Official Newsletter of the Old-Time Hockey Over-30 League
21 Seasons and counting
Trash Can Talk
Welcome back Derek Shaw… a little slow and a little winded, Derek was eager to get back on the dek and score some goals… and he couldn’t have scored any easier of a goal with a wide open empty netter in the waning seconds of the Midas Touch win over In Sinjin We Trust.
So if you ever have the chance to talk to Steve Oppedisano He’ll tell you how he’s been playing this game for the past 50 years. Over the years Steve’s mind and legs have often failed to be on the same page. This phenomenon results in totally unprovoked and often random falls on the dek. We thought this might be a result of Steve getting on in years… but a recent home video surfaced of a young Steve with a flowing red mop(back before)Bill Abcunas and the Over-30 league caused it turn gray and abandon ship… If you have any doubt Steve was a Ginger Kid, we’ll let the video speak for itself.
Introducing .... #22 .... Steve Oppedisanooooopps
Snow and sleet conditions are not what the Wanna Be’s want to hear during the weekend weather forecasts. Resident “shoot first and ask about a pass later”Nick Romano is out plowing and sanding Route 3 for Jim Barber’s safe travels to Chelmsford. With sparks shooting from the plow blade, sand flying off the back of his truck.., Nick’s absence during the slightest of inclement weather is hurting the Wanna Be’s goal production with a league leading measly 8-goals. Thanks to Billy Gardyski Jr’s performance in net and some stellar defense, the Wanna Be’s have also manage to post the league leading goals against with a stingy 10-goals.
Allegedly help is on the way for the Wanna Be's through a newly aquired (forward?) who recently cleared the waiver wire. Since all four of the other teams passed on signing this aging defenseman (now playing forward), the Wanna Be's team owner, player and captain Gary Goodwin signed this over-rated player to a minor league contract.
Was the meaning behind Dave Curcio naming his team “Own My Own” because he was stepping out of the shadows of his former mentor Franco Grutti.., or was it because of his “I’ll do everything myself” attitude? Dave who is one of the league premier centerman was seen playing defense last week filling in for Ray Dow(who was in the real “Sin City” of Las Vegas last week betting on Black and betting on winning the Sin City Shootout tournament). With Dave pulling double duty… it may be a matter of time before he straps on the goalie gear and lives up to his team motto of “On My Own”. Rumor has it Ray also donned a fake mustache before walking into the sports book area of Caesars Palace and placed a sizable wager for On My Own to win the 2013 Spring Season Championship.
With constant bickering.., Matty Iannello and Ray nickerson are like an “old married couple” arguing on the dek about positions and passes. This left us wondering if Ray is like this on the dek hockey rink, what it must be like being “Mrs Nickerson” and married to Ray as an “old married couple”?
A quiet evening at the Nickesron house
Sports Predictions in History
Babe Ruth signaling a Home Run off of Charlie Root’s next pitch.
Owen Nolan pointing over Dominik Hasek’s shoulder before burying a hat trick goal during the 1997 All Star game
John Colucciello guaranteeing that he would finally win that Dunkin Player of the Week award before his game
Two of those three predictions actually happened… but if you think that ONE, UNO, SOLITARY, LONE Shot is worthy of a Dunkin Donuts Player of the Week Award. Then the next time Cooch is standing in line at Dunkin Donuts… he better have cash in his pocket, because last week’s performance was not worthy.
Scoring mentoring lessons from Matty Iannello are finally paying off for Tony Bono as he scored his 3rd goal of the season and moved closer to beating that pink stick bag challenge.
As the small crowd gathered and watched a streaking Tony barrel in on Billy Gardynski Jr.., and bury a pretty nice backhander… (Wait!, What am I doing… I’ll let Tony’s email finish the story as told to his son)
When I got home, Anthony (my son) asked me if I scored and I told him I stole the ball from the defenseman at center ice, went in faked the shot, froze the goalie and went backhand for the goal, he shook his head and said “NO SIR!!??”. Of course I embellished the story and made myself sound like Pavel Datsyuk.
So Billy Jr… Don’t get mad, how would you have known that Pavel Datsyuk was going to score on a breakaway. Look on the bright side, the chances of Steve Oppedisano, Scott Young, Ray Nickerson and newly activated forward Bill Abcunas pulling the same move on you as Tony“Pavel”Bono are slim and none… as A) None the fore-mentioned players have the type of speed needed to generate a breakaway, and B) they are some of the only forwards left to have yet to light the lamp this season.
Smiling Pete Lodi "Pink Stick Bag" Challenge
The premise behind this individual challenge is simple. Tony’s offensive point production has steadily decreased ever since he reinvented himself as a defensive forward in the Over-30 league. We thought that this scoring slump may have also been due to Tony trying to balance his Over-30 league responsibilities with his son’s hectic and always changing youth hockey schedules. Thus, Tony was the consensus second pick for the dreaded Pink Stick Bag Challenge to prove to us that we are all wrong in our assessment of his talents. Simply put, Tony has to score 9 total points this season. Otherwise, the Pink Stick Bag will be passed down from the first original loser of this Pink Stick Bag Challenge, Jim Barber, and Tony will have to carry onto the rink with him his new pink stick bag during the 2013 winter season, courteous of the Over-30 league.
For those of you who are counting, here are the game by game weekly running totals for Tony’s chase for pink stick bag infamy. This table will be posted on the website on a weekly basis so that you can all place your side bets and have a good laugh at Mr. Bono’s expense.
Tony Bono Pink Stick Bag point Watch 2013
(Needs 9 total points to beat this challenge)
Highlight of the game
Has that deer caught in the headlights look, feeling the pressure by constantly asking himself “what the hell did I just get myself into?”
Breathes a sigh of relief knowing that the point monkey is off his back.
Team mates are trying to set Tony up for points, but, are frustrated over his lack of finish. The new team strategy is to have Tony stand by the net and shoot the ball off him into the net.
Even with a big game production, Tony whines about the referee’s shafting him on points, insisting that he scored 3-goals and 1-assist, not 2-goals and 1-assist. Provides an email with a breakdown of each goal he scored for proof, but, still doesn’t get the alleged extra point.
After spending a few days being tutored by Matty Iannello on how to score, the lessons paid off as Tony scores on a breakaway, making a world-class move to beat the goalie.
Email Excuse #1 “I will not be at my game this Saturday, Feb.23rd. I will be in Albany, NY as my son has a couple of hockey games”
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