January 09, 2005

Snow fails to ice Shrimp Ring

Kid chopped a blooper from behind the net that bounced off Lak Attack to ice Sunday's Shrimp Ring Bowl, 10-9. But for most of the morning, it seemed as if the game itself would be iced.

Three days of cold and snowy weather had encrusted the road hockey courts with a thick layer of frozen slush and hard-packed snow. It was a daunting landscape, and with only three shovels between the eight roadsters who had bullheadedly braved the elements, enthusiasm was waning.

"I should have just stayed at home and slept in," said Billy Idol as the handful of players battled to get at least half the court cleaned off down to bare concrete. "By the looks of the court and the progress of the work, this game isn't going to happen for a long time."

"I'm feeling a little disappointed," said Cowboy Bill, pondering whether he would be able to make his first start of the new year. "If you wanna come out and play, you've got to put in some work. You can't just magically show up ready to play. Some guys know what that takes."

"There's definitely lacking that sense of collective comraderie that we used to have when dealing with a problem like the weather," said Elvis. "It really makes you question peoples' heart and dedication to the game. We've played in worse, but unfortunately there's less people here to help deal with the conditions."

But as more concrete was revealed, spirits buoyed.

"I don't give a damn what condition the courts are in, it's gotta be game on," said Wendel. "(The Shrimp Ring Bowl) is an important part of road hockey history and an important part of road hockey culture, and we have to do our best to be out here and support it, no matter what the weather throws at us."

With half the court cleared, but icy, and the other half shaved down to an undulating carpet of packed snow, any resemblence of Sunday's Shrimp Ring Bowl to the usual frantic, frenetic pace of a hockey game was purely coincidental. If the roadsters weren't struggling to stay on their feet, they were battling the trajectory of the evil orange plastic ball as it skipped crazily over the snow and ice.

"It's risky and dangerous at times," said Cowboy Bill, whose thundering slapshot from the point was neutralized because he couldn't get any leverage in the slippery conditions. "There's some light stepping and some slow moving players out there."

"You never know when the shot is coming in hard," said Gump. "You've just got to stand tall and hope the other goalie lets in more than you."

"The hardest part is you work so hard clearing off the snow that you're exhausted by the time the game starts," said Wendel. "The main game is clearing the court, and the actual game turns into a minigame."

But against all odds, at least there was a game. And as the roadsters gnoshed on the last remnants of the frosted shrimp ring, both winners and losers were able to bask in their achievement.

"Today it was about fun," said Gump. "This was definitely the most fun road hockey game I've played."

Posted by jaysuburb at January 9, 2005 05:10 PM

I hate to admit it, but I kinda like Elvis' idea. I'll bring the hot dogs.

Posted by: wendel at January 13, 2005 11:10 PM

Yeah -or a tiger torch ...or maybe a bucket of gasoline and dish soap so we can sread the fire around the court. That would be cool.

Posted by: elvis at January 13, 2005 04:55 PM

Has anyone seen the court this week? I imagine it's in pretty rough shape. Forget the shovels somebody bring a pick axe.

Posted by: Bliiy Idol at January 13, 2005 04:40 PM

Where's Scooter?

Posted by: Teal Stick at January 12, 2005 01:26 PM

Where's Paul 1?

Posted by: elvis at January 12, 2005 01:14 PM

Where's Wink?

Posted by: Bliiy Idol at January 11, 2005 05:10 PM

Sorry I couldn't make it out, guys.

This has been one crappy season for me. Now I'm out with bronchitis.

Next year I'm getting a flu shot for sure.

Posted by: ottoman at January 10, 2005 11:34 AM