We're back to a huge schedule this week. Next week will be equally large, perhaps even bigger. We've got a couple refs who are out of town this weekend on vacation. SLACKERS!!


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This Week's Byes

•4PF    •5-Ups    •520 Personal Training    •76ers Minus 7    •Air Jesus    •Air Jesus    •APEX    •ATG    •Average Joes    •AZ Knights    •AZ. Tropics    •Aztecas    •Ball Hawks    •Bandits    •Basketball Junkies    •Below The Rim    •Bench Bros    •Bisbee    •Black Mambas    •Bloodline    •Blue Coconuts    •Bob Ross In The Paint    •Bron Bron Elite    •Cardinals    •Cool Arrows    •Crew 2.0    •Dad Bods    •Dawgs    •Demons    •East Side High    •Flawless Victory    •Fleet    •Flyers    •Frosty Hesson    •Gila Monsters    •Girl Dads    •Goobers    •Ham    •Hawgs    •Hawgs    •Heat Check    •Hickory    •Icy Hots    •JAK    •Johnny Utah    •La Tuza    •Left Hand Sharks    •Looney Goons    •Los Barberos    •Los Brothers    •Los Chivos    •Los Suns    •Mambas    •Mansfield Ballers    •Marana Monarchs    •Mi Familia    •Most Hated    •Mustangs #1    •Mustangs #2    •Non-Hoopers    •NOVA    •One of One    •Outlawz    •Paper Route Hoopers    •Pippen Ain't Easy    •Pistons    •Prestige Worldwide    •Product    •Rainbow Drillers    •Red Dragons    •Redmen    •Rogue One    •Royal 3’s    •Saints    •Scout Team    •Seasoned Veterans    •Shoot Your Shot    •Showtime    •Side Loaders    •Sikhos    •Sleeper Squad    •Slime Time    •SlimeBallz    •Smokin' 3s    •Sneaker Squeakers    •Soldierz    •Soul Snatchers    •Splash Pad    •Storm    •Swoosh    •Team Lace-Up    •Team UGLY    •Team Uh-Oh!    •Team YAO    •The Bullockz    •The Fam    •The Heat    •The Other Guys    •The Show    •The Suns    •Tucson Family Ties    •Tucson Heat    •Tucson Warriors    •Underdogs    •Valley    •Wolves    •YSL    •Z Fighters    •Zona    •[Enter Team Name Here]    

Well, That Was Interesting!

July 15th, 2024

According to several long-time Tucsonans, last night's monsoon storm was the worst they had ever seen in their entire lives. It was certainly an experience being inside the facility, with the hail and rain pounding in the roof so loudly that people standing right next to each other had to raise their voices to be heard. The wind was brutal, uprooting trees in the parking lot. We had several blackout moments, but the power always came back on within seconds. The courts on the south side of the building were fine, but those on the north side were hit by several leaks. With the help of the incredible staff, we were able to move the games on Court 3 (Skippy's Court) over to Court 5 (West).

J.J., Dominique and the rest of the crew did a great job of reacting to an unprecedented situation. We ended up having to cancel just two games (7:00 and 8:00 on Court 2--Tom's Court). Those games will be made up next Sunday. 

It was reported that, at one time, 80% of the houses in Tucson were without power. My wife called to tell me that the power was out at our house. When I got to our neighborhood, however, the lights were on for about the first block. But when I turned onto our street, total darkness. Our lights didn't come back on until after midnight. This morning, driving down River Road, the devastation was incredible. Virtually every tree in the medians had been uprooted by the wind, with many tilting out into the street. The Walgreen's at River and La Canada was closed because they had no power. The traffic lights at Wetmore and Flowing Wells were out. 

Let me just say that there are some serious a-holes out and about in Tucson. People don't know how to do four-way stops for crap! (Or they know how and just don't care.) Three or four cars would go at a time. I hope those people's mothers never get out of prison.

In the actual games, we had some good ones. We welcomed back Team Lace-Up after an extended absence. They pulled off a tight 44-43 win over Girl Dads

--Weird thing: The first three games on Rob's Court all ended in 10-point victories: Tucson Warriors over Dawgs, 56-46, Splash Pad over Soul Snatchers, 75-65, and Average Joes over Wolves, 65-55.

--ATG scored at the buzzer to beat AZ Tropic in the last game of the night.

--The Hawgs knocked JAK from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 76-68 victory.

--In a real heartbreaker, SideLoaders held the lead over Hickory for 35 of the 36 minutes of the game. The SideLoaders jumped out to a 9-2 lead and were up, 19-15, at the half. They eventually built a 32-19 lead with eight minutes left in the game, but then went cold. Hickory tied the game at 37-37 with a minute to go. Hickory built a five-point lead. The SideLoaders hit a long three to cut it to 42-40, but couldn't get any closer. Bob Krygier had nine rebounds for the winners.

We're down to only four undefeated teams left (out of more than 100). But that's not good enough. We're now going to pit undefeated 5-Ups and unbeaten Storm. Then, Zona will play Prestige Worldwide. Then, I'll have those two winners play each other the last week of the regular season. And then there will be but one. Wait! That's not enough. I'm sure that I can come up with something more diabolical than that. Stay tuned.

New team uniforms keep popping up in advance of the Fall season. I have also come up with a way to fix the nagging problem of people's names being misspelled on the stats. It's quite simple and it's going to work. The problem has always been that penmanship is a lost art. Most people's handwriting looks like they're holding the pen between their buttcheeks as they're skiing down a steep slope, trying to eat a ghost pepper sandwich. Next season, the stats are going to a whole new level and the uniforms are going to help with that.

One last thing: Most of you know Rob, the ref who looks like what Dwayne Johnson would like to look like. Rob and Junior are our best ref tandem and they work a lot of the A League games on the Mountain Court on Sunday mornings. Rob and I have been together for 25 years. It has been my pleasure to watch him grow from a somewhat cavalier young man to a college graduate to a career man and world traveler, and now to a mega-successful entrepreneur and businessman. Several members of the League are clients of Rob's and they rave about the service(s) he provides.

Rob is one of many amazing people who ref in the League. We have a school principal, a published author, one of the best basketball players in the history of Tucson, and an Ivy Leaguer. More on all this in future blogs.

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