TOP TEN REASONS WHY ASIA/GRECO-ROMAN WON THE CASC WORLD CUP OF BALL
May 17 1999
Salim Karmali and Rafik Patel: Big Game Players.
Before the tournament, prognosticators thought that both Salim and Rafik
were the weak links on an otherwise steady and perhaps dangerous
Asia/Greco-Roman squad. Those analysts now have to bite their tongues.
Salim scored three goals and three assists in four games, including the
World Cup winning goal plus an assist in the final, and an assist in the
final. Rafik played a strong defensive game,never got caught out of
position, blocked countless shots. Kudos to two underrated players.
Jimmy Garoufalis got his sock back
In early April, Jimmy lent his goalie equipment to CASC Organizer Theo
Michael, so that the womens team could have a fully equipped goalie when
they played the McGill Women's Champions. Mr. Michael brought everything
back except the sock on Jimmy's goalie stick. Jimmy thought nothing of the
missing foot apparel, until, that is, he started to struggle, in which
case Jimmy did what he always does when faced with a setback, a challenge:
he blamed someone else.
"It was Theo's fault. He lost my sock. How can one play at a high level
without a sock. And not just any sock", Jimmy was overheard saying. Noone
much payed attention, and those did, were laughing so hard when Jimmy
mentioned himself and playing at a "high level" in the same sentence, that
they couldn't concentrate on anything else. On Wednesday morning, Theo
Michael passed by Jimmy's place to drop off the missing footwear. Later,
on Wednesday evening, Jimmy's team won two playoff games to win the
tournament. Coincidence. I think not.
Joe Lazzara played a defensive game.
Yes, you read correctly. Joe Lazzara, who for years had to be shown where
the defensive zone was, and who always had trouble recognizing his own
goalie, concentrated on defense in the two playoff victories. This shocked
his teammates, and prompted them to play better defense, because as Simon
Kabenian was overheard saying, "if Joe can do it, then we better do it as
well, or else we will never live it down".
Ragesh Patel promised Rafik Patel a championship last September.
"If you stick with me Raf, I promise we will win the title". Ragesh was
referring to the CASC title, but seeing as how the Dragons, for whom both
Ragesh and Rafik play for, lost in the first round two weeks ago, this
tournament victory would have to do. As Ragesh was heard saying to anyone
who cared to listen, "I always deliver on my promises".
Simon Kabenian wore Jimmy Garoufalis's #22 Typhoon jersey
replete with the GAROUFALIS on the back. Simon Kabenian credited his
masterful defensive performance to the jersey. "Wearing Jimmy's jersey was
an honor. I felt very emotional knowing that I was putting on a jersey
which had given Jimmy so much success. (0-8-1 record with a 6.53 G.A.A.
in Dollard C Division 1994: Records then, records now) The name GAROUFALIS
in the back gave me the extra confidence and inspiration I needed". Simon
actually was able to say all these things with a straight face, making one
wonder how good an actor Simon is.
Kamlesh Patel blowing up during a timeout in the semi-final versus the
Kam was noticeably upset, when, with about ten minutes left against the
French, and holding a 3-1 lead, a member of the Asia/Greco-Roman team
decided to pull a temper tantrum. This forced Kam to call a timeout, where
he proceeded to tell everyone what he thought of the team's attitude. The
looks on his teammates faces said it all. If the usually calm and serene
and composed Kamlesh can get this irate, then we better pull our weight.
John Wong promised that if his team won, he would wear more respectable
sportswear during games
Fat chance. The shorts John wears, ridiculous looking as they are, are
important in his team;'s overall strategy. The opposition laughs so hard
at the sight of John's skinny legs and outrageous outfits, that they cannot
concentrate at their normal level.
John Wong scored a goal
You read correctly. No, this is not a joke. Your eyesight is fine.. In
Asia/Greco-Roman's first round match against Continental Europe, John Wong
came in from the point, saw a loose ball, and took his version of a
slapshot. (i.e. 10 mile an hour if even) The ball went through goalie
Leonard Luedee's legs hit the back of the net and came back out. Play
continued as if nothing happened. John Wong figured that the shot did not
go in, since, well since he never scores. His teammates chased at the
rebound, when a whistle blew. Regent Proulx had blown the play dead
because a goal was scored. There was hardly a celebration. John took the
shot. There was no deflection. Could it be?, asked his teammates.
"This is destiny" cried out Salim Karmali. Paul Iacurto said that John
Wong scoring happens as often as one sees Halley's Comet, only not as
often. (Leonard Luedee confided later that giving up a goal to John Wong
was the lowlight of the tournament, nay, his entire career. "I did not
mind losing the heartbreaking semifinal in penalty shots. But when JW
scored, I hung my head in shame. Never again".
Paul Iacurto felt like writing an article
on how his team won the championship, so he decided that the best way to
write would be through experience. So he went out and won a championship.
"Look, whenever I feel like doing something, I do it. When I woke up this
morning, I wanted to write something special. Like how I won a championship.
The only thing missing from my plan was the actual championship. So I went
out and won one. Not by myself, obviously, but I did do most of the work.
Please do not quote me on that". Of course not, Paul, just like you would
never call me Red Light Garoufalis.
Angelo D'Agostino's line changes
. In the World Cup Final, Angelo never even saw his team take a 1-0 lead,
or a 2-0 lead. Why? Because when both goals were being scored Angelo was
running off on a line change. Before Angelo could turn around, bang,
Ragesh Patel scored to make it 1-0. Later in the 1st period, as Angelo
was making another line change, Salim scored on a rebound to make it 2-0.
All the while, Angelo was sitting bemused and amused. "I hope this does
not end up on my epitaph: Angelo D'Agostino, he helped his team the most
by getting off the floor".