The only thing more intense than a bocce playoff game at Floyd’s would be the Soprano’s battling the Corleone family over bocce, booze and women.
We played my old team, Notorious BRF. Sure, they beat us early in the year but they "borrowed" our best player (Seth) to do so.
This time we had Hoss, Seth, Kristin, Maria (cheering) and a secret weapon. Coming off the bench and new to Mayor Ed Boch was "Thad Calabrese." Actually, it was Mario, who played under an alias. The guy owns a custom bocce ball set and has a better back spin than Minnesota Fats.
While we won the coin toss and the rights to the green balls, they won the first set 7 to 5. The second set went fast and before we could yell a Red Barber "rhubarb" over all the measurements, they took a 5 to 1 lead. We fought back but lost the set and match.
The only good thing about losing to a bunch of pretty, Ivy League educated women, is that Hoss and I got to kiss them all good luck for the next round against No Brooklyn Posers.
This reporter will be away but the Keith Jackson of bocce will cover the finals. Stay tuned to this blog for more.
P.S. Thanks go out to Hoss and Ben for creating the best bocce t-shirts ever made!