41 years later, the Miami Dolphins still pop champagne to commemorate being the only undefeated team in NFL history.
Now, they might have some company over on 19th and Girard.
The Wolfpack, a team drafted under auspicious circumstances, is raising the Kenny Kup after completing the most dominating run the Philadelphia Mans Basketball League has ever seen. They concluded their magical season with a 84-73 win over the Kind/McKenna squad that featured a truly wide array of talent.
There was a buzz in the building following the Joe League finals, as everyone anxiously awaited the game. Ahmed Lindsey was yapping, David Dixon was dunking, and Kristian Clarkson was nowhere to be found.
It’s rare that the second pick in the draft goes under the radar for an entire season, but Clarkson, after being traded early in the year by Lucas “Sweet Lou” Gulotta, was overshadowed by Mans of Interest Do-Dirt Brown. Brown was putting up 20.6 a game to Clarkson’s 15, and had clearly taken over Alpha Wolf status of the pack. In the first half, Brown kept them afloat while battling best buddy James Pope. This friendly battle confused their entourage, who at one point started accidentally rooting for Jeff Leonard until he missed about 8 straight layups. The Pack was focused, withstanding strong blows from Ben Kay, and the Lefthanded Legend, Andrew Gaddess, who took round 1 from Kristian Clarkson.
However, if Gaddess won round one, Clarkson made sure that he was going to take 2-10. Down 3 heading into the second half, Clarkson spurred on a ferocious Wolfppack rally, combining rainbow threes with rim-shattering dunks. As the pack slowly pulled away, Ahmed Lindsey checked himself back into the game and finished off the trophy-less Kind squad with a few nice buckets.
The Wolfpack will head into season 6 with the best chance of any PMBL team to repeat as champions. Meanwhile The Commish loses his third championship game in as many years, and is sleeping on my couch right now.
Congrats to the Wolfpack and (I think I’m going to be sick) Y-Pers, Inc. on their well earned championships. Follow along this week as I Break Bad on my year in reviews and hand out Season 5 awards.
Kenny Kup MVP: Kristian Clarkson (Honorable Mention to Do-Dirt for another great Game)
The Plenty of Fish in the Sea Award: Mark Cooper for his incredible rebounding, including 9 offensive boards.
The Strong and Silent Award: Pat Williams, for his steady play throughout the season.
The Curious Case of David Dixon Award: As one spectator told me: “Dixon could be anywhere between 35 and 75″