“Where’s the brief?” I asked Mary after we’d seen a somewhat long film about Stephen Hawking, who wrote “A Brief History of Time,” which I’ve taken the time to peruse again in an effort to constantly expand my consciousness, just like the universe.
They go for Christmas in a big way in Palm Springs, where we’ll be at the end of the month, with lights and ornaments all around. Yet even if I weren’t jaded when it comes to the mandatory bonhomie of the season, it seems all the more ludicrous to submit this year given the recent baffling refusals of grand juries in Missouri and New York to try police officers who killed unarmed citizens, one who had been told to get up on the sidewalk and another who was placed in an outlawed, and fatal, choke hold for selling single cigarettes.
Mattituck, a tough Class C team, won the first Kendall Madison Tip-Off Classic tournament here this past weekend, besting Westhampton Beach, an A school, in Friday’s opening round, and pulling away from Pierson, a fellow Class C-enrollment school, in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s finale to win the trophy by a score of 67-59.
Meanwhile, East Hampton, which had suffered a rare loss to the Whalers Friday, a game that went down to the wire before Pierson pulled it out 62-59, bounced back to beat Westhampton 45-27 in the consolation game.
The East Hampton Football Club, which last year sailed through a 40-0 season in Division III men’s soccer competition that apparently was unprecedented in the 65-year history of the Long Island Soccer Football League, finished the first half of the 2014-15 Division 1 season with a 3-1 win Sunday at the Ross School over Westbury F.C. Azzurri.
Joe Vas, East Hampton’s athletic director, said during a conversation Monday that the numbers were good for all the winter sports, to wit, boys and girls basketball, wrestling, boys and girls track, and boys swimming.
Asked if a football coach and staff had been named yet, the A.D. said he was to discuss the matter with the school board this week. Once he got the board’s go-ahead, he said, he would name a search committee and advertise the positions. “I’d like to have a staff in place quickly,” he said.
The Pierson-Bridgehampton High School girls basketball team, despite the absence of four players who had gone on a trip to New York City, upended East Hampton 39-22 in a nonleaguer played at East Hampton High School Monday evening.
The win was all the more impressive given the fact that the Whalers had recently lost to Westhampton Beach by 30 points while East Hampton had lost to the Hurricanes by 8.
Before the Kendall Madison Tip-Off Classic’s consolation and championship games got under way at East Hampton High School Saturday, a Slamming Santa youth hoop holiday invitational tournament for third-and-fourth and fifth-and-sixth-grade teams filled the gymnasium with players from Southampton, Shelter Island, Mattituck, and Sag Harbor.
The youth tourney was sponsored by the East Hampton Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs, and members of the high school’s Key Club provided volunteers.
“Did you hear?” I said the other day to Mary, who was working at Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton.
“Yes. Obama finally bit the bullet on immigration.”
“Well, there’s that, but they’ve found that 90 percent of social drinkers are not alcoholics! I had been hoping, though, to stand up at an A.A. meeting and say, ‘My name is Jack Graves and I still use floppy disks.’ ”
This past week was a big one for men’s soccer here.
Tortorella Pools won the 7-on-7 league’s final at East Hampton’s Herrick Park Monday evening, erasing a 3-1 deficit in the second half to defeat Hamptons-Bill Miller 4-3. The same teams met in the spring season final, with Tortorella prevailing in a penalty kick shootout.
Thankfully, Thanksgiving Day was far better weather-wise than the unremitting rain of the day before, and while the hard-core runners in the crowd of 600-plus at Montauk’s Circle last Thursday morning would probably have turned out anyway, many others would have rolled over in bed had it been raining, or snowing, or bitter cold.