Forgotten Teams of New York: Five Points Fever
Stories & Research Yvonne Hana Yi
Design & Illustration by Juan Pilar
Manhattan; 1993-1995 The Fever, which consisted entirely of New York University sports medicine students, held their roller practices late Wednesday evenings outside the dingy Chinatown Duane Street walk-up of co-captains and former high school players Greg Day and Stephen Struehle, after the team’s weekly study groups. Practices weren’t mandatory but study groups were, and most members of the group soon found themselves joining the team as a way to burn off steam.
Aside from their love of the sport, teammates shared Unit 2 Biochem with Dr. Edson Solanki, a course nearly impossible to pass without a support network and/or pharmaceuticals. (Most team members preferred both.) Despite the rigor of a first-year med school curriculum, a considerable amount of time was spent coming up with embarrassing medical conditions to substitute for opposing team names. Hell’s Kitchen Hemorrhoids and East Village Enemas were the least offensive among the suggestions; others proved so rude, the team was unable to come up with words in English to express them, so they were forced to ask the team’s German member, Hans Weltanschauung-Schadenfreude, to come up with words in his native tongue to describe the horrible hypothetical conditions.
Surprisingly, they played as dirty as they talked, though the Fever became better known for patching up minor injuries for both teams and sometimes spectators after matches — a post-game tradition instated by Macallan Andrews, goalie on the otolaryngology track. The team played together for a heated two years before disbanding under the pressure of upcoming Boards. However, they have been known to reunite for the occasional med school reunion, Rangers playoff series or embarrassing medical procedure.