November 27, 2006

Storm warning

Cowboy Bill has a message for the roadsters who didn't fight through Sunday's snowstorm, scuttling a game for the first time this season:

"We've all played through lousy weather before, it's not a big deal," said the veteran journeyman, who was one of only four roadsters who braved frigid temperatures, flying snow, and frozen roads in hopes the game would go on. "I think everyone is just starting to soften up, they're keeping their panties on at home."

"I figured everybody would be out today," said a disappointed Gump, recalling some heroic efforts of the past, when a work gang of roadsters would toil with shovels and scrapers to ensure players' perseverance to make it to the courts was rewarded. "This would have been a lot of fun today, it's better than playing in the rain."

But not by much. With almost a foot of heavy wet snow on the courts, and only two shovels between the four players, only the most cockeyed optimists clung doggedly to the notion of an opening face off.

"You've just got to show up," said Gump. "You've got to look at it that if it's raining, once you get wet, you're not going to get any wetter. And with the snow like today, as soon as you're white, you're not going to get any whiter."

And so far this season, the roadsters have been getting very wet, and cold. Only one game, the season's second, has been played in dry conditions. The rest have been plagued by driving rainstorms and Sunday, for the first time in almost two years, snow. The relentless weather may be taking its toll on the formerly indefatigueable players.

"It's discouraging," said Cowboy Bill.

"It's hard going in every week having crap weather," said Gump. "Nobody likes to play in bad weather."

But, said Cowboy, those who do persevere will likely be rewarded.

"It's really gonna show off in the Spring, when the guys who have been coming out are gonna be in that much better game shape. They're gonna be that much more comfortable playing with each other."

Posted by jaysuburb at November 27, 2006 07:11 PM

i'm assuming that the previous posting is referring to Colonel's favorite searches?

Posted by: lobsterboy at December 11, 2006 03:26 PM

Courts are fine.

Posted by: Living Legend at December 9, 2006 03:05 PM

I'll check them on Saturday and post here, but with the rain falling they should be alright. Game on!

Posted by: Living Legend at December 7, 2006 08:08 PM

wondering if anyone has seen the condition of the court for this sundays game.

Posted by: billy idol at December 7, 2006 05:10 PM

Hey Boys,

I've missed the last few weeks due to work. I may not be back for tomorrow but after I'm done marking all my students' exams in a week or two, I'll be back on the court on a more regular basis.

Beetle Boy

Posted by: Beetle Boy at December 2, 2006 08:23 PM

Barring a major monsoon/melting event overnight, I don't think it will be possible to play a game this Sunday; the courts are completely iced up with about six inches of frozen snow and snow that not even the most heroic of shovel brigades would even be able to chip away. Anybody got a giant blow dryer???

Posted by: Living Legend at December 2, 2006 02:41 PM

i,m in india in an ashram, just got over the plague and liver fluke worms now working on my spirituality and feelinjg good, all i gotta do is give my guru a rolls royce and all of my savings and i/m guaranteed A PLACE IN HEAVEN, PRAISE BE LORD KRISNA, (please call the embassy someone help me....)

Posted by: lobsterboy at December 1, 2006 09:34 PM

After I speak up last week about people not showing up I will be a no show this weekend. Off for a family function in Kamloops. Have a good run for me boys.

Posted by: Cowboy at December 1, 2006 08:03 PM

I'm out this weekend, office Christmas party in Harrison, will definetly still be drunk Sunday morning...

Posted by: Gump at November 29, 2006 09:49 AM

If that soap box was any higher you'd all need to be strapped in...haha. We get the point though... start showing up no matter what the weather. I'm away this weekend but hopefully back the week after to show how pitifully out of shape one can get after 4 weeks off.

Posted by: Smith at November 28, 2006 08:40 PM


That's one of the best stories you've ever written. Boo on all you bums who didn't show up!!!

Nice photo, any credits for that one? Any other pictures?

Posted by: Gump at November 27, 2006 07:33 PM