Just Healy's Stun Evil Empire!
Mailman Cometh – An Hour Too Late!
Championship Saturday for the RBVL and an all-day extravaganza was held at Riis
Park until four division champions were crowned.
After topping the regular season standings, It’s All Good returned to
their playoff form of recent years, losing in the semi-finals to the Beach Club
3-0. Coach Bugsy was seen
scratching his head, searching for an answer to his post-season woes.
That answer appeared at Riis Park in the person of Tim “The Mailman”
Murphy, who showed up to save the day with his leadership and power volleyball
game. You’ll notice we didn’t
mention his punctuality, as he arrived well after his comrades were eliminated.
At least he got to hand deliver a letter addressed to Louie.
It remains to be seen if Murph will be back next year or if he will move
on to the US Postal Team with Lance Armstrong in the 2004 Tour de France.
The Beach Club had advanced by defeating their longtime rival the Beach
House in an exciting 3-2 match. Every
time these two get together it’s tight. In
the other Beach Division action, the Mahooshkas shutout the Irish Circling
Sharks 3-0 and then beat division runner-up, Stelth, 3-1 to advance to the
finals. (El Shark-o’s – El
Foldo! Again-o!) Things started off
rough for the mighty Mahooshkas as they dropped game one 21-16.
They rebounded quickly and won going away 21-9, 15 and 10 to finish on
top. Congratulations to captain
Judy Aiken and her gang for a job well done.
In the first
round of the Ocean Division, the old men of Abbracciamento’s and the much
younger Dempsey Sisters edged the youthful Kerry Hills Eiele 3-2 in a
nail-biter. Elder statesmen Joe and
Peter seemed to get a lot more sitting time than in years past.
Has age finally caught up to the two venerable warriors?
We’ll see, next year. In
the other first round match-up, Just Healy’s started to click with a 3-1
spanking of the Bikini Bottom All-Stars. Team
Sica would like a rematch with bicycles at 250 miles.
Then let’s see who’ll end up on top!
In one semi-final, Coppersmith’s lost star player, Scotty, to an injury
but persevered anyway with a 3-1 drubbing of Abbracciamento’s.
In the other semi-final, Just Healy’s surprised powerful division
leader, Marie’s Traitors, 3-1 in one of the bigger upsets in RBVL playoff
history. Never had a team won so
many regular season games in so dominant a fashion as the Traitors.
However, Dancer had his gang hitting on all cylinders, with the women
setting beautifully and the men spiking effectively.
Come to think of it, can a team with Richie M., Tommy D., Bobby W. and
Kevin O. really be an underdog? The
championship game was anticlimactic as Healy’s completed their run by beating
Coppersmith’s, last year’s champs. Because
of the victory, Dancer has already given up any thoughts about personally
dropping down to a lower division and he will be back to defend his title next
The Beach Orphans
advanced to the championship in the Boardwalk Division with a 3-1 win over the
Tap & Grill Cheese Fries, followed by a 3-1 victory over One Win.
In the other bracket, the Odd Couples moved ahead by virtue of their 3-0
white-wash of the Pier 92 Piranhas, who had beaten Connolly’s Island 3-2 in
the quarterfinals. The final match
went to a tense fifth game, in which the Beach Orphans triumphed 21-17.
The Odd Couples improved from almost-worst to almost-first in one season
with virtually no change in personnel. Although
they were surprised by the Connolly’s Island
“Pregnancy” rules last week, The Odd Couples want everyone to know
that they are good sports and are looking forward to another fun season in 2004.
(The Boardwalk Division seems to agree.)
The Wave Division
saw Connolly’s defeat the Federation 3-1 and Jameson’s beat the Rugby
Fisheads 3-0 in round one. The
Rugby Clubhouse started out hot and ended Connolly’s attempt at a miracle run
3-0. In the other semi-final
battle, Fillmore Insurance edged Jameson’s 25-23 in a controversial game five
overtime epoch. In the finals, the
Rugby Clubhouse became the only #1 seed to bring home a title as they finished
off Fillmore 3-1 in four close games. Many
players from teams throughout the league headed out to Breezy Point in the
afternoon to take part in their annual Sugar Bowl volleyball tournament.
What better way to spend the afternoon!
To quote Ernie Banks, “Let’s play two!”
there was another way to spend the afternoon.
Many RBVL players pulled up a beach chair, opened up their coolers and
shared their refreshments with teammates and foes alike.
The MVP of this activity was Dickie Flanagan, who bailed out the last
nine revelers with his backup cooler of beer, which was kept iced and secure in
his car. When that was gone, the
party appeared to be over until Dickie once again returned with his
double-secret backup beer. These
nine beers were warm and in a paper bag. Undaunted,
the gang followed a time-honored formula and place the remaining 90 pounds of
ice on top of the 9 beers and waited 9 minutes before serving 9 ice-cold drinks
to wrap things up.
Thanks to the
food committee for providing various tasty bagel hero sandwiches for lunch.
Thanks to Bugsy, who played the songs of the Beach Boys, Beatles,
Credence, Bruce Springsteen and the Who as the players worked hard on the sands
of Riis Park. Thanks to Rocky and
Steve for their early arrival and equipment and food preparation.
Apologies go out for the less-than-tasty fruit cups the vendor through
in, gratis. Those who stayed to the
very end found out that the former DJ, Rocky, hasn’t updated his tapes since
1983. Who would have bet that Rocky
had more Boy George songs than Bruce Springsteen?
Thankfully, Commissioner Patty and Kathy seemed to get off on the Boy
George groove. What’s up with
that? A special thanks goes to
Jimmy for all of his help, especially breaking down the equipment when
everything was done. He also did a
good job thwarting the robbery of Rocky’s deluxe wagon by two ten-year-old
kids, a 4’ tall woman and an old guy in a wheel chair.
Remember, Jim, Jeannie’s busy on Wednesdays during the summer.
Thanks to the referees for their hard work and dedication.
Many of the refs have been with us for years and we look forward to
seeing them again next season.
ready for the League Dinner, which is scheduled for Friday night, September 12th
at 8:30 p.m. at the Beach Club. A
great local party band, T’abazco Road, will provide live music. Admission is
$50 and will include a buffet dinner as well as an open bar. Please RSVP as soon
as possible to Rocky at 718-338-3951 or Denise at 718-474-2512 so that we can
get a head count for planning purposes. Get
your money to your captains (or Rocky or Denise) as soon as possible.
Talk it up so that we can make this year’s event even better than last
year’s (if that is possible). After
the big dinner-dance you can take six months off and not think about volleyball
until February, when the planning begins for 2004.
Commissioner Patty would like to thank everyone who helped along the way
this season, especially the captains and volunteers. You’re
what makes the league so great! The
league games are over but we’ll still see you on the beach.