Fall 2008: C League Champs: We Goin’ Sizzler

    We Goin Champs Sizzler Shuts Down Christmas In C Finals
    XJV 14 We Goin' Sizzler 42

    Not sure where to start here fellas.  Tibbs already has a running blog of the events of the night on the main page of the site (check it out) and he did a nice job summing up the evening.

     

    Now ñ especially in the C League where it is mostly companies and life-long friends just looking to get in some run ñ I try to be fair and composed to both teams regardless of the game, score, or league.  But to steal some Saturday Night Live theatre from Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers called ìReally With Seth and Amyî

     

    Really XJV?  14 points in the entire game?  Really?  I heckle any team that canít score double digits in one half ñ and you did it twice in one game ñ really?  This was like watching the Vince Carter All-Stars ñ a bunch of guys who donít show up for big games ñ really?  Really?

     

    Really Christmas Carolan?  I had 89 headlines cued up with Christmas music, Christmas carols, holiday cheer for all and you pull a two-point stinker?  ìTis the Season, Christmas Delivers Championshipî.  Really?  Really John?  And then sit for the final six minutes of the game watching your fellow XJV-ers hustle to the bitter end?  MVP-runner up??  Really? ReallyÖyou must be from Philly where they boo all things Christmas.

     

    No Thunder From Down Under?  Really?  Thatís like the Captain without Tonelli?  Oh, really ñ that already happened to this squad?  Really.

     

    Itís all in jest to try and make light of the situation for Bugs, Becker, and Bisson, but I canít go much further cause the XJVíers never quit and I know they were slightly embarrassed with the output in front of a nice contingent of family and friends. 

     

    Watching shot after shot fall short, ërim-outí, and just not fall at all for XJV was a little painful but very surprising, so credit the defense of the Sizzler forcing XJV into rushed decisions on the outside and one-pass possessions to try and keep pace.  They were not the Defensive Team of the Year as a fluke!!  The former champs trailed 21-9 at the half and had to consider themselves lucky as they only hit one field goal the entire half!  As Uncle Jesse was holding court with his own Morse School Block Party - he could have sold arts and crafts in his spare time while swatting away the flies - XJV bombed with 1-for-9 from the line in the first 20 minutes which surely does not help and only T-Lay saved the 0-fer donut from the charity stripe.

     

    But a flicker of hope with just under 14 minutes left to play as Bisson ñ who scored half of his teamís points - scores on a 15-footer for only the second field goal of the game for XJV ñ but shockingly they only trail by nine.  Sweet Lew ñ who was outstanding down the stretch and capped off the year with the Finals MVP (check out the photos and video on the site soon) had a rare turnover and XJV had a chance to cut the lead to two possessions.  But ìTruckî Hodgens comes up with a steal and then runs over Bugs on his way to the hoop for two of his nine points while Ferguson takes a page from his Truck teammate and performs the ëtruck moveí to perfection with an up-and-under and Sizzler jumped back out in front 25-12 with 12:25 on the clock.

     

    You can do the math ñ XJV scores only two points the rest of the way as Sizzler runs off a 17-2 run to capture their first ever C League Championship in their rookie season.  Sweet Lew just missed his second triple double of the playoffs falling short by a few helpers ñ but heíll take the title belt anyway he can.  Even Uncle Jesse was hitting free throws with his patented banker from the freebie line and if LaFlamme is popping 75% from the line ñ you know this one is in the bag.

     

    Sizzler matches last yearís rookie squad ñ Monitor ñ by having their names emblazoned forever on the CAC Walls in their very first season. I have four teams and could not do it once this season (check the B2 West write-up for the team that went the farthest).  Itís tough to win ñ but to do it in your rookie season AND at the expense of a proud former champion and tough-nosed players like Bugs, the Lay Bros, Bisson, and Becker ñ you have quite the team.  And even more impressive - Sizzler does it going nine deep and while I lament their roster moves - it is a rarity at the CAC where everyone chips in and Sizzler is one of the best at getting everyone noticed down the entire bench.

     

    Random Notes:

    • Awesome ñ and I mean AWESOME ñ to see the support for both teams last night.  Nice crowd to watch two tough teams battle it out and some nice consoling by the ladies for the XJV men.
    • To Sizzler ñ the Bus Stop is in Allston on Western Ave ñ not Cambridge.  I live in Plymouth and itís about a 45 mile drive from the Morse already and you have me travelling all over the state for a few beers.  Stay local!!  I wound up at the 99s in Charlestown (almost walking distance from the CAC) drowning my B2 West sorrows.  Next time ñ how bout an early Winter ìLeague Night Outî Tibbetts?
    • Iíll admit ñ it would have been fun watching the Sizzler walk into any establishment with their newly minted Champs Shirts.  Too bad XJV does not have a favorite drinking hole ñ cause they could have rubbed it in some more.
    • What was Tibbetts doing with his 7-inch micro computer anyway?  Checking up on me?  15 minutes late?  Blasphemy ñ the game started early.  The game should never start without me.  I was clapping in the hallway ready to get things started at about 8:08 and the first half was mainly over.  BOGUS.  And ok, I was lamenting the 20 point pounding we just took at the CAC.  Shoot me for being 8 minutes late after a pity party and shower following the loss.
    • This was my very last foray in the C League as the C League will no longer play Mondays at the Morse.  The B2 Division invades Monday Night Madness at the Morse full-time next season taking up all the time slots.  I will miss my C Leaguers but you are in good hands with Five Hard Fouls Gerrity ñ another Genzyme chemist moonlighting as a CAC-er.
    • The least talked about player ñ I give Sweet Lew, Shapiro, and Griff lots of the ink ñ but Truck Hodgens really came alive in the last three-or-four games of the season.  I was really tempted to hand the Finals MVP trophy to Truck as he had a nice game ñ but the intangibles (assists, rebounds, all-around game) slightly favors Sweetness.  Hopefully he held up the end of being named MVP and bought the first round.  The CAC works backwards ñ when you win awards ñ YOU do the buying ñ not the other way around.

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    XJV 14  We Goin' Sizzler 42

    We Goin Champs! Sizzler Shuts Down Christmas In C Finals

    Not sure where to start here fellas.  Tibbs already has a running blog of the events of the night on the main page of the site (check it out) and he did a nice job summing up the evening.

     

    Now ñ especially in the C League where it is mostly companies and life-long friends just looking to get in some run ñ I try to be fair and composed to both teams regardless of the game, score, or league.  But to steal some Saturday Night Live theatre from Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers called ìReally With Seth and Amyî

     

    Really XJV?  14 points in the entire game?  Really?  I heckle any team that canít score double digits in one half ñ and you did it twice in one game ñ really?  This was like watching the Vince Carter All-Stars ñ a bunch of guys who donít show up for big games ñ really?  Really?

     

    Really Christmas Carolan?  I had 89 headlines cued up with Christmas music, Christmas carols, holiday cheer for all and you pull a two-point stinker?  ìTis the Season, Christmas Delivers Championshipî.  Really?  Really John?  And then sit for the final six minutes of the game watching your fellow XJV-ers hustle to the bitter end?  MVP-runner up??  Really? ReallyÖyou must be from Philly where they boo all things Christmas.

     

    No Thunder From Down Under?  Really?  Thatís like the Captain without Tonelli?  Oh, really ñ that already happened to this squad?  Really.

     

    Itís all in jest to try and make light of the situation for Bugs, Becker, and Bisson, but I canít go much further cause the XJVíers never quit and I know they were slightly embarrassed with the output in front of a nice contingent of family and friends. 

     

    Watching shot after shot fall short, ërim-outí, and just not fall at all for XJV was a little painful but very surprising, so credit the defense of the Sizzler forcing XJV into rushed decisions on the outside and one-pass possessions to try and keep pace.  They were not the Defensive Team of the Year as a fluke!!  The former champs trailed 21-9 at the half and had to consider themselves lucky as they only hit one field goal the entire half!  As Uncle Jesse was holding court with his own Morse School Block Party - he could have sold arts and crafts in his spare time while swatting away the flies - XJV bombed with 1-for-9 from the line in the first 20 minutes which surely does not help and only T-Lay saved the 0-fer donut from the charity stripe.

     

    But a flicker of hope with just under 14 minutes left to play as Bisson ñ who scored half of his teamís points - scores on a 15-footer for only the second field goal of the game for XJV ñ but shockingly they only trail by nine.  Sweet Lew ñ who was outstanding down the stretch and capped off the year with the Finals MVP (check out the photos and video on the site soon) had a rare turnover and XJV had a chance to cut the lead to two possessions.  But ìTruckî Hodgens comes up with a steal and then runs over Bugs on his way to the hoop for two of his nine points while Ferguson takes a page from his Truck teammate and performs the ëtruck moveí to perfection with an up-and-under and Sizzler jumped back out in front 25-12 with 12:25 on the clock.

     

    You can do the math ñ XJV scores only two points the rest of the way as Sizzler runs off a 17-2 run to capture their first ever C League Championship in their rookie season.  Sweet Lew just missed his second triple double of the playoffs falling short by a few helpers ñ but heíll take the title belt anyway he can.  Even Uncle Jesse was hitting free throws with his patented banker from the freebie line and if LaFlamme is popping 75% from the line ñ you know this one is in the bag.

     

    Sizzler matches last yearís rookie squad ñ Monitor ñ by having their names emblazoned forever on the CAC Walls in their very first season. I have four teams and could not do it once this season (check the B2 West write-up for the team that went the farthest).  Itís tough to win ñ but to do it in your rookie season AND at the expense of a proud former champion and tough-nosed players like Bugs, the Lay Bros, Bisson, and Becker ñ you have quite the team.  And even more impressive - Sizzler does it going nine deep and while I lament their roster moves - it is a rarity at the CAC where everyone chips in and Sizzler is one of the best at getting everyone noticed down the entire bench.

     

    Random Notes:

    • Awesome ñ and I mean AWESOME ñ to see the support for both teams last night.  Nice crowd to watch two tough teams battle it out and some nice consoling by the ladies for the XJV men.
    • To Sizzler ñ the Bus Stop is in Allston on Western Ave ñ not Cambridge.  I live in Plymouth and itís about a 45 mile drive from the Morse already and you have me travelling all over the state for a few beers.  Stay local!!  I wound up at the 99s in Charlestown (almost walking distance from the CAC) drowning my B2 West sorrows.  Next time ñ how bout an early Winter ìLeague Night Outî Tibbetts?
    • Iíll admit ñ it would have been fun watching the Sizzler walk into any establishment with their newly minted Champs Shirts.  Too bad XJV does not have a favorite drinking hole ñ cause they could have rubbed it in some more.
    • What was Tibbetts doing with his 7-inch micro computer anyway?  Checking up on me?  15 minutes late?  Blasphemy ñ the game started early.  The game should never start without me.  I was clapping in the hallway ready to get things started at about 8:08 and the first half was mainly over.  BOGUS.  And ok, I was lamenting the 20 point pounding we just took at the CAC.  Shoot me for being 8 minutes late after a pity party and shower following the loss.
    • This was my very last foray in the C League as the C League will no longer play Mondays at the Morse.  The B2 Division invades Monday Night Madness at the Morse full-time next season taking up all the time slots.  I will miss my C Leaguers but you are in good hands with Five Hard Fouls Gerrity ñ another Genzyme chemist moonlighting as a CAC-er.
    • The least talked about player ñ I give Sweet Lew, Shapiro, and Griff lots of the ink ñ but Truck Hodgens really came alive in the last three-or-four games of the season.  I was really tempted to hand the Finals MVP trophy to Truck as he had a nice game ñ but the intangibles (assists, rebounds, all-around game) slightly favors Sweetness.  Hopefully he held up the end of being named MVP and bought the first round.  The CAC works backwards ñ when you win awards ñ YOU do the buying ñ not the other way around.

    XJV
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Dave Rubin020000000NA 00NA
    Doug Bisson7430100200% 00NA
    Jerome Layman340102000NA 00NA
    John Carolan2310000200% 00NA
    Patrick Bugbee041040000NA 00NA
    Tom Becker15800006117% 00NA
    Tom Layman11111002150% 00NA

    We Goin' Sizzler
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Andy Hodgens92001004375% 00NA
    Dan Ferguson31000102150% 00NA
    Jesse LaFlamme70050314375% 00NA
    Matt Lewandowski116452006117% 00NA
    Matt Packard010000000NA 00NA
    Mike Shapiro10242200100% 00NA
    Patrick Griffin240140000NA 00NA

Standings C Fall 2008 Thru Week 13
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
1We Goin' Sizzler8-10.889W8053.9233.17
2Commitment6-30.667W4243.7339.55
3XJV6-30.667L1248.1738.92
4Thing Magic5-40.556W4342.0046.18
5Bad Boys4-50.444W2439.9040.10
6StructureTone3-50.375L2538.5648.33
7Genzyme3-60.333W1537.4046.30
8eScription3-60.333W1531.6045.67
9Archemix2-70.222L2630.5036.67
Points Per Game
1William Hudson
Thing Magic
17.78
2Joseph Andrade
Bad Boys
16.10
3John Carolan
XJV
14.33
4Mike Shapiro
We Goin' Sizzler
12.00
5Jesse LaFlamme
We Goin' Sizzler
10.58
6Marc Frail
eScription
10.33
7Hao Mei
Commitment
10.11

Player Rater
1William Hudson
Thing Magic
44.839
2Joseph Andrade
Bad Boys
39.7510
3John Carolan
XJV
33.339
4Jesse LaFlamme
We Goin' Sizzler
32.4612
5Mike Jones
Archemix
32.388
6Gary Fan
Commitment
31.7010
7Steve Desimone
StructureTone
31.449
8Tom Becker
XJV
30.8611
9Matt Lewandowski
We Goin' Sizzler
30.7112
10Mike Shapiro
We Goin' Sizzler
28.5911

Rebounds Per Game
1Steve Desimone
StructureTone
11.56
2Tom Becker
XJV
11.36
3William Hudson
Thing Magic
11.00
4Will Nikula
eScription
9.86
5Jesse LaFlamme
We Goin' Sizzler
8.75
6Mike Jones
Archemix
8.25
7John Carolan
XJV
7.78

3s Per Game
1Mike Shapiro
We Goin' Sizzler
0.00nan%
1Patrick Ottery
XJV
0.00nan%
1Steven Cabral
Bad Boys
0.00nan%
1Chi-Lung Cheung
Commitment
0.00nan%
1Doug Bisson
XJV
0.00nan%
1Greg Bergeron
Genzyme
0.00nan%
1Bryan Waller
StructureTone
0.00nan%
1William Hudson
Thing Magic
0.00nan%
1Matt Lewandowski
We Goin' Sizzler
0.00nan%
1Mfoniso Esenyie
eScription
0.00nan%
1Nick Sousa
Bad Boys
0.00nan%
1Allen Chan
Commitment
0.00nan%
1John Carolan
XJV
0.00nan%
1Chris Cheney
Genzyme
0.00nan%
1Jesse LaFlamme
We Goin' Sizzler
0.00nan%

Assists Per Game
1Gary Fan
Commitment
3.90
2Joseph Andrade
Bad Boys
2.40
3Mfoniso Esenyie
eScription
2.33
4Matt Lewandowski
We Goin' Sizzler
2.25
5Mike Shapiro
We Goin' Sizzler
2.09
6John Carolan
XJV
2.00
7Andy Hodgens
We Goin' Sizzler
1.82