Duffer's Hockey History
World History (Red)
TV and Radio History
Duffer History (In Black)
Construction of an ice rink in Downers Grove begins. Chicago Black Hawk’s
star defenseman Pat Stapleton is one of the major investors. The
Icearena opens its doors on December 1.
Miceli (The King), Wally
(Waju), Tom Kowalkowski (Slime
Dog), Greg Lopatka (Beak) and Frank Presecky sign their sons up to play
ice hockey. Duffer
The Son's of Duffers
(SODs) soon started playing
with the Duffers in the 1980s. Cammie Granato was the first
(Daughter of a Duffer) to play with us. We soon had
of Duffers) playing with us when the calendar hit Y2K. Wives of
Duffers became known as WODs.
World History (In Red)
Mariner 9 orbits Mars! 3 Russian cosmonauts die
when their space capsule develops an air leak while reentering the earth’s
atmosphere. A cyclone and tidal wave kills 10,000 people in
Bengal. An earthquake in Nicaragua kills 10,000.
The beginning of the 1970's was a time
full of controversy. The Vietnam War still going on until 1973 and
Nixon was caught in the Watergate scandal until 1974 when he
resigned. Then it went on to new Presidents in Gerald Ford and Jimmy
Carter. So the main theme of this decade was the Watergate to Post
Watergate periods. It affected American people then in that in
different ways. At the beginning of the 70's the Vietnam was still
going. This incited many protests and riots that were spurred from
conflicting beliefs about the war, and other protests and riots in the
60's. This also effected Americans because the of the Watergate
scandal. Some government officials were sent to jail and Nixon
probably would have been impeached if he hadn't resigned. The
country also faced a big change after Nixon's resignation with the
unexpected new president Gerald Ford. The Watergate affair left the
country struggling to recover. The economy also suffered from
stagflation: when inflation and unemployment rise, but the economy
remains stalled and stagnant. To make matters worse, a revolution in
Iran also caused oil and gas shortages. This theme also effected the
rebellious youths and adults of the decade. They found a new type a
dance party music called disco. Unfortunately for many people and
musicians though, along with this were illegal drugs and promiscuous
sex. This was a large carrier of diseases like the AIDS virus that
was later discovered in 1981.
*The above summary was taken from American
World History is in red
History is in black
TV and Radio News is in
green. Thanks to ROBERT FEDER
The King decided the kids were having too much
fun, so he rented ice on Sunday mornings for the “old Guys”.
The birth of the Duffers took place in January of 1972, when a rag tag
group of players started showing up with borrowed equipment and no skating
ability. Beak bought a used pair of Nester-Johnson skates for
$6.00. He used his son’s adjustable helmet and plastic street
hockey stick for several years, until a referee in Naperville made him get
a wooden stick. The Huffer used a Green Bay Packer Football
helmet. Fred Bobka, Dan Mazenec, Bob "Screwlander"
Friedlander and Tim Dubiel were
some of the original Duffers that lasted more than a decade.
The following account came from Jim "the
King Miceli: "Rich Schoenberger was
playing with us on Sunday mornings. He is the one who brought out the
Commander who brought out Timmy & Stump. When I was complaining about
all the different color jerseys Rich mentioned he had some old cotton
practice football jerseys at his shop. When he said they would cost us a
couple of dollars apiece I immediately perked up. When I called him to get
the jerseys Rich said he would put numbers on them and maybe a name like
the Downers Grove Duffers, which sounded great to me. While on the phone I
was looking at a Blackhawk schedule and asked Rich if he would be able to
put the bear on the jersey. He said he knew exactly what I was looking at
and said, "no problem". The jerseys showed up with Downers Grove on the top
the bear in the center and Duffers on the bottom. I thought it was great.
We got away from the traditional rat-hockey multicolored jerseys almost
from the very beginning."
Years later, we looked up the definition in
the Funk and Wagnalls and found
1.)A dull witted or clumsy person.
2.)A peddler or hawker of cheap flashy articles.
The jerseys sold for $2.00 each, and if a
guy couldn’t afford to buy the set, the the King reluctantly broke up
the set. Beak got the Blue #9, Someone else got the Red #9.
That cotton football jersey has been washed a 100 times and
still looks great.
After hooking up with the moon-circling
command module, Schmitt and Cernan transferred their samples and data.
Their work completed, the crew of Apollo 17 left the moon with a blast
from their service propulsion engine at 8:42 p.m. EST on December 16. A
routine transearth coast brought them back to a landing about 300
kilometers (200 miles) east of Pago Pago at 2:25 p.m. EST on December 19,
1972. Apollo's exploration of the moon,
"one of the most ambitious and successful endeavors of man," was
December 18, 1972-The full-scale bombing
of North Vietnam after Paris peace negotiations failed.
March 29, 1973-The last of the American forces
finally leave Vietnam.
Summer of 1973
The Duffers complete first full season. Mary Miceli organizes a
Picnic on the Fox River at Potowadami Park in June. Wally Kraft was
awarded the Most Improved Player trophy.
October 12, 1973-On Gerald Ford becomes the
first Vice President appointed under the 25th Amendment.
The Godfather with Marlon Brando becomes a box
office smash and the King gets a new nickname. Bobby Fischer beats Boris
Spassky to win the world chess title. The Cowboys win the Super Bowl
by beating the Dolphins 24-3.
President Nixon visits China. George
Wallace is shot. Apollo 16 astronauts spend 71 Hours on the
Moon. Nixon, Agnew are reelected in a land slide.
An earthquake in Nicaragua kills 10,000.
Washington, Agnew resigns,
pleads “nolo contendere” to Income tax evasion. Watergate
starts talk of impeachment.
Pioneer 10 transmits pictures from Jupiter.
Dolphins defeat Redskins 14-7 in Super Bowl.
Sometime in 1974 Not yet named "Papa", joined the
Duffers in Westmont and was on the trip to Bird Island and received the
first penalty on a road trip for hooking. Read
1975 The movie Jaws was the hit of the
year. None of the Duffers picked up that nick name. Wheezer
might have picked that up, but he wasn't a Duffer in 1975. Saturday Night Live debuted and changed TV viewing
habits of many Americans.
2/28/76 First Duffer road trip. Duffers
tie 7-7, win 6-4. The article referred to the Duffers as a
fast skating team with a
Years later, neither Papa Joe or Frank could remember who the refugee was.
Papa did remember the following: "Bobka and I were roommates.
It was a long drive to the rink and we had to leave in the early morning.
The rink was almost as cold inside as outside. The king was vocal
about our inability to perform to expectations. Good time overall."
Frank recalled taking the whole Family on that 400 mile trip. (
See Bird Island)
6/76 First official Duffer
Picnic Click Here for
1976 team picture
August 16, 1976, a tsunami kills more than
5,000 people in the Moro Gulf region of the Philippines.
Reneé Richards (neé Richard Raskin) had been
an opthomologist and a moderately good tennis player before she
transitioned in the mid ‘70s. In 1976 at age 52, she entered a women’s
tennis tournament where she was both read and recognized. The ensuing
battle between Ms. Richards and the sporting authorities made headline
news for several weeks. Ms. Richards went to court to defend her right to
be recognized as female. The locker room joke was Renee wrote a book
titled "How to Play Tennis Without Balls".
1976 movie Rocky gives Wally a new nick
name in 1982
1977 Voyager Space crafts Leave the planet. Star
Wars is a big hit.
June 1977 Mike "The
Painter" Macica was awarded the Most Improved Player trophy at the
1st Annual Duffer Picnic at Argonne Woods. Mike went on the paint 2
huge murals on the walls of Saint's Spectrum. The Duffer Bear never
looked so good. Click here
to see the picture.
1978 World population reaches 4.4 billion, with
200,000 being added daily.
1/7/78 Duffers tie Decayed 5-5
Duffers get new logo: The
backward Canadian Logo displayed on Ann Jillian's
chest! The new logo was never approved by The King, because He
took a little time off in the late 70s, when he had his wife
and kids in Wisconsin and his trucking business here in Chicago. He lost
some power when he stopped showing up for a while. One of the guys
(I can't tell you his name or I would have to kill you) proposed the 1979
Florida trip. Actually, I can't remember who proposed that trip, anyway we
had a guy, Bob "Geek" Friedlander, who fit the #2
definition of a Duffer, (Seller of cheap flashy wares) He
talked us into buying new "Road Trip " Sweaters. We
thought that was a good idea, so Beak started playing around with the
Official Duffer Logo that was stolen from Hamms Beer commercials.
This was before computers, so Beak took some paper and markers and
started to doodle. He flipped over the Canadian C-H and made
the C into a D. (Just the opposite of what He did with His report
card grades when He was in grade school.) He inserted the Hamm's
Bear in the "H" and we had a new Logo. His art work on the
Bear was so bad that the Hamms' people never could make a claim and being
a Polish, German, Bohemian - American, He had diplomatic
immunity if the French Canadians ever protested. They never did, but
the King was pissed when he came back and took control. (Beak never
admitted to the Art work and blamed it all on Friedlander) You may notice
The King never bought that unauthorized jersey. (See
The 1979-80 Team
Picture and Lake
Picture) There were a few other guys who would not
wear that sweater, because they were afraid of the King, or they were too
Great Blizzard of 1978, also known as the Cleveland Superbomb, was a
historic winter storm that struck the
Ohio Valley and
Great Lakes from
Wednesday, January 25 through Friday, January 27, 1978. The 28.28 inches
barometric pressure measurement recorded in
Cleveland, Ohio was
the lowest non-tropical atmospheric pressure ever recorded in the mainland
United States until the
Upper Midwest Storm of October 26, 2010
(28.20" measured at 5:13PM CDT at Bigfork Municipal Airport, Bigfork, MN).
Chicago got hit with 13 inches of snow.
January 26, 1978 Slime Dog, Beak, Magoo, The Geek and maybe the King
and one or 2 others that I can't remember, helped the Blackhawks make
history when they met at a pizza place on Roosevelt Road. We were half way
through the Great Blizzard of 1978. We left our cars at the lot and
got into Slime Dog's Blazer and headed down Roosevelt Road to the Stadium.
I remember that there were so few fans that they let us go down where the
rich people sit. We were right by the visitor's bench and we were there
with a little over 500 other crazy fans. That was a low attendance record
that still stands. I contacted some of the guys that went with me. Bob
Friedlander always had a great memory about anything related to the Cubs
or Hawks, so he replied quickly with the following:
It was January 26, 1978.
Hawks won 5 to 0. We went to Contugno's on
Roosevelt and York Road right near Tom's Dental Lab. I remember
sitting next to Gilles Meloche who was back up goalie that day for the
Cleveland Barons. He spent the entire night flirting with some gal who
sat next to him. Stan Makita had a goal and four assists. On the way
home on the Congress expressway it was us in Tommie's old Red/White
whatever the heck it was (Chevy Bronco) and snowmobiles.
One week later, Bob sent me a copy of the Tribune Article by Bob
Verdi and the total crowd was 527 fans.
Click here to see the
June 1978 Paul "The
Commander" Jankowski was awarded the Most Improved Player trophy at
the 2nd Annual Duffer Picnic at Argonne Woods.
The Chicago Blizzard of 1979 was
a major blizzard
that affected northern Illinois
and northwest Indiana,
on January 13-January 14, 1979. 16.5 inches (41.9 cm) of snow fell on
January 13 alone, setting a new record for snow in one calendar day. By
the end of January 14, 18.8 inches (47.8 cm) of snow had fallen. Beak
had a snow slide off of his garage.
4/6/79 The King issues Duffer management
statement, naming 4 duffer trustees. Bobka, Kowalkowski, Kraft and
Presecky. 2 pages of rules were issued on this Date. (see best of
May 1979 The King
rented a room at the Plantation Restaurant in Downers Grove to host an end
of season banquet
where he gave out trophies for most improved and other honors. Every
Duffer got a trophy.
What made this event so memorable was the cruel prank that was
played on Fred. Most of the Duffers were married back then, but we had a
few bachelors that were looking to get married and have all of the fun
that the rest of us were having. Beak fixed Bob Friedlander up with a nice
looking teacher that came to watch us play. Read More....
1979 Voyager Space crafts fly past Jupiter.
June 1979 John "F. Lee"
Landry was awarded the Most Improved Player trophy at the 3rd Annual
Duffer Picnic at Argonne Woods.
7/4/79 Beak, Boris and Friedlander thumb their
noses at gas shortage as they drive to Florida. The rest of the team
flew down to play the Suncoast Suns. Highlights of the game and fight were
featured on the Ten O’clock News. Click
here for Pictures
July 12, 1979 Disco music is in. Disco demolition Disco
Sox to forfeit second game of a double header to Baltimore. Beak and
Tweedy were there! The
movies “Grease” and “Animal House” top the box office hits.
12/31/79 First Duffer New Year's Eve party
I believe the main theme of the 80's was
a kind of conservative revolution federally, but a time to have fun and
try new things within the people. We saw evidence of this when the
amazingly popular President Ronald Reagan took communism head on with
military programs like the Star Wars Initiative. We saw the fall of
communism in the USSR, the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, and the end of
the Cold War altogether. We also saw a revival of moral values in
the country, new kinds of flashy music, and wild hairstyles after the
70's. These new things greatly effected Americans other ways
too. Like how President Reagan helped Americans find a lost sense of
pride in their country, and a new hope for the presidential office after
the embarrassing Watergate scandal in the 70's. It also affected
them with tax cuts, a shrinking of the federal government, and an even
greater increase in defense spending. There was the beginning of the
huge market for home computers and the invention of the compact disc or
CD. These inventions would have even more of an effect on us now
than they did then.
*The above summary was taken from American
The 1979-80 Team
2/80 Miracle on Ice! USA wins the Gold
medal in Ice Hockey!
3/80 Brinks coaches Huskie Squirts, with
Dan Lopatka (Tweedy) and Robby (Piggy Bank), to a state
Beak coaches Huskie Junior B team, with Ken
Lopatka, to a state championship. The Huskies went on to finish 3rd
in the nationals in New York.
6/12/80 Duffers take up Lacrosse, bugs eat up
July 1980 Gene "Thor"
Miller was awarded the Most Improved Player trophy at the 4th Annual
Duffer Picnic at Argonne Woods.
7/80 Beak takes College Hockey course at
COD, gets an A
Joins Duffers, Beak scores 10 Goals
11/27/80 1st Turkey Skate
was a 12-3 blow out, as Wally stacked his team with young guns
1981 Voyager spacecraft flies through the
Rings of Saturn
AIDS virus that
was discovered in 1981.
5/81 Tweety scores his first Duffer Goal on
Mothers Day to become the youngest Duffer to score a goal. He was 10
6/81 Duffers play summer basketball
August 23, 1981 Tom "Slime
Dog" Kowalkowski and Jim "Titz" Michalson were awarded Most
Improved Player trophies at the 5th Annual Duffer Picnic at Argonne
Woods. Sammy from Miami and Jim Huff* were elected into the Duffer
Hall of Fame. The following "Gone but not Forgotten"
members were considered but rejected: Dave the Hot Head, Murray the
Lobster, Big Rick Duz, The Russians, Emmet Smith, Jimmy Hand, Jesus,
Silver Tooth, Lee Bianchi, Jim Balloon, Bud "The Bomber"
*Jim "Huffer" Huff, who lived
close to Fred, skated with us briefly in the early to mid-70's. He wore
a Green Bay Packer football helmet but he is most famous for the time he
came out for our Sunday AM game at Downer's Grove without hockey pants,
which he said he forgot. He was wearing green long underwear but his
jersey was not long enough to cover his lower half. He made the big
mistake of asking everyone not to laugh or say anything about his
"new look." Needless to say, no mercy was shown.
The 1981-82 Team
3/31-4/3/82 Duffers bring Silver medal home
from Lake Placid Read all
June 1982 Frank Presecki was
awarded the Most Improved Player trophy at the 6th Annual Duffer Picnic at
7/82 Duffer training camp opens in
Minocqua with Canoes and special Diet
8/1/82 Glassford moves Ice time to 10:45
9/3/82 Duffers move to Saints Spectrum.
Willie offers 8:30 start time and a bar upstairs.
Bill Allen takes the Ice with his jersey on backwards.
9/9/82 Duffers enter Businessmen’s
Bowling league, Muzzie shows up with hockey gear. The King sponsors
us with spiffy white bowling shirts that we
wore to Fred's wedding, where I got a little spaghetti stain on it.
We started every game with a beer frame. A few years later, Mazurk
sponsored our Duffer bowling team with Jimmy
Buffett Bowling shirts that we could wear to Buffett Concerts.
The King was famous for his attire, he wore the hottest looking long
underwear and matching top until the
Duffer Bears rubbed off.
9/19/82 Duffers pay Fast Eddie Milleville
scalper prices for a Hawk game that has 6,000 empty seats.
9/24/82 Titz shines in Nets
9/82 Nick the Hammer Joins Duffers
10/5/82 Bobka Factor Developed. (see Duffer
News Volume 2 Issue 1) Go to the
10/11/82 Wally acquires new nickname when he
engages in fisticuffs on East-West Toll way. He only told one guy, but he
was greeted by the theme from “Rocky” every Friday night as he entered
the locker room
11/17/82 Braille Method of goaltending
1983 Cabbage Patch dolls are in.
Chicago elects first black mayor.
Pope goes to Poland.
Hottest August in 100 years.
Michael Jackson wins a Grammy for “Beat It”
1/83 Duffers defeat Hinsdale Central
High school (
See Duffer Headlines page 4)
2/83 Titz destroys the Slime Dog
Van. Miniaturization discovered in Detroit. A Spilled beer reduced
the motel TV Picture
3/1/83 Rotation of 5 defensemen
graphically illustrated in Duffer Advisor.
4/83-8/83 Duffers use sons to win Spring
League (See Duffer Headlines
Duffer Head lines page 2)
Duffer Headlines page 3)
6/83 Stump Shut out the Rangers in a men's league to give the
Duffers a 5-0 win and a 9-1-1 record. He also had an assist in that game,
when he set up Ken Lopatka with the game winner in the first period.
June 1983 The King is presented with the
Meaningless Trophy” and Bill
"Klinger" Giffune was awarded the Most Improved Player trophy at
the 7th Annual Duffer Picnic at Argonne Woods.
More than 36,000 people were killed by
tsunamis following the explosion of the volcano Krakatau in the Sunda
Strait near Java on August 27, 1883.
SEPTEMBER 19, 1983 WHITE SOX CLINCH THE
PENNANT. LYNN PRESECKY MARRIES MARK FETTING. THE THREE AMIGOS (THE KING,
WAJU AND BEAK) TAKE A NAP ON THE PRESECKY'S FRONT PORCH SWING. See
11-19-83 - Fred Bobka marries Shirley Morel.
1984 AT&T is broken into 8 companies
14 Communist nations boycott summer Olympics in
Cubs win National League East title.
Ronald Reagan at age 73 became the oldest
president ever elected.
The 1983-84 Team
The Age of Oprah (1984):
An unknown 30-year-old woman from Baltimore showed up at WLS-Channel 7
to salvage "A.M. Chicago," an inconsequential talk show
getting trounced by Phil Donahue. Faster than you can say "You
go, girl," Oprah Winfrey shot to the top of the ratings, sent
Donahue packing and was on her way to becoming the most powerful force
in television. Dire Straits came out with the Money for Nothing video.
it out at:
DIRE STRAITS "Money for nothing"
This version removed the line about the gay guitar player with earring.
the Money for Nothing video came on at the bar at Saint's Spectrum, all
eyes were glued to the little TV.
3/30/84 Duffers invade Detroit.
Klinger scores and a Buckshot "Hat
Trick", with assists going to Beak, Hacksaw and Gomez.
4/28/84 Papa Joe stars in Little Me.
Duffers pack the house.
7/84 Monday night hockey introduced and
Stump Barczynski is the first commoner to
receive the “King’s Meaningless Trophy” and
John "Gomez" Santoro was
awarded the Most Improved Player trophy at the 8th Annual Duffer Picnic at
9/8/84 second annual golf outing is held
at Bushwood Country club.
10/13/84 Duffer candlelight bowling for
12/21/84 Catered Christmas party. $5.00
1985 Halley’s Comet returns. Beak and
his Planetarium class are featured on a National PBS TV documentary.
of a 1985 Newsleter; Tells why the King became the Bhagwan?
Bears win Super Bowl XX
Halley’s Comet heads back to the frozen reaches
of the solar system. It will return in 76 years. Maybe the Bears
will be in another Super Bowl.
Comet Levey Shoemaker follows Giffune’s lead
and crashes into Jupiter with similar results.
8/94 Major League Baseball players go on
strike. World Series is canceled, Nobody cares.
6/10/85 Beak has his name added to the
“King’s Meaningless Trophy” at the annual picnic
11/21/85 The Duffers Dazzle in the
Reno Gamblers Cup. (See
Picture) The trip got off to a rough start, when the team arrived for
the Friday flight, we found out our plane left 24 hours ago. The
King had to do some masterful negotiating to trade our worthless Thursday
tickets for valid Friday tickets. Slime Dog and Thor were at the far
end of concourse A when they should have been in the far end of concourse
B! They got a page and did an OJ Simpson run through the airport and
just beat the closing door at take off. Beak quieted a berserk
preschooler on the plane by taking the screaming kid to the back of the
plane to party with Trixy and the Duffers. The mother of the child
was so thankful, she gave Beak her address and phone number so that he
could send her a picture of her son in a Duffer Jersey. Skip was
very impressed. Beak and his wife got the Royal treatment in Las
Vegas at the Desert Inn from the lady's husband a few years later. The Commander got hot
when he is accused of gassing the plane on the ride home. Beak just
smiled innocently. The Duffers were awarded the Fair Play Award and
Stump won the Silver Medal. Can you name the 2 names that were too
long to fit on the trophy? Fair Play Award
Click Here to see how we spent over
1985 Dubuque Trips begin, Wheezer gets
nick name after his first shift. Tom Morgan gives his account of the Alien
and the 3 legged dog. Read
scan of type written account.
PUSH Comes to Shove (1985): When the
bosses of WBBM-Channel 2 demoted Harry Porterfield, their only
African-American weekday news anchor, that was all the Rev. Jesse
Jackson needed to dramatize the unfair treatment of minorities by
local television. For 10 months, Jackson led a boycott by Operation
PUSH before the CBS-owned station caved in to his list of demands.
Channel 2 has never fully recovered from the
ratings and revenue catastrophe. Jackson subsequently used his clout
to land contracts for Lester Holt, Warner Saunders and Felicia
Middlebrooks, among others.
Voyager flies past Uranus in the year 1986 and
heads for Neptune. (It left Earth when the Duffers started play)
3/86 Beak coaches Huskie Bantams, with
Cammie Granato and Tweedy, to a state championship.
6/86 “Gomez” Santoro is the 4th
recipient of the “King’s Meaningless Trophy”
Deborah Norville Week (1986): It began
as a parody of a media event -- an overblown salute in this column to
a sweetheart of a Chicago news anchor as she moved up the ladder to
network stardom at NBC News. By the time it was over, Mayor Harold
Washington jumped on the bandwagon and officially proclaimed
"Deborah Norville Week in Chicago."
Al Capone's Vault (1986): Blame
Chicago-based Tribune Co. for reviving Geraldo Rivera's stalled career
when it hired him to host a live special that promised to take us
inside mobster Al Capone's "secret vault" in the Lexington
Hotel. The two-hour circus yielded nothing more than a few empty
bottles -- and record ratings.
Dog” Kowalkowski is the 5th recipient of the “King’s Meaningless
The 1987-88 Team
6/88 “Dill” Deau is the 6th
recipient of the “King’s Meaningless Trophy”
9-6-88 - Fred and Shirley have a son, Joseph.
An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 near Spitak,
Armenia, killed 25,000 on December 7, 1988.
6/89 Nick “The Hammer” is the 7th
recipient of the “King’s Meaningless Trophy”
Voyager flies past Neptune in the year 1989
(It left Earth when the Duffers started play)
1990-91 Team Picture
The 1990's began with the Gulf War. It has
affected the country in many ways with the Gulf War souring our relations
with Iraq and its leader Sadam Husan. Plus the investigation of
Iraq's chemical weapons and Sadam's stalling has led to the U.S. imposing
bomb threats. The fall of the Soviet Union and communism in Russia
has made our relations with them better, but their economy worse.
The media has really jogged our opinions on things like Waco, the Simpson
trial, and now the presidential trials.
*The above summary was taken from American
January 25, 1990 Stump shut out
the Blues 6-0
1990 Stump shut out the Blues 6-0 again.
6/90 Frank ( ) Presecky became the first
Duffer without a nickname to get his name on the “King’s
Meaningless Trophy” Digital Dan Mazanec released his
team Statistics for 1990
June 20, 1990, a magnitude 7.7 earthquake near
Rasht, Iran, caused landslides that killed 40,000 to 50,000 people.
August 1990-The country of Iraq invades
Kuwait causing the U.N. to impose sanctions. This also lead to the
Gulf War to protect the oil interests in Kuwait.
1990-A severe economic depression in the U.S.
9-16-90 - Fred and Shirley have a son, John.
January 1991-President Bush sends troops to
the Persian Gulf in operation Desert Storm to free Kuwait. The war
lasted only 42 days
May 3rd 1991 The Whites and Blues played to a 2-2
tie. Stump was in nets for the Blues and the goalie for the White team was
black! His name was FAMOUS! He came up to the bar with his Mom after
the game. The King bought her a drink for letting her son play.
6/1991 John Koss released his team Statistics
6/91 “Waju” Kraft became the 9th
recipient of the “King’s Meaningless Trophy”
July 1991 Tweedy tried his hand at goalie during the July
Summer Skate and turned in a Shut Out! That was the first shut out since Stump blanked a team in the
summer men's league game in 1983.
Homeless Skippy (1991): Credit evil
genius Bill Applegate with concocting the greatest sweeps stunt of all
time. The boss of Channel 2 sent millionaire anchorman Walter Jacobson
out to wander the streets disguised as a homeless man.
The high point came when Homeless Skippy
showed up on the doorstep of longtime anchor partner Bill Kurtis and
was sent away -- unrecognized and emptyhanded. The low point came when
he muttered the immortal words: "I'm miserable. I am really,
Four years later, Jacobson reprised the act
for WFLD-Channel 32. He still considers it to be his finest role.
1/92 3 Duffer SODs captain their
College Teams. Brian Kraft (Anchorage Alaska) Don Granato,
(University of Wisconsin) and Dan Lopatka. (University of Wisconsin.
River Falls) All 3 players were from Downers Grove.
A dozen Duffers travel to Madison to watch Brian
and Don lock horns. The van runs out of gas on the way home.
March 1992 Wheezer and Beak journeyed to Hayward Wisconsin to watch Tweedy play in a
tournament with his college team mates. The
Duffer-Hayward history begins.
6/92 John “Wheezer” Clementson was
added to the “King’s Meaningless Trophy” at the Picnic.
8/92 Duffers Win men’s league with a
woman (See Duffer
Headlines page 3)
1993-A 51 day siege of Waco, Texas ends in a
3/24/93 Wheezer Koss and Beak Journey to
Hayward Wisconsin to watch Tweedy play in a tournament. Beak spins
Wheezer’s car out into a ditch in Spooner. Father Paul saves the
day. He calls a tow truck driver who wants $20 for a 7:00AM
call. Wheezer gives him a $50 and tells him, "We're from
Chicago, no one gets out of bed for $20."
6/93 Bill “Klinger” Giffune
gets the “King’s Meaningless Trophy”at the picnic and keeps it
for 3 years. The trophy is so meaningless that no one could remember
who had it.
9/1/93 Retirement of, Dill Deau, Bangs,
Titz and Wally
Scumbag wormmeat idiots (1993): After
141/2 years as radio's most inventive duo, Steve Dahl and Garry Meier
suddenly broke up. Dahl blamed Meier's marriage. Meier blamed Dahl's
binge drinking and unequal pay. Eleven years later, Meier starred in a
sequel with Roe Conn in the role of scorned partner.
1/14/94 Harvey’s powerful shot shatters
1994-A violent earthquake rocks the city of
3/25/94 3rd annual road trip to Hayward.
Stump shines in nets. Duffers win hockey game, then lose beer
drinking contest. Eleven Duffers use 2 vans to travel. Chris
"Berserk" Mazurk scored his first Duffer Hat
Trick in Hayward Wisconsin.
4/94 The first issue of the modern Duffer
News hit the locker rooms in April 1994. (There was a pre-computer
Duffer News in the early 80s.) The 4 page issue was dedicated to the
adventures of our first team trip to Hayward. Duffer News was written in
There was a one page missal called the Hayward
Gazette that came out that week.
The Duffer News started out as a multi page monthly journal. Click
here to read the first Duffer News Extra.
4/94 One of the many high lights of the trip was a penalty shot that
was awarded to Chris "Berserk" Masurk. Chris was just
learning the game of hockey at the time and he had few if any goals in his
young Duffer career, so he was asking his Duffer elders for advice.
After gathering all of the available advice, he slapped the puck at center
ice and started it rolling and bouncing toward the goal. The Hayward
goalie (who was one of the best in the area) watched Chris dribble the
puck toward him. He had never seen any thing like it so he froze in
his tracks as Berserk slapped the bouncing puck past him for a "Hat
Newsletter was such a hit, that a Duffer
News Extra came out the following week.
June 17, 1994-O.J. Simpson is chased down by
the police in his white Bronco. This was the most watched thing on
the air and wiped out the audience for the David Hasslehoff singing
special. The trial was extensively publicized and the verdict sent
waves of controversy throughout the U.S.
7/16/94 Duffer picnic features Collapse of
King’s throne. (He sat in one of Fred’s cheap chairs) and Bill
Giffune collides with a sturdy Picnic table. The table won.
On 1994 July 16-22, over twenty
fragments of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 collided with the planet Jupiter. The
comet, discovered the previous year by astronomers Carolyn and Eugene
Shoemaker and David Levy, was observed by astronomers at hundreds of
observatories around the world as it crashed into Jupiter's southern
1994-U.S. troops seize the country of
9/9/94 Duffers add record number of
Young Bloods. The Average age drops to 40. As 5 NYPDs
(New Young Polite Duffers) under age 25 Join
10/14/94 New scoring system is
developed. Each game has three outcomes. 1.) Raw Score, (All
goals) 2.) Meaningful goals, (goals scored by Guys over 40).
3.) Handicap score. (1 goal is awarded for each year of team average).
(See Duffer News, Volume I Issue 5)
12/30/94 The King delivers New BIG great
1/6/95 Titz is coaxed out of
retirement. His participation in a very successful
weight program made it possible to fill out the new XXX large
jersey. Dill Deau returns to Ref., then starts to play. He
scored several meaningful goals in his first month back.
NHL players get locked out. Chicago fans
cheer as Wirtz has to open his wallet to make payments on the new
1/15/95 NHL settles lockout Tony Granato has
to cancel his participation in the Duffer Green Bay Trip.
trip to Green Bay! Duffers play with themselves, then watch the
Gamblers. 4 thousand fans watch the Prince miss an open net.
Commander Paul Jankowski meets us in Green Bay. Paul predicts O.J.
Will walk. We all laugh.
3/28/95 17 Duffers rent a huge limo for the
4th annual Hayward road trip. Giffune gets
Diarrhea and jumps off the bus in Elmhurst. Duffers lose
2 games then use Dubuque cheers and Strohs to boost Tweedy's team on to
the Championship. Read More...
1995 Duffer News Number 20
1995-A car bomb destroys the federal building
in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
* TIME Magazine 6/12/95Gay fruit flies are
developed when a single gene is transplanted. The gay flies ignored
females to link up end to end in big circles so they could rub genitals
with gay males. They were found to have low levels of a vital brain
8/12/95 Duffers help Chris Mazurk raise
several thousand dollars for the Theresa Hansen Cancer fund.
Several Duffers even gave blood. Why wouldn't they, they are hockey
8/15/95 Young Duffers win summer league with
the help of Muzzy, Harvey, Beak and Dill Deau. We swept the
play-offs to finish with a 13-3-2 record. Tweedy scored a goal
to win the playoffs in overtime.
9/1/95 Heart attack claims Paul
Jankowski at age 65
9/8/95 The Duffers started their 25th
season under a full moon. Average age moves to 41.1 years.
Veto Cermanka gets Married.
In September of 1995 The Duffer News became a weekly newsletter.
That first Issue featured the following headlines: “Duffers Near Silver
9/14/95 Hurricane Ismael kills 91 fishermen
along the cost of California.
9/16/95 Hurricane Marilyn kills 8 and destroys
80% of the homes in St. Thomas
9/22/95 Don Granato finally gets a nick
name. His son Rob told Beak that his kids call him BRINKS every time
they need money.
9/29/95 Beak (Now age 55)sets Duffer record
when he hit the open net from his own zone with 3 seconds to play.
for the second straight week. Beak ended the 9/22/95 contest
with an open net goal from the neutral zone.
Ed Bangs returns to Referee.
10/3/95 O.J. walks! Paul was right.
10/4/95 Opal takes out 3000 homes as it kills
10/6/95 Duffers enter Cyberspace. Boris
opens a page on the Internet. The URL is http://HOME.AOL.COM/DUFFERSH
The Duffer home page will link you to Honeywell and the Intellicast
Chicago weather maps and forecasts. Duffer photographs are being
added. (Page closed a year later for lack of funds)
Beak Jr. sparkles in the nets as he wins 5-1 in
his first time playing goalie.
10/17/95 Palm Beach Florida Airport recorded
16 inch of rain.
10/95 Million men march on Washington.
11/95 Boris disappears. Existing only on
the Internet. Rumor has it that he is working on a peace settlement
Nonessential government services are shut down.
Nobody noticed. Now we know why they are called nonessential.
10/27/95 Home team wins Three! 1-0, 2-1, and
11/17/95 Ghost buster Dill Deau does the Ghost
11/23/95 The 16th Duffer Turkey
Skate. A request for help appears in the Duffer News. Beak's former
student had a 5 year old son with cancer.
He wrote, "Do you feel like playing Santa? I have just the kid for you. 5 year old Taraun Cullie is fighting cancer. He has lost all of his hair but he still has a great smile. His Mom, is a former student of mine, Please send a gift to April Cullie "
That newsletter was faxed to 15 Duffers who had fax machines and
hard copies were passes out in the locker room. When
Beak wrote that paragraph, he was just hoping a few Duffers would send 5 or 10 Bucks to help out. Little did
he know that that newsletter would find it's way into Tony G's locker in San Jose. (Thanks to Bob Friedlander.) Tony sent a check that was big enough to cover all of the Duffers.
It didn't end there, Disco Bruce answered the call for help in a different way. He not only went to Taraun's "Hood", but he actually reported to the kid's "Crib" Dressed as Santa and showered him with gifts and Candy.
A year later, Make a Wish foundation treated him to a trip to Disney
World. 20 years later, Taraun's Mom fond Beak on Facebook and told him
that her son is now 25 and Cancer free. She remembered all of the
help that she got from the Duffers.
Read More in Duffer News #50
I actually just got though reading it and it was great I love it I'm gonna
forward it to my son, but it would be nice if you could let the team know
how my son has beat cancer an is going strong an that smile that you remember Taraun having, he still has it. lol ,reading that
Newsletter is very touching to me and it lets me remember the hard times
an its let's me know how grateful we are an how god works. It's always a
pleasure to be reminded of how things were an how god has pulled us threw
so I appreciate the love an the kind hearts that you an the team had for
us and how grateful I am to have had you as a teacher an a friend you
again are the best teacher I have ever known !!!!
25 year old
Taraun sent me the following Facebook message in January 2015:
hey how's it going sir long time no hear my mom tells me you all are
keeping in contact that's wonderful man it's so good to know that you are
still around always thought about you in the back of my mind wondering
where is the guy who used to put us in a big old tent (Star Lab) and it
was outer space and taught me about stars and planets to this day it still
amazes me thanks to you science is still my favorite subject.
12/8/95 Second annual road trip to Green
Bay. Duffers play 2 games in less than 24 hours. The King
falls asleep in the lobby before game 2. Tom Bluto Bryja misses a
wide open net in front of 3,000 fans Papa Joe missed a chance to win a
snowmobile when his shot missed the little hole. Muzzy got his leg
shot off. A record number of meaningful goals were scored
(18). Bluto injured goalie Rob Granato in warm-ups. Rob
Injured his hand beating on Bluto hard head.
12/22/95 Harvey gets hurt in the locker room
when a can of beer hits him in the head. His fluffy hair may have
saved his life. Muzzy was identified as the Beer
12/31/95 Several hundred Duffers and
friends returned to Downers Icearena to bring in the new year. The
King’s Meaningless trophy was found. Bill Giffune had it in his
trophy case since 1993. Nobody could find a least disimproved
trophy. Dan Mazenec admitted being a recipient of the award one
year, but his wife threw it out.
In 1996, Papa Joe wrote the following rules
for new Duffers:
What is Thanksgiving and Mothers day* morning?
Traditional hockey mornings. *We
substituted New Year's Day for Mothers Day
What is the significance of Duffer Nicknames? So
you can tell us apart. (except for Bobka who has a factor)
A true Duffer never complains about the
assigned nickname lest he receive another. i.e.:John “Rico” Santoro
What is voting? What we get to do after the
King makes a decision.
Who is the King? Our leader AKA Bagwan during
times of Comet visits.
What is hindering? What the young Duffers are not
allowed to do to mature Duffers.
What are the 3 most devastating Duffer
shots? The Flaccid wrist shot, The Flutter Blast and the Hypnotic
What is the Cardinal Rule of the Duffers? What happens in the locker room stays there.
What are the stages of Duffer development?
1-The young Duffer is lulled into a sense of athletic ability.
to pass to avoid being run down soon becomes apparent.
seasoned Duffer realizes “The older we get, the better we were.”
know we are not going to get better. The best we can hope for is a
momentary flash of brilliance.
3/24/96 Fifth Annual Hayward
Trip. Duffers help Bombers win coveted beer
trophy in Hayward Wisconsin. Comet Hyakutake lights up the Wisconsin
sky. I saw a Duffer put his beer down so that he could view the
comet through Beak’s binoculars. Read
3/25/96,Comet Hyakutake misses Earth by
6/29/96 Thor, Papa Joe and Harvey were
given the meaningless trophy at the 1996 picnic to make up for the missing
years. The King is missing, and Klinger misses his first Duffer
Picnic. New dues structure includes $25.00 road trip incentive
6/30/96 Blue Moon is seen the day after the
Duffer Picnic. The Blue Moon is the second full moon in a calendar month.
NYPDs finished first in the Summer league then swept the
playoffs to compile an impressive 15-2-1 record.
8/9/96 Tommy Z gets married to Ericka.
8/16/96 Stump shows up one
week late for Tommy Z’s wedding.
9/6/96 Cammi Granato is given a contract by Louisville to
endorse their products. She is pictured in the 9/20/96 edition of
The Hockey News with Messier and Thachuk. Tony Granato signs with
the Sharks. The Average Duffer age is 42.5.as Doc Dubreuil, Rick
Dzingle and Kelley Lauer join the club.
9/6/96 U.S.A.showers Iraq with cruise
9/7/96 Ozone hole over Antarctica
widens to 10,000,000 square miles.
AOL bites off more than it can chew.
Millions of new customers get busy signals.
10/11/96 Duffer Silver anniversary stuff hits the
market. Bags are ordered. Uncle Bob's Nephew, Jerry, shows great
promise as a Beak understudy. His
Mac Newsletter hits the locker room. Jerry is taken from the
Duffers a few years later by marriage. Since his Newsletter was a
MAC product, I had to scan it as a jpg, so it will take a while to load.
quotes hit the locker room.
1996-In the presidential election, Bill
Clinton defeats Bob Dole in what will be a very tough presidential term
11/22/96 Third annual road trip to Green Bay 24 Duffers get their
Silver anniversary Hockey bags. The King misses a wide open net in
front of 4,000 fans. King throws his infamous striped underwear
away. Stump kills a mouse in his bed.
11/29/96 Turkey Skate is canceled. Thor shows up anyway.
12/30/96 Second annual New Year’s Eve skating party moves to
Saint's Ice Spectrum.
1/1/97 Hacksaw dumps America on Line! AOL dumps Duffer
2/2/97 Beak opens new Duffer Web page, compliments of US
Robotics The URL is http://homepage.usr.com/b/beak/
US Robotics drops website a year later and all sites are lost. Beak
started publishing Duffer Newsletters on the Geocities web site until his
nephew started lopatka.net in April 2000. Click here to see the
first Duffer Newsletter rescued from the Geocities site before it was
closed. Newsletter #99 on March 7, 1997
3/14/97 Sixth Annual Hayward Trip to Hayward Wisconsin.
Duffers publish 100th Computerized newsletter as the team
heads for Hayward road trip. Duffers win 2nd straight beer drinking
trophy. A group of 3 Duffers were threatened with jail at 3 AM
if they didn’t stop laughing. Newsletter
3/97 Comet Hale-Bopp reaches perihelion.
Duffers are dazzled by Comet Hale-Bopp. The King answers only
to Bagh Wan. (he heard that Kings don’t fair too well when comets
appear) Read More....
Duffers discover that on a 3 day road trip, you have taken all of
the steps needed to reach Optimum Health.
Dr. Andrew Weil has a book, 8 weeks to Optimum Health. In this
book, he outlines a program that will help you achieve optimum health.
Here is his program.
Take a break from watching the news. TV news is a
depressant. No Duffer has ever watched the news on a road trip.
Get away from depressing people, try to spend time with people
that make you laugh. Where else can you go to church and see a guy
come out with toilet paper flowing out of his butt?
Go to a Hot Tub and sweat. We spent several hours in the
Super 8 Hot Tub last week.
Go for a 25 minute walk Harvey’s shopping expedition more
than fulfilled that requirement.
Exercise sensibly then take in plenty of fluids. We played two
fast paced hockey games and took in plenty of fluids.
Have some garlic and olive oil. If you ever went to a team
dinner, you know that the Bagh Wan’s choice of restaurant will give
you plenty of garlic and olive oil.
We should be able to write off road trips as a health
4/97 Cammi Granato leads Team USA to a silver
medal. Beak and Wheezer watch games in Kitchener.
5/97 Donny Granato coaches Green Bay Gamblers
to the second straight National Title.
7/26/97 Bobka had his name added to the King’s
meaningless trophy at the picnic. Fred was the 15th recipient of the
trophy. The trophy has the same problem as the Stanley Cup.
There was no room for Fred on the plaque, so a new plaque was added to the
back. We now have room for 13 more Duffers.
Green Bay Gambler Kevin Granato follows his cousins foot steps and
becomes a Badger.
8/97 Donny Granato gets married and leaves Green Bay for
a Professional coaching job with the Columbus Ohio Chill.
8/97 Comet Hale- Bopp departs, the King comes
out of hiding and shows up at the Duffer picnic.
9/97 Duffer SOD, Brian Kaft, survives a plane crash in Alaska
Duffer Average Age hits 43 Papa Joe will turn 68 this
season. Youngest Duffers, Tommy Z will turn 27.
Jerry! Jerry! Jerry! (1997): The
management brain trust at WMAQ-Channel 5 conceived the colossally bad
idea of inviting Jerry Springer, ringmaster of television's trashiest
talk show, to deliver commentaries on the 10 o'clock news. Overnight,
tens of thousands of viewers bailed out in disgust -- along with top
news anchors Carol Marin and Ron Magers, who resigned in protest from
the NBC-owned station.
1/98 The president of the United States
creates a media frenzy when rumors of his romantic involvement with an
intern hit the news. The French are puzzled. They can’t
understand why he only has one woman.
1/29/98 Thirty-Six Duffers board an American Airliner for
San Jose. We played 2 games in the Shark Tank and we watched the
Sharks and Tony Granato play the Black Hawks and the Avalanche. Tony
scored to win Brinks $50 in the pool. Tommy Z told Bernie Nichols
that he had $5.00 on him to score the first goal. Bernie replies “That’s
a stupid bet, Tom”. Brinks and Papa Joe scored 2 while Hitman and
Hacksaw scored once.
San Jose Team Picture
2/98 El Nino hammers San Jose,
California as the Duffers get out of town just in time. PGA Golf
tournament had to be cancelled because of the heavy rains. Henrys
Bar and Restaurant had to pile sand bags up to protect the Hockey Hangout.
2/3/98 Duffers are described as “self-deprecating” in the
Chicago Tribune this morning. A page and a half was devoted to Cammi
2/13/98 On the other side of the world,
Cammi Granato was busy scoring 2 goals and setting up 2 more as Team USA
scored 6 goals in the 3rd period to Beat Canada 7-4 in Nagano, Japan
2/13/98 Three generations of Duffers team up for a score. Beak
took a pass from his Grandson Mike and set up Beak Jr. for the First 3
3/13/98 Friday the 13th, Muzzy announced his retirement from the
Duffers. The King granted him Emeritus status with the following
privileges: He could go to the picnic, as long as he supplied the
ice cream and paid his picnic fee. He would be welcome to
Bowl for underwear, for a fee of course. He would be welcome on all
Duffer road trips, if he pays. He would be welcome at the Bar on
Friday nights, especially when it’s his turn to buy. He
would be welcome to throw tape balls at Fred, sitting by the garbage
4/14/98 Tom and Sandi Bryja had a son. Jonathon Bryja
4/15/98 Stump and Diana have a son. Kyle Barczynski
4/17/98 The Village of Downers Grove honored Cammi
Granato with a parade. The Duffers dressed up a Split
Second Towing Flatbed with red , white and blue bunting, then filled
it with Duffers and Pictures of Cammi. A picture of Cammi was on one
side of the Puck, with the Duffer logo and the Duffer Web page address on
The King drove Klinger’s
Harley as Beak roller skated down Main street with SODs, DODs
and GODs. The Duffers threw candy and Cammi Duffer pucks to the
Crowd. Duffer Float was named “Best in its class.”
5/5/98 Twelve year old Miller ultra -Lite scores his first
Duffer Goal. Referee Agatha Morey who was inspired by the
Cammi Day parade reffed her first solo game. She whistled Papa Joe
down for carrying the puck over 3 lines.
6/20/98 Duffers celebrate Nick Bresha’s 75th Birthday
at the annual picnic. Hacksaw Pavichevich became the 16th Duffer to
have his name put on the King’s Meaningless Horses Ass Trophy. 10
years after Nick was so honored at the 1989 picnic.
July 17, 1998, an offshore quake triggers a
wave that strikes the north coast of Papua-New Guinea, killing some 2,000
people and leaving thousands more homeless.
1998-President Bill Clinton is charged with
lying to a federal grand jury, and faces impeachable offenses. His
actions with people such as Jennifer Flowers, Paula Jones, Monica Lewinsky,
and the Whitewater affair, have been exposed extensively to the
public. If the Senate chooses and he does not resign, he will be
only the second president to ever be impeached.
The Blizzard of 1999 was a strong
which struck the Midwest
States and portions of eastern Canada,
hitting hardest in Iowa,
dumping as much as 60 cm (2 feet) of snow in many areas. Chicago
received a recorded 21.6 in (55 cm).
The storm hit just after New
Year's Day, between January 2 and January 4, 1999. Travel was severely
disrupted throughout the areas and the cities of Chicago
were also paralyzed. Additionally, record low temperatures were measured
in many towns in the days immediately after the storm (January 4 - January
to see Beak's blizzard pictures
1/22/99 Duffers fly to Columbus to watch Donny Granato’s
Chill mix it up with the Chiefs! Mike
“The Nailer” DeVivo scored his first Duffer goal in our afternoon
game on the big rink.
February 1999 after 24
years of being a woman, Renée
Richards says don't do it!
2/26/99 Mike Presecki placed the King
on the David Lettermen show and the first Rich Storm creation was
published in the Duffer News. One week later, Beak
was on the Jay Leno show.
Duffers lose Beer drinking contest to the Hayward Muskies 410
3/26/99 Hommer and Tom
Duffers make their first trip to Peoria as Chill Coach Granato gives
his practice ice to the Duffers. Stump stops 50 shots, Harvey
scores. Duffer Peoria History Page
Duffers bowl for underwear, as Johnny Z and wife Cheryl return from
and Sabine get married
7/17/99 Chris “Berserk” Mazurk receives King’s
at the Duffers Picnic.
7/25/99 Jan Presecky gets busted at the Jimmy Buffett
Concert trying to take a bottle of water past security. Her Son and
Daughters managed to smuggle in rum and alcohol. http://www.lopatka.net/Buffett/1999.htm
In Turkey, more than 17,000 died and 50,000
were injured in a magnitude 7.7 earthquake that struck August 17, 1999,
about 150 miles west of Ankara.
Duffers meet at Famous Dave’s to celebrate Hacksaw’s retirement
and plan help for Cammi’s celebrity game at 7 Bridges.
Duffers provide security for Cammi’s Golden Dreams for Children
Celebrity Game. Donny Granato is named Peoria Rivermen coach.
Magoo becomes the second Duffer in History to lose a double
header. John started the game on the Whites. He was traded to
the Blues for Tom Morgan With 10 minutes left in the first period. He
left a losing team then helped his new team blow a 2-0 lead, as the Whites
scored 4 unanswered goals to Win 4-2. Tom Morgan became the second
Duffer to score a goal for each team. Johnny Z was the first.
Duffer GODs score 3 goals. Bobby Presecky, and Mike Lopatka
scored for the Whites.
Duffer trip to Peoria with Granato in charge. The Anvil shines
and Bob Plager entertains.
help us party at Henry's.
Nicknames go into cyber space.
12/26/99 Beak had a letter published
in the Sun-Times on Christmas Eve.
December 31, 1999-The U.S. will turn
over the Panama Canal to Panama as voted by the U.S. Senate in 1978.
Send in the Marin (2000):
After every other gimmick had failed, Channel 2 tried to revive its news
ratings by turning to serious journalism. What a concept. To do so,
station bosses enticed Carol Marin to lead the charge with promises of
their patience and support. Within months, those bosses flew the coop and
CBS pulled the plug on Marin's noble experiment.
term "Duffer Virtual Reality" was
coined in this millennium when Klinger was describing an event that took
place in 1979 at the Duffer Banquet. He had every detail down like he had
taken copious notes. Then Beak reminded him that He was not there. He
looked puzzled and started to argue until Beak reminded him that he didn't
join the Duffers until 1980. "Duffer
Virtual Reality" takes place when you hear a story many times in a
smoke filled bar while downing a few beers. Soon your brain puts those
stories into a section of your brain where you can tell those stories
better than the guys who were actually at the event.
1/7/2000 Rich Storm scores the first goal
of the Millennium. Papa Joe scores the first
meaningful goal of the Millennium.
Alien stops the Rivermen’s 10 game winning streak as Duffers get 15
to cheer on the Rivermen. Alien went home Saturday and the Rivermen
started a new streak. Art Koudelka becomes the Official Peoria
Duffer organizer. Art provides us with goalies and players as
needed. King tries to eat a bowl of gravy and Berserk loses his
3/1/2000 The King appears on the cover of Wine
3/4/2000 Harvey scores 3 goals in Peoria then
the lights out of the Peoria Civic Center with his Hair dryer.
King negotiates a trade with Peoria owner Ann Griffin. Duffers get
Jason Christie for Beer nuts and Stump.
4/1/2000 The Mayor of Hayward Wisconsin, had to supply
the Duffers with 2 goalies for the Saturday night game. Harvey
scored 4 goals on one of the goalies, while Beak banged in 5 on the
other one. Tweedy’s team lost the championship game on Sunday.
Women's National Team Wins Silver! At IIHF Women's World
Championship. - Beak and Wheezer watched Cammi and the USA women
down Sweden 7-1 on Saturday. On Sunday, USA out shot Canada 32 to
23, only to lose 3-2 in overtime. Cammi was named outstanding
Beak and Beer-Nuts were on the road again as they went down to St.
Louis Saturday to cheer Tony Granato and the Sharks on to a 4-2 play off
win over the Blues. They then went to Peoria to see the Rivermen beat the
Johnstown Chiefs, 4-3 in overtime.
Tuesday, April 18, 2000, Beak, Beernuts, Brinks, Frank and Mrs.
Granato went to Peoria to see the Rivermen
down the Johnstown Chiefs. 7-4
God, Michael Gregory Spillman was born to Beak’s daughter Kathie and
Mike Spillman. Mark Lopatka launches Duffer web site lopatka.net
6/1/2000 Beak, Beer
nuts and Frank drink from the Kelly cup that was won by Don
Granato’s Peoria Rivermen. The Three Duffers were presented with
game pucks for their support.
7/1/2000 13 Duffers and Duffer wives help Cammi
Granato raise funds for her Golden Dreams for Children foundation.
7/10/2000 John “Magoo” Landry is awarded with the King’s
Meaningless trophy at the Duffer Picnic.
Duffers, The King, Beak, Knarf,
Thor, Klinger and Hacksaw fly to the Florida
Keys to visit an old Duffer.
8/20/2000 Don Granato is named head coach of the
Worcester Ice Cats
9/1/2000 Duffer-Peoria connection continues, as Jason Christie
is named Head coach of the Rivermen.
Nov 8, 2000 In Florida 19,000 votes
were reported disqualified in West Palm Beach. Election officials began a
recount and the US presidential election winner remained in suspense based
on the Florida result.
Nov 14, 2000 In Florida the official
recount showed George W. Bush leading Al gore by 300 votes.
Nov 16, 2000 The Florida State
Supreme Court ruled that "there is no legal impediment to the
11/18/2000 Duffers present Jason Christie with a Duffer Jacket
thanks to Clubhouse Designs and Uncle Bob. Jason
gives Duffers a tour of his $375,000 Rivermen Coach.
Nov 22, 2000 Gov. George Bush called on the US Supreme Court to stop the
vote counting in Florida. In Palm Beach Circuit Court Judge Jorge Labarga
ordered election officials to consider dimpled ballots. In Dade County
election officials called off the recount due to their inability to meet
the Nov 27 deadline.
Nov 23, 2000 In Florida the Supreme Court
rejected an emergency plea by Al Gore to force Miami-Dade County to resume
Nov 26, 2000 In Florida
Sec. of State Katherine Harris certified Gov. George W. Bush as winner in
the state's presidential election, 2,912,790 to 2,912,253.
December 25, 2000 We were
treated to a Christmas Solar Eclipse this
morning. There will not be another Christmas Eclipse until the year
2307. Beak captured the event with his digital camera and telescope.
Click here to see Stump on the last Bozo show
Jan 1, 2001 In Canada new cigarette warning
labels became effective. 16 rotating labels included such warnings as
"Cigarettes cause mouth disease" with a photograph of blackened,
January, 2001, 7 Duffers packed the Berserk Van and headed for
Madison to watch Kevin Granato play for the Badgers Read
More than 20,000 people were killed and
600,000 left homeless by an earthquake of magnitude 7.7 that struck
January 26, 2001, in the Indian state of Gujarat.
2/16/2001, Klinger Krash Award was created when Beak's
skate blade snapped off. We had a record crowd watching, as Tom
Zagorski's Office coworkers came out to watch. Read
Christmas Party is celebrated at Berserk’s new Barn.
Feb 28, 2001 In Washington state a
6.8 magnitude slab earthquake shook Seattle. It was centered 32.6 miles
below the surface along the boundary of the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate
and the continental North American plate. Damages were later estimated at
Mar 6, 2001 It was reported that Chinese
psychiatrists have decided to stop classifying homosexuality as a mental
Mar 8, 2001 The US House approved $958.3
billion in income tax reductions over 10 years.
return to San Jose to skate in the Shark Tank and party with Barry
Melrose, Gary Suter, Tony Granato and Pete Stemkowski.
Mar 14, 2001 The DJIA fell 317 to close
at 9,973. The Nasdaq fell 42 to close at 1,972.
Mar 20, 2001 In South Africa new AIDS
statistics indicated that 25% of the adult population, one of every 9
people, was infected with HIV.
Mar 22, 2001 The 135-ton Mir crashed
into open seas between Chile and New Zealand.
Mar 25, 2001 In the Academy Awards
"Gladiator" won 5 Oscars including best picture and best actor
for Russell Crowe. Julia Roberts won best actress for "Erin
Brockovich." "Crouching Tiger" won for best foreign film
and best music score. Steven Soderbergh won best director for
"Traffic," which also featured Benicio Del Toro who won the best
supporting actor. Marcia Gay Harden won best supporting actress for her
role in "Pollock."
Mar 30, 2001 The Bush administration
suspended a late Clinton rule that directed federal agencies to assess
whether prospective contractors had violated federal laws.
help Jason Christie and the Rivermen celebrate 100 wins and first
2001 Apr 13, In China a 5.9 earthquake
hit Yunan province and at least 7 people were killed. 42,000 homes were
destroyed in the Shidian area.
Apr 13, 2001 In France up to 15,000 people were evacuated from the
region of Vimy due to fears of explosions from a World War I bomb storage
Apr 18, 2001 The US Federal Reserve
lowered short term interest rates by a half point to 4.5%. The DJIA rose
399 to 10,615. Nasdaq rose 156 to 2079.
April 27, 2001
Duffers, Tweedy, Tommy, Stump, Dan and Bob Granato win senior men's state
championship and league crown.
May 1, 2001 The space shuttle Endeavour
landed at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mohave Desert following the
installation of the billion-dollar robot arm on the Int'l. Space Station.
May 7, 2001 In Alaska 4 Anchorage school
children were stabbed by Jason Pritchard (33). Pritchard was shot with
rubber bullets and taken into custody.
I could see using rubber bullets if he used a rubber knife. Get the
Jun 7, 2001 Pres. Bush signed a $1.3
trillion tax cut bill. It included rising exemptions on estate taxes until
2010 at which point they would return.
Jun 14, 2001 Pres. Bush clashed with EU
leaders in Sweden over his global warming policy. The EU leaders said they
would move to implement the Kyoto treaty without the US.
receives Kings meaningless trophy at the Duffer picnic.
7/1/2001 Beak retires after teaching 39 years in the Chicago Public
Schools. Many Duffers help him celebrate. Retirement
August 1, 2001
Cammi Granato's Family Skate-a-thon and Charity Hockey game
8/11/2001 Rich Storm releases Duffer CD Duffer at
8/30/2001 The Chicago Sun Times published Beak's
Letter to the Editor that protested pension laws that give politicians a
bigger pension than their salery.
6, 2001 In SF Barry Bonds hit his 60th home run of the year and became the
5th player in history to do so.
9/7/2001 Duffers move to Bolingbrook to start 31st
season. Alien finds us 8
weeks later. Mean age jumps to 47.77 Years.
9/11/01 Terrorist hijack 4 planes and
kill nearly 3000 innocent people in New York and Washington D.C.
9/11/01 Rivermen coach, Jason Christie and his wife
Kelly, are blessed with a baby
"Ball Pin Hammer" Hawrysio scored his first Duffer
goal, when he beat his dad after several attempts. He is
learning the Duffer ways quickly, he gave Beak 2 bucks for a beer
in the locker room. The goal was scored
in The Peoria Civic Center in front of a sparse crowd of 5. Doc’s
Daughter Becky, the Peoria Goalie’s Father, 2 window washers and
Beer-Nuts. Let’s hear it for Mr. Nuts! He was suffering with
a pulled “Hammy”. Did he call in sick? No, he went to
Peoria and suffered through our game, moved cars for players that
were parked illegally and stayed up most of the night listening to Beak
and Bob Plager stories.
Oct 31, 2001 Halloween this year came
with a blue moon, the 2nd full moon of the month. The Bush
administration said it would adopt stricter arsenic standard for drinking
water as proposed in the final days of the Clinton administration.
We had 18 Duffers go to Peoria on
Saturday November 17. We played for almost 3 hours and the Rivermen beat
the Arkansas River Blades twice. 11/23/01
Peoria and Mr. Clean
11/18/2001 Scores of people heard the Leonids.
The sounds weren't rumbling sonic booms or the loud crack of a distant
explosion arriving long after the meteor's flash had come and gone.
Rather, these were exotic, delicate noises, heard while the meteor was in
full view. Scientists call them "electrophonic meteor
sounds."Some Duffers were returning to their rooms in Peoria at that
11/22/01 A record number of Duffers and family showed up at
Seven Bridges to give thanks. Eddies
new camber provided a handy party place in the parking lot.
Dec 17, 2001 Space shuttle Endeavour
returned to Cape Canaveral following A 12-day mission for a crew change at
the Int'l. Space Station.
2001 Dec 17, In Afghanistan US Delta forces pursued some 300 al
Qaeda fighters in the White Mountains. Mullah Omar was reported to have
retreated to the mountains near Baghran.2001 Dec 18, Hundreds of al
Qaeda and Taliban fighters were reported to have slipped into Pakistan
Jan 1, 2002 Pres. Bush announced that
envoy Gen. Anthony Zinni would return to the Middle East to push for steps
to renew peace talks.
Jan 4, 2002 The US Postal Service
announced an increase in 1st class stamps to 37 cents from 34 to take
place June 30.
Jan 4, 2002A WSJ editorial by former US Army officer Ralph Peters
blamed Saudi Arabia as the source of fundamentalist terrorism. "We
must be prepared to seize the Saudi oil fields and administer them for the
Jan 4, 2002 Antonio Todde, an
Italian shepherd listed by Guinness as the world's oldest man, died just
shy of his 113th birthday. "Just love your brother and drink a good
glass of red wine every day."
Jan 12, 2002 The US continued bombing on
suspected Taliban and al Qaeda hideouts in Afghanistan.
Jan 23, 2002 Enron CEO Kenneth Lay (59)
resigned under pressure.
Feb 1, 2002 Pres. Bush named Jim Tower
(45), former Florida Sec. of Health, to lead his initiative to give
federal money to religious charities.
Feb 1, 2002 The US Justice Dept. asked the president's staff for all
Enron-related documents back to Jan 1, 1999.
February 1, 2002 The Duffers held their 2nd annual Christmas Party
at the Berserk Barn.
Feb 8, 2002 Pres. Bush opened the 19th
Winter Olympic Games as part of a 3-hour ceremony at Rice-Eccles Stadium
at the Univ. of Utah campus.
Feb 14, 2002 Sharon Watkins, Enron Vice
President, testified that Jeffrey Skilling was behind the accounting that
led to the company's bankruptcy and that CEO Kenneth Lay was probably
duped by his executives and was unaware of the depth of Enron's
and Hitman's Extraordinary Adventure began on Friday, February 15,
2002 at the Bolingbrook Rocket Ice Rink where they each scored a goal to
help the home team Whites win the meaningful contest. They continued
their winning ways the following day in Peoria where they each scored 2
goals. Peoria Meaningful Duffers, Emil and Rod also scored.
(Emil had 3) The well rested Beer Nuts also scored. After the
Rivermen game, Rich Storm, Tommy
Z, Hitman and Beak found a big
screen and watched the USA men tie the Russians. Beak and
Hitman arrived in Salt Lake City on Monday February 18, 2002. They
went to the airport and picked up Klinger
and McGee (We
found out that Frank was called Fibber McGee by his Dad) and then they
went to dinner with Brinks
who picked up their tickets for the USA semi final game.
Feb 24, 2002 The XIX Winter Olympics in
Salt Lake City came to a close. In one of the last events Canada beat the
US hockey team 5-2 for the gold. Cross-country skiers from Spain and
Russia were stripped of gold medals for failing drug tests.
March 13, 2002 The Duffers were featured in a cover
story in the Sun Newspaper Http://www.lopatka.net/3-22-02
Apr 1, 2002 Grace Lopatka was born to
Dan and Sabine. Maryland beat
Indiana 64-52 in the NCAA basketball finals.
Pres. Bush said he would sell Governor's Island in NY Harbor to NY
state and NYC for a nominal charge.
April 20, 2002 The Duffers win a medal in the fire Engine Pull
contest as Cammi Granato is honored with a parade in Downers Grove
Illinois Http://www.lopatka.net/4-26-02 The Duffers dressed up a Split
Second Towing Flatbed with red , white and blue bunting, then filled
it with Duffers and Pictures of Cammi.
The King drove Klinger’s
Harley as Duffers roller skated down Main street with SODs, DODs
and GODs. The Duffers threw candy and Cammi Duffer pucks to the
Crowd. A picture of Cammi with the Duffer logo and the Duffer Web page address
was on the puck. Duffer Float was named “Best in its class.”
May 2002 Bill Louis' wife read about the Duffers in the
Plainfield Sun and suggested that it was just the thing he needed to get
back into hockey. Bill read the article and recognized Jim Micelli's name.
He called him up and started playing in May 2002. He got tagged with
the handle "By the Way" by Bobka after meeting the Duffers for
only 3 minutes. BBTW Played hockey in Canada just like all other
June 6, 2002 Pres. Bush proposed a new
Cabinet department for domestic security. The Department of Homeland
Security would operate on a $37.5 billion budget and have 169,154
June 8, 2002Hitman
became the 20th Duffer to win the King's
Meaningless Trophy and Stump
became the first Duffer to win the Klinger Krash Award for his triple flip
last month. Tweedy's
Baby Grace showed up for her first Duffer Picnic. Frank's
GOD, Beak's GOD
and Johnny Z's SOD
made their second Duffer Picnic appearance. Thor
dressed up in his finest picnic attire.
June 15, 2002 Arthur Andersen was
convicted of obstructing justice by shredding Enron-related documents in a
verdict that boosted prosecutors' efforts to get to the bottom of the
June 20 and 22, 2002. A number of Duffers and Duffer
wives enjoyed the Jimmy Buffett concerts. The King, Boris, Beak, Beavis
and Dill Deau baked in the sun on the first day of summer as they watched
the Cubs blow an 8-0 lead. Many Sox fans left after 4 innings
because they couldn't take the pain. Beavis got ticket stubs from
one of the dejected Sox fans and ended catching Konerko's game winning
home run. As Yogi says, "It ain't over till it's over".
Hacksaw was exhausted after he saw over 20 "points". (Known as
Runs in the USA.) He said that he felt he had watched 35 Soccer
games. We had 20 Duffers, SODs, GODs, DODs, and WODs show up at the
Sunday game that the Cubs won. Thor was happy, because he got to
keep the cup full of money that he was holding when Mark Bellhorn hit a
home run. He was playing one of Beavis' money games with Tweedy,
Tommy Z and Rich Storm.
July 9, 2002 Pres. Bush spoke against
corporate fraud and vowed to "use the full weight of the law" to
punish corporate crime.
July 10, 2002 The Dow Jones fell 282 to
8,813.5 and Nasdaq closed down 35 to 1,346.
July 13, 2002Lauren Kraft
of the Bolingbrook Sun has published a story about Bono's Cruzzin
Saturday Nights Car show. She interviewed Ken Lopatka at the Downers
Friday Night Cruise show. You can see Ken's 57
Chevy and many more classic cars every Saturday night at Bonos.
Aug 9, 2002 Barry Bonds of the SF Giants hit
his 600th homerun and joined the ranks of Henry Aaron (660), Babe Ruth
(714) and Willie Mays (755). His hat size increased by one. Was it
caused by steroids or success?
9/04/02 Beak's Mauna Kea Sunset picture
of Venus was featured on NASA's Spaceweather.com
website in August and the Earth
Science Picture of the day site posted it on September 4, 2002 .
September 6, 2002 the Duffers started their 32nd season and they
added 2 new members. Bill "By the Way " and Lorenzo were granted
Duffer status by the King.
Friday the 13th turned out to be a very good day for Hacksaw and
Beak as they started the day with a scenic flight over the Joliet and
Plainfield area. It was a successful flight, because
were able to walk away from the plane after the landing. (A full
digital video of the event is available upon request)
Their good luck continued when they
put on their Duffer Home White sweaters and ended up skating
with Cammi Granato on half of their shifts, thanks to Uncle Bob's 50
second shifts. Cammi got an assist on her Dad's goal, when she
passed to Papa Joe to start a 1-2-3 goal. She later set up
Beak with a give and go play that Beak silently buried to give Brian
"The Brain" and the Whites a 2-0 Meaningful win. Cammi
finally took a shot and scored in the third period. "By the
Way Bill" scored 2 and Berserk added one to give the Whites a 6-2
Meaningless win. Lorenzo and Tommy Z scored for the Reds.
Golden Dreams 4th annual Fund
the September 14th, 2002 Fund Raiser
Oct 6, 2002 A fire broke out on the
Limburg, a French oil tanker off the coast of Yemen, setting barrels of
oil ablaze and sparking an explosion. The explosion was soon determined to
be the result of a terrorist attack.
Oct 15, 2002 In Iraq Saddam Hussein won
the presidential referendum for another 7-year term. He claimed a 100%
victory the next day
October 12, Uncle Bob's Hat Trick puts The Anvil, Stump and The
Ghost into beer glasses. Read More...
October 18, 2002 Bad Back
Brinks gets a Hat! Http://www.lopatka.net/10-25-02
Oct 25, 2002 Hurricane Kenna hit
Mexico's Pacific coast and over 150 people were injured in the states of
Jalisco, Nayarit and Sinaloa. 3 people were later reported killed. Damages
were estimated in tens of millions.
November 2, 2002Duffers go to Peoria. 2002Http://www.lopatka.net/11-8-02
November 8-11, 2002 Brinks and Beak go to Kitchener, Ontario to
watch the 4 Nations Cup. Cammi was named player of the game when she
scored 4 goals against Sweden. Cammi is leading the professional
Women's Hockey league in scoring with 15 goals. She plays for the Vancouver
November 28, 2002 Thanksgiving, is a Happy Holiday, as Eddie the
anvil provides Brats, Beer and Rum for 32 Duffers.
December 11, 2002 Don Granato brings the Ice Cats to town. 20
Duffers showed up to cheer for the Cats. On December 12, Brinks,
Beak, Beer Nuts, Buck shot, Knarf and Berserk went up to Milwaukee and
watched the Ice Cats beat the Milwaukee Admirals 4-3. Thank you to
Coach Granato for a great week.
December 13, 2002Friday the 13th was good luck for Beak
and bad luck for his son Tweedy, because Beak scored an incest goal on his
son for the Meaningful game winner. Http://www.lopatka.net/12-20-02
December 20, 2002 Frank had a hat trick
before the game. His trick gave him a concussion. Frank says Bob
Plager was right, “a concussion is not as bad as a hang over.”
January 30, 2003 The Duffers go to
Las Vegas, Dill Deau misses the plane again.
February 2, 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia
explodes and kills all on board.
February 15, 2003 Duffers
celebrate Festivus at Berserk's barn.
March 2, 2003 Tony
Granato donates an autographed Patrick Roy stick and an
autographed Avalanche Jersey to a St. Rita
fund raiser. Klinger bought the jersey and Berserk bought the
stick for his wife to be.
March 7, 2003 Duffers play and party in
Peoria. Natural Hat Trick for Dennis!
April 18, 2003 Brian "The Brain" Shut out the Reds!
That was the first Duffer shut out since Tweedy had a summer shut in July
1991. Read More...
April 25, 2003 The King was honored
before the game when Frank presented him with the King's Meaningless
Trophy. The trophy is now retired. The King received it in
1983. 19 other Duffers had their names added to the trophy since that
May 2, 2003 Gary "The Ghost" shut out the Reds 6-0.
May 2nd, 2003 Pres. Bush stood on the
deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier with the banner
"Mission Accomplished" behind him and announced the end of major
combat operations in Iraq
June 7, 2003 Frank was presented with the Klinger crash award at the
September 5, 2003 Duffers start their
33rd season! The King plays 2 periods as he turned over the
purse strings to Rich Storm. The new King invited a friend of Bill
By the Way to join the Duffers. Perry Lea played hockey in Canada
with BBTW and was called the Flea. Frank locked Sean Morgan, in the
locker room. It wasn't until the first period ended that Eddie asked
Tweedy if he heard the noise. Tweedy got the key and released the
youngster from his 40 minute nightmare.
September 12, 2003 Eddie the Anvil turned in the first Duffer Shut
out since the Brain did it on April 18, 2003.
October 24, 2003 3 Meaningful Hat tricks!! Thor,
Papa Joe and Beak each had 3 goals. Read
November 21, 2003 Stump gets a new hip and Rich Storm announces the
trip to Denver in March.
November 27, 2003 Darien IL The Turkey Day skate produced a record
crowd with many goals. Read more...
November 28, 2003 Peoria IL Some of the Duffers skated off
their turkey for 2 hours and 45 minutes in the Peoria Civic Center, then
we watched Jason Christie's Rivermen beat Cincinnati. Click here to Read
December 5, 2003 Nine meaningful goals were scored by 5 Meaningful
Duffers. Beak lead the way with 3, Papa Joe and Hacksaw had 2 each
while Knarf and Thor picked up solo blasts. Read
December 12, 2003 Bolingbrook IL Cammi and Rob Granato helped their
Dad score a pair of goals. Read more...
December 26, 2003 A magnitude 6.6 earthquake
near Bam, Iran, killed 42,200 and damaged or destroyed 85 percent of the
buildings in the area.
January, 2004 NASA's twin robot
geologists, the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, launched
toward Mars on June 10 and July 7, 2003, in search of answers about the
history of water on Mars, landed on Mars January 3 and January 24.
They began returning valuable data that hinted at a previous history of
water activity on Mars. Spirit and Opportunity have uncovered rock
patterns, mineral presence, and spherule existence on the Martian surface
that strongly suggest that water once flowed freely on the Red Planet.
On Jan. 2, 2004, NASA’s Stardust spacecraft
flew within 236 kilometers of Comet Wild 2 and captured thousands of
particles in its aerogel collector for return on Earth in January 2006.
Findings from a historic encounter between Stardust and a comet have
revealed a much stranger world than previously believed. The comet's rigid
surface, dotted with towering pinnacles, plunging craters, steep cliffs,
and dozens of jets spewing violently, surprised scientists.
Janet Jackson's "wardrobe
malfunction" at the Super Bowl halftime show gets more attention than
the game. Who won? Who played? That Timberlake guy, I
think. Anheuser-Busch pulled its popular "Sleigh Ride"
television ad after Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction." The
ad showed a guy trying to impress a woman with a romantic horse-drawn
sleigh ride. But the carriage horse sends an inferno of flatulence into
the woman's face and charcoals her hair. Rusty!
February 7th, 2004 Duffers celebrate Christmas for the 4th straight
year at the Berserk Barn. Hacksaw gets Harvey's Hair. Read more...
March 5th, 2004 Duffers go to Denver. Beak was
traded at game time for Steve Granato and a player to be named later. Beak
got the only meaningful goal for the Reds on a pass from Harvey. The next
game Beak was traded for Tony Granato. See
more... and More and
March 8, 2004 Antalaha, Madagascar :
Cyclone Gafilo with winds of 160 mph and heavy rains left hundreds of
thousands homeless and killed 295 people. More than 100 were on a ferry
that sank off the island of Comoros.
March 11, 2004 Madrid, Spain:
Ten bombs exploded on morning commuter trains in Madrid, killing 202,
injuring more than 1,400, causing the worst terrorist attack in
April 2nd, 2004 Goalies Gone Wild! 20 goals! 10 for each team.
April 20th, 2004 Tornados rip through
Illinois. The tornado in Joliet was one of four to hit in the region. The
others were in Utica in LaSalle County, where eight people were killed;
Kankakee in Kankakee County and Granville in Putnam County.
April 30th, 2004 Eddie the Anvil turned in his second Duffer Shut
Out. Stump scored his first goal with his new hip, to help Eddie get 4-0
the win. Read more...
May 2nd, 2004 More than 600 American
troops have died in Iraq since Bush stood on the deck of the USS Abraham
Lincoln aircraft carrier with the banner "Mission Accomplished"
behind him and announced the end of major combat operations in Iraq.
June 5th, 2004 Many Duffers joined the Grant Importing golf
outing at Lincoln Oaks Golf Course, in Crete, IL The Morgans took home the
grand prize. Read More
Uncle Bob moves to Arizona. See
Former President Ronald Reagan died at his
California home on June 5, nearly 10 years after announcing that he was
suffering from Alzheimer's disease. He is most remembered for teaming up
with the Polish stamp stealer to pass the "Windfall elimination"
law that screwed Beak and millions of teachers, policemen and firefighters
out of their Social Security payments.
June 9, 2004 Beak and the Brain were all
excited as they watched the solar transit of Venus -- a celestial event
that last occurred 122 years ago. Venus
2004 Mike Presecky became the first Duffer to receive the
"Next generation" Meaningless Duffer Trophy at the Duffer
presented Bill "The Alien" Allen with the third annual Klinger
Krash Award for his concussion. The Brain was called first, but he was
late, so his certificate was pulled from the plaque and the Alien won by
default. The Klinger Krash award requires the winner to be
present. If the Alien had not shown up, Beak would have given the
award to Mini Wheezer. Read More
July 31, 2004 Blue Moon! A
blue moon is the second full moon in a calendar month. For a blue moon to
occur, the first of the full moons must appear at or near the beginning of
the month so that the second will fall within the same month (the average
span between two moons is 29.5 days). July 2004 will have two full moons:
the first on July 2, the second on July 31—that second full moon is
called the blue moon.
August 13, 2004 After a few
scares, Athens won its race to be ready for the 28th Olympiad. And, having
run a marathon at a sprinter's pace, it was able to put its feet up and
enjoy the show.
August, 2004 Beak goes into the Hockey Hall of Fame!
(It cost him a Canadian saw buck) Read
2004 Hacksaw was inducted into the Illinois Soccer Hall of Fame.
September 12, 2004 Many
Duffers helped Cammi celebrate her marriage to Ray. Read
Charley, Frances and Jeanne raked the Orlando
area, which hadn't seen a direct hurricane hit since Donna in 1960.
October 1, 2004 The price of crude oil
futures ended above $50 a barrel on Friday, despite rebels in Nigeria's
producing region agreeing a truce with the government.
October 15, 2004 The 400th Issue of the Duffer News hit the
locker Room. Read More
Red Sox beat Yankees, then
win World Series!
November 2, 2004 George W.
Bush wins his first election, gets 4 more years. Read
October 29th The Anvil appears with Elton. See
November 9, 2004 Tom and
Ericka's are blessed with a new daughter. Hacksaw found a cure from
his ailing health. For weeks, he had been following his doctor's
orders. No alcohol, plenty of couch rest, clean air, good food etc.
He used the George Costanza "opposite method" to cure his
ailment. He got off of the couch and skated 3 full periods, he came
off with his equipment soaked with perspiration, then had a few beers
and laughs in the freezing cold parking lot. At Bonos, he celebrated
Tom and Ericka's new daughter with a cigar and some greasy foods that he
chased with some shots and beers. He was cured! That cure will
not appear in the American Journal of Medicine. Maybe the Placebo Journal
will run a story on it.
NASA's X-43A research vehicle screamed into
the record books on Nov. 16, 2004, demonstrating that an air-breathing
engine can fly at nearly 10 times the speed of sound. Preliminary data
from the scramjet-powered research vehicle show its revolutionary engine
worked successfully at approximately Mach 10 (nearly 7,000 mph) as it flew
at an altitude of approximately 110,000 feet.
November 25, 2004 Smallest Thanksgiving turn out in history,
we barely had 2 lines. The good news was each Duffer had to eat 4 of Eddie's brats
each. Read More
November 26, 2004 Largest group of Duffers headed for Peoria and
skated for 3 hours! Vidas Formica flew in from Seattle to join in the
fun. The Anvil's Camper was filled with "day trippers,
beer and brats". Beak gets his hip shot up and gives thanks.
Read More Go
To Peoria History
December 4th, 2004 Eddie the Anvil
was completely surprised when he walked into the Grove Sports bar on 111th
Street. He gave many tributes to the Duffers in the bar that was
packed with family and friends. He was born on January 25th, 1955. Read
December 26, 2004 Strongest earthquake since
1964, unleashed a tsunami that killed over 190,000 in Indonesia, Thailand,
India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and East Africa. U.S. scientists said
that the massive earthquake that devastated parts of Asia permanently
moved the tectonic plates beneath the Indian Ocean as much as 98 feet (30
meters), slightly shifting islands near Sumatra an unknown distance,
December 27, 2004 Papa Joe announced his retirement from the Duffers
with an e-mail to Beak. He was 74.89 years old on that day.
January 1st, 2005 The Duffers started the year with
a morning game and an afternoon Holiday Skate for Family and Friends.
Fruitcake's youngest son, John, scored his first Duffer goal. Read
January 28th, 2005 Three generations score in one
game. Beak scored first on his son, Dan, then his 13 year old
grandson, Jeff, scored a goal of his own. Beak's Son, Ken, (Jeff's Dad)
completed the historic task when he scored in the third period. Read
January 29th, 2005 8,000,000 Iraqis
risked their lives to vote.
February 9th, 2005 New Lunch Crowd
Frank, Nick, Beak, Bill By the Way, Rich Storm, Elmer Fudd
(Buckshot), Frank Herout, Klinger, Thor, his boss, The Nailer, his wife
Marsha and Hacksaw popped in to help us set the new lunch crowd record
of 13 at the Neutral Zone! Read
all about it...
February 15th, 2005 Beak's 7th Grandchild is born at 7:11
PM. Audrey Caroline weighed in at 8pounds, 3 ounces. Read
all about it......
Hockey League cancels its 2004-2005 season, becoming the first North
American professional league to cancel a season due to a labor dispute.
February 22, 2005 Mike "The Nailer" DeVivo
just edged out Franklin Dunn with a vote count of 867-739!!! to Win the
Republican Race for Highway Commissioner. Read
March 11, 2005 Beak
Stirs a Duffer Steroid Controversy! Beak
got a mystery steroid shot in his hip socket last November, and he went
out and scored in 3 straight games. Now that hs production has
fallen off, He paid a visit to his Doctor with the 3 inch needle.
This time he had both hips shot up and he scored on his first shift on a
beautiful pass from Tommy Z. He also scored the next day in Peoria. Read
March 12, 2005 The Brain and the Anvil go on a road
trip to Peoria's Civic Center. 3 foot high official referee,
complete with red arm bands and he even had his name sewn on his
shirt, put the King in the "Sin Bin". We had 14 stay
March 18, 2005 The royal family returned. Jerry
"The Prince" Miceli was able to drag his Dad and brother Rick
off of the couch. We hadn't seen the King since the last time Jerry
came to town and we hadn't seen Rick since he got married several years
ago. Read More...
March 26, 2005 Duffers make their 12th trip to Peoria. Go
To Peoria History Read about the
Cammi Granato Cut from the USA Olympic Team?
She had 5 points in 5 games to lead the USA team to their First
Gold medal in the World Championship in Linkoping,
Sweden on April 9th, 2005. They were 5-0 with Cammi and
Shelly Loony on that Gold Medal team.
April 15, 2005 Cammi and USA Women Win another Gold Medal. Click
here for pictures
April 29, 2005 Berserk scored the first Duffer Cyber space
goals. He e-mailed Beak that he had 2 goals, even though he was not
at at game. Only Sanchez caught on to the cyber prank. Read
May 6, 2005 Fred Fruitcake Bobka "Bought" Beak a
beer, so that he would give his son Joey a good write up for his 4 goal
night. If you know Fred, you know he would never buy a beer.
He actually gave Beak a free beer from the Brinks' cooler in the parking
lot. Read more....
May 13, 2005 On Friday the 13th, Jeff Lopatka became the first
Duffer GOD to score 4 goals in a game. Read
June 18, 2005 Grant Golf outing brought out some long lost
Duffers. Don Granato signs a contract to coach the new AHL Peoria
Rivermen. Read More....
June 25, 2005 Beak and Carole celebrated their 44th
wedding anniversary at the Duffer Picnic. Beak presented Mini-Wheezer
with the Klinger Krash award for his spectacular crash into the
Brain. Mike "The Czar" Presecky presented Geno Cromwell
with the Duffers "Next Generation Meaningless Trophy". Read
July 11, 2005 Beak finally gets a new hip at LaGrange
Hospital. Many Duffers flocked to see Beak on Heroin. He never
stopped talking! Read More.....
August 29th, 2005 The effect of Hurricane
Katrina on New
was catastrophic and long-lasting. As Katrina passed east of New Orleans
winds were in the Category 4 or 5 range, and tidal surge was about a
Category 5. Though Katrina missed the city, the storm surge caused levee
breaches and precipitated the worst engineering disaster in US history.
September 2005 USA Women's Hockey team without
Cammi and Shelly's leadership, were a dismal 2-2 with only 8 goals in 4
games in the 4 nations Cup! What was Ben Smith thinking when he cut
these leaders and destroyed his team? Cammi had 5 points in April
when they won the Gold in the World Cup in Sweden. Duffers
start writing protest letters to USA Hockey and the USOC.
September 9, 2005 The Duffers have their first late night opener
in years. The last time the Duffers
played hockey at 11:00 P.M. on a Friday night, Tweedy was our 9
year old referee at the Downers Grove ice arena. On this night,
Tweedy was the 35 year old goalie that picked up the First win of
the 2005-06 season. He had plenty of help from his 14 year old
nephew Jeff, who scored the First Duffer goal of the season and
then scored 2 more in his first game as a legal Duffer. Tim Smith
was added to the Duffer Family.
October 8th, 2005 Pakistan's worst-ever
earthquake wiped out entire villages, buried roads in rubble and knocked
out electricity and water supplies. The death toll stood at 20,000 and was
expected to rise.
October 14, 2005 Beak is Back on
Skates as a Zebra, after Hip replacement.
26 - The Chicago
White Sox beat the Houston Astros in 4 games to win their first
World Series since 1917.
November 4, 2005 16 goals from 8 Duffers! Tweedy,
his brother Ken, Tommy Z, and Bill BTW each scored twice for the Whites.
Robert G, Nick, Art and Thor each getting a pair for the Whites.
Klinger set up both of Thor's goals on the same shift!
December 2, 2005 Tweedy gets his 2nd
career Shut out as he stands in for the Anvil.
January 1, 2006 Duffers host a New Year's
2, 2006 - The Bad
Reichenhall ice rink roof in Germany
collapses after heavy snowfall
in the Bavarian
Alps, killing 15.
January 28, 2006 Rich Storm hosts the Festivus
party. Tweedy silenced the Anvil at Rich Storm's Fantastic Festiveas
Festival with a prank phone call.
February 3, 2006 Magoo get 4 goals.
March 2, 2006 Duffers head for Toronto.
March 10, 2006 Duffers light up The Brain and the Anvil
27 times! (Only 2 Meaningful)
May 5, 2006 Coach of the St. Louis Blues, Donny Granato, returned to
his roots with one shot on and one shot in. We also had five
Granatos on the White team. Senior Goalie, Eddie the Anvil put on
the White jersey for the 1st time, but he was foiled when his son Nick
beat him 4 times and led Tweedy and the Reds to a 7-6 win. Read
May 12, 2006 Rick Storm made his return to Cyber Space with a
picture of the Anvil in action.
May 19, 2006 Picture Night
featured 6 Granatos, 3 Lopatka's and and for the first time in duffer
History no Mazzarella's. The guys present contributed $246.00 to the
St. Jude Run. Goalie Garrett and his Mom thanked us for our help.
May 26, 2006 Last game of our 35th season! Newcomer Tim
"Basketball Jones" Smith completed his first Duffer season with
perfect attendance. Tim was responsible for bringing Bill Conti out.
Bill turned out to be one of our most reliable guests. His Nick Name
is in the works. He could be called Roids, after BALCO founder
Victor Conte, or The Maestro" Why? Bill Conti is
the musical conductor/director that wrote the themes to The Right Stuff,
Rocky, Dynasty, and Falcon Crest.
27, 2006 - A 6.3
magnitude earthquake strikes central Java
killing more than 6,000, injuring at least 36,000 and leaving some 1.5
million people homeless.
Rich Storm ruined his perfect attendance on Picture Night when he
could only see out of one eye. Geno was
not impressed with that excuse.
June 17, 2006 Beak presented Thor Miller with the
Klinger Krash award for his self inflected series of crashes in
March when he threw his stick into the air causing a laughter break.
Mike "The Czar" Presecky presented Geno Cromwell with the
Duffers "Next Generation Meaningless Trophy". Read
The Duffers were driven out of Bono's, their favorite Bar, by loud Karaoke
noise. We tried Ditka's for a month, but left after we were victims
of sexual harassment. We finally ended the season at Buffalo
Wild Wings. Bill By the Way likes this place, because he can
take money from Mini Wheezer and Thor in poker games.
October 13, 2006 Fred "Fruitcake" Bobka made
the score 121-5 when he scored the 11th goal of the game on Friday the
13th! That was the highest score ever produced by The
January 1, 2007 Duffers host a New Year's
4 - The Indianapolis
Colts defeat the Chicago
Bears 29-17 in Super
Bowl XLI, played at Dolphin
January 26, 2007 Mini Wheezer Crashes and Duffers
celebrate Festivous. http://www.lopatka.net/2-2-07/index.htm
February 23, 2007 Prohibition befalls the Duffers as
Rocket Ice Officials declare a moratorium on locker room drinking, The Duffers get put out in the
cold. Bill Gaston sends 8 autographed copies of his book, Midnight Hockey.
Read More http://www.lopatka.net/3-2-07/index.htm
1 - International
Polar Year, a $1.5 billion research program to study both the North
Pole and South
Pole, is launched in Paris.
Beak gets a trip to
March 3, 2007 Uncle Bob comes in from Arizona,
scores a goal and helps us set a new record at Wild Wings. http://www.lopatka.net/3-9-07/index.htm
March 9, 2007 Duffer Guest T.O. (Tom O'Connor) Scored
his first Duffer goal. http://www.lopatka.net/3-16-07/index.htm
March 16, 2007 The first Duffer Goal scored on a Bionic
Goalie by a Bionic Duffer. http://www.lopatka.net/3-23-07/index.htm
April 20, 2007 There was a Hockey
first, when 2 goals were scored in less than 5 seconds. That has
been done before, but not 1 goal by each team without a whistle! Art
blew one past the Brain, but the puck came out so fast that Referee
Hacksaw never blew the whistle, so Kevin picked it up, raced up ice and
fired it past The Anvil. After a discussion, 1 goal was given to
June 8, 2007 Rocket Ice Rink opens a new rink.
Same old locker rooms.
June 16, 2007 Tim "Basketball Jones" Smith is
awarded the "Next generation" Meaningless Duffer Trophy and
Boris alias "Hacksaw,
Mr. Clean, Dr.
Evil, Fuzzy" Pavichevich was awarded the Klinger Krash Award for some of
the spills that he had while refereeing. http://www.lopatka.net/6-22-07/index.htm
Tim Smith at the picnic.
July 13, 2007 Second summer game is on the new rink
with the old locker rooms, but hooks and shelves are installed.
July 27, 2007 Final
Harry Porter Book is released.
August 1, 2007 A Russian
submersible dives to the sea floor under the North Pole and declares
the North Pole for their empire. " One small dive for a
former commie, one giant leak and we're all getting the hell out of here
before we become another Kursk!"
August 2nd, 2007 A deadly
collapse of a Minnesota bridge over the Mississippi River killed 13 and
injured 79. Maybe the
Russians caused that!
August 4th, 2007 Barry Bonds tied Hank Aaron's Home Run
record. He hit the tying homer off a former Giants draft pick, Clay
was suspended in 2005 for violating baseball's minor-league steroids
policy. How cool is that! Clay got a Barry Bonds autographed bat and
was sent down to AAA Portland the next day. Bonds said, "That
August 31st, 2007 "Bush's Brain" leaves White House. Karl Rove
August 19, 2007 Beak, Buckshot, his
wife, Lisa and Daughter Lindsey watched Carlos Zambrano pitch 3 perfect
innings then ate peanuts and drank beer for a few hours while the rain
washed out the game. Lisa got busted for having a 5 pound bag of
peanuts in her back pack. Rainy Cub Game
September 7, 2007 Opening Night, Bill
"The Maestro" Conti, Special Ed and Mike Moffit (Broken thumbs
guy from Seinfeld) join the Duffer family as we move to a new rink.
We will play almost every Friday at 9:00 P.M. at the International Ice
Centre - Romeoville, IL http://www.lopatka.net/07-09-07/index.htm
September 14, 2007 Special
ED became the 3rd Duffer to lose a double header.* Beak went over to
join the White team, so he got 2 wins. Tommy Z had just scored to
put the Reds up, 1-0, but Tweedy scored to tie it at 1. Brinks added
2 Meaningful goals to give the Whites a 3-1 lead. Tommy scored
again, but his brother ,Johnny Z, put it out of reach when he redirected a
pass from Basketball Jones and slipped it behind the Anvil to give the
Whites a 4-2 win. The Whites also took home a meaningful shut out.
*Magoo lost 2 when he was
traded for Butt Head on October
first, 1999. Butt Headed set a record that day, when he scored
one for each team. Beevis Coughenour was the first Duffer to lose 2
in one night, a few years earlier.
21, 2007 Mike Moffitt (Kramer's
bookie, Scott Wayne) scored his first ever Duffer Hat Trick.
October, 2007 Wind fed
fires force nearly a million Californians to leave there homes.
Thousands of homes are destroyed.
October, 12, 2007 Al
Gore is presented with the Nobel Pease Prize.
October 29, 2007 Our 8th Grand child, Luke
was born on October 29, 2007
November, 27, 2007
America's Mayors meet to address Mortgage Melt downs. 2 million home
owners are in danger of losing their homes.
January 11, 2008 Perry "The
Flea" Lea scored 3 goals. One for his team and 2 Meaningful
goals for his opponents. He deflected a goal in for Thor and He tipped in
a Bobka goal that set another record. (Fruitcake scored 2 weeks in a
February 2, 2008 Duffers celebrate Festivous
at Rich Storm's house. The Duffers favorite Bar was closed
with no notice. we were driven out of Bono's in late 2006, by loud
5 and 6, 2008. The event began on Super Tuesday, while 24 U.S. states
were holding primary elections and caucuses to select the
presidential candidates for the upcoming presidential election. Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Alabama,
and Tennessee were among the affected regions in which primaries were
being held. Some voting locations were forced to close early due to the
approaching severe weather.
tornadoes occurred over the course of the outbreak. The storm system
produced several destructive tornadoes in heavily populated areas, most
notably in the Memphis metropolitan area, in Jackson, Tennessee,
and the northeastern end of the Nashville metropolitan area. At least
57 people were killed across four states and 18 counties.
February 8, 2008 Papa Joe became the
first 78 year old to play in a Duffer Hockey game. He had a good
game, almost took a spill, when he stepped on the puck, but he recovered
nicely. His only blunder was when He brought in 2 cases of illegal
beer. Click here to read more...
February 15, 2008 The Reds had 13
players while the Whites only had 11, so Tom O'Connor volunteered to go
Red, but he couldn't find a Red Sweater, so he skated with the Whites for
1 period. While he was there, The Whites had a 2-1 Meaningless lead
and a 1-0 Meaningful lead. He got a Red jersey and played the rest
of the game in a Red jersey. He scored the Meaningful winner as the
Reds won 7-4 Meaningless and 2-1 Meaningful. Read
more ... A search of the Duffer History Page found that TO was
the first Duffer to win 4 games in one night. (Beak won 3 on September
14, 2007, when SPED became the 3rd to lose 2 in one night) Magoo
lost 2 when he was traded for Butt Head on October
first, 1999. Butt Headed set a record that day, when he scored
one for each team. Beevis Coughenour was the first Duffer to lose 2
in one night, a few years earlier. How do I know this? I used
the lopatka.net search engine
to find this bit of trivia.
February 20, 2008
and Beak get photographed with The Neutral Zone TV star. Read
March 6-9, 2008
Duffers caught a plane to Phoenix, Arizona, where they read the latest
Duffer News. (The
Brian Beach Ball Issue) We played 3 games, watched 2 baseball games
and a Coyote Hockey game. Ben Oskrob debuted as the White Duffer
goalie. He ended the White losing streak on Thursday, but lost on
Friday when Beak beat him for the game winner. He shut out his Dad
and cousin Mini Wheezer in both games. Uncle Bob provided food and
beer after every game. He even got us free ice time. Read
more... Brinks made a call and Tony got us 15 free VIP seats for
the Sox - Angels game. Read
More... Many Photos are posted at: http://photos.lopatka.com/
Click on: Phoenix Road Trip.
March 9-12, 2008
The King and Beak extended their stay in Arizona with a train ride to the
Grand Canyon. Read more...
View pictures at: Grand Canyon
20, 2008 A 7.2 magnitude earthquake occurred 230 km (140 miles) SE of
Hotan, Xinjiang or 3105 km (1930 miles) W of Beijing, China.
March 21, 2008 Fruit
Cake used the money he saved buy not going to Phoenix to buy a new
"Union Suit", Read More...
27, 2008 Wally Phillips passed away. From January
July 1986 Wally did morning drive
on WGN Radio.
Read Beak's Memoirs
March 28, 2008 Mini
Wheezer scored 4 goals in a game that had a scoreless 2nd period. Read
April 11, 2008
Tipsy Terry, scores his 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Duffer goals in a 9-9 shoot out!
May 2, 2008 4
Duffers get Hat Tricks! Thor, Brinks, Piggy Bank and Tommy
Z each scored 3 goals.
May 9, 2008 The
2007-08 season ended with Stump and Beak playing in 34 regular season games this season
without missing a game. (They also played 3 in Arizona, and one on
New Year's day) Their Titanium hips will need a lube job
before next season. Frank finished a close second with 33 games this
season. He missed the last game while he was in FLA, the land of the
"Underwater Specialists". Read
11, 2008 Mothers Day Tornado hit Georgia after 20 people were killed by
storms in Oklahoma and Missouri.
26, 2008 A
band of violent weather moving across the country's midsection killed
eight more people Sunday as tornadoes, heavy rain and hail belted parts of
Iowa and Minnesota, darkening Memorial Day weekend.
June 7, 2008 Bill
"The Maestro" Conti was awarded the Klinger Krash award for his
"head over heals" flip caused by the Bookie, who would have been
given the award if the Maestro had not been present. Perry "The Flea" Lea gets the Next Generation Meaningless Trophy
at the Duffer Picnic. He failed to pick it up after it was engraved
on opening night, because he moved to Texas. Mike kept the trophy
all year. Beak thought Perry had the trophy and told Perry that he
has to return it at the next Picnic Committee Meeting. Perry was
looking all over his house for the trophy until Mike confessed that he had
the trophy. Read
14, 2008 Iowa is under water. Click
here to see pictures.
15, 2008 1,781 California Wild fires were burning.
Summer Olympics begin in China.
August 8, 2008 Don Granato Junior, Duffer SOD (Son Of a
Duffer), was named head coach of the Chicago Wolves. He played
hockey along with his Dad and cousin. His brother Tony was in the
stands scouting the Duffers. Read
August 18, 2008 Tropical Storm
Fay hit Florida a record 4 times, killing 36 people and causing $180
million in damages.
September 1, 2008 Hurricane
Gustav Batters Gustav caused serious damage and casualties
in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Cuba, and
the United States. It has caused over $20 billion(2008 USD) in damages,
the fourth most destructive hurricane to ever hit the United States.
September 5, 2008 Twenty one Duffers showed up to start
the 38th Duffer Season. Read
More.... The Anvil unveils his new goalie
September 10, 2008 The Large
Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's largest and most powerful particle
accelerator to date, built near Geneva, in Switzerland started
accelerating particles on this date. Some predicted that the world was
going to end with the production of stable micro black holes and the
creation of hypothetical particles called strangelets.
September 12, 2008
Hurricane Ike batters Texas. Galveston bore the brunt of the storm,
floods filled the historic district with 7 feet of water at the storm's
peak. Ike had a 500 mile
diameter. Perry survives in his new home near Huston Texas. Watch
Geraldo Rivera get knocked down by a wave. Death toll
climbs to 51 in Texas. More
than 600 people have died in Haiti after four major storms hit the
impoverished Caribbean nation in less than four weeks.
September 19, 2008 Geno scored the first Meaningful
goal of the season, after 2 weeks of 0-0 Meaningful scores. The game
featured many meaningless goals as the Reds won 8-6. Read
October 10, 2008 The Dow finished
down 128 points for the day and nearly 1,900 points for the week--Making
it the worst in it's 112 year history. It was a 22.1% decline! Beak
paid $3.98 for a gallon a gas, he thought that was a deal after paying
$4.27 on the 4th of July.
October 10, 2008 Biggest crowd of the year turned out
to welcome Perry back. Beak and Thor Back door the visiting goalie thanks
to passes from Tommy Z. Stump scores and does a celebratory dance. Read
November 7, 2008 Seniors go wild! 70 year old
Hacksaw is a plus 5 with 2 goals and one assist. 68. 8 year old Beak
gets the game winner. Read more.....
November 21, 2008 Anvil puts on a White Sweater, but
Tweedy picks up the win for the Reds. Read
November 28, 2008 Playing in his second game in 30
hours, 70 year old Frank Presecky gets the game winner. Read
Back in 1971, we got excited by the Duffer
"Century Line" When Beak, 31, Dick Bajlavick, 33 and Jim Huff,
36 totaled 100 years. Now Beak, Boris and Frank are pushing 210
December 3, 2008 The Duffers lose a great Duffer, as a
heart attack claims Tim Smith. Click
Here to visit Tim's Tribute Page
December 12, 2008 Fred Fruitcake Bobka helps the Reds
end the Brain's 7 game winning streak. Berserk returns, scores a
pair and gets burned. Tim's wife brought their children and their
grandmothers out to set an attendance record. Read
December 26, 2008 The Whites won the final game of 2008
to give each team 14 wins and 5 ties The
Reds averaged 5.85 goals per game. The Whites averaged
6.45 goals per game. Click here to see the complete Statistics
January 1, 2009 Hundreds of the Duffer Family turned
out to honor Tim "Basketball Jones"Smith at our annual New
Year's day party.
January 9, 2009 The Duffer History Page showed up on a
Google search for "Mike
January 16, 2009 76% of
the the players show up and close Buffalo Wild Wings
February 1, 2009 Duffers celebrate Festivus
after Geno scores 6 goals.
February 20, 2009 4 Hat Tricks were scored. Tommy
Z, Johnny Z, Bill By The Way and V-Man. Read
February 27, 2009 Eleven out of twelve Reds show up at
Buffalo Wild Wings to give the Reds a big win. Read
March 13, 2009 Our second Friday the 13th game in as
many months is bad luck for Brian as he has 15 pucks miss him. Read
May 8, 2009 Picture Night brings out 31 Duffers! Thor
gets a Meaningful Hat Trick! Reds
Mount a Miracle Comeback http://www.lopatka.net/09-05-15/index.htm
The 2009 season ended with the Reds scoring 1 more goal
than the Whites. 119-118. The Whites ran away with the
Meaningful race, 36-24 after outscoring the Reds 16-1 in January. Stats
June 6, 2009 Terry "Crash" Nance became the
8th recipient of the Klinger Krash Award. (What took him so long?) Stump became the first
Duffer to receive the Tim "Basketball Jones" Smith Perfect
Attendance Award and Mini-Wheezer was honored by the Czar with the Next
Generation Meaningless Award. http://www.lopatka.net/09-06-12/index.html
June 20, 2009 We had a big Duffer turn out at the 2009
Grant Importing Golf Outing http://www.lopatka.net/Grant-Golf/2009.htm
June 28, 2009 Cammi threw out the first pitch at the
Cub Sox game. The $45.00 price tag to watch two so so baseball teams
kept most of the Duffers at home. http://www.lopatka.net/Cub-Sox/index.htm
July 10, Tweedy shatters his goalie skates and Boris
and Harvey have dueling hair dryers. Leapin Lu flies in for the big summer
game and Mini
Wheezer chose NASCAR over hockey. http://www.lopatka.net/09-07-17/index.html
August 8, 2009 The Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh
Penguins named Tony Granato as assistant coach. Granato compiled a
215-104-17-16 record and led Colorado to a Northwest Division title in
September 11, 2009, the Duffers open their 38th
Season. 71 year old Hacksaw Pavichevich
scored the first goal of the season to lead his Polar Bears to a 6-0
meaningful win. Brinks scored 2 and Thor had a hat trick! The
Duffers added 3 new members to the club. Viorel
"V-Man" AKA "Rembrant" Tamasi, was assigned
number 39, Tom
"T-O"O'Connor got number 33 and Dave
"The Goalie" Young received number 34. For the
second straight year, the winner of the
Next Generation Meaningless Trophy failed to show up for the presentation
ceremony at Wild Wings. Read
September 29, 2009 A magnitude
8.0 earthquake just before 7:00 am on Tuesday triggered the tsunamis
which, according to survivors, rose up to nine meters as they pounded into
At least 170 people in the South Pacific were confirmed dead following
this week's powerful earthquake and subsequent tsunamis.
October 2, 2009 Tom
"T-O"O'Connor was presented with Jersey number 33 as he became a member of the Duffer's Hockey Club.
October 30, 2009 Tom O'Connor was tabbed Big Buff after
he scored 3 goals in one shift. Read
October 5, 2009 The DJI was up
112 points and closed at 9,599.75, 3000 points higher than last
March. Beak paid $2.39 for a gallon of gas at Mobil, 2 dollars
cheaper than last year.
January 1, 2010 The Duffers started the year off with a
Hockey Game at 11:00 A.M. Papa Joe, who is about to turn 80, skated
and both of his sons joined him. 32 duffers played with almost half
of the players coming from these families. (3 Mazzarellas, 3 Granatos, 3
Lopatkas and 3 Preseckys) Read
January 8, 2010 Mini Wheezer scored 5 goals and picked
up 5 assists in a game that was decided by the Bobka Factor. Read
January 8 2010 A short time after
Mini Wheezer yelled eureka when he scored 5 goals, the town of Eureka was
shaken by a 6.5 earthquake. The Governor
of California was on TV when it happened. The estimate of damage
in Eureka came to $14.3 million.
January 12 2010 Haiti was struck
with a 7.0 earthquake. The earthquake was the worst in the region in more
than 200 years and left the country in a shambles, without electricity or
phone service, tangling efforts to provide relief to an estimated 3
million people who the International Federation of Red Cross and Red
Crescent Societies said had been affected by the quake. 100,000 are
January 15, 2010 Papa Joe, who is in the last month of
being a septuagenarian set a new record
for Duffer Hockey when he fired 2 goals past the startled Anvil. Joe
will join the octogenarian group in late
February. Go Joe! He seamed to have all of his mental
faculties after the game until he started talking about bringing his wife
on our road trip to Nashville. Click
here for the rest of the story.
February 12, 2010 Papa
Joe Mazerella became the first Octogenarian to play in a Duffer Hockey
game. He scored again giving him 4 goals in the new year. One
sad note, he failed to make it to the bar after the game. The Duffer
Rules Committee will have to decide if his record goes in with an asterisk.
His sons did make it to Buffalo Wild Wings to join the drinking team with
a hockey problem. Read more....
February 26, 2010 Beak Hits
70! Only 15 skaters give up watching Women's Curling and show up to
play hockey. Fruitcake stayed home and lost his bid for perfect
attendance. Mini Wheezer is the last man standing. Klinger
made a bid for the Klinger Krash award when he landed in the net and moved
it 3 feet back. Read more.....
February 27, six weeks after a 7.0-magnitude
earthquake wreaked havoc on Haiti, an 8.8-magnitude
temblor struck just off the coast of Maule in Chile. A tsunami swept
through the fishing
village of Constitucion and other coastal towns. The quake,
with an epicenter 70 miles from the country's second-largest metropolis,
Concepcion, and 186 miles from the capital of Santiago, shook
the six major Chilean states and parts of Argentina.
500 died, and the disaster caused more than $30 billion in damage, leaving
more than 200,000 Chileans homeless and destroying about 20 percent of the
March 4, 2010 Duffers go to
March 20, 2010 Stump Turns
50! Joe "Face Plant" Evans reports on his first Hockey
The Cumberland River flows
directly through downtown Nashville. In a once-in-500-years event, the
river crested in May, suddenly overwhelming thousands of Tennesseans with
13 feet of water coming in through windows and forcing them to huddle in
attics. The Nashville
over the center of America's Music City and a good portion of the
South, killed more
than 30 people and caused at least $2 billion in damage in Nashville
alone. The Duffers got out
of town just in time.
April 13, 2010 Just two
years after a terrifying, 7.9-magnitude quake devastated the Sichuan
province in China, another tremendous
quake rumbled through nearby Qinghai province on April 13. This
temblor was less deadly -- more
than 2,000 people died, compared to 90,000 killed in Sichuan.
April 14, 2010 Miraculously,
took no lives after it erupted on April 14. Still, the Icelandic volcano
prompted millions of people around the world to shake their fists at it,
while non-Icelandic speakers feared
to pronounce its name. This mountain spewed a stream of steam,
tiny pieces of rock, and minuscule glass particles, and winds carried
ash cloud (330,000,000 cubic yards) directly into the flight
paths of almost every major European airport.
2010 What could be more surreal
than a giant hole opening up beneath your feet? Sinkholes are a phenomenon
in which groundwater
weakens bedrock, causing it to cave during a storm, and they are not
uncommon. In fact, in Florida sinkholes are so common that the state is
a sinkhole insurance program.
Among the more astounding craters this year
were one in Tampa that ate
a Camry, one in rural Canada that took
out a road, one in Milwaukee that swallowed
a Cadillac, one in Los Angeles that pulled
in a fire truck, and another
in China. However, none of these was quite as large, as mysterious in
origin, and even as startlingly beautiful as the sinkhole
in Guatemala's capital city.
In the wake of Tropical
Storm Agatha on May 30, a perfectly round hole spread from the middle
of an intersection in downtown Guatemala City, eventually reaching 66 feet
wide and 100 feet deep. The crater formed overnight, stunning scientists
and riveting people, as the gaping maw grew large enough to swallow up a
three-story clothing factory.
May 1, 2010 The Duffers help
the Romeoville Rampage Women raise funds for the MLF Read
June 23, 2010 Tornado
touched down in Downers Grove near Hacksaw's house.
June 26, 2010 Bill By The Way
Louis was presented with the Next Generation Duffer Meaningless Trophy, He
was the 7th Duffer to receive the prestigious award. Joe "Face
Plant" Evans became the 9th Duffer to receive the Klinger Krash
award. Mike "Mini Wheezer" Oskroba became the second Duffer to receive the Tim "Basketball Jones" Smith Perfect
Attendance Award. Read
Mini Wheezer, Bill BTW and Joe "Face Plant" Evans
with their awards.
The monsoons come every July in Pakistan, but
the 2010 torrents were the worst in 100 years. By the time the rains
subsided, a full one-fifth
of the country was underwater -- an area of land that, if located in
the U.S., would stretch from Minnesota to Texas. So far, the floods
have taken the lives of around
2,000 Pakistanis, and the death toll is likely to rise, especially among
children, as diseases like cholera
fever threaten to spread, and as 6 million left homeless face the
brutal cold of winter.
The disaster, causing an estimated
$9.6 billion in damages, inflicted poverty and starvation on 3 million
young women and 6 million children as it washed away entire
villages and livestock and devastated 7.8
million acres of farmland. And, as the Independent noted, in a
used to wretched ironies," a particularly cruel one has been the
lack of safe drinking water, a crisis that will persist for decades.
Around the same time that one-fifth
of Pakistan was drowning in flood waters, seven Russian
regions were aflame, covering more
than 300,000 acres. In July the hottest heat wave on record in Russia ignited
widespread wildfires across the country's peat marshes, filling the
air with toxic fumes in a plume that could be seen from outer space. Dense
smoke covered Moscow, delaying flights. Tourists in St. Petersburg saw
czarist monuments shrouded in a gray smog.
August 13, 2010 Friday the 13th was good luck for
Beak as he flipped a pass from behind the net and Brian knocked it in to
his own net. Bill BTW had Bad luck as T&A made him bleed. Tweedy
took the loss Read
September 1, 2010 Heralded by a
familiar if updated theme song dubbed “The Enforcer,” Chicago’s most
fabled news-delivering duo — Bill Kurtis and Walter Jacobson —
returned to the anchor desk decades after their famously successful stints
together, during the ‘70s and early ‘80s, at WBBM-Channel 2. “I
checked the number of beds in the nursing home and decided I better get
back to work,” Kurtis told the Sun-Times shortly before his Sept. 1
debut. Despite heavy pre-launch promotion, the veteran team’s 6 p.m.
weekday newscast has garnered underwhelming ratings and remains in third
September 8, 2010 The contiguous
United States had its fourth-warmest summer (June-August) on record,
according to the latest NOAA
State of the Climate report issued.
September 10, 2010 The Duffers open their 39th Season.
Thor scored the first 2 goals of the season in a losing cause as the Reds
won the season opener 7-5, with first time Duffer Goals by Joe "Face
Plant" Evans and Kevin Rench. Frank
(Blood Clot) and Papa Joe (Weak Back) were placed on the 90
Day Duffer Disabled List. Read
September 17, 2010 Brian "The Brain" Opalka shuts out the Reds.
That is the first shut out since April 30, 2004 Read
October 1, 2010; Dan "Tweedy" Lopatka
tosses the second shut out in 2 weeks. Read
October 22, 2010 Brinks scores 4 goals. Read
November 8, 2010; Cammi
Granato is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and give thanks to Beak,
her youth coach. Her Dad, brother and cousin celebrate with 9 goals.
Bus Trip To Pittsburgh is set for
March 17-20, 2011!
November 12, 2010; Beak flipped a pass from TZ over
Tweedy's stacked pads. That was the first Incest Goal in over a
year. That term was first coined in Green Bay, when Brinks scored on
his son Rob. Tumblin Terry added 2 tip ins past Tweedy. (His own
Michael Vick becomes the
latest victim of "The Sports Illustrated Jinx"
WGN-AM (720) programming
director Kevin “Pig Virus” Metheny was booted in mid-November from
Chicago’s most venerable station. The heave-ho of the erstwhile Howard
Stern nemesis and market-hopping ax man followed the late October
resignation of longtime radio industry pal and Tribune Co. CEO Randy
Michaels, who was slammed in the New York Times and at whose behest
Metheny was imported from Cleveland to spearhead an extensive — and, his
many detractors argue, hugely damaging — makeover.
December 3, 2010; 21 goals with 5 hat Tricks! Read
December 17, 2010; Papa Joe became the oldest Duffer to score a
goal. He was 80.86 years old when he scored. Read
December 18, 2010; Meaningful Age is 54.06. Bill BTW is the
Cipher*, with 16 Duffers older than him and 16 Duffers younger than him.
See the Meaningful list
*1a : zero
1 b : one that has no weight, worth, or influence : nonentity
January 1, 2011 The Duffers started the year off with a
Hockey Game at 11:00 A.M. Tweedy gets his money's worth. Family
skate and party followed. Read
February 1-2, 2011 The Chicago
area gets hit with the biggest blizzard since 1999. Pictures are posted
here: Click here for blizzard pictures
February 18, 2011 Full moon produces some strange
things. Beak scored 2 incest goals as the Anvil shuts down the Whites. Read
February 25, 2011 Massive Klinger Krash occurs when the
Alien, Face Plant Joe, Crash Terry and Bill BTW meet at center ice. Beak turned
71 at Wild Wings. Read
March 12, 2011 An 8.9-magnitude
earthquake hit northern Japan early Friday, triggering tsunamis that sent a wave
filled with boats and houses toward land. Read the full
report on how the quake hit Japan and generated a Pacific-wide tsunami.
Death toll passed 18,000
March 17, 2011 A Lamers luxury coach filled with Duffers
headed for Pittsburgh. After picking up Grandpa Ken in Cleveland, we arrived in
Pittsburgh and were greeted by Mr. and Mrs. Tony Granato, Darrin and Lu from
Canada and Formica from Seattle. Three other fans flew in to make it an
unforgettable St. Patrick's Day. Pictures...
March 18, 2011 Pittsburgh Penguins, coaches play with the
Duffers. Beak asks Penguin's Head Coach, Dan Bylsma, if he was Slap Shot
Star, Dave Hanson, when he entered our locker room. Papa Joe sent the
following memorable moment in 2015: "Forgot to tell about the shot in Pittsburgh
that "The Anvil" stopped in the second period at the Robert Morris Rink.
Tom Morgan somehow happened to lose a puck that happened to come to me and I had
a bit of a breakaway. Probably only about 15 seconds.
I knew Tom could have caught me in nothing flat but he remembered the rules
about hindering and he allowed me to shoot. (now there is a gentleman) Coming in
on the left wing I shot and hit the left pipe. Anvils left glove pinned it to
and so no goal for Papa but a great stop for Eddie the Anvil." Read
More... (It took Papa Joe 4 years to share this great memory. I
confirmed it with the Anvil on April 10, 2015 and he remembered it well)
April 2, 2011 Duffers help Rampage women raise over $5000 for
the Mario Lemieux Foundation. Beak scores a spectacular shoot out
goal. Read More...
April 8, 2008 A Mazzarella
Hat Trick occurred when 81 year old Papa scored and then each son had a goal and
an assist for an 8-6 win for the Whites. Fred "Fruit Cake"
Bobka's bid for perfection was ended when his Doctor put him on blood
thinners. He had not missed a game in the 2010-11 season. Read
More... More on
April 15, 2011 Reds score 6 goals and lose 6-4. Joe
Evans, who was tagged "Face Plant" in Nashville, got a new nick name
by The Anvil's son in law Joe. He started calling him Drago, the Russian Boxer. Read
April 27, 2011 Tornados kill 139 people
in Alabama. 875 April tornados killed 361 people in 11 states.
April 29, 2011 Bill "The Alien" Allen scored
the final game winning goal of the 2010-11 Season. Beak had perfect
attendance on the ice and at Wild Wings in the 2010-11 season. Read
May 1, 2011 President Obama announced
that Osama Bin Laden is dead in a televised address
to the nation.
May 6, 2011, The Oskroba's host a Pittsburgh Reunion for the
premier showing of the Duffer Pittsburgh DVD. An eight pager (Booklet) of
Pittsburgh semi-true stories was distributed with instructions to read and
shred. (Ask a guy who grew up in Chicago in the 1950s about the 8 pagers
that were printed in Washburn High School Print shop)
May 19, 2011 The Duffers received the following e-mail:
Congratulations Duffers! The photos you submitted to the Mario Mosaic have
been approved. You will now officially be a part of the updated Mario
Mosaic at the beginning of the 2011-12 Pittsburgh Penguins season in the
new CONSOL Energy Center.
After the 20’ x 8’ Mario Mosaic is revealed next season, the Mario
Mosaic website will re-launch. You will receive an email containing the
website link and your individual photo search code so you can share it
with friends. All proceeds from the Mario Mosaic will benefit the
Mario Lemieux Foundation’s cancer research projects as well as
Austin’s Playroom Project, which creates sibling playrooms in medical
more about the Mario Lemieux Foundation and Austin’s Playroom Project
From everyone at the Mario
Lemieux Foundation and the Pittsburgh
Penguins, thank you for participating in the creation of the
May 22, 2011 A
monster tornado killed at least 141 people in Joplin, Missouri when it
tore through the heart of the small city, ripping the roof off of a
hospital and destroying thousands of homes and businesses. Weather
officials said the tornado that hit the city of 50,000 at dinner time on
Sunday was the deadliest single tornado in the country since 1947 and the
ninth-deadliest tornado of all time, they said.
May 24, Fifteen more Tornado
deaths include 10 in Oklahoma, 3 in Arkansas and 2 in Kansas. The
total number of tornado deaths has exceeded 1000 for the year. What caused
this? Gulf of Mexico waters are 2 degrees higher than usual this
year. The Gulf Water was heated by the record number of days that
exceeded 100 degrees last summer in the South. See September 2010
State of the Climate report.
May 30, 2011 Special Memorial day Duffer Newsletter was
issued with a list of picnic duties and a tale of how Hacksaw made a young
mom cry. Read
June 10, 2011 Eighteen year old Dan Smith became the youngest
Duffer in recorded history to win a game.* Thor fell on his head during
warm ups and was unconscious for 4 minutes. He recovered to play his
regular shifts and have a few beers. Read
*Stump surly won some games in prehistoric times when he was
in High School.
June 18, 2011 Tom "Dimples" Zagorski received the Klinger Krash award
and Tom "T&A" Ambrosia was awarded the Next Generation Meaningless
Trophy. Beak almost received the Tim "Basketball Jones" Smith Perfect
Attendance Award for showing up every week for hockey and he never missed a
night at Wild Wings. The Czar ruled that he did not have perfect
attendance since he missed the March 18 game while playing 2 Duffer Games in
Pittsburgh. Read More...
June 21, 2011 Downers
Grove gets hit with a Tornado,
Tommy Z goes days without power. Beak's house had power, but they were in
Michigan celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Another Tornado touched
down in Mount
Prospect. It was just over a year ago that Downers was hit on June
23, 2010 with a tornado. As of June 23, 2011, there have been 1,592
tornadoes reported in the US in 2011 (of which at least 1,140 were confirmed).
2011 has been an exceptionally destructive and deadly year for tornadoes;
worldwide, at least 551 people perished due to tornadoes.
June 22, 2011 200 horses
and 100 people were rescued from collapsing barns at Churchill Downs after a
tornado struck the iconic park. in Kentucky.
August 12, 2011 with a Full Moon rising, 18 loyal Duffers
were rewarded with brand new hockey bags that features huge numerals and the new
40 year Duffer logo. The Full Moon sent
all of our Duffer goalies into hiding, but we had a great game that featured 3
Meaningful goals scored on the rookie goalies. Our
first bags, pictured in our 1995 Green Bay pictures were replaced with our Silver
Anniversary Bags before we went to San
Jose in 1998. Read more.....
The sweltering month of July has come to an
end, but not before over 2,000 records were broken by high temperatures. The
Huffington Post reports that some cities hadn't seen this kind of heat in 140
years. Texas has experienced one
of the worst droughts on record, the elderly and athletes alike continue to
suffer from heat
stroke, and large amounts of warmth and moisture were trapped under a "heat
dome" that brought high temperatures and thick air to much of the U.S.
According to The
Washington Post, trends suggest that "man-made factors are almost
certainly playing a role in the heat's intensity." The article cites
scientists who blame the heat in part on urbanization and a higher concentration
of greenhouse gas emissions. A record
number of confirmed tornados, 1,421, were recorded by August
August 17, 2011 Tropical
Storm Greg (Beak) formed in the Pacific off Mexico's southwest
coast. Greg grew into a hurricane on August 18th as it continued
moving near the western coast of Mexico, following Tropical Storm Fernanda
out to sea.
August 18, 2011 Tropical
Storm Harvey was named and is expected to turn into a full-fledged hurricane
as He barreled across the Caribbean gathering strength. He expected to
raise havoc in the bars and dance halls in Belize and the southeastern Yucatan
Peninsula of Mexico by Saturday night.
August 27, 2011 Harvey and
Greg turned out to be quite harmless, but as Hurricane Irene prepared to batter
the East Coast of the United States, federal disaster officials warned that
Internet outages caused by the storm could force people to interact with other
people for the first time in years. News of the possible interpersonal
interactions created panic up and down the coast as residents braced themselves
for the horror of awkward silences and unwanted eye contact. As officials
warned people in the hurricane zone to stay indoors, residents feared the worst:
conversations with members of their immediate family. At the Federal
Emergency Management Agency, FEMA chief Craig Fugate offered these words of
advice for those who may be forced into direct contact with other human beings:
“Be prepared. Write down possible topics to talk about in advance. Sports is a
good one, and of course the weather. Remember, a conversation is basically a
series of Facebook updates strung together.” He also offered these words of
hope for those trapped interacting with other people due to an Internet outage:
“At some point, the wifi will go back on, and hopefully you won’t have to go
through anything like this again for a long, long time.” In a related story,
the Rev. Pat Robertson said the best way to prepare for Hurricane Irene is not
being gay. Irene caused major flooding all up the East coast. Damage
estimates throughout the United States range from $10 to $15
September 9, 2011 Twenty Six Duffers showed up to kick
off our 41st season. In the 2nd
period, the Steve and Steve had a bone crushing collision. Steve "Lil
Bro" Mazzarella was trying to stay on side as Steve "Rembrandt"
Granato was heading his way at ramming speed. Beak was thinking about
nudging Steve off side, but before he could get a glove on him, Rembrandt hit
his teammate at full speed and knocked the snot out of him. Both of them
are in the running for the 2011-12 Klinger Krash award. Read
September 16, 2011 Ever
since the Czar presented the Meaningless trophy to Tim Smith in 2007, the
recipients have been reluctant to accept the trophy. In 2008, Perry the
Flea left town when his name was engraved on the trophy. In 2009, Mini
Wheezer went to watch a bunch of Hillbillies race around in circles when he was
honored. In the last 4 years, only Bill BTW had the guts to show up and
take the trophy home. We thought that tradition would continue when
T&A was honored this year, because
he is always at the bar every week, but he was nowhere to be found when Mike
made his presentation speech. Read
2011 John "Johnny B" Bocain scored his first Duffer Hat
Trick. Read More...
October 7, 2011 The
first game in October sunk to a new low, when only 14 guys showed up. Mini
Wheezer took advantage of the slow pace and bagged 4 goals on the guest
October 21, 2011 It
happened again, for the second time in 3 weeks, only 14 skaters showed up and
players were forced to take Harvey like shifts.
Normally there are 90 minutes of ice time and if we have 3 full lines, each
player has an average of 30 minutes each. (Unless Harvey is
"sharing" ice with you, you may be lucky to get 5 two minute shifts,
because Harvey likes to take 7 or 8 minute shifts.) Unfortunately Harvey
was not there, so each guy had to skate an average of 64.28 minutes each.
I can't believe that Duffers are staying home to watch the baseball team with
the worst record in the playoffs (St. Louis) play in the World Series with home
field advantage. I want to see the best two teams play in the World Series and I
want to see the best team have the home field advantage. Read
October 24, 2011 A powerful
earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 struck eastern Turkey Sunday, collapsing some
buildings and causing over 500 deaths.
The team in the playoffs with
the worst record won the MLB playoffs. (Formerly know as the World Series when
the best teams played for the title) Their manager retired after that.
Their new manager kept Mark McGuire to teach the players how to do drugs and not
November 24, 2011
Only 21 Duffers showed up for our Turkey Skate. Even Stump stayed home and
we were without our Frozen Coconut Rum drink for the first time in 30
years. Read More...
December 23, 2011 We
had a record turn out for our Christmas Eve, Eve game. 34 Duffers got off
of the couch to sit on a crowed bench. This was just 2 days after our
Christmas Lunch at Tilted Kilt. Read
and see more...
January 1, 2012 Thor
took advantage of a poor turn out and scored 2 goals. There were more
people in the stands (20) than we had on the ice. Read
January 6, 2012 The
Anvil gets a 6-0 shutout Read
More... The Duffer News added a new feature called "Duffer
January 13, 2012 The
Anvil has good luck again on Friday the 13th and wins a 6-5 thriller. Read
was presented a Shutout patch at Wild Wings by the Czar
That event inspired a Beak
Cartoon the following week.
January 20, 2012 A 7
inch snowstorm caused a record number of Duffers to stay home. Brinks was
in Arizona at the Sox Fantasy Camp, so we had to play a game with only 7 players
on each team. Read More...
Jan 31, 2012 ... Residents of the
far northwest suburbs were not dreaming last night � a minor earthquake
shook the Illinois-Wisconsin state line
January 27, 2012 Joe
"Drago" Evans A.K.A. Faceplant scored his first Duffer Hat Trick. Joe
had a hard time standing on skates until he took Hockey Lessons. Joe sent out a
written account of his lesson. That account can be found at: http://www.lopatka.net/2010-03-26/index.htm
(Be sure to read the comments from Rags, Lu and Perry)
Teen Aged Nick also had a Hat trick and even tried to pass. Read
February 3, 2012 Joe
"Drago" Evans creates a flashing puck, but it had a short life.
V-Man had a mysterious Klinger Krash that has some suspecting New Orleans Voodoo
underground religious practices at work. Read
February 8, 2012 Papa
Joe celebrated his 82nd birthday at lunch with the duffers. Beak gave the
answers to the latest Duffer Trivia questions. A Duffer
Trivia web page was created on this day.
March 8, 2012 The
Duffers returned to Columbus. This time they took a bus. In January
took them 8 hours to fly there. (Fog at Midway)
Harvey Stole the Show (&
the Puck) in game 1!
Ryan Dzingel skated with us in game 2. Read
April 14, 2012 The
MLF game was a huge financial success as The Anvil was spectacular. It
rivaled the show that Stump
put on in Hayward back in 1994. Tom "TO" O'Connor bailed us
out with a Hat Trick.
June 15, 2012 The
Maestro scored his first Duffer Hat Trick in a 4 on 4 Summer Game. Papa Joe
announced his retirement at the age of 82. (He did that a few years ago
September 7, 2012 The
Duffers started their 41st season with a nice turn out. The Maestro scored
the first goal of the season. The game ended in a 4-4 Meaningful tie when Tommy
Z passed to Beak who scored as the horn sounded. Read
September 14, 2012 The
Anvil goes both ways! The Goalie Pimp failed to deliver 2 goalies for
the first time in his career. We are starting to worry about a guy who went
from perfect attendance to a no show in just a few years. We only had 15 guys show up. Read
September 28, 2012
Pictures of the Duffer Picnic. We were late getting the permit, so we had
to settle for a Fall date. "Tumblin" Terry Nance was awarded the
Next Generation Trophy. Beak was able to keep his "2011 Perfect
Attendance Award" since nobody was perfect in 2012. Viorel
"V-Man" Tamasi received the "Klinger Krash Award".
Greg Zerkis was named "Rookie of the Year" and Vidas
"Formica" Cemarka was given the "Transient Duffer Award"
for his many trips here from Seattle. This page gives a History lesson
with song lyrics to "We Didn't Start the Fire" and that 70s hit
Another Log on the Fire by Tompall Glaser Read
October 12, 2012 We
only had 14 skaters again. 75 year old Harvey skated the last period
without taking a break. Bill BTW helped us by bringing a guest. Jim
Smar made quick changes with Kevin "Meat" Rench and demonstrated that Bill lectured
him on "The Duffer Way" Read More...
October 17, 2012 The
"Attendance Drought" ended when 29 Duffers and guests showed up to produce a fast
game with 3 lines. Beak's Reds downed the Whites and his grandsons in a
come from behind thriller. This was the first Duffer game that was witnessed by
a player's great grandchildren. Beak's grandson Mike had his son Lennie and
daughter Carmela cheering them on. Read
October 30, 2012 Hurricane
the mid-Atlantic region on Monday, its powerful gusts and storm surges causing
once-in-a-generation flooding in coastal communities, knocking down trees and
power lines and leaving more than five million people — including a large
swath of Manhattan — in the rain-soaked dark. At least seven deaths in the New
York region were tied to the storm.
November 23, 2012
Arvydas "Harvey" Dikinis
scored four goals in a four on four game. Read
November 29, 2012
Duffer Lunch Group move to Roundheads
Pizza Pub when the Neutral Zone closes.
November 30, 2012
again prompting a Rich Storm Tribute to the legend. Read
December 4, 2012 SAN FRANCISCO — A new
storm system made its way Tuesday through already drenched Northern
California, prompting renewed flood concerns in parts of the region. Rain had
been falling along the coast and inland areas, but the heaviest rain was
expected early Wednesday. Coastal mountains could see as much as six inches of
precipitation before the storm moves out on Wednesday, the National Weather
Service said. These storms, aptly and more technically known as atmospheric
rivers, bring huge amounts of moisture across the Pacific. They are narrow
bands in the atmosphere that funnel moisture from the tropics into more
northerly latitudes. Over the course of several days, or even longer, the
moisture in the system is dropped on a wide area and can potentially cause
flooding and reservoir overflow, as has happened in some West Coast
communities with the current system. That system also brought strong,
hurricane-force winds to some regions and dozens of inches of snow to others.
December 7, 2012 New
Duffer Guest of Bill BTW, Jim Smar, showed up with Rick "Gilbert"
Fellman's #33 Jerseys. Tom
" TO" O'Connor was issued the #33 a few years ago when Rick disappeared
Vegas trip in 2003. Duffer History
was made when we had the
same number on opposing teams with different names.
21. 2012 The world did not end, so we played hockey and Bill "BTW"
Louis made Duffer History when he scored a goal for each team in less than a
minute. Read More...
1, 2013 The Duffers had to cancel our annual New Year party because the rink
had new owners.
4, 2013 Thor, Tommy O'Connor and Beak had the first Meaningful goals of
2013. That trio also had the last Meaningful goals of 2012. The Reds
picked up back to back 2-1 Meaningful wins. Read
25, 2013 Eddie the Anvil celebrates his 58th birthday
with a big Pizza party. Thor had a natural Hat Trick in the first
period. Fred used the Bobka
Factor to pull off a win for the Reds. He turned a 5-3 loss into a
19-5 win. Read
8, 2013 Papa Joe became the oldest Duffer to ever play in a game when he and his
sons took the ice on his 83rd birthday. The Czar retired the Jersey
Numbers of Frank Presecky, Jim Miceli and Joe Mazzarella. Read
February 15, 2013
Shock Wave of Fireball Meteor Rattles Siberia, Injuring 1,500.
The Duffers had the night off as a giant
asteroid was racing toward earth with an ETA of 1:25. That is when Frank,
Klinger and Beak were at The Tilted Kilt hoping that the calculations of a
17,200 mile miss were correct. They
thought about wearing their helmets, but they just sat near a large pillar that
was far from the windows. This event was reported in Duffer
News #699. The asteroid
that was half the size of a football field gave Earth the ultimate close shave,
passing closer than many satellites when it whizzed by. The asteroid 2012 DA14
missed the planet during the cosmic close encounter. The people in Siberia were
not as lucky, as the city of Chelyabinsk,
was rocked by an intense shock wave when a meteor hit the Earth’s
atmosphere Friday morning. It offered a glimpse of an apocalyptic scenario
that many have walked through mentally, and Hollywood has
popularized, but scientists say has never before injured so many people.
Students crammed through a staircase thickly blanketed with glass out to the
street, where hundreds stood in awe, looking at the sky. The flash came in
blinding white, so bright that the vivid shadows of buildings slid swiftly and
sickeningly across the ground. It burst yellow, then orange. And then there was
the sound of frightened, confused people. There are many videos of this
event because thousands of Russians don't trust the corrupt police and have
installed video cameras on their dash boards that record whenever they are
driving. The meteor, which may have weighed as much as 10,000 tons and measured
about 55 feet across, was traveling at an estimated 11 miles per second when it
reached Earth, according to a report
at io9. Vidas Formica reported that the
event reminded him of a Duffer Virtual Reality memory that he had. He
replied, "that meteor was probably as strong as the famous flatulence
that vacated Johnson's Sporting Goods in the early 1980s!" Beak remembered that Saturday
morning beer flatulence. He was the one who let the silent gas creep out near
the check out line. 10 year old Tweedy was looking at gloves near there, Beak
pulled him away to look at helmets, Tweedy said, "Dad I need gloves, not a
helmet." Beak said, "Trust me son, you don't want to be near that
gas." The King and Wally were just arriving when the cashier yelled to
another employee, "Open the door!" The guy replied "It's not hot
in here." The cashier replied, "It's not the heat, open the
door!" Jimmy and Wally were just entering the store and were puzzled by the
opened door because it was near zero that day. They soon understood when they
started looking at gloves and Tweedy and Beak were looking at helmets and
laughing a safe distance away.
February 21, 2013 The Duffers were featured in a cover story
in the Plainfield
Enterprise. Reporter Robin Ambrosia covered the February 8th Papa Joe
retirement ceremony with pictures and 40 years of Duffer History. On March 13, 2002, The Duffers were featured in a cover
story in the Sun Newspaper Http://www.lopatka.net/3-22-02
March 8, 2013 The Duffers have another "Comet Event" as
Comet PANSTARRS (C/2011 L4)
was in the western sky when we took the ice on Friday and strange things started happening. Thor
and Klinger were placed on "Week to week" status as the White team had
bad luck. The Red team had good luck as they put 5 Meaningful goals past
Jimmy Bones as Beak and Tom O'Connor each had
2 goals. Read
More... The Duffers had two other "Comet Events" when they were on
road trips to Hayward Wisconsin in 1996
and 1997. A Duffer-Hayward
History page was created.
March 15, 2013 had multiple Klinger Krashes:
- Johnny B and BBTW
collided for a Klinger Crash in the 3rd period.
- Geno bloodied his
nose and rattled his eye on Berserk's shoulder. He came off, wiped the blood
off of his shield, took his eye out and wiped it off then returned to the
ice. Mini almost puked when he saw that.
- Steve Maz had two
self inflected Klinger Krashes.
2013 CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - An automated
telescope monitoring the moon has captured images of an 88-pound (40 kg)
rock slamming into the lunar surface, creating a bright flash of light, NASA
scientists said on Friday. The explosion was the biggest seen since NASA
began watching the moon for meteoroid impacts about eight years ago. So far,
more than 300 strikes have been recorded. "It exploded in a flash nearly 10
times as bright as anything we've ever seen before," Bill
Cooke, with NASA's Meteoroid
Environment Office at the Marshall
Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, said in a statement. A NASA
satellite orbiting the moon is now on a hunt for the newly formed crater, which
scientists estimate could be as wide as 66 feet. Scientists
determined the space rock was about 1 foot in diameter, and traveling about
56,000 mph when it slammed into the moon and exploded with the force of five
tons of TNT. That same night, cameras detected an unusually high number of
meteors blasting through Earth's atmosphere as well. Most meteors burn up well
before reaching the ground.
March 28, 2013
Beak took a picture of Sidney Crosby in the Penguin locker room after they shut
out the Jets. 2 days later, Rags, Tweedy, Beak and Luke watched in horror
as Sid had his jaw shattered by a teammate's slap shot. Beak's Wild
Wings perfect attendance string of 2 years ended on Good Friday, although he did
have a few beers with Rags and Tweedy in Pittsburgh.
2013 Rags turns 51. Read
April 15, 2013 Two
devices exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three
people and injuring more than 180. Police
arrested Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Friday April 19 night after a huge manhunt.
April 17, 2013 Over six inches of rain
fell on the Chicago metropolitan area causing Illinois rivers to rise to record
April 17, 2013 Wednesday's massive explosion
at the West Fertilizer Co. in Texas, rocked the town of West just before 8 p.m.
local time Wednesday. At least 14 were killed, 200 injured, and scores of nearby
homes and businesses damaged or destroyed in one of the worst American
industrial accidents in years. A few days later, a basketball sized meteor
lit up the east coast. It was seen from Florida all the way to New
April 19, 2013 Harvey scored 2 goals with a shattered
More.... Back in January of 1994, Harvey shattered a puck when he blasted a
slap shot in the frigid temperatures of the Downers Grove IceArena. See
April 20, 2013 A strong earthquake that struck
the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan this weekend has killed 186 people,
sent nearly 8,200 to hospitals and created a dire dearth of drinking water,
Chinese state-run Xinhua reported Sunday.
May 10, 2013 We had to bring in Emily "Rudolph" Hawrysio
to get us up to 21 players. Emily is home for her summer break. She is 2 years
away from getting her doctorate in Veterinarian Science. Read
June 13, 2013 The Duffers had their first picnic at a private
residence. Tom and
Erica hosted a great event.
August 9, 2013 The Duffers had only one summer game and could not find a
goalie until game time, when the Bradley University goalies bailed us out.
September 6, 2013 The
Duffers started their 42nd season with a nice turn out. Bill BTW announced that
he would be taking half of our regulars to Boston next week. Read
September 13, 2013 We had a nice turn out on Friday the 13th, thanks
to "Bring a friend to hockey night" Beak, Boris and Klinger
scored with assists from the young ones. Read
September 27, 2013 We had a goalie malfunction. For the first
time since the King named Stump the Duffer Goalie Pimp, we had to play
with only one goalie. Stump has been delivering 2 goalies for every
game for almost 40 years. Stump thought he settled a labor dispute,
but he failed to deliver, so Brian had to play for both teams. He tied
himself 3-3. Read More....
October 18, 2013 Eddie the Anvil runs his perfect season to 5
straight wins. Read More....
October 25, 2013 Bill BTW got the meaningful win when he
volunteered to play goalie. Read
December 7, 2013 The Czar announced the time and place
for the next Duffer Road Trip. We will be going to Ann Arbor on Thursday,
February 27 and return home on March 2nd. We will watch Ohio State play U.
of Michigan on Friday. We will catch a game or 2 of Donny Granato's U-17
USA team and we will play 2 Duffer games.
December 13, 2013 We had a nice turn out on
Friday the 13th, and both of our goalies showed up. Hacksaw dropped
Terry in the friendly hand shake line.
Hacksaw collected his bounty when Tommy Z sent a beer over to him at Wild Wings. Geno slammed T&A with a hard body check. Thor told T&A , "He took you down with one eye!"
Read More ....
January 3, 2014 The Reds snapped a 6 game winless streak by
stacking the team with Lopatkas. Tweedy played goalie and just
missed a shut out. Beak and his grandsons, Jeff and Mike led the
Reds to a 5-1 win.
February 15, 2014
Tommy Z drove the Czar, Klinger and Beak to Madison to watch Ohio State
beat the Badgers.
February 21, 2014
Johnny B picked up his first Duffer win as a goalie fill in. He then went
out and bought some white goalie pads that look just the ones that went
missing after the Hawk/Penguin Soldier Field game.
2, 2014 Road Trip
to Ann Arbor. T&A became Meaningful and scored 4 goals. Leepin
Lou also scored his first Meaningful Goal and was presented with the puck
before he headed back to Canada. Thor led us in singing, "I've been
Working on the Railroad." He did that for Bill BTW who was on the phone
working on the railroad. Trip pictures are posted on Duffer news
Number 738 and
Number 739. You
can purchase a DVD with all of the pictures on a music DVD.
March 21, 2014 Duffer SOD, Ryan Dzingel, scored the
winning goal for OSU to beat #1 Minnesota 3-1
2014 The First day of spring ended one of the coldest winters in a while.
Over 6 feet of snow was dumped on the Chicago area and it was blamed on
the Polar Vortex. We got almost an inch on the first day of spring
total to 80 inches. We had 89.6 inches in 1978-79 when the
Duffers helped swell the crowd for the Blackhawk vs. Cleveland game to
Click here to see the
April 18, 2014 Duffer history was made when Mandi, the
granddaughter of Brinks, set him up for a goal. Mandi also scored a goal
and assisted on 2 other goals. Read
May 9, 2014 Duffer history was made on the last game of
the season when we had DODs, SODs, GODs and WODs all in attendance. Duffer
guests, Steve The
Hammer and Commander Ken threw a great end of season party on the rink
patio. Steve and Ken will soon become official Duffers.
July 19, 2014 Tom and Erica hosted a great picnic at
their house. Read More....
August 23, 2014 The King and Bob Friedlander returned
to play golf with the Duffers at Billy Caldwell Golf outing.
September 5, 2014 The Duffers started their 43rd season
with SODs, DODs and GODs joining in on the fun. When
the ages of the new members were calculated, Bill BTW became Meaningful
and scored the first goal of the 2014-15 season. Steve the Hammer,
Commander Ken and Duffer GOD Mike Lopatka joined the club pulling that
Mean age down. Doc Dubriel brought out a friend who had not skated since the 1990s. Dinosaur Dan Margoliash
scored 2 goals to lift the Reds to an 11-8 win.
2014 A meteorite crashed down in Managua, Nicaragua, late
Saturday night, causing a loud explosion and leaving a crater 39
feet (12 meters) across, government officials said, according to
The Associated Press.
No damage or injuries were reported. AP quoted government
spokeswoman Rosario Murillo as saying they've determined it was
a "relatively small" meteorite that "appears to have come off an
asteroid that was passing close to Earth." NASA hasn't confirmed
a link between the meteorite and the
newly discovered asteroid, called 2014 RC,
was passed safely above the Earth on Sunday, NASA said, at a
distance of about 25,000 miles (40,000 kilometers) -- just
one-tenth the distance from the center of Earth to the moon. It
was estimated to be 60 feet (18 meters) long.
September 23, 2014 The Mazzarellas teamed up for 5 goals as
Cowboy Joe scored 3 and Guitar Joe scored 2. The following
night, Duffer SOD, Ryan Dzingel, scored his first NHL goal for
Ottawa in a pre season game against Toronto.
October 3, 2014 We had our 2nd goalie malfunction in just
over 12 months. Last September we had to play with only
one goalie. This time Steve the Hammer's wife saved the
day when she delivered her son Matt's goalie pads midway into
the first period. Matt did a fine job getting dressed in
record time and entering the game early in the second period.
Beak took advantage of the situation by pumping 2 goals into the
empty net in the first period on way to his tainted Hat Trick.
We found that Stump, the Goalie Pimp, was not at fault.
Johnny B failed to "Pick up the phone" to inform him that he
couldn't make it. (He sent an e-mail)
October 10, 2014 Cowboy Joe scored another Hat Trick to
lead the Reds and Eddie the Anvil to a 10-6 win. Jim DeGuest had a Klinger
Krash. Read More....
October 31, 2014 Our Seattle Duffer Dentist, Vidas "Formica"
came in to put his Dad to rest. His Dad was one of our biggest
fans. We had 16 Duffers and one daughter of a Duffer at the
wake. Tom O'Connor represented us at the gravesite. Vidas and
his Mom were very touched and thankful. What a great
organization, I'm proud to be a Duffer. Formica played in
the Halloween game and scored a goal.
November 27, 2014 Beak gave up his perfect attendance
to to visit Tony and Donny Granato. Klinger drove Beak,
Grandpa Ken and Doc to Detroit to see the Hawks get beat by the
Redwings. That turned out to be a blessing in disguise,
because Tony got the 4 Duffers into the Redwing locker room
after the game and Ken was wearing a Blackhawk cap and shirt.
Coach Babcock was friendly after the win and posed for pictures
and promised to play with the Duffers if we come up there on a
Road trip. Beak managed to keep is Wild Wing Perfect attendance
going when they finished the night at a Michigan Wild Wings.
November 27, 2014 We had 25 players show up for
our annual Thanksgiving game at Downers Grove IceArena.
We had a great turnout and a great game. We had 8 sons and 2 daughters skating in warmups
and period breaks. We had four older sons playing in the
game with their dads and one grandson playing with his grandpa.
Beak had his great grandkids shooting at his son Tweedy. We had
a record number of fans in the stands. Some were cheering
and others were sleeping. That is the biggest crowd since the
in 2012. Click here to see the pictures and
December 19, 2014. On the last game of 2014, Matt
Hammerman (Steve the Hammer's son) got to play his first full
Duffer game. Greg Z and Tommy Z traded Hat Tricks and Matt got a
thrilling 8-7 buzzer beater win.
January 2, 2015 Tom "TO" O'Connor scored the
first goal of the year for the Reds, but the Whites went on to 6-4 win
with 2 goals by Steve the Hammer. Beak gave a book review of the new
book about Keith Magnuson. That brought memories and stories
of our encounters with Keith in
Cammi fund raiser.
January 9, 2015 History was made when the first
GGOD dropped the puck for us. Beak's 7 year old great granddaughter
Cermela Lopatka got instructions from Tommy Z then gave him a favorable
drop. The game ended in a thrilling 6-6 tie. The March 5th Detroit
Road Trip is sold out.
January 23, 2015 The Duffers had
the night off and were greeted by the sad news of the passing of Ernie
I posted the following on Facebook:
Human Race lost a treasure tonight. Ernie Banks influenced me as a
teenager more than any other person. He really was the only black person
that I "Knew". (I only knew him through radio and television.) He was so
nice that I developed a positive attitude toward all African Americans. A
few years ago, I went to Arizona for Cub spring training and I was so
disappointed that he was not in there. I asked Billy Williams about him
and he said that his Mom had passed away and He would not be there. I
wanted to tell him how I spent my life working with Black children because
of his influence. I always wanted to meet him and tell him that. I am
broken hearted that I will never get to meet him now and tell him how he
influenced me and many other people in a positive way. May God bless him.
Ernie Banks joined the Cubs when I was a die hard 13 year old Cub fan.
Many years later, I took my son Ken out of kindergarten to go to
the 1969 season Home opener. We bought Ken a Cub uniform with number 14 on
the back. After Ernie homered in his first 2 at bats and the place went
wild, Ken kept asking, "when is Ernie coming up?" I told him that he will
not homer every time he bats. When Ernie came up, he made a liar out of me
as he hit his 3rd straight home run. Ernie hit a line drive single to left
in his 4th at bat, so I restored my credibility with my 5 year old. The
Cubs went on to win that game in extra innings with a game winning home
run by Willie Smith. (I think it was Willie) When Ken got too big for that
Ernie Banks uniform, his little brother Dan started wearing in in 1975-7.
When Dan got too big for it, we put it in the attic for years until Dan
found it and put it on his son Luke. They went to a Kane County Cougar
game in 2013 and they put him on the cover of the July
program. The PR people were all over him when Dan took Luke to Wrigley
On Wednesday, Feb 18,
at 10 AM at
Canlan Ice Rink, Commander Ken skated a lap while
wearing his Duffers jersey to raise funds for the Illinois Special
Olympics. He passed the hat on Friday and many Duffers contributed to the
fund. Beak had Duffers sign get well cards for
the Czar's Mom and the Brain.
March 5, 2015 Detroit Road Trip. On Thursday morning, Planes and
automobiles filled with hockey bags and Duffers were headed for Livonia
Michigan. They arrived at various times at the Marriott where we had
12 rooms thanks to Kim B. We all met at the Wild Wings restaurant for an
evening meal. Beak passed out tickets to the Redwing/Flames game and
Duffer Road Trip Tee shirts. For
details, click here.
March 6, 2015 We watched a few of the Redwings go through an optional
game day practice. We were able to get on the ice after that because the
Flames chose not to practice. Thirty Duffers crammed into 2 small
rooms that had one shower stall. (no one complained, we were all thrilled
to be playing in the Joe Louis Arena) There were chocolate donuts there
for us provided by lovely Julie D, of the Redwings. We had a great
game that featured a Gordie Howe Hat Trick by Beak. He picked a fight
with Mini Wheezer on his last shift to qualify for the honor of being the
oldest player to get a GHHT in the Joe. The game ended
in a tie and we had a team picture taken with players, coaches and
spectators. We had a few beers in the parking lot when we returned our
bags. We were asked to leave when we got loud, so we walked 2 miles to
Tommy's Bar and had a meal and some beers until we were given a thrilling
shuttle ride to the Redwing game. We had 35 tickets thanks to Amber
E. For pictures and
details, click here.
March 7, 2015 We watched the Redwings practice at McCann ice rink in
Gross Point Woods Michigan. After practice, the Redwings left for a game
in Boston and we went to an Irish Pub until we played our game at 2:30.
The locker rooms were a lot bigger, but we had five fewer players.
(One left town and 4 were resting their tired bones) We had 2 casualties
in the game. T&A was going too fast for conditions and crashed his
kidney into the goal post. A short time, Berserk crashed into Goalie
Johnny B and ended the game. Our Seattle goalie Steve took shoot out
attempts and foiled 97 out of 100. For
pictures and details, click here. We
went to Ann Arbor and watched the USA U-17 team play Waterloo then partied
until we had to leave. Click here
for Party pictures
the link below to view 220 Detroit pictures in the cloud. Thanks to Steve
Wads' Mom Linda.
April 3, 2015 Tom Ambrosia finally got his brother Joe to come out
and join in on the Duffer Fun. They formed the
with Joe, Tom and Tom's son Thomas. (Joe made his Duffer Debut in
the Joe Louis Arena on March 7) The Duffers helped Dylan Nance raise
$6000 for the Hornets Sled Hockey Program. On April 2, The Czar,
Beak and T&A paid a visit to Brian the Brain who was recovering from a
stroke at Marionjoy. Read More...
April 10, 2015 Commander Ken and the Czar combined their efforts to get
the Canlan Ice rink officials to hang a
Duffer banner in the rafters
on a night when 3 fathers combined with their sons for 6 goals.
Read More... Papa Joe sent Beak a
Memorable Moment from our 2001 Pittsburgh Road Trip. It was added to the
History page at March 18, 2011.
May 1, 2015 The season was extended after our last night at the Tilted
Kilt. Bill Barron picked up is second straight win.
May 8, 2015 Brinks came back from Florida to say hello. The
season ended with a cookout thanks to Commander Ken and Steve the Hammer.
15 Duffer Shirts were displayed in a Male Model picture. Beak decided that
he will play another year after scoring a goal in the last two games.
June 14, 2015 We started our summer fun with a party for the Anvil's
Daughter. Many Duffers had a great time celebrating with Dr. Emily
June 27, 2015 We had our annual
Duffer Picnic. This year we partied at the Brinks' residence, so we
had Steve and the Commander bring a light weight grill. Beak brought a
cake to celebrate his 54th wedding anniversary. July 25, several
Duffers played in a co-ed hockey
game to raise funds for a Parkinson's cure. We all got a
close up view of Pluto as the New
Horizons space craft flew past Pluto after a 10 tear journey. July 27th,
Mrs. Beak got a new knee making
the Lopatka's a titanium rich couple. Beak got a pair of
hips in 2005 and 2006. August 20th, Tweedy helped Wags win another
Summer Men's league championship.
August 22, Seven Duffers played golf
to help raise funds for Beak's high school. The wettest June in
Illinois history helped Beak harvest a
bumper crop of cucumbers and
tomatoes. Monet Mike's Boundless
Tattoo shop is thriving.
September 11, 2015 The Duffers started their 44th season with a nice
turnout. Many guys paid their dues and some made a deposit to go to
Detroit on February 13, 2016 to play in the Joe Louis Arena and watch
Donny Granato's USA team play Russia.
October 9, 2015 The Cubs were playing a playoff game in St. Louis
and a 2 mile wide asteroid was heading toward earth, so only 16 Duffers
got off of the couch and we had to play a 4 on 4 game. The Cubs were
shutout and only 5 guys showed up at the Tilted Kilt. Rags scored his
first meaningful goal. Berserk and Rags became meaningful once the
Czar did the math and found that the Mean age of the Duffers was 53.3
years on October 8, 2015. See the list and
October 23, 2015 John "Cupcake" Bobka started the game with a
natural Hat Trick and then went on to score another after his father made
sure he took the puck for framing. (The Czar may send Fred a bill for that
puck) Perfect Attendance
went down to 5 after Hacksaw fled to Florida when it was his turn to
buy beer: Doc, Birdman Dan, Beak, Barron, and Fruitcake are still perfect.
Only Doc, Birdman Dan and Beak have had perfect attendance at the Kilt.
Detroit Road trip participants rose to 40.
November 20, 2015 Fred's 25 year old son, John "Cupcake" Bobka
scored another Hat Trick, giving him 12 goals in the last 4 weeks, so Beak
had a talk with him explaining that he has become a certified Duffer Gun.
That means he has to start behaving like Tommy Z and Tweedy and give up
scoring hat tricks every week. Beak told him that He should slow down on
a breakaway and look for an old guy to pass too. John smiled and said,
Grandpa Ken Lopatka got
2 new knees on November 2. He reports that he is walking without a walker
and he is pain free. Read
December 18, 2015 The Anvil ends the year with a
Win and a Hug
and makes Duffer History for being the oldest Duffer goalie to win a game.
Eddie will be 61 on January 25, 2016.
Beak and Fruitcake were the only Duffers left standing with perfect
February 12, 2016
On the night before the Detroit Duffer road trip, Monet
goalie for the first time in his life and he was scored on by
who loaned him his pads and helped him dress.
February 13-16, 2016 The
Duffers Do Detroit. 79 year old Harvey scores 2 goals in the Joe Louis
Arena and Mini Wheezer fell one fight short of getting a Gordy Howe Hat
February 19, 2016 Duffers
Festivus at Tom and Erica's house as Detroit Road Trip memorable
moments rolled in.
February 26, 2016 Beak
scored a goal on his 76th birthday. He also assisted on T&A's goal.
He went over and tried to pick a fight with Drago Joe so that he could
Gordie Howe Hat Trick. (One year ago, Beak got that honor in the Joe
Louis Arena) Read
March 11, 2016 Stump's son,
Kyle, scored his first Duffer Goal.
The following night, a group of Duffers went to see Donny Granato's U-17
play the 19-20 year olds of the Chicago Steel to a 1-1tie.
April 8, 2016 The Duffers
had a day off, so a group of them went to Peoria to Watch Ben Oskroba play
for the Rivermen. Donny and Tony Granato were named coaches of the
Jack Kroll was invited to The Edge in Bensenville to
participate with 64 other players in the AHAI player Development
program. Jack made the cut to the top 32!
April 15, 2016
The Duffers completed their 44th season with a nice turnout and a great
cookout thanks to
Hammer and his son Matt. Twenty six Duffers showed up for the
picture. Fruitcake Fred won
Bobka Imperfect Attendance Award for
the 3rd straight year. Fred has never gone to the bar, so that
disqualifies him from receiving the Tim
"Basketball Jones" Smith Perfect attendance Award. The Czar thought Fred should
be recognized for his Duffer Dedication, so we created the Fred
"Fruitcake" Bobka Imperfect Attendance Award two
years ago. Unfortunately Fred was not present at the awards presentations
at the last 2 picnics. (He likes to eat and run and avoid the
gave up his chance to get the Tim Smith award again this year when he went
to Arizona and missed one game, but he did play 2 Duffer games in Detroit
to give him one more Duffer game played than Fred. Read
May 19, 2016
The Chicago Blackhawks Coach Quenville came to lunch with the Duffers at
the York Tavern. Beak lost his chick magnet status when the pretty
blonde waitress asked him to guess her age. He said 38, she was 30.
June 10, 2016
Grandpa Ken Lopatka returned to the ice for the first time in 5 years
since he tried to play with us on St Patrick's Day in Pittsburgh.
Ken had both of his knees replaced in November.
It was the first time that
he was able to skate
with his Dad, sons and grandchildren! It was a cause for celebration as he skated pain free and even picked up an assist on one of Tommy Z's goals.
July 8, 2016 The Duffers played their 2nd summer game just 8 days
before their annual picnic at Tommy Z's house.
Landry became the 16th Duffer to be awarded with the Klinger Krash
Commander Ken was awarded with the Next Generation Meaningless Trophy.
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August 12, 2016
Commander Ken and
Ryan gave thanks with a great indoor/outdoor cook out. Ken was honored
with his name engraved on the New Generation Meaningless Trophy. Tweedy
got to skate with his brother Ken for the first time in 5 years.
September 9, 2016
first game of the 2016-17 season started out at a brisk pace with the
Whites having trouble getting the puck out of their zone, Barron did a
great job of keeping the game scoreless until Monet Mike fired an ice
hugging pass from the right point to his Grandpa Beak who was camped off
to the left of net. Beak just stabbed at the speeding puck and
redirected it past Barron for the first goal of the 2016-17 season.
September 23, 2016 The second game was not much fun because only
one goalie showed up and only 2 guys showed up at the Kilt.
Monet Mike and Nick DeJesus had Klinger Krashes.
September 30, 2016 Fred "Fruitcake" Bobka broke the scoreboard with
2 Bobka Factor
goals. Grandpa Ken Lopatka played in his first regular season game with
his new knees. Read More.....
October 28, 2016
Grandpa Ken Lopatka scored 4 goals and continued his scoring streak.
November 2, 2016 The Chicago Cubs won the World Series.
November 8, 2016 Donald Trump was named president elect even though he
got 2,000,000 votes less than Hillary Clinton. He became the second
president in the last 16 years to become president after losing the
popular election. George Bush received 543,895 votes fewer than Al Gore.
When that happened, I
had a hard time teaching my students that your vote counts. I hope The
Donald can do better than the last loser did. The retirement fund that I
had in 2000 was cut in half by 2008. Fortunately I got most of it
back by 2016.
November 11, 2016 The Duffer Next Generation Meaningless trophy was
spotted at Yankee Stadium and Madison Square Garden thanks to Commander
Ken. Read More....
December 9, 2016 We had a
poor turnout and played 4 on 4 hockey.Dylan had more falls than his Dad
and Commander Ken had 2 Klinger Krashes. The one with Berserk was most
memorable. A Great Pizza Party followed thanks to Commander Ken.
December 23, 2016 Bill BTW's
Louis scored her first Duffer goal. Beak presented her with a plaque
and the Puck the following week.
January 13, 2017 Eddie "The Anvil"
Hawrysio tossed a shutout on Friday the 13th and became the
oldest Duffer Goalie to do that. He was 61.98 years old when he did that!
January 20, 2017 Seventeen Duffers took advantage of an
off day to travel to Madison Wisconsin to see the Badgers beat the
February 17, 2017 The Czar celebrated his 49th
birthday along with Gina who turned 21 (See
George Carlin's views on aging) Tommy Z brought his nephew Luke and
they scored 5 goals. Read More.....
March 3, 2017 Beak scored his first goal as a 77 year
old and then headed to Peoria where he donated his Duffers Hockey jersey
to Jill Stotz to hang on the wall in her bar. She was thrilled
especially after Hall of Fammer Denis Sevard and Ben Oskroba added their
signatures to his and the many other not so famous Duffers. The jersey
is on display at Darling's Dine & Draft at 4450 N. Prospect Suite S1,
Peoria Heights, Illinois 61616 Read More......
March 24, 2017 We made Duffer history when only 6
duffer skaters showed up. It was good luck for 9 year old
Christian Barron because he got to play in his first Duffer game.
He scored a goal on his Dad and became only the second 9 year old to
score a Duffer goal. Frank's 9 year old grandson scored and broke
the record held by Tweedy who had scored a goal on Mother's Day in 1980
when he was 10. Read More.......
April 14, 2017 Good Friday was good for Grandpa
Ken because he had the night off and was able to make it to the game and
skate with his Dad, Beak, son Mike and grandkids Carmela and Lennie. Ken
looked great for not skating in months because of work conflicts. He
scored one goal after picking his son’s pocket and almost got another
when he was awarded a penalty shot when Tomas “t&a” Ambrosia fell on a
puck in the Anvil’s crease. The Ambrosias padded our attendance in the
1st period. The T&A Father son combination each had a goal.
April 28, 2017 Commander Ken stayed hot after
his hat trick last game and scored to tie the game. Beak was rewarded
for wearing white by having his son Ken set up a goal with a pass from
the blue line. Beak fired a shot off of the right post just as The Anvil
was sliding over to close the 4 hole.
May 12, 2017 Attendance: 26
We had a wonderful season ending game with 8 Father-Sons, one
Father-Daughter, two Grandfather-Grandsons and one Great Grandfather
with 2 Great Grand Children referees. Six of those "kids" played and
helped us get to the elusive 3 lines! The Anvil had more SODs than the
Whites so he ended the 46th season with a stress free win.
July 29, 2017 Duffer Picnic was held at Tommy "Gas Man" Zagorski's
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