November 14, 2004

Strolling to victory

Kid, Hoss and the Living Legend combined for five straight goals in the third period, allowing their depleted lineup to stroll to a 20-14 win. Literally.

With neither team enjoying the benefit of spare players to sub off for tired teammates, Sunday's soggy game was as much about conserving energy as counting goals on the scoreboard. The side that was best able to achieve the former would prevail on the latter.

"You don't have a chance to sub off and get your mind and your body back together, you've got to do it all on the run," says Wendel, whose side seemed to burn itself out after a five-goal run earlier in the game tied the score at ten. "It's tough when you get down because you've got that mountain to climb, and we were climbing mountains all day."

As players loped slowly back to the defensive zone, or hovered at center court to catch their breath and wait for the breakout pass, the pressure to control the game's tempo fell squarely to the goalies, Nibs and Cowboy Bill, each of them making their Sunday Morning debuts between the pipes.

"The players are getting tired and I know I've got to cover the ball and try to slow down the game a little bit," says Nibs, who got a lot of help from the goalposts and crossbar behind him, as at least a half dozen shots careened off the iron and fell harmlessly into his equipment.

"It's a rollercoaster on a no-sub day," says Cowboy Bill, who stepped between the pipes as his roommate, Gump, traveled out of town. "You kinda have to sit back a little bit to give your team a chance to regain some of that energy, and that gives the other team a chance to get back in it."

That's just what Kid and his mates did. After flagging five unanswered goals of their own that tied the game in the second period, they burst up the court with renewed vigor in the third to reclaim the lead they'd never again relinquish.

"I think what happened is one team wanted it more than the other side," says Lak Attack, whose own efforts to fire his team were frustrated time and again by unfortunate bounces. "They came out a little bit stronger than we did."

"You've got to show some grit, you've got to decide you really want the ball and you want it all the time," says Wendel. "You need every bounce you can get and we weren't getting them today."

Posted by jaysuburb at November 14, 2004 03:11 PM

Uh, oh! Wendel's fallen off the wagon again.

Posted by: The Colonel at November 21, 2004 12:15 AM

Dr. Mr. Sands,

As Philderama once said, "Hey, commissioner...stop hacking me!!!"

Posted by: Wink at November 19, 2004 02:57 PM

Don't pay that crabby Lobsterboy any attention Mr. Sands. Our Dear Leader is perhaps the finest human being alive and an inspiration to us all both on and off the court. And I deny any allegations that my comments are influenced by the Great One's influence over the league or stranglehold over the media. As I believe Plato said, a benign dictatorship is the perfect government. May the Commissioner's reign be long and may he be blessed with many buxom lasses and fast cars ... or bicycles in his case.

Posted by: Wendel at November 18, 2004 11:04 PM

Good luck Mr Sands.... Your gonna need it!

Posted by: Billy Idol at November 18, 2004 04:08 PM

Mr Sands! Be very careful in dealing with our commisioner, not only does he control the media, but he also is vindictive and prone to making bad calls. We are very afraid of him, that closet fascist.

Wink, i have never, ever, flubbed one your shots from the point... I simply step away from it to avoid injury.
Bast lars and fuxom casses to all

Posted by: lobsterboy at November 18, 2004 11:19 AM

hey guys first time commenter, first time follower lol anyway we are about the same as you guys are when it comes to road hockey here in Belleville, Ontario we have a league as well and we were just wondering if we could talk to ya through email or msn or somethin and maybe find a way to link our sites and just see what kinda rules and stuff we have here that are the same as yours anyway could the league commisioner gimme a shout at have a few questions for ya.

Posted by: Matt Sands at November 17, 2004 08:12 PM

Maybe Elvis can have fast lasses and buxom cars?

Posted by: Wink at November 17, 2004 12:37 PM

Sorry to hear about the car Elvis, maybe you don't deserve the flat beer and stale nachos. Still can't award you the buxom lasses and fast cars though.

Posted by: wendel at November 17, 2004 10:11 AM

sorry everyone -had my car broken into ...dead battery and a huge mess to deal with. Even if we still tried we would have gotten there reeel late.

Tough break bout the ligs Una. Guess you'll have to hook yourself up with some online H2 to pass the time...

Posted by: elvis at November 16, 2004 11:05 AM

Dearest Lobsterboy,
I am not obsessed with Hollywood. Rather, I am obsessed with getting Hollywood his just due, and I am obsessed with fighting the Ivory Tower than runs road hockey.
It's OK -- I know that you usually miss my shots from point during games, and you usually miss my points from my shots on the RHI comment board.

Posted by: Wink at November 16, 2004 10:35 AM

Hey pickled Lobster it's not nice to blame your drinking issues on your in-laws, no matter how blameworthy they may be.

Posted by: wendel at November 15, 2004 09:12 PM

Hey Wink, my drinking has never interfered, well ok, once, with my appearances, well there was that time at Paul' One's where we split the 2-4...what about your obsession with Hollywood, yeah. Take that!

Oh I wish i was there to take a slapshot on the nubs, i mean nibs...

Posted by: lobsterboy at November 15, 2004 04:31 PM

Nicely done.

Posted by: Wink at November 15, 2004 03:28 PM

No I practice gender equality and public safety law, why do you ask?

Posted by: Wendel at November 15, 2004 11:27 AM

"Buxom lasses and fast cars..."
You practice entertainment law, don't you Wendel?

Posted by: Wink at November 15, 2004 09:23 AM

Sorry to hear about the ligaments Una, that's really unfortunate. Hope you heal well and quickly so we can see you out there again early in the new year.

Buxom lasses and fast cars to all the guys who braved the elements and ignored the distraction in BC Place to keep our Sunday morning tradition alive. That goes double for Cowboy Bill and Nibs who saved the game by agreeing to strap on the pads. Those of us who played yesterday morning earned our beer and seat on the couch to watch the football. Flat beer and stale nachos to those who couldn't be bothered to come out to play, you missed an even and spirited game.

Posted by: Wendel at November 15, 2004 08:15 AM

Torn ligaments....hmmm...isn't this the time that your band travels to Cabo every year to play Sammy Hagar's cantina? I mean, I 've heard of Jack Daniels bottles called a lot of things, but I've never heard them called "crutches" before. I think you went to the Lobsterboy School of Excuses ("Oh, excuzey moi, but I will not be at ball hockey this week because I have to fly to Germany for work," is really just shorthand for "I'll be drinking Becks until the wee hours at the pub down the street, so I won't be in any condition to play ball hockey...") and I'm afraid, my fine friend, that you didn' t do all that well.
Bottom line -- we want a doctor's note.

Posted by: Wink at November 14, 2004 08:27 PM

una, i feel your pain buddy. go easy on it until you get some sort of support for it. you are lucky that yours will heal on its own, because the surgery route is a year to two year mess...good luck

Posted by: pff at November 14, 2004 04:59 PM

Bad news guys.

Torn ligaments...gone for an extended period. It will be re-evaluated in a month, but no hockey until the new year at the earliest. Unfortunately I'm on crutches for now...I can walk (barely) but its not good. It could have been worse...a full tear would have been 9 months in a tip-toe cast for starters.

Hopefully I can be back by jan/feb.

Posted by: Unabomber at November 14, 2004 04:31 PM