Dear Matza brothers,
Well, what can I say? Another great Matza Ball shmooze, with no shortage of kvetching, moaning, and oy, that nasty winter bug. Not to ever be undone by adversity, we, once again, showed who's got the balls when the matza is on the line! I was very proud of us, on and off the field, and would like recognize some standout achievements in closing out this year's event.
MVP: Marcia's soup. Come on I know Ricky, Seth and Chris played awesome, and they deserve some recognition, but didja see those guys before they ingested Ma Seidler's Jewish Elixer? Looked like a bunch of alta kakes (old men) to me. With that magic medicine all three turned in a performance we will always remember. Can't wait to see the video. Thanks super mom!
Loudest Jew : I've needed a whole week to think about this - here's my thinking on the major contenders:
Seth - Ordinarily, he rules the sound barrier. Nancy says he's even louder than me when he's having a one on one. However, due to illness I have to say, sadly, that Seth was not up to par with other stronger contenders.
Barkan - Yes I was loud, yelling at you to get over here and circle up, or shut up so Jonny could talk. However, when it came to shear auditory invasiveness, I must step back and pay homage to the great one:
Jonny - Many hundreds of players have left tournaments with bleeding ears, Jonny's voice still ringing painfully. Talk to Moons about that. To this day Nancy still channels Jonny when she wants my attention, screeching "WHAIS MY POPPAS?? When no one came to huddles when I called, he stepped in and did the job. When the mark was bad, we heard. Yes, Jonny wins hands down. Congrats Jon!
Biggest Mensch: Menschkeit is about being human, about being fair, about being a responsible, accountable person on the planet. While so many team members come to mind as exemplary in this area, I must single out Jacob. I asked him to do D subs on Sunday, and he willingly agreed. He took the expected flack and unsolicited consultation respectfully and with a level head. He was a gentleman, a big part of the reason we won, and I thank him. Thanks Jacob!
OK, I think I've said enough for 1999. I hope to see some of you in the coming year, but doubt it will be at a tournament. On the other hand, who knows? I'll be having a big party for my 40th this summer, and I'll post the time and date when I know - you're all more than welcome. Likely a big spread at Pt Reyes with bbq, mountain biking and beach ulti etc.. Have a great spring and I hope to hear about you single boychicks making simcha with nice Jewish girls, Ok?
PS. Santa Cruz site may be in jeopardy due to heatbags trashing the drinking rule and more. Gevalt! Dennis and others please keep us informed. In the unfortunate event of Fools being canceled next year, we will find a tourney to play at. Let's hope it all turns out ok.