Sunday, May 29, 2011

An Old Cherokee Saying...


One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.

He said, "My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.

"One is Evil - It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

"The other is Good - It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility,
kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his
grandfather: "Which wolf wins?"

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

Friday, May 27, 2011

SoFlo All Tri-County Girls Water Polo Team


                          You've heard of the All-Madden Team in the NFL          
                                 which the players love, well this is our 
                                      First Annual Water Polo version                  

                                      THE BEST OF THE BEST
                            Encompassing Dade, Broward & Palm Beach Counties


Ashleigh Johnson   Ransom Everglades

Field Players
Zoe Respondek   Miami Country Day
Caitlin Arrigo   St. Thomas Aquinas
Juliana Matos   Palmetto
Ashley Hatcher   Miami Country Day
Caroline Israels   Westminster Academy
Serena Benner   Cooper City
Taelor Moreno   Gulliver Prep
Samantha Khalil   Hollywood Hills
Emily Norton   St. Andys 

Girls Player of the Year
Juliana Matos   Palmetto

**Sometimes sandwiches are named in honor of a star athlete, at Soflo we name omelette's after our esteemed Players of the Year: 

"The Juli"

4 extra large eggs scrambled together with pinch of black pepper , 2 heaping tablespoons of Romano cheese and a shot of milk.

Pour into a pan with real melted butter.

Cover omelette with 2-3 slices of Provolone cheese.

Add diced up tomatoes; onions & peppers previously sauteed in Italian Olive Oil. Lightly sprinkle entire omelette with garlic & onion powder.


Once omelette is folded, cooked and placed on a plate, smother with sausage gravy (type used for biscuits with sausage gravy)

SoFlo All Tri-County Boys Water Polo Team

                      You've heard of the All-Madden Team in the NFL          
                                   which the players love, well this is our 
                                       First Annual Water Polo version                  
                THE BEST OF THE BEST
                      Encompassing Dade, Broward & Palm Beach Counties

Kenny "Pacman" Cutler  Gulliver Prep

Field Players
Sean "The Shillelagh" Grady   Boca Raton
Herzen Cortez Jr.   Belen Jesuit
RJ Moore   St. Thomas Aquinas
Mario Cardenas   St. Andys
Nemanja "Serbian Warrior" Zgonjanin   Boca Raton
Zacchary Kappos   Miami Country Day
Victor Vassallo   Cardinal Gibbons
Laurence "Helicopter" Tummings   St. Thomas Aquinas
Kalai Robledo   South Broward
Taylor Stewart   Northeast

Boys Player of the Year
Kenny "Pacman" Cutler

**Sometimes sandwiches are named in honor of a star athlete, at Soflo we name omelette's after our esteemed Players of the Year:

"The Pacman"

4 extra large eggs scrambled together with a pinch of black pepper and a shot of milk.

Pour into a pan with real melted butter.

Cover omelette with 2-3 slices of Jalapeno cheese.

Add in 5 heaping tablespoons of New Orleans style jambalaya. Lightly sprinkle entire omelette with garlic & onion powder.


Once omelette is folded, cooked and placed on a plate, top with 2-3 tablespoons of mild, medium or hot salsa/guacamole mixture.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Miami Herald Banquet / SoFlo Water Polo


Boys’ Player of the Year: Laurence Tummings, St. Thomas Aquinas

Girls’ Player of the Year: Caroline Israels, Westminster Academy

Boys’ Coach of the Year: Michael Goldenberg, St. Thomas Aquinas

Girls’ Coach of the Year: Denise Israels, Westminster Academy

All County Observations

First & foremost we want to congratulate the kids & coaches on their awards.


as all of you expect we have a few minor beefs to air.

To the Miami Herald & it's voters
Fairly decent job in overall accuracy. Great layout of the awards, very classy making the award recipients feel special, which they are. 

Our first complaint is on the girls first team where a huge injustice was done by not choosing Cooper City's Serena Benner. Benner was clearly better than 5 of the 7 field players who were chosen. We're not saying the others weren't worthy just that Benner deserved to be among the group.

Concerning the boys first team selections how could Victor Vassallo of Cardinal Gibbons be left out? As a matter of fact he wasn't even on your second team, relegated to the third team. Are you kidding? Vassallo was considered to be one of the top three choices for Player of the Year. At least the Sentinel got it right with a first team selection.

Several misspellings of names, incorrect schools associated with the players and choosing an athlete for both 2nd & 3rd teams misspelling his name once earns you a 2nd team rating with a "B" grade overall.

To the Sun Sentinel & it's voters
Very good job in overall accuracy. 

With the exception of the Player of the Year photos the rest look like a line up from the Sun Sentinels Ten Most Wanted. These mug shots don't do the kids justice. How about some back lighting or shading or some simple air brushing? One of the Coaches of the Year looks like Alfalfa from Our Gang with a clump of hair sticking up in the center of her head. 

Girls Coach of the Year? Don't get us wrong, we love South Broward's Chris Bloese, she's a great coach and dynamite lady. But how does Denise Israels of Westminster get passed over? The woman delivered an UNDEFEATED SEASON losing only once in the post season at States.

Props to you for nailing Vassallo & Benner as first teamers which your competitor missed. With only a few points deducted for the mug shots, you made the first team with an "A-" grade.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011



                          Boys First Team


Boys Player of the Year:  R.J. Moore,  St. Thomas Aquinas, sophomore

Position: Center defender Stats: 60 goals, 22 assists, 35 steals Season highlights: Versatile, all-around player excels at both ends of the pool. At 6-foot-6, has a reach that is an asset on defense as well as a playmaker. Speed is also an asset he qualified for the state swim meet last fall in the 50-yard freestyle. Moore emerged in a leadership role in his second varsity season, and was promoted to team co-captain for the district champion Raiders. Competes year-round with the South Florida Water Polo Club. He will will play play this summer in the Olympic Development Program in quest of a spot on the Junior National team and travel with his club team to train in Hungary this summer. Athletes quote: It was a good all-around season. I think I could do better, just in helping my team out more. I'm really aiming to take it all next year at state. Were going to have a real strong team.

Brandon Iglesias, Pembroke Pines Charter, senior

Comment: Four-year starter was key contributor to the Jaguars run to the state quarterfinals in the hole set role.

Anthony Milone, St. Thomas Aquinas, senior

Comment: First-team selection for the second time, anchored the Raiders defense in goal with 95 saves and sparked the counter attack with sharp passes.

Christopher Moffat, Deerfield Beach, junior

Comment: Three-year starter was catalyst of Bucks offense in the hole set position; scored 17 goals in one game.

Santiago Rengifo, Cypress Bay, junior

Comment: Provided the impetus for the Lightning¿s run to the state semifinals, with 55 goals, 41 assists and 74 steals.

Kalai Robledo, South Broward, sophomore

Comment: Talented young player sparked the Bulldogs with 96 goals, 25 assists and 40 steals.

Laurence Tummings, St. Thomas Aquinas, senior

Comment: First team for the third time, he led the Raiders with 70 goals; had 22 assists, 35 steals.

Victor Vassallo, Cardinal Gibbons, junior

Comment: Talented junior was the main offensive force for the Chiefs with 81 goals, 77 assists and 73 steals.

Girls First Team

Girls Player of the Year: Caroline Israels, Westminster Academy, sophomore

Position: Utility Stats: 149 goals, 62 assists, 93 steals Season highlights: Led the Lions to a 16-0 record before they were eliminated in the state quarterfinals by Gulliver Prep. Player of the Year for the second time and the county's most dynamic scorer, she adjusted her game this season to get teammates more involved in the offense and shared the scoring burden. But with a strong and accurate shot, she can score goals in bunches. Israels showed that late in the season when she scored 14 goals in the district semifinals and 11 in the victory over Douglas that clinched the Lions third consecutive district title. She had 10 goals in the 26-18 season-ending loss. Athletes quote: I thought I got better at incorporating my teammates more and relying on them more than just myself to score. It was more team oriented. I enjoyed having the entire team able to shoot and know they didn't need me in order to score.

Girls Coach of the Year: Chris Bloese, South Broward

2011 record: 9-9 Comment: Winning the schools first district championship in her ninth season of coaching the Bulldogs was an exercise in perseverance with no home pool for the second year in a row. The team had to travel to Fort Lauderdale High to practice on a limited basis, but conditioning and cohesiveness was tough to attain. In addition, the teams top player was injured for much of the season. Juniors Michelle Danielson and Catherine Johnson helped fill the void and were instrumental in wins over Flanagan and Pembroke Pines Charter in the district tournament. The fact the girls came through and all played well at the same time when we needed them to at the district was pretty rewarding, Bloese said.

Cristina Arribas, Cypress Bay, junior

Comment: Three-year starter was a consistent force for the Lightning with 43 goals, 46 assists and 123 steals.

Caitlin Arrigo, St. Thomas Aquinas, senior

Comment: Solid all-around performer in the utility role with 53 goals, 65 assists and 92 steals to earn her second first-team selection.

Serena Benner, Cooper City, junior

Comment: Three-year starter was the focal point of the offense in the Cowboys run to the state semifinals with 82 goals in the hole-set position.

Michelle Danielson, South Broward, junior

Comment: Assumed leadership role due to a teammates injury and was the driving force in the Bulldogs winning the district and reaching the state quarterfinals.

Samantha Khalil, Hollywood Hills, junior

Comment: First-team selection for the third time, led the Spartans with 81 goals; added 34 assists and 29 steals.

Kaylee Petik, Fort Lauderdale, junior

Comment: Three-year starter emerged as a force in goal for the Flying Ls with 130 blocks, 32 steals and 44 assists.

Kristin Plitnick, St. Thomas Aquinas, senior

Comment: Earned third first-team selection while leading the Raiders to the regional finals with 63 goals; had 52 assists and 68 steals.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Fiasco in Ft. Lauderdale Revisited

Let us preface this story by saying as unbelievable as it sounds it's 99.99% factually correct. ( give or take a few percentage points allowing for embellishment )

April 20, 2011
5:30 PM
Ft. Lauderdale High Pool
District 6 Boys Championship Game
Cardinal Gibbons vs. St. Thomas

The stage was set for the Clash of the Catholics; two teams Aquinas & Gibbons littered with FLA & SFWPC members split apart only for the high school season. Players who don't like to lose, not even to their brothers who they've battled side by side with in numerous tournaments throughout the years. These are proud, hard working, determined kids. 

All their parents are friends who party, travel and lodge together for various national tournaments. However a week before and after a game of this magnitude there is no conversing with the enemy. These are competitive parents who don't like to see their kids lose, proud parents.

The generals of this battle are as far apart personality wise as they are close in coaching knowledge. 

Michael Goldenberg, a South Florida Water Polo Club coach heads Aquinas, Goldenberg a former Russian pro player has unquestionably transitioned more high schoolers into college water polo programs than anyone in the State of Florida.

Mark Veszi, FLA Water Polo Club's head coach is the young and fiery leader of the Gibbons Aqua Chiefs. Veszi's considered a "young turk" eager to make his bones quickly. He's a former All-County Player of Year who considers Broward County his turf. Veszi resurrected Gibbons' water polo team from the ashes 3 years ago and has never looked back, he just keeps winning.

Earlier in the season the young Gibbons squad was overmatched against the more experienced Aquinas. But that was then. Now Veszi's Bayview Bullies were improving with leaps and bounds, crushing opponents by 20 goals or more in every game but haunted by one loss: St. Thomas Aquinas.

The pump was primed, Gibbons was peaking & Aquinas was wounded. STA fresh off a rough showing at the Gulliver Prep Invitational was again without leading scorer Laurence Tummings who was MIA.

Tummings, a Broward County water polo legend and international jet-setter was eventually located by TMZ  who reported him in the Mediterranean with Nemanja Zgonjanin cavorting with Taylor Swift and Rihanna on Diddy's yacht.

None the less it was Cardinal Gibbons turn and they knew it.  

Gibbons jumped all over Aquinas with Victor Vassallo, AJ Martin and Charles Mahalec making it look easy quickly zooming to an early 5 goal lead. The game was going so well everyone stopped complaining about the mid-second period Gibbons goal that was never recorded and everyone yelled about for several minutes.

Gibbons was clearly dominating.

At the half it was 9-5 Gibbons (actually 10-5). But what does one goal matter in a blowout?

The second half was taken over by the refs creating an unimaginable nightmare for Gibbons. In all our of days of attending athletic events all over the globe we never saw anything like this take place. Let us clarify here, it was one ref not both. We could name him and have complete impunity from any legal recourse according to our Constitutional rights but for this factual/satirical piece we'll call him "The Chubby White Kid" or TCWK for short.

TCWK had an agenda. The reason we'll never know, but it was blatantly clear he wanted Gibbons to lose. He systematically squeezed the life out of Gibbons calling foul after foul with an unheard of 13 exclusions against the Chiefs verses only 2 against STA. In the midst of CG's turmoil and confusion STA slowly crept closer as Aquinas's 6' 6" RJ Moore became impossible to stop. In the middle of the third period TCWK rolled CG's second leading scorer Martin as he played D-hole with both his hands up in the air!?!? A nonexistent call only visible to TCWK.

The game seesawed back n forth but Aquinas kept gaining ground behind Moore's offensive explosion. Veszi intelligently saw the deck was becoming more and more stacked against him. He sought to protect his star Vassallo by putting him in the goal, resting & saving him for a 4th period onslaught. But it was not to be, the star Vassallo was rolled. How was he rolled from the goalie position you ask? During a time out he threw the ball back to the ref "too hard", so the ref he tossed the ball to rolled him. Who was the ball receiving ref: TCWK.

The crowd mood was intense as one of the Gibbon's moms screamed "Is this how you want to win it Mike?". A question directed towards the STA coach who was her close friend from the South Florida Water Polo Club and who's children hang around together. But there were no friendships tonight as a grave injustice was taking place in this take no prisoners battle.

From there a disheartened Gibbons all but gave up, TCWK called ejection after ejection, 6 to 1 ejections in the last 2 minutes as well as 3 offensive fouls all on the Chiefs within the same time frame. But some how the Chiefs were still there. They had taken on the persona of their coach, they had transformed themselves into him, do or die, all or nothing, don't quit. In spite of everything they crawled their way back to within one goal for the tie with only 15 seconds remaining in the game.

No clock was visible as the time was verbally announced to the refs and coaches in 5 second intervals. Then at the 10 second mark it happened, a steal, Gibbons had a miraculous 3 on none break, a definite goal for the tie which would have propelled the game into overtime. As the Chiefs closed in like raptors dropping in on prey the coaches and everyone in the crowd were counting down the 10 seconds. Then a whistle blew, the game ended.

All hell broke lose, even the Aquinas supporters were embarrassed. After a minute of mass confusion the ref announced a mistake was made and there were 5 seconds left on the clock. Aquinas was allowed to get back on defense, Gibbons got the ball at half tank then time ran out, it was over.

Wonder which ref blew his whistle calling the game over early?....The Chubby White Kid.

Gibbons was robbed.....oh, and remember the lost goal from the second period, they found it on the scoring sheet 20 minutes after time had expired. Just about the same time TCWK was being escorted to his vehicle by one of Ft. Lauderdale's Finest.

In closing on this fiasco we want to give credit where credit is do. STA's RJ Moore was a animal that night. Mostly renown for his defensive prowess, his intestinal fortitude at half time told him had to do something. Aquinas was playing without their top scorer in Tummings and they were getting slaughtered. It was time to either roll over and die or rise up and challenge. Moore made his decision, he took the team on his back and single handedly took over the game. Anyone who knows RJ will tell you he has shown flashes of greatness but he's still a work in progress with only a few years of water polo training under his belt. Like a man possessed time after time he propelled his 6' 6" body vertical shooting from every area in the pool. It became one mans will against another teams greatness as Moore tallied 9 of Aquinas's 12 goal total with 6 of those 9 coming in the second half. 

                                   RJ Moore became legendary that night.

***Update: TCWK was embroiled in yet another controversy at States a week later concerning the St. Andy's vs. Winter Park girls game. Apparently his officiating was again questioned as time after time he made calls that allowed WP to rally back from a 6 -1 deficit to eventually win the game 8 - 7. After the game he was verbally accosted by a group of St. Andy's parents and rumor has it a posse of St. A's moms (not the classiest bunch of broads we ever met) are currently cruising Broward 24/7 in their Mercedes SUV's stalking the elusive TCWK. 

Monday, May 23, 2011

Why didn't "The Rapture" occur this weekend as was written in the Bible?

                      Lady Gaga had it postponed because                                          it interfered with her album release today

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Women's FINA World League Prelims USA vs.Canada

Boca vs. St. Andy's: The Serbian Connection Revisited

Here's a brief overview of the regular season match up between these two Palm Beach powers. This game was played at seasons end roughly 6 weeks ago and had a highlight worth mentioning. 

Going into this game we basically knew what to expect and it played out exactly as anticipated.

Boca battled neck and neck with St. Andy's in the first period showing they were as good or better. Then as happened over the past two years in games between these two St. Andy's made strategic adjustments and Boca didn't. From that point on St. Andy's methodically pulled away and ended up winning by the usual 6 to 8 goal spread.

With less than a minute left in the game a self proclaimed St. Andy's tough guy kicked Boca's Nemanja Zgonjanin in front of the St. A's goal. As if to say we beat you and I'm going to rub it in by kicking you while your down. 

The feisty, proud Serbian lost it. He reeled around and in his native tongue started yelling things I imagine aren't protected by the freedom of speech amendment while charging the supposed tough guy. Egg-beating backwards at the speed of light with the Serb in his face the coward eventually pinned himself into the corner of the pool. 

The coward was on the verge of tears and saying novenas to St. Andrew when out of nowhere a white knight appeared. Scooter "I never had a goal scored on me that was my fault" Whygal snuck up on Zgonjanin and grabbed him from behind. The Serb spun around, snatched Whygal tossing him like a ragdoll into the corner. Now the St. Andy players were stacked two deep in the corner. Naturally the coward took advantage of this positioning, climbed out of the pool and scampered back to the safety of his bench. Leaving Whygal who was screeching like a high school girl on prom night to fend for himself. 

Eventually the refs intervened ending the game with less than 20 second left and making the decision not to allow the opposing teams to shake hands.

We did our best in recreating this scene, although it was one of those "you had to be there" moments for sure.

The District final a few weeks later played out the same although Zgonjanin was not there as he was reportedly in the San Francisco area with Laurence Tummings catching the swell at Mavericks. 

Thursday, May 19, 2011

               "No rebounds, no rings" - Udonis Haslem

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

GIRLS ONLY / SoFlo Water Polo

First Annual "Girls Only" Charity Water Polo Tournament 

Successful & fun filled day for the girls. A well run tournament held at Gulliver Prep who donated the pool time. 


       My mama told me when I was young

               We are all born superstars


It doesn't matter if you love him or capital H-I-M
Just put your paws up
'Cause you were born this way, baby

My mama told me when I was young
We are all born superstars
She rolled my hair and put my lipstick on
In the glass of her boudoir

There's nothin' wrong with lovin' who you are
She said, 'cause He made you perfect, babe
So hold your head up, girl and you you'll go far
Listen to me when I say

I'm beautiful in my way
'Cause God makes no mistakes
I'm on the right track, baby
I was born this way

Don't hide yourself in regret
Just love yourself and you're set
I'm on the right track, baby
I was born this way, born this way

Ooh, there ain't no other way, baby, I was born this way
Baby, I was born this way
Ooh, there ain't no other way, baby, I was born this way
I'm on the right track, baby, I was born this way

Don't be a drag, just be a queen
Don't be a drag, just be a queen
Don't be a drag, just be a queen
Don't be

Give yourself prudence and love your friends
Subway kid, rejoice of truth
In the religion of the insecure
I must be myself, respect my youth

A different lover is not a sin
Believe capital H-I-M
I love my life, I love this record and
Mi amore vole fe yah

I'm beautiful in my way,
'Cause God makes no mistakes
I'm on the right track, baby
I was born this way

Don't hide yourself in regret,
Just love yourself and you're set
I'm on the right track, baby
I was born this way

Ooh, there ain't no other way, baby, I was born this way
Baby, I was born this way
Ooh, there ain't no other way, baby, I was born this way
I'm on the right track, baby, I was born this way

Don't be drag, just be a queen
Whether you're broke or evergreen
You're black, white, beige, chola descent
You're Lebanese, you're orient

Whether life's disabilities
Left you outcast, bullied or teased
Rejoice and love yourself today
'Cause baby, you were born this way

No matter gay, straight or bi
Lesbian, transgendered life
I'm on the right track, baby
I was born to survive

Ooh, there ain't no other way, baby, I was born this way
Baby, I was born this way
Ooh, there ain't no other way, baby, I was born this way
I'm on the right track, baby, I was born this way
I was born this way, hey
I was born this way, hey
I'm on the right track, baby, I was born this way, hey

I was born this way, hey
I was born this way, hey
I'm on the right track, baby, I was born this way, hey

("Mi amore vole fe" means "My love needs faith" in an older or regional dialect of Italian, possibly the dialect spoken by Lady Gaga's own family, and "yah" is an exclamatory word for emphasis)