We have finished the first half of Summer League. Pretty good. Feels like it went fast. Dogs are definitely leading the cats by a significant margin. The only remaining winless team and the only remaining undefeated team are both dogs. But the top 4 teams in the standings are all dogs. Scooby Doo, Underdog, Ren and Brian Griffin. Could it be an all-dog semi-finals? Some of the cats are gonna have to step up. At this point, only two cats, Nyan Cat and Princess Unikitty have winning records.
Alright, let’s hear about the first universe game of the season from Cheshire Cat’s Joanna Whitney:
The night of jerseys finally came. Cubby finally has a purple shirt to wear. The Fat Unicorn jersey is finally not the dominant jersey on the team.
We had two ladies fall ill and so we scrambled for a sub last minute. Viv obliged, but then Julie powered through her cold and pink had five ladies show up as well. As consolation, Viv got to hang out and watch her roommates and club teammates battle it out on the field instead.
I usually try to keep notes throughout the night for the recap, but tonight I was managing LAOUT mug distribution as well as jersey tracking, as well as sub management. What I didn’t know, was that I would also be the sole person on the whole field in charge of keeping track of the score. This turned out to be a big problem about halfway into the game. I lost track of the score at 5-3 Cheshire. Tried to catch up but ended up with odds when we should have been even, and upon asking around what the score other people had, realized that no one really knew and no one could agree.
When it started to get too contentious on the sideline with both teams claiming 7-6 in their favor (and one very cranky man trying to call half when no one else on the field was claiming that number) we had a quick spirit circle to try and get everyone to remember if they personally had a score. Cheshire could remember 7, Lu squashed the attempt when he couldn’t remember how many he scored. We decided to compromise to 7-7 even though it should have been odds and went from there. Only later did we learn that we should have had 8 and half should have been three points prior, but we stuck to the agreed upon score and battled it out.
Cheshire took half at 8-7 and came out on d. Score. 9-7. Pink fights back. Jeff and Lu moving constantly and handling with ease. Dylan balling out with only one eye. Cheshire ladies, Julie and Nahall grabbing scores. Cubby trying to make hammers work. Cue Regina George telling him to “stop trying to make hammers happen”. Tahlia demanding the men be ready for her hucks. Carlo skying guys and putting long shots to Snatch. Fuse stepping up to fill our handler void. Snatch specifically wanted to call out how he appreciated her quick and constant handler movements that pushed the play forward. Eok doing his patented running in circles to tire the defender out.
Points were traded all the way to 14-13. Timeout called by pink. We wanted a minute to rest before not being allowed to take another. 14-14, 15-14, 15-15, 15-16, 16-16. Universe Point! We are on d which is always hard, but Cheshire pulled out all the stops. They proved that just as adeptly as Pink can get the disc to the end zone line, Cheshire defense can push them 30 yards back. A long and, I don’t want to brag, but probably one of the best points played in summer league, ended with Pink scoring after many, many swings. They were chilly enough that we just couldn’t force a turn. At least the lights didn’t go out this time.
Once again Cheshire wins the bar, outnumbering all the other teams. Snatch and I even made it out before he had to drop me off at LAX to fly to Houston. That’s right. I’m writing you this two hours into the future. We did commiserate with Lady about how we can feel the power behind our teams, the points just aren’t dropping on the right side of history. I feel like that may have just been an inadvertent political commentary….
A couple of important notes.
I know it’s not always easy to know whether or not you can make it to a game, but please as soon as you know let your captains know, because this is the second time Viv has come out and then didn’t get to play, and that’s not fun for her.
Snatch was actually tasked with the job of handing out LAOUT mugs, but it’s funny how that has now fallen to Joanna to do. Delegation within your own household is a tricky move.
It’s amazing how often the score can be forgotten by everyone. And it’s as common as a foot landing in or out that everyone on one side is convinced they’re right and everyone on the other side knows they’re right. Unless there’s a dedicated person there tracking the score, or you have a scoreboard, it’s really such a good idea to constantly check in with the other team on the score.
And the fact that getting the score incorrect factored into the outcome of this game, it shows how critical it is. That could have serious tournament seed implications.
Why does Dylan only have one eye?
What can we expect in the future?