Our noon basketball games made it into the news again, this time in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
After starring at UMass, Skinner played in the ABA, NBA and overseas from
1974-81. He was a teammate and roommate of Julius Erving on the New York Nets.
Now 52, Skinner’s playing style and competitiveness are still evident in
the weekday noon pickup games he plays in against assorted BC professors,
administrators, the stray assistant football coach and gym rats.
"Al plays like it’s the NBA Finals, and he’s behind," said Bill
Toof, 59, the ex-BC ski coach now handling the football team’s game
analysis operation. "Al doesn’t like to lose. One day I told our athletic
director, ‘Hey, when are we going to get a basketball coach? Al can’t be a
basketball coach. He’s not a big enough [jerk].’ Other [coaches] were full of
themselves, impressed with themselves. Al is a genuinely nice man who is a
competitor — a fierce competitor."
Once again, they omitted the category of "grad student set shooters" from the list of Coach’s opponents. What’s a guy got to do to get a little respect around here?