By now I’m sure you have heard of the school shooting in Florida.
I can’t imagine being in anyone’s shoes down there.
The shooter, students, school workers and the parents.
USA. New York City. 1959. Brooklyn Gang.
As a teenager growing up in the 1970’s and 1980’s I was lost.
Depressed at times, lonely, you name it. I felt like the whole world was against me.
My heart goes out to everyone involved.
We have to find a way to get help for the troubled youth of America.
New York Post with a tribute to Timmy Leary…
Jack Alesi, the long-time coach at Xaverian on Tim:
“He would yell at a ref real loudly and then he would walk away with that sly little smile. For the demeanor he showed on the court, he was the complete opposite off the court. He genuinely cared about people.
“He was a better teacher of the game than anybody I’ve ever seen. He could teach the game and used to do camp clinics. If they ever could have filmed the lectures, he could make a million dollars on DVDs.”
One of my favorite people in the world passed away this morning.
Timmy Leary, former boys basketball coach at St. Francis Prep has left us.
Timmy was from I.H.M. and let me tell you, there wasn’t anyone better than him.
I coached his son Timmy Jr. at Bishop Ford, we were really bad but big Timmy always had a word of encouragement for this young coach.
Joseph G. Duffy
255 9th St
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
Feb. 14 7-9
Feb. 15 2-5 7-9
(In Lieu of flowers please donate to Coaches vs Cancer or T.E.A.L Walk Brooklyn in Tim’s name)
Feb. 16 9:30am
St Thomas More Church
20425 Rockaway Pt Blvd
Breezy Point, NY, 11697
Remember the days of talking on the phone?
Nowadays everyone texts, or e-mails. Or they don’t communicate at all.
Back in the day I would spend hours on the phone with my girlfriend; she lived one block away.
This past Saturday I hooked up with Jay Cusato. Jay is a filmmaker, director and producer. He’s currently working on a project about Farrell’s. From the sound of things, it’s going to be a smash.
Here’s some of Jay’s work on stickball, “When Broomsticks Were King.” You remember stickball, right?
“You got wheels? I can go for a slice,” John Corrar said to me and Glenn one night in McBears.
Today is National Pizza Day.
Joe’s, Sabella’s, Lenny’s, Frank’s, Smiling and Pino’s all within walking distance.
Tough to pick a favorite…
Winter of 1976.
I was 12 years old.
Playing basketball for Ty Cobbs.
We were undefeated that season, amazing group of players.
I was playing up, everyone on the team was 13.
Glenn Thomas, Jimmy Cullen, Michael Campbell, Ricky Ferro, Jimmy Corrar, Sean Riley, John Godfrey, Ty Williams, Keith Burroughs. We were coached by Danny Piselli.
We played St. Thomas Aquinas three times. Beat them all three times.
Chris Mullin was a member of STA.
Those were the days my friend…
Fall of 1978.
I am 14 years-old.
Power Memorial High School. I watched the Panthers a couple of years before in the King tournament at St. Thomas.
Loved Eddie Moss and Larry Petty.
Wanted to play for them.
My tenure lasted 3 days at the all-boys school in Manhattan.
Couldn’t handle the train commute and the discipline.