February 20, 2011

Veteran move salvages win

In a game featuring no fewer than five rookies, it was a clever move by a veteran that was the difference in Sunday's 22-21 squeaker in sudden death overtime.

Colonel tied up his opponent in the center court face-off circle, then stepped around him, walked in and squeezed a roller beneath Twizzler's pads to score the winner.

"That was a gutsy veteran move there," said freshman forward Bam Bam. "The wily vetereans not only have skill, but they've got brains, they know how to work the ball around the court."

The Colonel's solo salvo also salvaged what almost became an epic collapse.
After spotting their opponents a quick 2-0 lead, the Colonel and Kid teamed up with some nifty give and go passing plays to build a 14-7 advantage.

"We were really supporting our goalie," said Doo of his side's early swoon. "I think we were trying to get too much offense and we sort of hung Twizzler out to dry."

But the late arrival of Velma seemed to disrupt the leaders' line chemistry, as they started rolling players instead of maintain set combinations.

"All of a sudden you've got this barrage of players and it takes a while for the new guys to click," said Bam Bam, who seemed to find his stride late in the game when he was teamed with Kid and Colonel.

In fact, both teams had to contend with a wealth of player riches, as the sunny, cold conditions attracted a season-high turnout as well as a pair of brand new players, Oilcan and Sideshow Bob.

"When you've got five or six other guys to play with, you don't really get into a groove," said Doo. "It definitely took some adjusting."

It was a good problem to have, especially when the leaders temporarily lost a pair of players to injury as Kid was felled by a shot to his unprotected groin, and the Living Legend caught a deflection in the eye. Later, they lost newcomer Sideshow Bob when he turned his ankle after slipping on some sludge along the end board. But the casualties also helped shift the play's momentum, as the underdogs exploited the ensuing trepidation to push deep into the offensive zone.

"It got a little easier as things slowed down a bit," said Doo, as his side battled back to take a late lead 20-19.

"We were up by a lot and we just got complacent," said Bam Bam. "We weren't chasing the ball down, we weren't coming back to help Chico. The chemistry wasn't really there."

Until their backs were against the wall.

The Legend came off the bench to give his side a 21-20 lead, poking home a Kid rebound, setting the stage for Colonel's winning move.

"It seemed like we were battling back all game, and to have that lead and lose, it's a heartbreaker," said Doo.

Posted by jaysuburb at February 20, 2011 05:47 PM

Bring shovels!

Posted by: Living Legend at February 27, 2011 05:56 AM

whoa. second game back. we might want to scale the expectations appropriately...

Posted by: pfg at February 25, 2011 10:39 PM

If it's PFG vs Twiz we might have to play to 5.

Posted by: Velma at February 25, 2011 07:42 PM

PFG vs. Twizzler?! This would be beyond awesome.

Posted by: Doo at February 25, 2011 01:42 PM

Of course you're welcome PFG! Even in the snow!

Posted by: Living Legend at February 25, 2011 06:04 AM

how 'bout pfg comes out? played my first game in net on wednesday in over a year. felt expletively fantastic. i'm game if you'll have me.

Posted by: pfg at February 24, 2011 10:40 PM

We play in the snow too!

Posted by: Gump at February 24, 2011 09:40 PM

...unless it's snowing.

Posted by: Franz at February 24, 2011 07:13 PM

I'll give it a try in net. I think Bam Bam will bring a set of pads for me.

Posted by: Franz at February 24, 2011 07:12 PM

Hey boys,

I can't make it out next week and I know Chico is away. Franz Beckenbauer, do you want to play net? Someone make sure we have the extra pads. I have an extra glove and blocker if needed.

Posted by: Gump at February 22, 2011 01:23 PM

'Scooby feigns concern' hahaha.

Great game!

Posted by: Velma at February 21, 2011 08:56 AM

Great game today boys. Excellet tempo and a good turnout. It's getting tougher and tougher to keep up with the young legs out there. Crafty only gets you so far.

Posted by: The Colonel at February 20, 2011 09:46 PM

Sorry boys, sprained ankle needed an off day. Glad to see such a large turnout!

Posted by: bomber at February 20, 2011 09:14 PM

"Scooby feigns concern" ha! love it!

Posted by: Doo at February 20, 2011 07:15 PM

Great game today roadsters! Special props to the old farts between the pipes...great saves for both of you today!

Posted by: Gump at February 20, 2011 06:29 PM