March 20, 2005

Roadsters fail rain test

It wasn't the lack of players or the lack of goaltenders that scuttled Sunday's game, it was the lack of fortitude.

With a cold, driving rainstorm drenching the court, a handful of sullen roadsters gathered around the net to ponder their immediate future. They weren't too optimistic. While the players had endured inclement weather and indifferent teammates before, the game always prevailed. But a soggy season, including weeks of relentless rain, snow and cold in January, had finally taken its toll.

"I thought we'd moved beyond that and had some more hardcore roadsters," says Bird, who paid the price for his perseverance when he missed a game earlier this season suffering from the flu.

"There's been days when we've played in this, and the fact there's not enough guys today is kinda telling about where peoples' heads are at," says fellow founding father, Wink. "I've shown up sick, I've shown up hurt, I've shown up sad, and I'm sure there's a handful of guys who have too."

"They've all got the heart of a Beetle Boy right now," says Elvis of his fellow roadsters, comparing them to the game's most notorious fair-weather player. "They're getting soft."

Sunday's cancelation was the second game to be lost to weather this season. Another game in early january was called off because of a snow and ice storm. They're the first games to be lost outright to weather since the infamous blizzard of '99. And even when the weather has been good, games have been plagued by surprise no-shows and late arrivals.

"It doesn't help when you have five nice weeks of good weather and then you get a week of crappy weather," says Billy Idol. "Some of these guys think they're all that, but when it counts, they don't show up."

"It's all about dedication," says Wink. "It's all about understanding that you have to make it through these games to get to the big games. You have to be a guy who's here for all of it."

"We're getting towards the end of the season, and you wanna be playing as much as possible," says Bird.

"It's hard to keep the momentum going as it is, and when you're faced with something like this, it just makes it really tough," says Elvis.

Posted by jaysuburb at March 20, 2005 01:26 PM

"I wreck knee if play and slip"? No. it was COLD and WET so i not WANT to play.
i agree with colonel. you look in picture like having lots of fun, da!

Posted by: pfg at March 24, 2005 10:14 AM

You look like a bunch of drowned rats.

I'm glad I was inside reveling in toasty warm memories of Paul One tenderly turning dogs on the grill.

Posted by: The Colonel at March 23, 2005 10:01 PM

watch it low grade elvis impersonator, wendel and i will punish you

Posted by: lobsterboy at March 23, 2005 12:41 PM

Gawd -None of us wants to hear all your sniveling excuses -especially Wendel "I had to work a 14 hour day"?!?! Boo hoo. You better get used to it Law boy.

Or Lobsterboy ...just cause you're in another continent doesn't mean its OK to let everyone down ...not to mention that excuse is getting a little old.

And PFG "I wreck knee if play and slip". Where's your Latvian pride? Western life seems to have made you soft.

And come on Beetle -announcing your absence last week? -like anyone believes that. Rain Dodger.

At least the rest of the pantyhoes roadsters had the common sense to keep their lame excuses to themselves.

Posted by: elvis at March 23, 2005 11:18 AM

ya, i not at hockey game because it was raining and cold. so there.

Posted by: pfg at March 23, 2005 02:21 AM

Since Lobster started the posting of excuses ...

I put in a 14-hour day on Sunday serving my exploitative employer. I would have much rather been at the game, rain and all. But I will be there this week I promise, come hell or high water. Weather forecast calls for high water.

Posted by: wendel at March 22, 2005 11:41 PM

I was in Korea, so don't blame me, scratches should say that it was dues to my exploitive employer.

Posted by: lobsterboy at March 22, 2005 11:35 AM

Nice to know that even though I had announced earlier in the week that I would not be there due to other plans, that the website was still able to take a shot at me! Thanks Elvis.

Posted by: Beetle Boy at March 21, 2005 12:35 AM