April 04, 2010

Game goes ghetto as countdown to Stick begins

With the Stanley Stick set to begin in less than three weeks, the roadsters should be at the top of their game, rounding into form, honing their playmaking skills, sharpening their shots. Instead, a motley crew of five were taking potshots at gloves hanging forlornly from the crossbars.

It's hardly the way to stoke the competitive fires in the run up to Sunday Morning Road Hockey's ultimate showdown, said Lak Attack, who proposed the improvised game/skills competition when the majority of the roadsters opted out of Sunday's game for familial commitments, feigning injury, or just chowing down on a tasty burger.

"They've forgotten the fact they need to turn up their game so they're at their best during the Stick," said the speedy veteran who was joined at the courts by Kid, Living Legend, Scooby and rookie forward Goober. "It going to show. They won't be able to produce the same way."

"it's more than just getting a handle on the game, more so than even just fitness," said Scooby. "How can you do that if you're not here for four or five weeks at a time."

The lack of turnout on Sunday was especially disappointing as it came on the heels of another poor showing last week, when the roadsters were forced to play a modified game of half-court because only one goaltender, Twizzler, bothered to show up. But even he was absent this week.

And that's disconcerting to some of the players who will look to their creaseminder to keep their team competitive at Stanley Stick time.

"Arguably goalie is probably the position where you want to hone your skills as you go towards the Stick," said Scooby.

Lak Attack said some of the roadsters seem to have become complacent; they're putting in a minimal effort during the regular season then expect to reap the rewards and glory come the Stanley Stick.

"Guys have taken the game for granted and you can't do that with anything," said the aging veteran.

Scooby said the difficulties of the regular season cast a pall of the championship finale.

"My main concern is why have the Stick every year if that's the only game people are showing up for," said the young speedster, who returned to the courts only a few weeks ago after missing most of the season when he traveled to a faraway country. "Why bother having a season?"

The ongoing absence of key veterans like Elvis and Billy Idol, and the inconsistent commitment of the goalies has been an issue all season, leading to at least a half dozen games in which the roadsters were forced to play some sort of lesser, modified version of a full match.

"It makes you wonder what we need to do to get the game back up to the level we used to have it," said Lak Attack.

Posted by jaysuburb at April 4, 2010 04:12 PM

On the other hand, watching the Sedin magic instilled an insatiable urge for hockey. We will see.

Posted by: velma at April 10, 2010 11:43 PM

I think I'm out for tomorrow, I have bruised or fractured ribs. Or should I say an upper body injury.

Posted by: Velma at April 10, 2010 04:58 PM

Hey Boys,

Sorry about missing the last couple of games. Life's been a little crazy! I'm in for tomorrow, but I may have our semi-finals in ice hockey tomorrow night, so I may play out, depending how the quarters go today. I'll bring my gear regardless.

Posted by: Gump at April 10, 2010 12:30 PM

Hey guys, I had to miss a few wks due to surgery but should be good to go this wknd.

Posted by: Bomber at April 7, 2010 04:04 PM

Yes, there is a minimum number of games to qualify. In the past it has been either 3 or 5. Legend, what is it this year? Seems quite a few of this year's consistent scratches are in jeopardy of not making the game.

I have a new stick. Watch out in the weeks to come~!

Posted by: The Colonel at April 6, 2010 08:42 PM

Twizz, please bring the trophy to next week's game, so I can finally get it engraved with last year's winners.

Posted by: Living Legend at April 5, 2010 07:54 PM

Just a thought: is there a minimum for number of games played for the stick this year? Also, can Gump and Twiz commit for the two weeks so we can have a couple solid teams?

Posted by: Doo at April 5, 2010 05:27 PM

I dunno, for a 'feigned injury' my rib is preeeeetty bad.

Posted by: Velma at April 4, 2010 11:34 PM

hey guys sorry for not showing up today i twisted my right ankle hopefully it will be better for next sunday looking forward for the stanley stick n legend i got the stanley cup cuz i won last year

Posted by: twizzler at April 4, 2010 07:03 PM

This week Nibs was spotted at the Surrey Rec centre with a MCdonalds bag in hand. We are not sure what he is doing there but we know for sure that he is not playing hockey.

Stay tuned for next weeks "Where is Nibs".

Stories possible for next week!!

Gumper's wild sex night?
Velma hockey or hiking??
Bomber waiting for the Stick!!
Beetle crawls only when the Sun is out.
Elvis and Billy rough surface issues!!
Colonel 0 for 3.

Stanley stick, who will show.

Posted by: lakattack at April 4, 2010 06:23 PM