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Athena vs Dionysus

Jun 26th, 2017 | By | Category:
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Recap

Sometimes this God stuff gets ugly:

“At the direction of Hera, the infant Dionysus was torn to pieces, cooked, and eaten by the evil Titans. But his heart was saved by Athena.” – says a website.

And sometimes, it’s very intriguing.  Like in this website:

“Athena, being female, is the goddess of some very masculine traits (according to the evidence that the Greeks have left us as to how they thought), traits such as wisdom and battle. Dionysus, too, transgresses these boundaries of gender. He himself is the god of some very effeminate things in which to be involved, one such being drama. My question is this: If the idea that wisdom and battle were essentially ‘male’ existed before Athena was a Greek deity, then why is Athena not a male god? Obviously, the reverse applies to Dionysus also. If drama and excess are effeminate, then why is Dionysus not female? Alternatively, if Athena were the goddess of wisdom and battle before these ideas and stereotypes of ‘maleness’ and ‘femaleness’ came about, then how is it that wisdom and battle are not ‘female’ things in which to be involved? It is for this reason that I believe the two gods are anomalies in aspects of gender.”

These two have a complex relationship.  As Dionysus is the God of wine, and Athena is the Goddess of wisdom, together I believe they must have conspired to create:

drink

So we can thank these two for probably saving a few lives.  Knowledge is power.

And now, with the recap of the game last night, here’s Seth Gillum of Dionysus:

RecapSethDespite a little field mishap, Dionysus and Athena got their game on. First off, huge shoutout to Athena for bringing Dionysus’ favorite beverage. So delicious, the god of wine and frenetic revelry hardly knew what to do (besides have a second cup)

But on to the game. Dionysus started on D and used the time power. Which did not work for us. I suspect the only power that will work for us is the requisitioning of the other teams beverages as a tithing to the gods. Is that a power? Cause I think we could be good at that.

Dionysus promptly turned the disc over on the first two points with swings or dumps to open players right near our own end zone. Which I personally take as an encouraging sign. Obviously no one wants to make a silly turnover and those are game 1 mistakes. But to play smart, you’ve got to get into the groove of swinging and dumping. And if that means we turn a few over trying, that’s good practice for later on in the season.

Athena, up 2-0 looked strong. One of their women had a MONSTER layout grab, and they were playing a strong, smart game. But being the god of partying, we knew that all the really good stuff happens towards the end of the eve. You can recover from a weak start with some fireball shots or making a round of mean espresso martinis. Or in the case of this game, some hard running and lock down D. Dionysus slowly worked our way back into the game to take half 8-6. Athena, god of crafts, was plenty crafty. There was a scoober(?) to the end zone, a lot of nice looking hucks, and a bunch of great plays that made the game a joy to watch. But in the end, the party went a little too late for Athena as they lost their early lead. I’m not saying the god of wisdom doesn’t have stamina. Athena played and partied hard till the end. But with Wisdom comes the knowledge that the party sometimes doesn’t go your way, that no one is getting naked, and you might be headed home alone. Because there’s always the next party. And Athena keeps her eye on the main prize, which she may well claim.

14-11 Dionysus

There is indeed always the next party.

The mishap Seth is talking about is that the game was originally scheduled for Culver City High, but the fields double booked the night with lacrosse.  So they had to move to JAMS in Santa Monica.  Fortunately that field was available.

What was the favorite beverage, by the way?  I’m assuming it was wine.  But what specifically?  Did they bring some two buck chuck, or did they actually pull this bad boy out?

Wine

 

Details

Date Time Competition Season
June 26, 2017 8:00 pm Summer League 2017

Results

Team1st Half2nd HalfFinal ScorePower SuccessPower FailPower Unused
Athena6511001
Dionysus8614010

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  1. Assuming you mean drama in the traditional theatrical dramatic arts sense rather than the “I’m not here to make friends!” middle school gossip sense….

    Historically the theater has largely been dominated by men, the easiest example to point to is Shakespeare’s works (as was the theatrical tradition) originally being performed by all male casts.

    I’m not sure if the theater ever had a distinctly masculine association. I’m sure it differed for civilizations throughout history, but the recent American cultural perception of theater being effeminate is a bit of an anomaly in history. Much of that has to do with America’s puritanical traditions and recent attitudes towards the gay community.

    I would argued that American film and television are more analogous to the ancient Greece theater, being the pinnacle of entertainment in each’s own time. American film is certainly projected and largely perceived as masculine, aggressive, warlike, violent, and sexualized towards the favor of men. Our most popular and highest paid stars are stoic, muscular, strong jawed men who enjoy long careers as national institutions.

    The masculine perspective of the ancient Greek playwrights might be interesting to examine, especially how they wrote female characters. An armchair analysis of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata is the first thing to jump to mind, but I’m sure there are other examples.

  2. Here’s the site where I got that quote from:

    http://www.reocities.com/stooberry/Gender.html

    You can debate Stuart Geoffrey Durber who wrote this in 2001. He could be a total quack. I can’t find any other information on him.

  3. Beverage was watermelon rum and gin mojitos

  4. The monster layout on our team (Athena) was by Ace. Followed up a little later by the least probable summer-league-on-turf-barrel-roll-layout by yours truly as Snacks is still calibrating throws to an old dude with just enough separation from his guy. We never used our power, and we didn’t have enough hats anyway. Can you throw hats from the sideline? That would be awesome. Super spirited game, Evan Valdes on the field for the other team makes it hard to do anything coming or going. Team Athena still getting used to each other and our offense.

  5. Yeah Mike. Sideline hat D’s are absolutely legal for the team that uses the power.

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