Seven years ago right around this time, Michael Bundrick passed away.
“Bunny” was a good guy and a good basketball player. I loved him. He once had a classic line.
We can all agree that the Holy Name Summer league gave us some kind of drama each and every night of the week.
You had great players and not so great players.
Excellent teams and not so excellent teams.
You had your characters and you had your serious ball players.
You had your funny guys, that almost everyone liked and you had your schmucks whom not many people liked.
I used to love to watch Bunny play ball in the summer league. He was one of the taller guys in the neighborhood and by far one of the better inside scorers. If you knew Holy Name schoolyard you were aware of the baskets being held up by a pole. Bundrick was great at utilizing the pole to break free from his defender and shoot a sweet looking reverse lay-up.
One night during a game in the summer league Bundrick went up and grabbed the rim on an attempted lay-up. In the summer league, dunking was prohibited. You stayed off the rims. It was at this time when I heard one of the funniest lines ever at a basketball game in the schoolyard (and let me tell you, there have been many classic lines shouted out by some of the funniest guys to ever walk in the yard).
Danny Pisselli ran the league at the time was a master at discipline; he didn’t like anyone that disrespected the game or the rules; he was Roger Goodell before Roger Goodell.
After shouting to Bundrick to stay off the rim, Bunny replied;
“Danny, I’m sorry I slipped in the air.”
Here is my “Top 10 Coolest Dudes” in the neighborhood from back in the day:
1-John Corrar (“I can go for a slice, ya got wheels?”)
2-Gerard Trapp (Best basketball player to ever come out of Holy Name)
3-Jimmy, Michael and Georgie Rauthier (Tie) (Great trio of brothers)
4-Tom Brady (Old Buttercup)
5-Michael Bundrick (“I slipped in the air…”)
6-Joe Farrell (Fonz) (He once wore a white shoe lace for a headband)
7-Cadge (Awesome dude, always hanging out on the corner with his 10-speed bike)
8-John Powers (Duffer) (“Get outta here or you won’t get a piece of cake”)
9-Kenny Lawson ( I once saw him walking down Windsor Place wearing a Baltimore Orioles helmet)
10-Joe Sullivan (Breezily Bruin. ‘Ay muscle-head, get off the field’)