Official Newsletter of the Old-Time Hockey Over-30 League
23 Years and counting
Article 286 March 21, 2015
Game results and Player(s) of the Week
Week of March 14 (Game 1) –with second place in the standings on the line, the game between FOURget About-it and Who Needs Superstars shaped up as a big game. With both teams missing two of their first line players, this would come down to a battle of which team wanted it more and which player would step up for their respective team. In the end, FOURget About-it prevailed by a score of 5 – 3.
In an evenly played first period by both teams, Brien Sullivan’s shot from the point, set up by Mike Hollingsworth and John Desmond, gave FOURget About-it the early lead. At the start of the second period, George Medeiros scored out front as he was set up by Sergio Costa after some cycling zone time to tie this game up by Who Needs Superstars. Four minutes later, Ray Dow scored his first goal since the second game of the season off a bomb from the point set up by Sal Provanzano to give Who Needs Superstars the lead.
Needing a momentum swing, FOURget About-it got it from Dez who took advantage of a power play chance, set up by Carlos Machado and Umberto Biancardi, to score with nineteen seconds left in the period. This game turned, and turned very quickly halfway through the third period for FOURget About-it in a span of fifteen seconds, as first Dez scored his second goal again on a power play, set up by big Mike and Brien from the points. This was followed up by Tony Mastrocola who followed the yellow brick road out front as he was set up by big Mike and Dez.
Before you could say momentum swing, Ray Dow scored only nineteen seconds after that on another bomb from the point. Tony ended any thoughts of a comeback by scoring into an open net with less than forty seconds to play.
Week of March 14 (Game 2) –That’s a Plus played some of their best all-around hockey this season throwing in a dash of desperation by jumping out to a three goal lead and holding on to defeat Goodfellas by a score of 5 – 3.
Playing inspired from the start of this game, That’s a Plus outran, outshot and outscored Goodfellas by scoring two unanswered goals in the first period from two unlikely players. Pat Pirone got inside position only three minutes in to score an unassisted goal. This was followed by Steve Oppedisano seeing a golden chance from the slot go in, as he was set up by Dominic Defrancisco and rookie Jason Carrien.
It was more of That’s a Plus in the second period as capping off the early scoring outburst was Tony Medeiros scoring out front set up by Jason and Dominic. Sitting comfortably on a three goal lead and in control of this game changed very quickly for That’s a Plus in only seventeen seconds. Getting the comeback started for Goodfellas was Rick Cassano as he found himself open on the left side, set up by John Kelleher and Mike Collins. Ricky returned the favor as he set up Mike on the right wing who scored a goal scorers goal and looked like a pure sniper in the process. With the momentum clearly on the side of Goodfellas, That’s a Plus needed something. They got it with three minutes left in the period as Dominic, set up by Bill Abcunas and Tony, shot rang off the inside of the near post and netting and pinballed over to the other post. After a referee conference, it was ruled a good goal.
Keeping the momentum alive at the start of the third period, Dominic ran right past the defense off the opening faceoff to score only seven seconds in off a pass from Tony. Two minutes later, Joe Mancinelli scored out front of some passing by John Kelleher and Jamie Kehoe, but the damage was done and there would be no late game comeback by Goodfellas. With the win, That’s a Plus moved into a three-way tie for third place in the standings.
Trash Can Talk
WARNING: What you are about to read is a poor attempt to devalue and diminish the thankless work that the “Real” webmaster puts into the P.U.T.A. Forum. The new ideas and humorous concepts (without rehashing old material) requires creative thinking in trying to make the previous weeks games (Highlights and Lowlights) into a comedic and ball busting enjoyable news report… Hence the name “Trash Can Talk”
We apologize in advance for the time you are about to waste reading this boring edition... and quite frankly the "Anonymous" Quotes are as real as Bigfoot.... Hairy and Fictitious
The “Real” Creative ~ Webmaster
Grunts are people too
For all you “grunts” and “blue collar” role players or players in the Over-30 league who have never made the Forum, or only been mentioned maybe one time, this is a long overdue way for the Over-30 league to recognize you and your efforts……just because you may play a boring style of hockey, never stand out on the rink, never utter any controversial comments, manage to trip over your own feet, and just don’t catch the eye of the web master, your efforts should still get recognized. So for John Leite, Steve Oppedisano, Shawn Wyatt, Mike Delorey, Tony Mastrocola, Umberto Biancardi, Mike Hollingsworth, Brien Sullivan, Ed Nigro, Derrick, Power, Luigi Derenzes, Derek Shaw, George Medeiros, Sergio Costa, Jim Clarke, Sal Provanzano, Jason Glista, John Kelleher, Joe Mancinelli, Tony Bono, Angelo Deluca, Rick Cassano, Mike Collins, Jamie Kehoe and Mario Deluca we give you the spotlight for one week.
Okay your time is up’ it’s time to get back to focusing on the interesting players in the
Follow the yellow brick road
Tony aka the Munchkin Mastrocola played his best game of the season last week and was a big influence in the outcome which turned into a victory for his team. With his team clinging to a one-goal lead, Tony first scored the big insurance goal mid-way through the third period, then followed that up with an open net goal. It was Tony’s first multi-goal game in years.
Ironically, Tony accomplished his feat playing against his brother John Mastrocola’s team. However, John was not present at this game. Unconfirmed reports claim that John was seen following the yellow brick road and ended up in sunny warm Florida for the week. After finding out about Tony’s performance, John commented “that would never happen on my watch.”
We want to give Tony credit for coming back from a major core injury after taking a year off to rehab, but before we do that, we want to check with John for his permission to actually give Tony any credit on a job well done and show him the proper respect.
Team captains……necessary or just figureheads?
Team captains, do they really make a difference? Do they really take a leadership role on their teams and lead by example? We know that the Great One Matty Iannello is one of the top players in the Over-30 league and always finds himself near the top of the scoring leaders. However, he always finds one of his underlings to manage the in game proceedings and behind the scenes responsibilities.
Verdict – figurehead.
The living legend Dan Broderick is still coaching his team as if he was back in 1984 coaching the Seahawks. Dan can still be seen wearing his traditional green Seahawks tournament t-shirt under his Over-30 shirt during his games.
Verdict – necessary as Dan is a captain for life in the Over-30 league.
For Who Needs Superstars, there is no captain, rather three assistant captains in Mike
Luise, Ray Dow and John Mastrocola. Enough said.
Verdict – figureheads.
Team captains…….. necessary or just figureheads (Part 2)
Let’s not forget about Scott Young and Jim Barber here. The Pretender Scott also known as “El Baby” has been more of an absentee captain this season than an actual captain, missing multiple games due to injury and family commitments. When he has managed to show up and play for his team, the record of the team is 1 – 2. Clearly not leading by example. When he did show up to play last week, the league front office mandated that Scott wear a name badge, walk around before his game to re-introduce himself to his players, and to cover up that captain’s C. Oh and his team lost. You could tell El Baby was there as throughout this game, the referees got an earful and were complaining of headaches after the game.
Verdict – usually necessary, but, this year has been downgraded to figurehead.
Jim has missed two games this season and both times his team has won. Clearly his leadership role and managerial skills are not needed by his team as they clearly can fend for themselves. When watching captain Jim on the rink he reminds us of one of those table hockey players going straight up and down the rink, never deviating from that straight line. Everyone knows that he owes those 3 consecutive jackets more to Dez and Mark Stickney than to any captain leadership skills.
Verdict – glorified figurehead
Why Pink is the favorite color of the Over-30 league
For those of you who have not been paying attention and following the weekly non-accomplishments of Tony Medeiros in his chase to beat that Pink Stick Bag challenge, he only has three games left to play and still needs to score 6 goals. Will he do it?
The jury is still out here as Tony is very capable of scoring goals in bunches…….plus there is always the Dominic factor playing a role in this. We know of one player in the Over-30 league who is enjoying watching Tony’s weekly struggles – MattyIannello the current owner of the pink stick bag.
First Amendment Corner
The First Amendment protects freedom of speech... and we here at the Forum protect the identities of those wishing to exercise their First Amendment rights.
Since the web master has so kindly “freely offered” up this freedom of speech opportunity to let the voices of the Over-30 league players be heard, we hereby give you the Voices of the Players………commenting on the Forum and/or the web master.
“Another double edition? Again?”
“I don’t even bother to read the Forum since it is never updated anyway.”
“I don’t care about the Forum. What I care about is why the 3 blind mice calling themselves referees keep taking assists away from me. I had a goal and 3 assists in a game and only got credit for 1 assist.”
“Portuguese players make up more than 10% of the players in the Over-30 league; yet, they continue to get looked over and snubbed when it comes to the Forum. Why is that? If we are lucky we will get some press in the game summaries but never in the Forum. At least the writer of the game summaries has our back. This blatant injustice has to end now! What do we want? Respect! When do we want it? Now!. So Mr. Web master what do you think about our complaint? It doesn’t matter what you think.”
Anonymous Portuguese player
“There is a new Forum? I didn’t think the web master had any time to write one when he works his 15 hour days and three jobs.”
“Why is it that the Assistant League Director can find the time to consistently update the stats web pages every week, the League Director with all his league responsibilities can find the time to write a new Forum, but the so called web master can’t? I didn’t realize that babysitting the web master was part of the Director’s league responsibilities.”
“There is a new Forum? Really? No stop making jokes. Really?”
“You don’t need to be creative to write the Forum, you just need to actually write it.”
Anonymous philosophical player
“What exactly makes one a web master? Do you have to attend classes for this title? With all these double editions, maybe he should be called the web politician with all his empty promises. After failing to produce a new Forum on a regular basis, don’t you think the so called web master has run out of chances to prove himself? Just saying.”
Anonymous and confused player
“If I have to say something positive about the web master and Forum to get one of those Dunkin Donuts player of the week gift cards I will.”
“It seems every other week something is written about the Great One this, or the League Director that, or the Assistant League Director this. What about all the grunts and blue collar players in the league? Why can’t the web master write something about them for a change and give them the spotlight? Is it because we are boring players and don’t do anything newsworthy? Where are these fresh new ideas Mr. web master that you keep talking about?”
Anonymous grunt player
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