2006 Turkey Bowl - Storybook Stevie!
The Winning Teams
After a long absence, Stevie Greene returned to the Turkey Bowl as captain in a storybook performance scoring 4 touchdowns and capturing the MVP. Stevie's team of Ryan, Joey, Jeff and Mike defeated Bob Greene's team of Sean, Mike, Raffaele and Bill by the score of 5-2. Clearly showing their age, Mike Manchisi and long-time captain Bill Greene were drafted second to last and last as both captains went for youth and speed. It's been quite an amazing year for Stevie as his Cardinal's won the world series (click here for his YOUTUBE performance).
The game started out poorly with a number of no shows by regulars (Dylan and Tim) as well as Tom Greene who again traded the Turkey Bowl tradition for IOWA bowl. As if that wasn't bad enough, Tom did not bring the coveted turkey bowl trophy leaving the players to drink out of Mary Greene's mixing bowl. In place of the no shows the Hell's Angels made an unscheduled appearance.
Sean threw two interceptions (one by Jeff Gatti who almost took it coast to coast) but his team had a number of dropped passes making his QB rating worse than it should have been. Bill Greene (who did have a strong kickoff return) had a sure touchdown until he came up limping with a strained calf muscle. Bob Greene also pulled a hamstring and Mike Manchisi had a bruised knee proving that the older folks have hit the twilight of their careers. All three have hinted at retirement though a year is a long-time to reconsider.
While Stevie was the unanimous MVP choice, quarterback Ryan was outstanding in his playcalling (who knew what a hook and ladder was?) and audibles at the line in a Peytonesque performance. In addition, Ryan made the game ending interception and in a classy move, flipped the ball to Stevie to score the winning touchdown.
In the kids game, Brian Manchisi took MVP honors as the team of Brian, Zach Higdon, Wesley, Andrew, Jacob, Matt and Buckwheat defeated Zach Greene, James, Clayton, Vic, Anthony, Sean, Josh and Ben by the score of 7-4. Neither quarterback threw any interceptions and QB Matt Burmaster was strong in leading Brian's team to victory.
Lots of decisions to be made in
2007 but for now, Bill, Bob and Mike will recuperate while Stevie celebrates the
game of his life!
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