August 16, 2007

Summer showdown a good omen

It's as if the Stanley Stick never ended.

Three months after the dramatic conclusion to one of Sunday Morning Road Hockey's most difficult seasons, the roadsters roared up the boards, crashed the corners and executed pinpoint passes with all the intensity and enthusiasm of a championship battle, not a fun evening scrimmage to shake off the summer stiffness.

Fueled by a record turnout for the annual off-season exhibition, some roadsters say the game may be a good omen for the coming campaign; last year, only four regulars showed up for the Midsummer Night Game and the season's schedule was plagued with poor weather and even worse attendance.

"I think the Stanley Stick we had was just fantastic and left people wanting more," said Beetle Boy. "They wanted to show up and get ready for the season. Everybody is raring to go."

"It's like a team coming to training camp after a championship season," said Smith. "Everyone has got the energy, they all want to be a part of it. If we get some good weather in the fall, we're going to have some huge games."

"It's always hockey season," said Bird. "Everyone is eager to go."

And go they did.

Summer game limp-on Giebelhaus defied the cumbersome brace protecting his fragile knee by racing up and down the court, matching strides with young speedsters like Doo and Scrappy; he was rewarded by scoring the game's first goal. Lak Attack went toe-to-toe with his arch-rival Kid. The Colonel was his usual feisty self in the corners. Smith hid the fire in his eyes behind mirrored sunglasses. Frosty announced his crease comeback with a number of big saves.

"The timing was a little off, but the intensity was there," said Beetle Boy, after his team fought back to take a 15-13 lead before allowing four straight goals to lose the game in sudden darkness overtime.

"We didn't know when the game was supposed to be over," said Smith of the controversial decision to play the game to 20, which was then rescinded to 17 when the goalies complained they could no longer see Unabomber's sizzling shots from the point as the evening gloom shrouded the court. "We just wanted to play until it was too dark to play."

Posted by jaysuburb at August 16, 2007 09:42 PM
Comments

Funny you should say that Colonel as I have in fact recently changed jobs to something that gives me a bit more time to spend with my family. Hopefully I'll be able to translate that into the occasional appearance on the Sunday morning courts this season.

Posted by: Wendel at August 27, 2007 11:13 PM

Mrs. Colonel is rare and precious but by no means does she believe Sunday Morning Road Hockey is more important than tending to my children or abode.

Wendel, you used to be all about mitigation, moderation and negotiation. I think you could use these skills to sway Mrs. Wendel's perspective. Perhaps if you reduced your work load Monday-Friday in favour of spending some quality time at home during those days Mrs. Wendel would look more fondly on you spending some time Sunday morning with the boys ... or then again, perhaps not.

Posted by: The Colonel at August 24, 2007 10:52 AM

Colonel, you're just lucky you have one of those rare and precious wives who actually understands that Sunday morning road hockey glory is more important than tending to your children or keeping the family home in good repair. I on the other hand have one who thinks I've had some "personal time" if I've spent the morning painting the fence.

Posted by: Wendel at August 23, 2007 09:10 PM

Boy, you guys are a couple of crabbies. Must be because you missed the summer game ... and most of the last couple of years. I hope you're going to put up this year as opposed to hiding behind familial responsibilities excuses.

Posted by: The Colonel at August 23, 2007 02:49 PM

Colonel, not sure whether you're off your meds or revealing something about your marriage ...

Well done boys, that's one helluva turnout for the midsummer game. Sorry I missed it, Wendel Junior's arrival has put a big dent in my freedom just when Wendelette is starting to get old enough to ease the parental burden a bit.

Posted by: Wendel at August 19, 2007 09:50 PM

Colonel, not sure whether you're off your meds or revealing something about your marriage ...

Well done boys, that's one helluva turnout for the midsummer game. Sorry I missed it, Wendel Junior's arrival has put a big dent in my freedom just when Wendelette is starting to get old enough to ease the parental burden a bit.

Posted by: Wendel at August 19, 2007 09:50 PM

Are moonlighting as a greeting card writer as well? Stick to watching the oxygen channel there Colonel, or should i call you girlnel?

Posted by: lobsterboy at August 17, 2007 01:06 PM

PFG - where were you Wednesday night? I thought we were promised the pleasure of your presence?

I feel it important to relay that your broken promises are like shards of glass piercing thru my soft smooth skin. Despite the healing, the scars remain.

Alternatively ...

Broken promises are like taking the wings of a pretty bird for it stops that lovely thing from flying and only leaves that body dying.

Or, if you'd rather ...

You promised me perfect French toast, flawless omelettes, and hard-boiled eggs with no center yolk. These promises were broken; and broken promises are like women after a ten-month winter: hairy, horny, and nothing to be trifled with.

Posted by: The Colonel at August 17, 2007 11:10 AM