that wasn’t
the case. In fact, here is the rule on suspended games, taken right from your
2007 RBVL Rules:
“Rained out games will NOT
be made up on the following night. If matches have begun and are stopped due
to weather, the completed games stand. Partial games will count if one team
has scored at least 11 points. Play will be suspended by the sounding of an
air horn if league officials determine that games should not continue. All
play should stop immediately, no matter the score.”
Mike is either praying to the lightning gods, praising
Liz, or just set the ball high in the air. You decided.
Just to clarify, since there was much
confusion on the beach – when the air horn sounds play should immediately
stop. However, that does not mean you can go home. You should exit the beach
and proceed up to the shelter of the buildings while league officials come to
a final decision. If play is cancelled, we’ll go back to the beach to
retrieve the nets and balls. Although a few folks disagreed, the majority of
the league felt the cancellation of the matches was a wise and safe decision.
Looking at all of the children who were there with their families solidified
that thought. Standings will be updated next week with all official games
plus next weeks’ results.
The RBVL Beach Party night will be
here on Tuesday, 7/3. You get to stay on the beach all night and the league
will supply a DJ. You just have to be creative and bring some grub to eat and
a cooler or two of liquid refreshments. As you all know, it’s the people that
make the league and it’s the people that make a party so do it up. We have
electricity but we do not have lights. If you have party or halogen lights we
could use for the night please call Rocky at 347-672-0602.
Bobby Whelan made a big time
appearance at Connolly’s and won the body shot contest hands down. When the
cats away, the big toe will play. Cubby almost left the Beach when he saw the
lightening but then saw the price of beer at Connolly’s and decided to take
his chances with the lightening. His defense was, “Not everybody who gets hit
by lightening dies.” Vinny Bonnano celebrated twice tonight – first when the
Piranhas beat the Brooklyn Transplants and then afterwards since it was his
birthday. The BBC cake was made by the Brouder family and was anatomically
correct. The Piranhas transformed their volleyball court into a Chucky Cheese
birthday bash for their queen piranha. Happy birthday, Vinny!
Things were frantic at Robin Shapiro
Island – lightening flashed, the wind blew, an air horn sounded and Denise
flew the coop. When we all looked up, all that was left was a sand trail to
the bathroom. Inspector Mike returned but did not live up to form as the
Island split one and one. Donna was noticeably absent as she couldn’t find
her way out of Roxbury no matter how many flares John and Heidi sent up.
Happy birthday Pat and John as you approach forty. Jameson’s swept two from
the Mighty Boosh due to T.C’s excellent play. All players are reminded to
bring two coolers in case they get stranded on the beach. Patty did something
she never did before – she came into Connolly’s and ate but did not drink.
Good job Jeff! The Bay House Babes enjoyed playing the Aviator Aces and say
they are a welcome addition to the league. The Beach House lost two despite
the return of Bobbie (Tin Man) Fash. He has just completed a Dale Carnegie
course titled “How to win friends and Influence people.” His mates
congratulated him and promptly threw him off the team and deleted his e-mail
address from all their computers.
Meteorologist Dickie Ferrin was
wondering why Bugsy blew his horn when Dickie predicted that the lightening
would not come anywhere near the beach. Dickie made this prediction while
safely ensconced under the overhang. McMahon’s was in last place in the sixth
division last year and now they are in fifth in the seventh division. That is
moving up by moving down. Charlie needs to attend extra private practice
sessions to work on his bumping. The girls are improving as long as they stay
out of the net. (Fish-nets are okay though.) Mickey and Gene are showing
good form and on their way to being Co-MVP’s. Bobbie McGinn continues to show
grace and flare with his unorthodox serve. Practicing at Steve’s house has
paid off for Connolly’s as they actually won the first game. Game two didn’t
work out as well as they got stomped. Too bad Bugsy didn’t blow the horn
earlier. Twenty four more weeks to go and where were the lovebirds? Borders
sure talks a lot of smack for a team that lost two and 0. But once again they
are smothered in Cheese Fries. Hopefully, Lombardo has a better game next
week. Rematch Monday night at six thirty at Beach 108! Rumor has it that the
Cheese Fries are looking to start a duck – duck – goose competition.
The Brooklyn Transplants split a
double header with the Lobster House. How come the Lobster House didn’t show
up at Connolly’s to celebrate their victory? Jameson’s Transplants remember
Pops Deboer. The Transplants are still not in danger of violating the three
Reska rule. Their attendance is pitiful as well as their play. Why is the
Reska cooler filled with dented, dusty beer cans and even a few Rheingold chug
a mugs? Today’s trivia question: What were the Reska’s known as back in
their heyday at the Hollywood Knights? A – Kukla, Fran and Ollie, B – Mo,
Larry and Curly, C – The Good, the Bad and the Extremely Ugly, D – Three Flew
Over the Cukoo’s Nest, E – All of the above.
Please bear with us as we sometimes
have to change court layouts an hour before the games begin. We are trying
hard to cooperate with the Park Service aviary program. For those of you who
have screaming kids on the sideline you need to remind them that silence is
golden but duck tape is silver.
What other sponsor features its owner
manning the BBQ grill, cooking up hundreds of hot dogs and cheeseburgers for
the ball players? None! Once again, Jeff outdid himself, feeding the throngs
from the minute the first patrons arrived to the point where no one could eat
any more. Good on you, Connolly’s! That’s the way to satisfy the
ever-growing chowhounds of the RBVL.
The RBVL schedule now heads into its
“Outdoor” section, with the next 5 parties featuring waterfront bars, starting
next week with the RBVL Beach Party and then moving to the Lobster House, Pier
92, the Wharf and the Bay House in Breezy Point. Sponsors, remember that the
league is made up of 500 players these days as you make your party
Next week’s party is at Riis Park.
See you on the beach!