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Boomers Ballin’ Downtown

Before the opening of the Baby Boomers Basketball League two years ago, Julius “Pops” Anderson announced his decision to retire at the end of that season. His Ballard Construction team (now Showtime) had won several championships at the Southwest Community Center, and, at 51, he was concerned about the chance of possible injury. When a broken wrist hampered him during Showtime’s loss to the Flav Unit in the league’s championship finals, however, his decision was deterred. He would return for one last run, he insisted, to go out a winner. Showtime did indeed conquer the Flav Unit in this season’s final last March, but there may be a one more, one time, once for “Pops”.

Anderson is currently trying to organize a 40 and Over League at the Downtown YMCA to run Monday evenings from May 19 to July 14, with a structure similar to that which the BBBL maintained for 15 years at SWCC until moving to McChesney Park last season. He emphasizes, “The league is for competition, exercise and having fun.” Registration fee for each team is $175, and each team pays $30 each game for the referees. Deadline for filing a team roster is Friday, May 9. Those interested should contact the Y’s Sports Director Alena Anthony at 474-6851, extension 342. Anderson says there is room for probably two more teams.

He says his Showtime roster is already in, including former SU star and NBAer Howard Triche, Nottingham High School and SUNY standout Pony Bullock and LeMoyne alum Bobby Chestnut, with the addition of 6-8 LeMoyne vet Jimmy Cunningham. The Flave Unit is also signed up, according to Anderson, as well as a squad composed of members of the BBBL’s Battle Force and B&B Lounge, and two teams from a Jamesville-DeWitt rec league.

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