March 27, 2006

Nibs serves notice

NIbs started the season as the backup goalie of last resort. Sunday, he served notice he's a savvy shotstopper as he made a number of key saves to lead his undermanned team to a 20-15 win.

Playing an unconventional style in which he mostly ignored his glove hand, the rookie rearguard recorded his second win in three starts against grizzled veteran Gump. And with his team rarely threatened despite playing without a substitute player, he made it look easy.

"Nibs was great," said Elvis, who played one of his strongest gams of the season despite arriving at the courts just before the sides were chosen. "He made some big saves. He's starting to save more balls that he's facing rather than turning away from them. He's playing the pass better. He's playing more games and he's getting more comfortable between the pipes."

He especially shone late in the game, when his mates seemed to be flagging. He may have bowed, losing his bid for his first career shutout, he never broke, as his side's lead never shrank to less than three goals.

"We were getting lazy there towards the end, and Nibs bailed us out," said Unabomber.

"He kept us going there when we were running out of gas," said Elvis.

But Nibs' biggest save may have been one he didn't make. With the game tied 3-3, he couldn't squeeze his big leg pads together quickly enough to stop a sizzling backhand by the Living Legend from the top of the crease. The evil orange plastic ball hit the back of the net and shot right back out. Or did it? An argument ensued as to whether the ball hit the support post in the middle of the net, or one of the outside posts. The memory replay proved inconclusive and the goal was disallowed. It was the closest Nibs and his mates came to trailing the game all day.

"That one hurt," said Gump, reeling from another loss to his netmindiing nemesis. "That was just huge. That was one of the worst calls I've ever seen. It was obviously in the middle of the net."

"I still think that goal was in, it hit the center post," said Bird. "I don't know if you can attribute our entire day to that, but it certainly didn't help."

"It might have been the turning point of the game," said Unabomber.

With the road hockey gods clearly on their side, and Nibs gaining confidence with each save, the undermanned upstarts rebounded from their close call by opening up a five-goal lead. They never faltered. And their opponents never threatened again.

"It was a complete team loss," said Wink. "That's probably the worst passing team I've ever played on. It was just a bad mix of guys. We were awful.

"It was a total team effort on sucking today," said Bird. "Nothing went right, we didn't do a good job on scoring, on defense, on passing."

Posted by jaysuburb at March 27, 2006 09:17 PM

Which means Paul One shows up an hour late.

Posted by: Living Legend at April 2, 2006 07:56 AM

clocks ahead one hour tonight....

Posted by: pfg at April 1, 2006 10:18 PM


Do you live in a world of delusion where elves and fairies play in the field of dreams?

Posted by: Shakey at April 1, 2006 10:10 PM

I think your beard is getting so long that it's curling up and blocking your eye sight. I didn't stick or hold you even once - just kept my body between you and our net and you just wilted away soft as a the morning breeze.

Posted by: The Colonel at March 30, 2006 09:34 PM

/...but next week I will be there with my enchanted boots on -to dance around everyone between me and the net.

Posted by: Elvis at March 30, 2006 04:30 PM

In protest of the even-shorter-than before season and pre-mature Stanley Stick -I will not be attending this weekends game.

Posted by: Elvis at March 30, 2006 04:29 PM

Hey Shakey and fellow Roadsters,

All this Dungeon's & Dragon's talk made me remember this funny clip online. If you have a sec, go to:

Click on watch for the Summoner Geeks video.

Posted by: Gump at March 30, 2006 04:15 PM

Oh Sweet Validation - Look at that Scratch Listing: Scratches - Cowboy Bill. 4 Seasons of Road Hockey are finally paying off. Now if we could just move the Stanley Stick to start the weekend after Mother Day....

Posted by: Cowboy Bill at March 30, 2006 08:17 AM

wizards and witches? what the hell does that mean? if it has anything to do with dungeons and dragons, well, pull out my +5 vorpal sword, i'm down with that; but otherwise...ah'm in de dahk.....

Posted by: pfg at March 29, 2006 06:28 PM

Believing in wizards and witches?
Arggg...but stay away from my lucky charms...

Posted by: Wink at March 29, 2006 02:06 PM

Hey Colonel, there's only so much you can to with all the sticking and holding you were doing. This ain't the old NHL you know.

Posted by: Shakey at March 29, 2006 09:29 AM

Like the magic you spun the last time you were on the courts? {snicker}

Posted by: The Colonel at March 28, 2006 09:32 PM

Hey Cowboy Bill watch you don't diss my brother John Boy or we'll both spin some Walton magic around you so fast you'll start believing in Wizards and Witches

Posted by: Shakey at March 28, 2006 07:21 PM

The Stanley Stick is scheduled for April 30 & May 7.

Posted by: Living Legend at March 28, 2006 07:09 PM

It still needs to be set for sure -since the part-time commish is planning it around romantic get-aways rather than common sense...

Posted by: Elvis at March 28, 2006 06:35 PM

When is the Stanley Stick anyways? Has the date been set?

Posted by: Scooby at March 28, 2006 06:08 PM

Ouch - John Boy (a one week wonder) gets a scratch listing and no Cowboy Scratch listing, plus a devlish schedule to keep Cowboy out of the stanley stick. Damn - wouldn't be easy just to ask me to leave.

Posted by: Cowboy Bill at March 28, 2006 01:12 PM