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Week Seven '07 - Rainout
Week Seven Washed Away
Position week changed to make up matches
By Joe McGivney
Once again, the sky opened up,
leading to a full cancellation of week six in the Rockaway Beach Volleyball
League. The timing of the storm could not have been worse, striking the
peninsula just as the parking lot filled with anxious volleyball players.
After a sweltering week of humid nights, a night on the beach was just what
the doctor ordered, but alas, it was not meant to be. Noted meteorologist,
Stevie Kearns, made his rainout prediction at 6:00 p.m. and sure enough, he
was right on the money. All matches were canceled when the human foghorn,
Bugsy, rang the league air horn at 6:45 p.m., suspending action. It is
always a difficult decision to cancel the beloved volleyball matches but
safety must be the first priority. Good job, Bugsy.
For the Beach, Sun and Moon
Divisions, next week was to be a position week. No longer. After last
night’s torrential downpour, and subsequent game cancellations, league
officials have decided to forgo upcoming position weeks and make up the
missed matches. This will keep everyone's schedule more balanced.
Schedules on the web site (rbvl.com)
have been updated.
Tommy Kearns showed up a bit late
in the middle of the heaviest rain, thunder and lightning. Could it have
been because he heard that refs get ½ pay if they show up during a rainout?
While he was coming in, a man in a pink hat, pink shirt, pink running shorts
and pink sneakers was prancing out of the parking lot. He said he was built
like Rocky, the same height as Rocky, the same weight as Rocky and looked
like Rocky. Was it Rocky? It could have been, as he set a league record by
leaving the beach a nanosecond after the air horn sounded. The parking lot
was filled with players hoping the storm would pass and Mary and Bobby Mac
pulled alongside Cubby and Jimmy Mack, passing the time sipping a few
Coronas. When a large lightning bolt was followed by a loud thunderclap
(not Newman) Cubby turned to his good buddy and said, “Hold me, Jim, I’m
scared.” The Cheese Fries won the title of “Last at the Beach” and you
couldn’t argue with their logic, “We still have beer in our cooler.” The
Federation and the Beach Orphans won the award for “Last in the Parking Lot”
and you couldn’t argue with their logic, “We still have beer in our
You can’t keep the Rockaway Beach
Volleyball League down for long. The players headed directly over to the
Lobster House and were treated to a terrific night on the water. The
weather cleared, making the back deck the ideal spot to enjoy a few cool
beverages. Kenny and Jill did their usual “Good” job with an unending feast
featuring great cheeseburgers, sausage & peppers, baked ziti, beans and two
items never before seen on the RBVL tour – turkey hotdogs and watermelon.
The food came out early and was refilled often so there were no lines and no
hungry revelers. The entire staff was helpful and accommodating and the DJ
and great music were a nice added touch. For the first time this summer a
flurry of dancing flared up and it was a pleasant sight. Don’t hold back,
folks, because there are only four weeks left. Anyone who ate dinner at
home while watching “Maude” reruns made a big mistake and is missing the
point of the RBVL. You missed one of the best parties of the year at the
Rockaway Lobster House. It’s unfortunate more people didn't make it out.
You might want to come by on Sunday between 6-10 p.m. to hear Alive ‘N
Kickin’ which is always a good time. Check out
for upcoming special events, menus and photos. Of course check the RBVL
for stories and pictures of the league.
Another league record was set when
Simon, Michael and MAF beat the refs to the bar and the chow. They were
matched by the Bay House Babes (Muscles) Keith and Terrance, who looked
liked two Miami retirees waiting for an early-bird special. Early arriving
old vet, Tommy D. was happy to see new vet, Michael from Suns of Beaches and
he wondered where the lobster was. He was told it is on the menu if you
come back another night with cash money! Tommy went wire-to-wire and was
the last man standing at the end of the night with the last woman standing,
Reenie. He’s still got it. Simon and Patty thoroughly enjoyed the baked
beans and commented that there’s nothing they enjoy more than beans and
toast for breakfast. Beans and toast – it’s not just for dinner anymore!
Wednesday’s edition of the NY Daily
News featured some of the hottest lifeguards on city beaches. Although two
Rockaway folks were mentioned, there was a noticeable omission. Where was
Janet Fash? How can you have a discussion of hot lifeguards without
including Janet? Don’t they know she is the captain of a team called the
Bay House Babes?
Our president, Patty, received an
e-mail that she wanted to share with all of you, since everyone contributes
to the spirit, which is discussed:
Hi Rockaway Volleyball League,
an Irish family who spent a wonderful vacation in Belle Harbour in 2006 as
guests of the Bradleys. While there, they invited us to Riis Park one
Wednesday evening to watch and enjoy the volleyball league. We now relive
that wonderful evening by logging onto your excellent website. The time and
effort, enthusiasm and good humour of all involved really impressed us. But
what really bowled us over was the overall organisation of the league, which
ran like clockwork. After all that praise, could I make one small request?
“Our” team is Coppersmiths but we can never find any reference to them in
your reports or in your pictures apart from the weekly standings. Would you
be very nice to us and to all your other Dublin readers and say something
about Coppersmiths in your next report, please? Sincere thanks in
kind regards from Ireland,
We are happy to oblige; thanks for
your kind words. This might be a good time to remind Coppersmiths and
anyone else who doesn’t get enough press that the articles are written at
the post-game parties each Wednesday night with your input. If you don’t
come to the parties or don’t visit our roving reporter it is hard for us to
write anything about your team. So stop on by.
Rocky’s recent trashing of their
drinking ability in print visibly upset Cubby and Bobby Fash. Bobby advises
that he and his attorney will take appropriate measures toward “The
Slanderer” soon. What local barber has had to suspend the addition on his
home since George and Dancer have purchased buzzers to do their own hair
stylings? Billy and Greg and the whole Transplant gang showed up in force
as usual and were their usual generous selves buying drinks and spreading
sunshine. They set up camp on the back railing, which is prime real estate
on the deck. Is it true that the squatting pole out on the bay is used when
the Ladies Room gets backed up? Is it Cozy or Coozie? That was the
question that the General (aka Steve) posed to many a member. You decide.
Mary W. would like to thank the person who donated two beautiful chairs to
add to her beautiful red wagon with the 13" tires.
Has Last Call’s Beer Boy been
replaced? Karl showed up with a fully loaded bar, blender and personalized
umbrellas for everyone. When will Greg replace Kirstie Alley as Jennie
Craig’s spokesperson? Frankie the Sandwich needs to lose the cell phone
while on the sand; the Summer Classic will survive without you for a night.
Who puts a kitchen in their basement? Note to the Wednesday Night Tennis
Player: VB absences are only excused with an original death certificate.
All our best to John G. and his mates on the USS Eisenhower.
Many division races remain tight as
the schedule turns for home and heads into the last four scheduled Wednesday
night battles. In the Moon Division, key battles loom between A Night Out,
McMahon’s Irish Pub, Team Margarita and Last Call, the top four in the
group. The Sun Division sports the Blarney Castle, the Wave and Jameson’s
Transplants vying for the top spot while the Wharf Rats, Sand Spikers and
the Beach House do the same in the Boardwalk. Speaking of rats, Healy’s
Ratpack cannot avoid their big Beach Division showdown with the second place
Bay House Babes; it has been rescheduled for this week. Rats vs. Babes?
You’ve got to root for Babes, no? Can you believe that John Sica is going
to miss next week’s family feud with the Flip-Cup All-Stars because of
work? I thought he was retired. And on his 50th birthday, no
Next week, the party will be hosted
by Pier 92, our second consecutive outdoor sponsor. Make sure you stop by
and spend some time at the back deck. See you on the beach!