I was so excited to go with Gods and Goddesses for this year’s theme. People really liked the powers last year, so I got many folks asking to bring them back this year, and the logical choice would be heroes, since last year was villains. But I didn’t want to go with the obvious superheroes or comic book heroes. I wanted something more interesting to me. The next thought was every day heroes, like firefighters and police officers, but again, didn’t really excite me. But then I remembered one of my favorite films growing up, Clash of the Titans, the 1981 classic with Sir Lawrence Olivier, Ursula Andress and Maggie Smith. I LOVED that film. Not all the Gods and Goddesses are heroes, and that actually makes it even better. When deciding on the Gods to choose, I naturally went with the 12 Olympians that most people are familiar with. But there’s 16 teams, so a few older Gods had to get chosen. Chronos was a tough call, because he’s often confused with Kronus, the Titan God, who was Zeus’ father. In fact, from my research, they have been confused by Greek writers for thousands of years. But I liked that Chronos was known as Father Time, and we get the word chronology from him, so why not? Seems interesting enough for me.
Okay, that’s enough Wikipedia babbling, now here’s Dot of Chronos with the recap of the game:
First week of summer league is always really exciting. You get a whole team full of new faces and old familiar friends, and then you jump on the field to play a game of ultimate. Often, it’s a bumpy road as teammates learn each other and teams figure out their identity. Last night, though, we jumped straight into the deep end. The game was intense.
Last year, my team started the season off playing the Johns brothers and that game had a similar intensity. They are extremely athletic and very competitive. In fact, Ares has lots of athletes from top to bottom, and the level of defense they played was impressive. They made us work hard for everything and they had a really nice deep game going.
We started the game by starting on defense and immediately used pull-reverse power to receive the disc on offense. We got the first score, but they pulled away to take half 8-6. Fortunately, we got to receive again out of half and evened things up and even went up by one around 10-9 or so. We were even at 11’s, and then Ares rattled off 4 straight scores to end the game.
15-11 isn’t particularly close, but the end-game felt a lot closer than the final score because we had a couple goal line possessions that we didn’t punch in, but could easily have gone the other way.
Standouts from Chronos were Eric Siegel a handful of nice deep D’s, Colin Whitman eating up chunks of yards cutting, and Tattoo pulling down some big deep shots. From Ares, Lance and Cody caught a lot of hucks, and Maggie Jackson (editor’s note: now Maggie Morrison) made some big plays on the women’s side. Dan P had some huge throws and connected on a lot of them.
Overall, it was a fun game, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this was the most intense game that we played all regular season. Despite the pre-game spirit circle, there were a good number of contested calls and on field arguments. But, bodies were flying around the field and there were a lot of exciting plays, and I’m very excited for a fun summer with Chronos!
This loss is pretty surprising. It matches the most losses Dot has had in any of the last three years. His teams have gone at astounding 10-0, 11-1 and 11-1 over the last three years. But maybe this is a good thing. After going into the tournament with high expectations, especially with two regular season 1st place finishes, he hasn’t quite won the whole thing. It might be better to come in as more of an underdog. On the other hand, he could rebound and win all the remaining games. Certainly capable of it. We shall see.
|June 7, 2017||12:00 am||Summer League||2017|
|Rancho Cienega Recreation Center|