We all know by now that Chris Mullin is the new head coach at St. John’s. Well now it seems that Barry Rohrssen will join his coaching staff.

Barry is from down on 5th avenue and attended Xaverian high school where he played ball.

Everyone involved in basketball knows Barry as “Slice.”

Wishing him all the best.

Outstanding opportunity for him.



Mark it down, Sunday May 17th at 1PM.

Looking forward to honoring a good man, Donnie Kent.

Hope you can join us.

Double click on the image below.

Donnie Kent Tribute

Here’s a blog entry I composed on DK a few years ago.


Bless me readers for I have sinned; it’s been one week since my last entry… How about Dick Bavetta? Nominated for the Basketball Hall of Fame! My man was voted in…and it’s well deserved! Hip-Hip, Hooray! Here’s me and Dick last May at the Old-Timers dinner.  Congrats Dick…

Me and Dick Bavetta


Congratulations to former St. Thomas Aquinas basketball player Chris Mullin; he is the new head coach at St. John’s university.

The former Power Memorial Panther and Xaverian Clipper will do great at his alma mater.

Chris Mullin 2


The past couple of days I have watched Michigan State practice for their Sweet 16 game against Oklahoma.  Tom Izzo, the Spartans head coach had something interesting to say.

“Why can’t everyone be nice to each other? If everyone was nice to each other, the world would be a better place.”

Amen Coach Izzo…



Received word that Bobby passed away. He was 81.

Here’s the obit from the New York Daily News.

BURKE-Robert Patrick (Bob), 81, of Manhattan, passed away doing what he loved best – playing basketball with his son, Jim, and his grandson, Kevin – at his favorite spot, the New York Athletic Club, on his favorite day of the year, St. Patrick’s Day.

Bob was born in Brooklyn, NY, son of William Patrick Burke and Elizabeth Doyle Burke, brother to William “Billy” Burke and Arthur Burke, all deceased.

Bob proudly served in the Air Force as an Intercept Operator during the Korean War.

After the war, Bob started his life long love of cruising; among the industry, his family and friends, Bob was known as “the cruise man”.

He is survived by his loving wife, Suzanne Healy Burke, along with his son, James Cavanaugh Burke (Manhattan), his daughter, Kimberley Burke Mazzella (Oceanport, NJ), and her five children; Maggie, Leigh, Genevieve, Kevin and Frances.

In lieu of flowers, kindly send donations to the Wounded Warrior Project ( in memory of our beloved Bob.


My friend Al Powers recently posted a status update on Facebook that caught my eye.

Al wrote that he went back to the neighborhood for the St. Patrick’s Day parade and to pay a visit his family.

His mom had mentioned that the “new people” in the neighborhood use the word “leftovers” to describe the residents that still live there.

We’re talking about the ones who go back as far as the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.

The people born and raised in the neighborhood.

Still not sure what to think of this description.

When I think of “leftovers,” all I can remember is when my mother would make a nice dinner on a Sunday afternoon, then the following day, we’d have the same thing for dinner.


Come on man…