The Stick Pull (Living Legend)
Scratches: Slick (legal problems), Lobsterboy (domestic duties), Colonel (unsanctioned injury), Giebelhaus (exploitative employer), Unabomber (creative differences), Ottoman (unsanctioned sex), Beetle Boy (exploitative employer)
Lak Attack's game winner came just in the nick of time, as his aging
mates' legs started to fade in the game's waning moments.
"I thought if we didn't bury it soon, they would come back," said the speedy centerman. "We just had to finish off the game."
"I wanted Lak to finish off, just put it in back of net," said Pig Farming Goalie of his side's sudden urgency. "It was important to seize opportunity and not let them get momentum."
"I think we just upped the intensity a bit," said Paul One.
"It's always important to get the winning goal," said Wink.
Actually, the game might have ended a few moments sooner, as the Living
Legend rang a searing wrist shot off the crossbar just before his limber
linemate pounced on his opportunity. It would have been the ageless veteran's
fifth goal of the game.
Despite being Sunday Morning Road Hockey's oldest player, the Legend has been playing his 12th season with as much energy and grit as a robust rookie. He's even made some defensive plays in his own end.
"That was maybe the best game I've ever seen from the Legend," said his linemate, Paul One. "It was a legendary game from the Legend."
Another roadster with a reason to smile, Pig Farming Goalie, earned
his second straight win in three games since returning from a month-long
"I see ball a lot, so I able to make most saves," says the agrarian goaltender, who turned his back on the crease after a series of frustrating losses late last year. "I was pretty happy with my play today, I thought I kept them in there."
"I think PFG was key today, he bailed us out," said Wink.
"PFG always plays well," said Nibs, who's renowned rapier shot rarely found its mark past his netminding nemesis. "He seemed to cover the whole net, it was really hard to score on him."
The upstarts' apparent speed advantage may have been neutralized by
the slippery court, slicked by an overnight rainstorm that finally let
up just before gametime. Rudy especially struggled on the gleaming surface,
loosing his footing time and again as he tried to veer in from the wing.
"For sure, it slows down the quick guys," said Paul One. "They can't make a cut, they can't make a play, especially if they're headed up court and the ball goes the other way. It's not like they can wheel around and come back and play defense."
Sunday's game was the first in a month in which the roadsters had
the court complex they've called home for ten years all to themselves
again. A mysterious band of roguesters had been swarming the neighboring
court in increasing numbers, even spreading their nascent game to the
adjacent basketball court and practice annex. Little kids from the area,
looking to play their own game, were suddenly out of luck. Residents needing
to park on the quiet street alongside the complex were forced to circle
the block repeatedly.
The roadsters were beginning to feel beseiged, and a legal opinion solicited from a former player offered little hope.
"You should... be concerned that, if the neighborhood parents complain, the school may attempt to ban ALL adults from using the courts," said Wendel, who's taken a leave from his road hockey career to study law in a faraway city. "You may be heartened to know, though, that if it came down to a legal battle, roadhockey.net would be crucial evidence to prove your regular use and enjoyment of that facility!"