With a Song in My Heart and Water Polo on My Mind

Richard Hunkler, PhD.
Water Polo Planet

I would like to start the New Water Polo Year with a dozen wishes even though my old Daddy always told me, “Wish in one hand and spit in the other and see which one fills up the fastest”. Instead of wishing on a star for all my wishes I am going to wish using some song titles and/or lyrics and save "wishing on a star" for last. Well here goes.

I wish:

The TWPC would “Bring back. Bring back. Bring back the fluid water polo game to us.”

To know if the USAWP is taking a “Sentimental Journey” with the HOF members or is it trying to “Shakin’ the ODP Blues Away” by trying to get the support of the old timers?

To know why “Your AWPCA’s Momma don't dance and your WPCA’s Daddy don't rock and roll” because today the water polo coaches need a strong and active organization.

To tell the CWPA that “I Want a Commissioner Just Like the Commissioner that runs the other dear old varsity conferences”.

The water polo community would start singing to the NCAA, “If you missed water polo half as much as you miss football. You wouldn’t stay away half as much as you do. I know that I would never feel so blue. If you loved water polo half as much as you love football.”

The USAWP Board of Directors would sing to the CEO, “Pack up our troubles in your old kit-bag; And leave, leave, leave; Maybe we should start worrying? Our choice for CEO was never worthwhile, so the CEO should pack up our troubles in his old kit-bag, and leave, leave, leave. (Then maybe the BOD members won’t have to leave, leave, leave!)”

The TWPC would quit singing, “No women to talk with; All by our self; No women to make rules with; But we are happy to be by ourselves; Ain’t we misbehavin’; Not saving committee spots for qualified women.”

The CWPA could sing, “Blue moon of the CWPA Clubs, keep on shining; Shine on the clubs that paid their dues and proved true; Blue moon of the CWPA Clubs, keep on shining; Don’t shine on the varsity teams that have left you, blue; It was a moonlight night; The stars were shining bright; And it was shouted from on high; Your varsity teams have said goodbye.”

The USAWP Board of Directors would quit humming, “We got to get right back to where we started from. A good old boys club is good; a good old boys club can be strong. We got to get right back to where we started from.”

Everyone in the water polo community would sing, “Grab your towel and snatch your cap, leave your worries on the locker room floor; Just direct your fins to the PWPA sunny side of the pool; Can't you hear that pitter pat and that happy tune in your eggbeater; Life can be so cool on the PWPA sunny side of the pool.”

The FINA, NCAA, and USA referees, players, and coaches should sing. “A good refereed game is like a melody; That haunts you night and day; Just like the strain of a haunting refrain; A good refereed game will start up-on a marathon; And run around your brain; You can't escape a good refereed game in your memory; By morning night and noon; The good refereed game will leave you and then come back again; A good refereed game is just like a pretty tune.”

The WPP could sing this song to the water polo community:

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high,
There's a USAWP that I heard of
Once in a lullaby.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Pools are blue,
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true.

Someday I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where our squabbles are far
Behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find the referee.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Water Polo flies high.
When water polo flies over the rainbow.
Why then, oh why can't it be for you and I?

If water polo starts to fly
Beyond the rainbow
Why, oh why can't it be for you and I?


Over the Rainbow - Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole OFFICIAL VIDEO from Mountain Apple Company on Vimeo.


(The names of the songs in the order in which they appeared: 1) My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean 2) Sentimental Journey and Shakin' the Blues Away 3) Your Momma Don't Dance and Your Daddy Don't Rock and Rool 4) I Want a Girl Just Like the Girl that Married Dear Old Dad 5) Half as Much 6) Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-bag 7) Ain't Misbehavin' 8) Blue Moon of Kentucky 9) Right Back Where We Started From 10) Sunny Side of the Street 11) A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody 12) Somewhere Over the Rainbow. If you remember just half of these songs than you are "a lyrics buff of old songs" and//or you are "as old as Methuselah and me".)