April 08, 2007

Comeback spells relief

Unabomber's seeing eye shot between Ottoman's gargantuan goal pads spelled a 20-18 victory for his team. But mostly, it spelled relief.

That's because they never should have been in such desperate straits.

Sparked by Bird's four goals, they had bolted to a quick 9-3 lead and seemed en route to a quick and easy win; the Kid was in his element in the slick conditions, Gump was impenetrable between the pipes, even the Living Legend found the net three times.

But in the Sunday Morning game big leads have a way of breeding complacency. Sloppy breakout passes by Kid, Unabomber and the Living Legend ended up on the sticks of forechecking forwards and quickly found their way into the net behind a stunned Gump. Their six-goal advantage evaporated.

"We screwed up getting it out of our end and it just snowballed into a tsunami of goals," said Unabomber of his side's mid-game swoon. "We just slacked right off, we started coasting and it bit us."

And with Lak Attack's ferocious appetite for scoring opportunities, the underdogs seized control of the game.

"We were a bit surprised to be able to come back from so far down," said the fleet-footed forward. "The first thing we had to do was not let any more goals come against us real quick, tighten up defensively and then from there just try to get one goal at a time."

As the underdogs took the lead for the first time, Bird and his mates floundered in disarray and confusion.

"I don't know why we were so far ahead to begin with, I don't know why we collapsed," said Bird.

But with the score now 18-14 against them, they knew what now needed to be done.

"We just had to start taking it seriously," said Unabomber. "It was time to face the music."

"I think we were all a little embarrassed," said Bird. "To be that close to losing the game, I think we all just picked it up a bit, hustled a bit more."

None more so than Gump, who regained his form from earlier in the game, diving across the crease with aplomb, jamming his pads into the posts to deny wraparound attempts, snatching hot shots with his lightning trapper.

"Gump was exceptional at the end," said Bird, who made a key save of his own when he blocked the evil orange plastic ball from crossing the goal line when a rebound slipped through the pads of his sprawling goaltender. "He started to make some great saves, he was holding us in it."

"We still kept coming hard," said Lak Attack, whose side never scored again. "Gump made some good saves that kept them in the game."

Inspired by their goalie, Unabomber and his mates stormed into the game's final period with renewed determination. And desperation.

"We just had to dig down, persevere and find the work ethic we needed to come back," said the sure-footed slapshooter.

"They were a tough team," said Lak Attack.

And, as they gathered around Gump to bump gloves and rub his head for a job well done, a very relieved one.

Posted by jaysuburb at April 8, 2007 09:37 PM

Well Elvis, i can't make the first game of the Stick anyways, and i'm not sure what the rule is for only playing one game.. so you may only have to bring one fake ID.

Posted by: Doo at April 20, 2007 06:25 PM

I thought 3 games was all that was needed to be eligible anyway NO? Regardless, I agree with BB.

Although Paul 1 has allowed Sloth to get the best of him this season, The stick would indeed suffer without him. ...even if he is older, slower, heavy-handed, heavier, and his timing is off. Only thing Im worried about really is who can bring some fake ID to get Scooby n Doo into the pub when its all over with?

Posted by: ELVEZ at April 20, 2007 04:05 PM

Good one beetle.

I too want PaulOne to play.

And, who's the imposter? (albeit an accurate descriptions of events transpired)

Posted by: The Colonel at April 19, 2007 11:38 AM

The Stanley Stick wouldn't be the same without Paul One there (he usually brings beverages and and the theme music from HNIC).

I say we grandfather him in (despite eligibility) since he's old enough to be a grandfather anyways.


Posted by: Beetle Boy at April 19, 2007 10:32 AM


I'll be out on Sunday.


Posted by: Gump at April 18, 2007 09:10 PM

Dear RH Commish,

What is the eligibility requirement to play in the Stanley Stick?

If I play this Sunday that will make only 3 games that I've made it out for. I'd really like to play in the stick, but, would totally understand if I was left on the sidelines as spectator.

Regardless, Iíll be out Sunday.


Posted by: PaulOne at April 18, 2007 10:20 AM

Unbelievable! The Colonel was on fire last week! What an incredible display of talent. Paul One must still be looking for his jock strap.

One can hardly believe Doo is looking for another whooping at the hands of the player who is obviously the real living legend.

- Go Colonel Go! -

Posted by: The Colonel's Biggest Fan at April 17, 2007 10:52 PM

So next week i can bring my own helmet, stick, and jersey if i'm going to play goal again, but i'd like to know whether we think we need another goalie before next week so that i don't end up hauling them to the courts for nothing.

-Go Canucks Go!-

Posted by: Doo at April 17, 2007 06:10 PM

Sorry I meant beers.... mmmmmm beers.

Posted by: Billy Idol at April 16, 2007 03:54 AM

WOW looks cold!!! he he he . Just got back from a 10 hr tour of the snake islands in Palawan, man is it ever hot. At least the bears are cold.See you in 2 weeks fellas!

Posted by: Billy Idol at April 16, 2007 03:53 AM

Who is playing in goal this week? Ottoman! We need you!

Posted by: The Colonel at April 15, 2007 08:04 AM

Lobster, have you been hitting the saki bars again? What is maty 1?

Posted by: Living Legend at April 14, 2007 06:07 PM

i am in japan will be back now only on maty 1, madershod, canucks better come back in dallas

Posted by: lobsterboy at April 14, 2007 10:37 AM

Scoob and I will be in attendance for sunday's game.

-go canucks go!-

Posted by: Doo at April 12, 2007 10:15 PM

Kesler? Don't you mean Kramer?

I won't be there on Sunday either. Will anyone be there?

Posted by: Living Legend at April 12, 2007 07:43 PM

I am unlikely for attendence but I will do my best.

Posted by: Cowboy at April 12, 2007 04:04 PM

I'm away as well. It's all part of a new training program for the Stanley Stick. The longer I don't play the better I'll be. Fellow participants include Billy Idol, Elvis and Kesler...

Posted by: Smith at April 12, 2007 01:08 PM

I'm away this weekend boys, see you next week.

Posted by: Gump at April 11, 2007 07:59 AM

Great story, great photos, you really nailed that one Legend! Good game today boys and girls!

Posted by: Gump at April 8, 2007 10:17 PM