January 06, 2019

Past bring new hope for game's future

The assurance of Sunday Morning Road Hockey’s future could come from its past.

Whirling Dervish returned to the concrete courts on Sunday for his first game in several seasons. And while the whirling may have abandoned him, the desire to see the venerable league continue remains strong, he said.

“This game is too great and has been going on for too long to die now,” Dervish said while catching his breath after a spirited game of half-court. “There may not be as many people out, but we’re hoping to change that.”

As the league has struggled through the first months of its 27th season, several lapsed roadsters have come out of retirement or off the sidelines to rekindle their fire for the game. Beckenbauer played for the first time in two seasons, and Elvis and Pig Farming Goalie returned for the first of what they said could be intermittent appearances.

Devish said he hopes other roadsters consider coming out of retirement or exile.

“Let’s see Lobsterboy, let’s see the Two Pauls, let’s see Sexboy and Lumberjack,” he challenged. “It’s a reason to get up on a Sunday morning and get out for a run.”

Joker said the allure of free shrimp and cocktail sauce at the annual Shrimp Ring Bowl to mark the first game of a new year also helped.

The veteran goaltender returned to the courts for the first time since he stormed off during last spring’s Stanley Stick finale in protest of some violent skirmishes that palled the championship.

He said his absence was trying, especially as he followed the league’s struggles to regain traction.

“It was super difficult, especially knowing the part I had to play in the difficulties,” Joker said. “It made me feel like I had to get out and see what I could do to save this game.”

Sunday’s game was the first in a month after the league’s fellow founding father, Living Legend, declared a hiatus in early December to allow players to consider the league’s future and their place in it.

Joker said it won’t take much to get the game back on track.

“Players just have to remember how things used to be and how they could be again,” he said. “Bringing out new guys is important, and they’ve got to know there’s going to be a game.”

Dervish said he intends to do what he can to make that happen.

“I’m looking to become a regular again,” he said. “I’m still hunting for the Stanley Stick.”

Posted by jaysuburb at January 6, 2019 08:25 PM

Big D and i will be there

Posted by: Nouvelle at January 13, 2019 09:42 AM

I'm in. see you in a few hours.

Posted by: Joker at January 13, 2019 04:47 AM

Yes, please let me know who is coming as I don't want to waste my time when i have lots of stuff to do tomorrow.

Posted by: lakattack at January 12, 2019 07:39 PM

Scooby? Doo? Beetle Boy? Cowboy? Gump? Hellooooooo...

Posted by: Living Legend at January 12, 2019 07:04 PM

Who all coming tomorrow? We need peeps!

Posted by: Kid at January 12, 2019 05:35 PM

Kid & Joker, can you let me know if both of you are attending this Sunday? Want to know if I need to bring goalie gear or not.

I think i just heard a pin drop...boy its quiet on this site lol!

Posted by: lakattack at January 11, 2019 03:40 PM

Gentleman, Nicely done! Having the Whirling Dervish back does nothing but give me fits lol! Nice to see you back Dervish!

Sorry boys- missed due to me moving! I will be out for next week.


Posted by: lakattack at January 7, 2019 12:25 PM