The Stick Pull (Unabomber)
Scratches: Slick (legal problems), Gump (cold), Lobsterboy (domestic duties), Colonel (unsanctioned injury), Giebelhaus (exploitative employer), Wink (exploitative employer), Ottoman (unsanctioned sex)
Unabomber's Sunday Morning debut was also the first time he'd fired
the evil orange plastic ball in anger in more than two years. And while
he struggled with his timing and positioning early, he said he had a simple
"Just working hard and taking advantage of some opportunities," said the bearded ball blaster.
Other roadsters saw echoes of another powerful premier last season, when Nibs fired his way into a regular playing position after being called up from the afternoon game.
"That was last year's Nibs is what that was," said Billy Idol.
Unabomber said he'll be at next week's game.
Despite falling behind 8-2 and then 12-6, Unabomer and his mates never
got down, never gave up. And when the goals finally started going in,
they knew what they had to do.
"When we were down, we just started looking at each other and thinking we can't let this completely get away from us," said Paul One. "We figured if we started working harder in our own end, it would start to happen for us at the other end."
"We just decided that we were down mostly because we weren't running in our own end," said Beetle Boy. "We just made a commitment to work harder."
"We just had to keep up," said Billy Idol. "We just said to ourselves we gotta hustle, we gotta be there."
Their goalie, New Guy, also had some work to do. A few of those early goals had come on messy rebounds, and he seemed to have trouble picking up the evil orange plastic ball in his equipment.
"I lost confidence and I started to be a little unsure when they came in," said the returning rearguard, who was making his first start between the pipes this season, as a last-minute replacement for the ailing Gump. "You've got to get back to fundamentals, come out, take away the lower half of the net and make them beat you."
At the other end of the court, Pig Farming Goalie's comeback to the
crease after more than a month as a fallow forward, fell just short of
triumphant. But that wasn't for a lack of trying. As his mates' stamina
sagged late in the game, he stood up to wave after wave of deking, slapping
and chopping forwards.
"I was able to see lots of the shots," said the agrarian goaltender. "Players lose zip. I knew that eventually we were going to flag."
"PFG had a massive game," said Billy Idol, who was stymied time and again as he struggled to regain his scoring touch in his first game back since hurting his back two weeks ago. "You almost hate to see him lose."
"You can't fault the goaltender," said Paul One. "It was good goaltending all day. A different day, and it could have been a different result."