Williamsburg- While I was at the Statue of Liberty and Battery Park City Saturday afternoon, reports began leaking of of Councilmember David Yassky holding court for a Four Square match at Williamsburg Walks. Surely they were imagining things. David would never stoop to such public and violent degredation. But the photo appeared on the NAG blog Sunday morning, and there he was. Several NAG and Williamsburg Walks members confirmed that Yassky dominated the match for over an hour, defeating ULURP Chair Ward Dennis and NAG's Michael Freedman Schnapp, right, who appeared to cry slightly after succumbing to one particularly long rally.
Now. I have a strong emotional attachment to Four Square, ever since I patrolled the raised tar courts of the Holiday Hill Day Camp as a wee future journalist. With equal parts tenacity and grace, my reign in the Ace position roughly coincided with Pete Sampras' dominant streak on tennis' grandest hardcourt stages. Ace was my nickname, in fact, and I even had a signature rally-killing move known as Mr. Treetop. I retired at the age of 12 and have never thought about Four Square since... until this moment.
Yesterday, at a press conference for the groundbreaking of Bushwick Inlet Park, I took the opportunity to announce my formally challenge David to a no-balls-barred, balls-to-the-floor Four Square Death Match. David agreed. His office confirmed again this morning and we just have to set a time.
I will have updates througout the week on my training, strategy, the official weigh-in, as well as a round of interviews during Media Day on Friday. Oh, and the winner gets to rezone any two-block stretch of R-6A residential housing on the waterfront back to M-1 heavy manufacturing.