February 24, 2008

No court for old men

On Hollywood's biggest day, the dry court was no place for old roadsters. Instead, the game's young guns atoned for last week's humiliating setback with a resounding 20-7 win.

Led by the Kid, Scooby and Doo, the speedsters let it be know there would be blood early and often, storming to a 6-0 lead before their aging opponents could respond.

"We had good legs out there today, a lot of speed, a lot of good movement, a lot of good ball control," said Elvis as even his usual robust play was overshadowed by his quicker linemates.

"We're getting into Spring and it really helps having the young guys because they can just run and run," said Gump, who rebounded from last week's loss to post the Sunday Morning shutout be limiting opposing shooters to less than ten goals.

While last week the veterans were able to use their experience and guile to forge a dramatic comeback against a similarly youthful opposition, this week there would be no rebound, on the scoreboard, or on the court.

"We weren't getting any of the lucky bounces you need sometimes," said Beetle Boy. "Speed is just about everything in this game; we were just out run. They had it all over us today."

"They were just a bit quicker," said Lak Attack. "The younger kids can get to the ball quicker, and that makes a big difference in a game like this when the courts are dry."

And when the veterans did get to the ball, they seemed unwilling to pay the price, said Elvis. "It seemed like they just didn't rise to the challenge. They had some of the more defensive players in the game, but they just didn't seem up to the task today."

Indeed, it was hard for the veterans to stay motivated after their first period struggles, said Cowboy Bill, who arrived at the game already winded from an 8 km run. "It didn't look like we were ever going to get any momentum going our way. It's really easy just to want to pack up and get out of Dodge."

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February 17, 2008

Turning back the clock

Paul One and the Living Legend turned back the clock. Then they turned on the goal light.

On a day tailor-made for the young speedsters, it was the wile and guile of the pair grizzled veterans that teamed up to seal a hard-fought 20-15 comeback win. Chasing down the evil orange plastic ball in the corner, Paul One, making only his third start of the season, spied his aging linemate taking advantage of defensive indifference by streaking into the slot. His pass was pinpoint. All the Legend had to do was tap it past a hapless Billy Idol.

"That was a combined 90 years teamed up to score that goal," said the Colonel, no longer a spry slapshooter himself. "The cagey vets don't come through every week, but this week they absolutely did."

In fact, it was veteran experience that set the table for their game-winning heroics.

With a lineup long in the tooth and short on speed, Sunday's victors had to battle back from a 10-5 deficit at half time as they struggled in the game's early-going to keep up with their young rivals who capitalized on the dry conditions to exploit their their speed advantage, pouncing on rebounds and creating havoc at the edge of the crease. A team meeting at the break helped turn the tide.

They were down, but they weren't out. They may not have been able to run with their rivals, but they could still outfox them.

"We had faith in our guys that we could do it," said Lak Attack. "We knew we were working hard out there, and we knew we just needed to get the next one, just take it one goal at a time."

"(The veterans) know the game, they know where to take advantage of opportunities because they can see them develop," said the Colonel. "They're quick to make the other team pay."

That cool-headed reserve rubbed off on their young teammate, Doo. He roared up the court with new found confidence, lifting shots under the crossbar instead of dishing off half-hearted passes.

"We just had to start getting some shots on net because you can build your confidence after getting a couple of rebound goals," said the sophomore sniper. "It's all about the shots."

His veteran mates sensed the shift in momentum.

"With veteran guys, they know the game can change quickly," said Lak Attack, as his team outscored their opponents 15-5 in the game's second half. "They don't waver much in their confidence, they know they've got to work hard out there."

"They know no lead is safe," said Beetle Boy. "You just can't rest on your laurels and we maybe let up a little bit and then we were in trouble."

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February 10, 2008

Scooby snacks on Idol

Scooby scored one of the niftiest goals in Sunday Morning memory to lead his team to a hard-fought 20-18 win in Sunday's game.

The young speedster undressed Paul One, deked out Billy Idol, going forehand to backhand to lift it into the net.

"It was a thing of beauty," said linemate Beetle Boy.

Despite being played in the driest and mildest conditions in more than a month, the game was hobbled by the absence of two stalwart starting goalies, Gump and Pig Farming Goalie, as well as fellow founding father, the Living Legend, who missed the game with a cold.

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February 03, 2008

Frozen tundra fails to ice game

Hell may have frozen over, but that wasn't going to stop the roadsters.

With the road hockey courts buried under a moonscape of snow, frozen slush and Kid-sized chunks of ice the prospects for a game seemed bleak.

"The Inuit have 400 words for snow, but we have one - hell," said Pig Farming Goalie, as he assessed the task it would take for the game to go on.

Even the roguesters, who've persevered through rain and snow to maintain their game in the neighboring court even as the roadsters cowered, were discouraged.

But the roadsters have been in this situation before. In fact, said PFG, it's rising to challenges like this that have built the game.

"It's just the love of the game," said the agrarian goaltender. "What it's really showing is who are the men and who are the boys; the men are showing up and the boys are staying home."

"It's important to keep having a game on Sunday morning," said Smith. "If it's consistent, you're gonna keep going. As soon as you start missing a couple, it's easy to stop showing up."

Getting the court in game shape wasn't going to be easy. In places, the ice and frozen slush was six inches deep, fused to the cold concrete, no small task for the ragtag assortment of plastic shovels and spades wielded by the determined players. Doo chipped at the ice with a hammer. PFG employed a tire iron. Scooby hoisted icebergs over the fence one by one. A trio of players merged their shovels to plow vast swaths through the tundra.

"It's basically the continental ice shelf out there," lamented PFG.

"I saw glaciers," said Smith.

"There was a lot of ice chunks," said Gump.

It was a big job, but the roadsters remained resolute.

"We'd hoped this had all melted, but apparently not," said Smith. "You just have to dig in."

Gump was philosophical. Instead of loosening up with blistering slapshots to his chest, he lifted ice with his red shovel.

"It gets you fired up," he said.





Gump's frosty warmup didn't really reap any benefit, as the veteran keeper struggled to maintain his positioning in the slippery crease, costing his team an early deficit from which they were unable to recover, succumbing 20-14.
"It's a problem because sometimes you slide too far," said the sliding shotstopper.
Powered by the surefooted mobility of Kid and Scrappy, the opposition was quick to take advantage of the keeper's positioning problems. Even the Living Legend cashed in for four goals.
"They had a lot of weapons," said Gump.

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