August 17, 2007

Summer success spurs season

Buoyed by the stunning success of Wednesday's Midsummer Night Game, the Living Legend has announced training camp for Sunday Morning Road Hockey's 17th season will open Sept. 23, with the first regular season game scheduled the following week, Sept. 30.

The announcement reverses the trend of recent years in which the regular season schedule didn't start until after the Thanksgiving weekend.

"The roadsters showed they're ready, they're eager to play," said the Legend of the record attendance at the annual off-season scrimmage. "After last year's disappointments, we've got to build on that momentum."

In fact, despite coming off a season that was plagued by poor weather that canceled a number of games and dwindling attendance, the game may be entering the new season in the best shape it's ever been. As the roadsters showed with their spirited play Wednesday in what is usually a casual, light-hearted scrimmage, the intensity and enthusiasm of last Spring's fierce Stanley Stick Championship series hasn't diminished through the off-season. The league has also been infused with new young talent, like Scooby, Doo and Scrappy. And with shotstopping sophomore Frosty ready to strap on the goal pads fulltime, even the spectre of weekly creaseminding crises has been diffused.

In fact, the biggest question heading into the new season may be about the status of fellow founding father Wink, whose playing time diminished as the season progressed. He didn't play in the Stanley Stick and he spent much of the off-season achieving officially sanctioned sex.

Posted by jaysuburb at August 17, 2007 10:59 AM