The Stick Pull (Roach)
Scratches: Slick (legal problems), Lak Attack (shocking inexplicable absence), Colonel (unsanctioned injury), Giebelhaus (exploitative employer), Ottoman (unsanctioned sex), Wink (exploitative employer), New Guy (healthy)
Sunday's lopsided score presented unique challenges to both teams.
Frustrated by their inability to stem the offensive tide washing through their porous defense, Sunday's losers started to lash out at each other.
"It's just out of frustration," said Paul One of a heated exchange with his goalie late in the game, in which each blamed the other for their poor effort. "I know Lobster is a pretty intense guy, and he hates to lose. I'm the same."
"The goalies go through a lot, and you try to support them," said Billy Idol. "Today was probably the worst game I've seen."
At the other end of the court, the victors found themselves battling a different demon, boredom.
"We eased up out there, we sorta had to back off a little bit," said Elvis. "We were getting bored scoring so many goals."
"You really do have to stay focussed," said Beetle Boy. "You've got to keep it in your mind that huge comebacks can happen quite a lot in this game. Nothing is safe in this league."
"Towards end of game, I fall asleep," said Pig Farming Goalie, who paid for his inattention by giving up a pair of late goals to an opportunistic Gump. "I was hoping for storybook fairy tale ending. It was a little disappointing."
Beetle Boy's bounty of goals was unexpected, especially after he missed
last week's game to stay dry. But he didn't have to do much to score them,
just stand at the side of the net, unchecked, and wait for his linemates
to feed him pinpoint passes.
"We were clicking really well today, we just seemed to be able to get open and make the key passes," said the six-legged scorer, who's reputation as a fair-weather roadster continues to dog him into his second season. "I just seemed to be able to find myself alone a couple of times and was able to finish it off."
The Six-pack Slaughter was also the debut of a pair of new recruits,
Roach, and another player to be nicknamed later. And while their status
as long-term roadsters is yet to be determined, their linemate left little
doubt about their contribution to their side's resounding win.
"They may be rookies in this game, but they're obviously really good players," said the hard-nosed speedster of his neophyte linemates. "They made me look good out there. It wasn't too hard to make it work."
Eventhough Lobsterboy lost the Six-pack Challenge, at least one roadster
thought he scored a moral victory by showing up.
"At least he stood up this year and show up," said Pig Farming Goalie, who was left wallowing at the altar at last year's first scheduled Six-pack Challenge, when Lobsterboy unexpectedly retired only a week after issuing the pronouncement. "I was wondering what happened last year. He tuck his testicles up into shell and run away."