Ghostbusters vs. Lightning Donkies
"My only feeling about superstition is that it's unlucky to be behind at the end of the game." ~Duffy Daugherty
The Lightning Donkies walked onto the court more sacrificial lambs than lions. Their daunting task; defeat a team on a 22 game winning streak; a team that hadn't lost a game in two consecutive seasons; a team that inspired fear in every team they had played. The Donkies were overmatched in every way. Their opponents were bigger, stronger, and faster. Their team was the ultimate in consistency, having maintained virtually the same team across two seasons. Lightning Captain Mike Miller tilted his head to the heavens and prayed for a miracle.
At the beginning there was a glimmer of hope. Sure they were the underdog, but don't we all root for the underdog? Things like this happen in sports. These underdogs carve out a special place in both our hearts and our history. The 1980 U.S. Men's Hockey Team wins the gold against the Soviets. Buster Douglas beats Mike Tyson for the Heavyweight Championship. Villanova defeats Georgetown in 1984 for the NCAA Championship. Rulon Gardner defeats Alexander Karelin. The 2008 New York Giants beat an undefeated New England Patriots team for the Super Bowl. That is the mystery about sport. That is why we play the game.
And as the Donkies took the floor that night, they hoped to invoke the spirits of those upsets and give the history books another upset story to tell. They prayed that on this night despite the records, despite their ability, despite the odds against them, that this would be their night.
Wrong. If the question was about their chances, the answer that the Ghostbusters gave them was, "Not tonight." The Ghostbusters continued their path of demolition and laid waste to a Donkies team that served as a speed bump as the Ghostbusters cruises to the second consecutive championship game. A one sided contest, the Ghostbusters needed just ten games to euthanize these Donkies.
Results: Ghostbusters over Lightning Donkies
Vicious and Delicious vs. Terror Squad
"We didn't lose the game; we just ran out of time." ~ Vince Lombardi
If the first game was a sprint, then this was a marathon. On both sides of the tape were teams who not only felt they belonged here, but that they were destined to win it all. These teams knew each other well, with the season series split 1-1. This was to be their dénouement. Their time was now.
Like Frazier/Ali, this was a bona fide "Thrilla". On one side the #2 seed Vicious and Delicious, clad in Pink brandishing their color like a poison dart frog flashing its colors to warn others of its presence. Returning to action from a week off bye, these warriors had shown up to battle.
On the opposite side of the gym, a Terror Squad dressed in their traditional grey, a blue collar color invoking a sense of dedication and showing up to work. No flash no frills, the men and women donned their ashen garb packed their lunch and showed up to do some work. There was a steeled look in their eyes; equal parts determination and rage.
As the brawl for it all started the two teams traded blows. With each advantage, the other team balanced the box by returning the favor the next match knotting up the scoreboard. These were two teams so evenly matched that neither had the advantage. This one would come down to that greatest of human attributes; heart.
While the Terror Squad dominated the men's games at the start, the Vicious and Delicious Ladies answered the call each time leaving the teams tied at the first court change.
As the teams passed each other the tension was evident. The Terror Squad had a look of intensity. They realized the magnitude of the fight they were in. This was going to come down to who flinched first. They would have to step up their game, make the catches and dominate the floor to walk out hand raised at the end.
Team Vicious and Delicious had a lighter air about them. While the pressure of the situation seemed heavy on the shoulders of their opponents, this team carried it much lighter. Perhaps it was their intention to keep it light, but with each game whether win or lose; there was no sense of alarm, just one of greater resolution.
As these two heavyweights entered the later rounds if what would be a 16 round match, each looked to gain the advantage. The first knee to the canvas came from the Pink Squad. Having survived the early onslaught, team Vicious seemed to be caught off guard dropping a few games in a row.
Faced with the consequences, this Vicious group showed their tenacity and resolve pushing back from the virtual brink of elimination before deciding to let it all hang out. With each game that snuck away from the Terror Squad a sense of frustration started to set in. Usually reserved players began to open their mouths. This was not the time to hold back. Each team faces the fact that with the loss, their season would end one game away from what they wanted most; a championship.
Beaten down at the start but rebounding to take the lead, a Vicious Team poured out its heart and laid its guts on the table. This was a make or break game. With 15 matches under their belt both squads were tired. But tired never worked as an excuse before, and it would not work today. Each team understood the consequences of game 16. With a Terror Squad win, they force a one game overtime to decide. With a Vicious and Delicious victory, they carry the #1 contender status into the Championship.
The other game having ended, there was now a crowd gathered on the sidelines to witness this battle. After game recounts would retell the story of a game so intense it reached out and pulled the observers directly into it. Within each person a silent part of them cheered for their side. People, who a week ago were opponents, now pulled and cheered for these two warrior teams comprehending probably more than the players on the courts what the ramifications were for this match. They had suffered their dismissal, and now in front of them were two teams deciding their own fate.
As the final ball was caught, one only needed to look at the eyes of the players to know the results. For the defeated team the situation was as grey as their shirts. The fogginess of the reaction was one of disbelief, like watching an accident unfold in front of your eyes. Time seems to slow down. And while the brain struggles to comprehend what has happened, a look of confusion tempered with acceptance causes a stoic glare; disbelief metered with a dash of shock.
For the winners, the team unites and the eyes tell the story of everything they had been through. Alternating thrill and excitement with each blink, they lock with teammates each sharing in the hysterical joy of the situation. Their faces turn as pink as the shirts they wear. A season of camaraderie and effort has resulted in this moment; the moment of victory.
Result: Vicious and Delicious over Terror Squad
Ghostbusters vs. Vicious and Delicious
“The breakfast of champions is not cereal, it's the opposition.”
- Nick Seitz
“The essence of sports is that while you're doing it, nothing else matters, but after you stop, there is a place, generally not very important, where you would put it.” -Roger Bannister
As each team entered the court, the clock reminded everyone of the time. It was late. Each team had already played one match, now a second determined the season. Arms burned from throwing. Anxiety bred with expectation and the result was butterflies in the abdomen of every player.
On the Blue side rode more than a Championship. An undefeated season, a record of perfection weighed on them as well. Being the returning champ carried with it the ago old omen, "Winning one is easy, winning another consecutively is hard."
For the team in Pink their energy might have been spent, but heart had kicked in where will began to fail. Having survived a war the previous match to earn their spot in the Championship, their job was simple; cut and dry in fact. Win or go home. This season showed that had earned their place, and now they were just 9 games away from ascending to the top of the podium.
On both sides if the ball, there was a sense of esteemed respect. The Champs realized that this was a team that had scrapped their way to the finals; they were not going to lie down without a fight. The challengers knew their opponents well. Their previous match-up hadn't gone their way, but they were in that fight. Having pushed through the last round it seemed that this was their time. They were feeling strong and confident tempered with the knowledge and respect of what and who they faced.
As the match was recorded in the annals of Dodgeball History, there are differing accounts of how it ended. Like the Spartan 300 facing the Persian army in Greek history, this was a game where the winner could be in the eyes of the storyteller. For some the contest was never in dispute.
The Champs brought their top game that day. Bystanders will tell the tale of how for a time, the two teams were deadlocked. But the outcome seemed predetermined. The pendulum of fate swung to both sides of the court, with laser like throws and miraculous catches accenting each side’s skills and talents. Be they female or male, the focus and the determination of each squad was worn on the face of each player on the court for all to see.
Though the final ball dropped to the ground and the match was over, there was no loser on this day. Though the Ghostbusters would prove victorious, team Vicious and Delicious could hold their head high knowing they had pushed the Champs to the brink.
One can only be as good as one's competition. Both teams met afterwards and congratulated each other on a great season, and though the Ghostbusters had won and defended their title, Vicious and Delicious had ensured that when takes were told of this game, their names would be remembered as well.
Season 2 Dodgeball Champions: The Ghostbusters
The SJSL would just like to congratulate all the people who participated in Dodgeball Season two. Simply showing up and putting forth the effort on a weekly basis, playing as a team, making new friends, making time in your schedule to do something unconventional and perhaps a bit daring makes all of you a winner in the truest sense of the word. I hope you all had as much fun as we did playing this season and we look forward to you playing with us in upcoming seasons and sports.
One final quote to end the season:
"I asked a ref if he could give me a technical foul for thinking bad things about him. He said, of course not. I said, well, I think you stink. And he gave me a technical. You can't trust 'em." -Jim Valvano
Lightning Donkies defeat the Honey Badgers
"I've always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying; I never felt that I didn't have a chance to win." - Arnold Palmer
As the players slowly filed in Tuesday night, there was a different feeling in the air. Tonight was the first night that any team would face the fact that when the ball dropped on this night that unlike New Years, it would signal the end of a season. The teams filtered to their respective ends of the court knowing that their job tonight was to finish off the other. Survival of the fittest as they say, and under the guise of an innocent game played by school children, the animals had arrived.
The Honey Badgers seethed with a furor that turned even their shirts a bright shade of Red. The fourth seed had a good draw, and was confident that come next Tuesday they would be facing off against another worthy opponent.
On the opposing sideline was a Lightning Donkey team that had narrowly avoided a 6th seed, and instead found them in a more favorable match up. Eager to prove they were more than a one and done team, this was a Green Team that was determined to send their opponents back down the pecking order and serve warning to their next opponent that they were a force to be reckoned with.
Shorthanded, the Lady Badgers charged the court. Backs against the wall, they brought forth all the fury they could muster. Typical games from the sister duo of Caitlin "The Catch" Ludgate and Meghan "The Lawn Mower" Ludgate began to lay waste to their opponents across the tape. Strong performances from Lauren "The Polite Assassin" Canzanese and Steph "Punch buggy" Zoltek gave the air that this night was to belong to the Badgers.
But the Donkies men's team had a different viewpoint. Jumping out to an early lead, they looked to overcome what had been a long and draining season and left it on the field knowing only the winner moves on to next week. Joe "The Flying Squirrel" Kaufman charged from the opening gate, laying waste to what seemed to be an endless sea of redshirts, cutting their playoff dreams down throw by throw.
Though the battle proved fierce and took both teams to the brink, this night belonged to the team in Green. Despite a valiant comeback, the Donkies proved too much for these Badgers, weakened and worn from the match. The final catch made by the Donkies ended a hungry Badgers team and declared that next week, they would still have a seat at the table.
Terror Squad over the Bonzai Executioners
"Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should accomplish with your ability. " - John Wooden
In what should have been a warm up in the road to the next round of the playoffs for a Terror Squad that had come on strong at the end of the season, the Banzai Executioners showed that they weren't simply going to concede; they had come to challenge.
As the first few matches transpired, the jockeying was intense. The Banzai Ladies put the challenge out first: only desire would define this week. Devin "Quicksilver" Quinn-Gibson redlined her engine driving the Banzai Ladies on and refusing to take her four off the pedal. Will "The Wild Dingo" Pestalozzi and Bo "Shizzle" Pelli jockeyed with The Terror Squad's men's team pushing and pushing the pack to respond.
Respond they did, with shot after resounding shot echoing off the walls of the arena that day. Captain Tim "The Nightmare Before Easter" Green led his team to the checkered flag this night. Strong outings from Mary-Elise "The Cannibal" Cassera and the always strong armed Sara "The Butcher" Henry sealed up the women's games. While it looked like this was going to be a distance race, team Banzai just didn't have the gas or the horsepower to keep up with this Terror Squad who charges into round two of the playoffs with a chip on their shoulder and a championship on their mind.
After the games ended this week, the free for all began. With each side of the gym packed with players and 14 balls laid out on the mid-line, this game broke the teams’ concept of Dodgeball down to its core. Keep your head on a swivel and be ready for anything. Veteran performances dominated the games, with the brash and fool hardy sent to the sidelines hoping their side would rebound and get them back in the game. In the end, it didn’t matter who won, just that everyone had fun.
Ghostbusters over Honey Badgers
"Ah come on, Adrian, it's true. I was nobody. But that don't matter either, you know? 'Cause I was thinkin', it really don't matter if I lose this fight. It really don't matter if this guy opens my head, either. 'Cause all I wanna do is go the distance. Nobody's ever gone the distance with Creed, and if I can go that distance, you see, and that bell rings and I'm still standin', I'm gonna know for the first time in my life, see, that I weren't just another bum from the neighborhood." -Rocky Balboa, Rocky
Though the outcome was never really in doubt and the seeding for these teams was set for the playoffs, the Honey Badgers walked bravely into the line of fire of the Ghostbusters, proving that if they were going to go down, they were going to go down fighting. The Ghostbusters entered the game with an 18 game win streak; these were not the same Badgers team they had faced before. Like the American heroes facing the armies of Santa Ana at the Alamo, this resolute Badgers squad was determined to make their stand.
For the men in Red, they walked onto the court knowing the defending Champs would come looking for heads and their personal trophy of an undefeated season. The Ghostbusters flexed their muscles in the form of James "50 Caliber" D'Amico and this season’s most feared player, Jon "The Rifleman" Law. But the Badgers marched valiantly into defeat with their heads up and arms firing. Despite a 5 on 1 rally from team Captain Joe "Don't call me Shirley" D'Agostino that eventually ended in his elimination, this was a game for the men that despite their valor, was never really in their grasp.
For the ladies the story was different. From the first scrum this was a different Lady Badger squad. Riding a hot streak from the past couple of games featuring not only the Ludgate Sister ("Killer" Caitlin and "Murderous" Meghan), but also big games from Lauren "The Mauler" Canzanese and Steph "The Laser" Zoltek, this was a Badger group with all the fight their team name conjures up. The Ghostbuster Ladies answered the fight with their traditional answers in the form of Laura "Gatling Gun" Verzi-Alcezsczyk and Danielle "The Answer" Brady.
Though both squads put forth a tremendous effort, the results were almost predestined. The Ghostbusters carry an undefeated record into the playoffs and look to capture another championship for the Iris.
Vicious and Delicious defeat Lightning Donkies
"To make a fighter you gotta strip them down to bare wood: you can't just tell 'em to forget everything you know if you gotta make 'em forget even their bones... make 'em so tired they only listen to you, only hear your voice, only do what you say and nothing else... show 'em how to keep their balance and take it away from the other guy... how to generate momentum off their right toe and how to flex your knees when you fire a jab... how to fight backin' up so that the other guy doesn't want to come after you. Then you gotta show 'em all over again. Over and over and over... 'till they think they're born that way." -Eddie "Scrap-Iron" Dupris, Million Dollar Baby
When the Vicious and Delicious squad started the season, they were an unknown entity in the SJSL world. Featuring a few veterans from the previous season but now the face of a new team and franchise, the fighters in Pink tied their shoes the same way at the end of the season as they did at the beginning. The difference was that this night was the last in a long season where despite being knocked down twice, each time they picked themselves off the mat and came back swinging harder.
Long the highlight of their season, the Ladies in Pink started the fight off with two games of domination. The Ladies in Green seemed taken aback and intimidated for the first couple of rounds. But they would be the first group to win a match against this Vicious ladies team across the tape. This inspiration fostered by Kim "The Punisher" Player and the return of Lisa "Freebird" Ferraro, was evident as the ladies focused on controlling the swing and taking their shots when available. But the Ladies from V&D proved that their arms were capable of delivering the final blow.
For the men, this was an all out slugfest. Both sides of the tape landed blow after blow in what turned out to be a fight going the distance. The Donkies, inspired by the return of captain Mike "The Thriller" Miller and "Smokin" Joe Kaufman, the Donkies entered the dodgeball ring determined to bring the fight to the Boys in Pink. But the V&D squad led by Dave " Demolition" Diets and Mike "The Murderer" Hall landed decisive blue after blow keeping the crew in Green on the canvas en route to a decisive win on the scorecards and ensuring a first week bye for their team.
Terror Squad over Banzai Executioners
" So I'm on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one-big hitter, the Lama-long, into a 10,000-foot crevasse, right at the base of this glacier. Do you know what the Lama says? Gunga galunga...gunga, gunga-galunga. So we finish the 18th and he's gonna stiff me. And I say, "Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know." And he says, "Oh, uh, there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness." So I got that goin' for me, which is nice. " -Carl Spackler, Caddyshack
The Terror Squad dance continued into the playoffs as they defeated a brave Banzai Executioners squad. This season brought a whole new experience for both of these teams. The Terror Squad saw their ranks swell and added a ton of firepower focusing on a date in the future that will serve to determine their destiny and define their season. On the other side if the tape, a Banzai squad short on wins, but arguably the team that had the most fun this season. "All work" met "all party" in a match to define and put a final wrap-up on what would be a defining season.
As usual, the ladies from the Terror Squad brought their A-Game to the course. For another week the walls sounded the echo of shot after shot from the arms of Sara "The Destroyer" Henry and Mary Elise "The Equalizer" Cassera, as ball after ball slammed off the Blue Bombers unlucky enough to get in the way of their shots. For the Gals in Blue, Justyna "The Finger" Janasik and Brittany Ann "Punisher" Pacula put forth an effort to outshine the frivolity of their situation having not won a game in the past two weeks. The streak ended with a win this week, but it was little consolation as the Terror Squad went par for the rest of the games and match.
The men's story was much of the same. Though the Boys in Blue put forth a valiant effort, this was a Terror Squad heating up at the right time. With the playoffs looming, the Terror Squad Fellas decisively dominated their games. As usual, Steve "Pops" Rhodes and Justin "The Mauler" Moffit carried the men to victory. The Banzai's tried to answer the call of this match, but they were in the hole from the start. Strong games from Blake "The Bomber" Pelli and Erik "The Wall" Werley were negated by a Terror Squad determined to take this win from them. As the game and the season ended with the last person out, both teams look to carve out their place in the playoffs. With a first round rematch it seems the future of these two teams will be further entwined as the path to a championship begins with the defeat of the other.
Vicious and Delicious over Honey Badgers
"It's easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you're a winner, when you're number one. What you got to have is faith and discipline when you're not a winner.". - Vince Lombardi
As the sun set on Tuesday night, there was a strange tension in the night air surrounding Ocean City Middle School. There was a sense or anticipation for some teams, angst for others. As the season draws to a close and playoffs near, there air seems to become charged with an energy part excitement, part fear. The electricity is almost tangible, like a static shock waiting to make contact and be grounded, but still hanging in the air.
For week 7 of Dodgeball, the tension was palpable. Captain Vince "Earl Grey" Early entered the Dodgeball arena with his teammates with one goal in mind - Losing was not an option.
The Badgers entered the arena having weathered a long and tough season and despite their success, this team was hungry for a upset win.
But the Badgers would leave this night still hungry for that win. Despite a late rally, the Pink Mafia asserted their claim for a #2 seed with a decisive win. But no means did the Badgers roll over, but V&D delivered a death punch after winning a one on one match that lasted forever.
Terror Squad defeats the Lightning Donkies
"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. "
- John Wooden
As the Grey and the Green entered the battlefield we call Dodgeball on Tuesday night, it was obvious that there was no love lost between these two teams. The Donkies were looking to salvage their season and gain some momentum heading into the playoffs. They faced off against a Terror Squad looking to keep pace for a #2 seed and first round bye. The pressure put both teams on edge, and this battle was destined to be settled that night. This was going to be an all out war.
With a Terror Squad rebounding from a short squad last week, it was obvious that they were out for blood. Back this week for the men, Cliff "Shotgun" Repetti dusted off his cannon and began laying waste to anyone unfortunate enough to be wearing green. Not to be outdone, traditional stalwarts and team cornerstones Steve "Road Warrior" Rhodes and Tim "The Whip" Green brought their usual a-game repeatedly crossing off kill after kill from their foes in green cross court.
The Ladies from the Lightning Donkies looked to bring all they had to the battlefield and let it fly. Suprising a usually dominant female squad from the grey side, the Donkies capitalized on some key points in the game earning victory with their catching rather than throwing. Despite a long range basket from Stephanie "Downtown" Street, the girls from the Terror Squad were locked in a dog fight with a resolute group of ladies wearing green that night. But the ladies ended the night dancing to celebrate the win as the Terror Squad left their opponent on the floor of the Dodgeball arena.
Ghostbusters defeat Banzai Executioners
"Let your workings remain a mystery. Just show people the results. "
- Lao Tzu
The results of this night would point to the fact that heading into the playoffs and locking up the #1 seed, the juggernaut that is the Ghostbusters would not be stopped, and tonight's victim would suffer what other teams had, and dominating loss.
The Banzai's enterex Tuesday looking to salvage a rough season filled with potential but short on success. Mardi Gras beads displayed proudly, the boys and girls in dark blue were holding onto a dream that their upset could shock the world.
But that dream, like most, ended in a stark reality with a whistle rather than a alarm, as the Ghostbusters flexed their Dodgeball muscles again and cruises to a win. Thus week saw the return of Pam " The Terminator" Tracey and Andrea "The Rifle" Simonini leading the ladies and the team to victory in decisive fashion.
Honey Badgers over Terror Squad
"You find out life's this game of inches... On this team, we fight for that inch On this team, we tear ourselves, and everyone around us to pieces for that inch. We CLAW with our finger nails for that inch. Cause we know when we add up all those inches that's going to make the f@#$%&* difference between WINNING and LOSING between LIVING and DYING.
I'll tell you this in any fight it is the guy who is willing to die who is going to win that inch. And I know if I am going to have any life anymore it is because, I am still willing to fight, and die for that inch because that is what LIVING is."
Al Pacino, "Any Given Sunday"
In an epoch battle for the ages, two teams entered the gladiatorial arena we call Dodgeball on this fateful Tuesday night, each side knowing that their win could only come from a loss by the other team. And as these pugilistic punishers slugged it out, it was evident that this fight was destined to go the distance. What had started with a couple of slow standoffs turned out to be a dog fight for the ages, with each team looking to land that final blow.
The Badgers jumped out to the early lead, landing body blow after body blow on the green crew. Meghan "The Gatekeeper" Ludgate started strong using a keen eye and a laser for an arm to eliminate player after player. Following on the heels of her sister, Caitlin "The Butcher" Ludgate proved that at the Ludgate household, they eat Dodgeball for lunch.
At first, things seemed bleak for the Donkies riding off their first win of the season. Nerves seemed to jar them from the start. Even the usually sure handed Jocelyn "The Kitchen Sink" Palaganas seemed to doubt her own hands, as ball after ball seemed to drop through the hands of the Donkies to the ground. But it became clear that this green machine wasn't going down without a fight. Despite their lack of a captain, Bill "The Candyman" Westerman took command and inspired his green mercenaries to fight on. And fight they did.
And so the dynamic of the game saw a shift. The Donkies righted the course and the match began to take on a new dynamic. In a game that saw momentum shifts throughout each match, the Badgers and the Donkies fought for supremacy of the animal kingdom. Catches on both sides of the tape caused swing after swing in the game, with each team unable to land that final blow. And when the last ball fell in regulation, the two teams stood deadlocked, declaring that only overtime could serve to determine the winner on this holiday.
Perhaps inspired by the Valentines from Badgers' Captain Joe "The Iceman" D'Agostino, this war seemed destined be one for the history books. With both teams pushing their reserve tanks to empty, each team would learn its fate as overtime would decide this night.
As the mixed teams slowly walked on the court, the line in the sand had been drawn. In the animal kingdom there is a fight or flight reaction when faced with opposition; and both of these teams of Dodgeball animals resolved to fight.
Quickly a crowd drew to the sidelines to witness the finale of this epoch match. Would the Badgers bite and claw their way to a win, or would the Donkies keep bringing the lightning and roast their opponent? The tension was palpable.
With balls flying and dropping on both sides of the blue midline, it seemed that this Herculean struggle of a game would push on into legend. Back and forth the two sides took shot after shot at each other, each trying to deliver the blow to end this fight for dominance. Catches caused momentum swings one after another on both sides of the take. But the tales they tell of that day will only point to one thing. Despite a heroic effort on both sides of the tape, the Badgers would prove to be the rulers of this animal kingdom.
Vicious and Delicious over Banzai Executioners
"The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime." George Herman Ruth (Babe Ruth)
On a day designed and started with love on both sides of the blue lines, it quickly wore off as the first time someone got hit on the court, and people remembered they were here to peg someone with a ball. As they walked on the floor Tuesday night, the Executioners were looking to live up to their name in both method and result. But their opponents Vicious and Delicious stayed true to their claim of being the more than just a middle of the pack team stuck in the standings; they are champions in the waiting.
So as the blood was shed (Thanks to Fabio "Stitches" Pawlus) it was clear that on this day the warriors in pink were determined to get their team back on track. Stellar play from Jason "The Animal" Kramer and Adrienne "Bulldog" Ricci helped stem the push of the Banzai Blues.
At one point "The Animal" and Pat "The Hitman" Hoffman even executed the rare double kill, with both men eliminating the other. Play after play seemed to indicate that Vicious and Delicious were not to be denied their drink from the winners’ cup, but the Executioners were determined to turn that wine to sour grapes.
As the battle continued the ladies from the Blue Squad held their own against the Pink Mafia. But the boys in blue found that the offer from the gentlemen in pink was one they couldn't refuse, and so goes the story and the game.
Despite valiant efforts from the ladies including Lindsay "The Monk Puncher" Plesniarski, Brittany "Crazy Train" Pacula, and Devin "Q-Ball" Quinn-Gibson the girls did their best to hold up their side of the firefight. But the fellas, led by Sean "SK Punk" Kolman, Captain Ed "The Shaolin Monkey" Sheppard and newcomer John "The PA Punisher" Plichter, just didn't have it in them this night. The Blue Tide just wasn't enough to stem the onslaught of the Pink Palookas and their quest for domination on this Valentine's Day.
Ghostbusters over Terror Squad
"Nobody roots for Goliath." Wilt Chamberlain
In the final match-up of the night, once again the returning Champions in light blue proved they had what it took to stay king of the mountain top. But even an under manned Terror Squad made sure to test the reigning champs and push them to prove why they are at the top of the standings.
The game started with the Ghostbusters jumping out to the early advantage. It seemed that though the Grey Squad had shown up for a fight, they didn't have it in them this night versus the champs. But as the game continued, the spectators began to realize not to rule out this undermanned squad and the irony that on Valentine's Day, this one would come down to heart.
This game saw its twists and turns, with each side jockeying to deliver that final blow to end the match. And while it was The Ghostbusters who jumped out to an early five game lead, the Terror Squad answered the call, winning five of the next six to pull themselves back into contention. Riding the arms of Tim "Too Nice to Be Mean" Green and Steve "The Scholar" Rhodes, the boys and girls in Grey pushed back and leaned on the champs forcing them to make play after play to stay alive.
The Ghostbuster ladies proved to be as deadly and accurate as they are toothsome, with key plays and throws from Celene "Snapdragon" Mancuso and Danielle "The Dentist Drill" Brady resulted in the women holding and pulling it out on their end. Not without their own stars in Sara "The Silencer" Henry, the Terror Squad looked to rebound from a slow start to take advantage of the boys and girls in blue. But The Ghostbusters would have none of that. When it looked like this might be a game destined for OT, the mercenaries in Blue proved that they are still the key holders for the top spot, knocking off the challengers for another week proving that it is going to take something supernatural to stop this team.
Terror Squad vs. Honey Badgers
"You win some, lose some, and wreck some." - Dale Earnhart
When Terror Squad Captain Tim "The Terminator" Green took the court that night he knew things were going to be different. With week 4 upon him and his team, he knew that he needed to push his team in the right direction as they were finishing the first half of their season. With the past few games under their belt, the Terror Squad came out with guns blazing against a valiant effort from the aptly named Honey Badgers.
Sara "The Cannon" Henry and the Street sisters (Stephanie "Sweet" Street and Veronica " Sour" Street) handled their business in the ladies games with arms reminiscent of cannons firing, while on the men's side, newer players like Rich "Megaman" Ciminini and Steve "The American Dream" Rhodes dominated the men's side. Bill "The Bunny Rabbit" Kroeger danced back and forth in the safe zone with plyometric moves that belied his frame and greying beard.
The Badgers were not going down without a fight, with Kevin "The Jumping Spider" Schaffer and newcomer Brian "Too Nice to be Mean" Keane ducking, dodging, and throwing for the guys, and Lauren "Last Hope" Canzanese and Katy "The Ladybug" Laird ending up solo versus 4 or 5 on the ladies side, but this was simply a team that was overmatched.
The final score gave the win to the Terror Squad, and they continue their quest to be a force to be reckoned with come playoff time.
Banzai Executioners vs. Lightning Donkies
"Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is." - Vince Lombardi
In a night unlike previous for the Donkies, they emerged victorious and pulled out the upset over returning power the Banzai Executioners. In what was a defining game for the Donkies, they relied on newcomer Adrienne "The Glove" Gass to provide that added spark to ignite their offense and defense, with the Executioners suffering the consequences.
Typically a powerhouse and a well disciplined team, the Banzai's just didn't seem to bring their A game, as the upstart Donkies recorded their first win of the season. For the Banzai's, Ed "The German" Sheppard and Pat "The Frat" Hoffman had their typical game, but this team might have over looked what is a very different and improved Donkies' team.
Bill "The Irish Cowboy" Westerman returned this week with his skills adding to the new found fire power of the Donkies, who put together their best game of the season. Finally snapping a three game losing streak, team Captain Mike "The Maniac" Miller said it best, "It feels good to get the win."
Ghostbusters vs. Vicious and Delicious
"In order to be the man, you have to BEAT the man." - Ric Flair
In a classic mid-season battle of #1 vs. #2, the Ghostbusters faced a determined opponent in the team Vicious and Delicious. And while there were whispers of upset leaking out from the pink sideline, the reigning champs showed the new team it takes more that just chatter to win the game; arms and heart make a big difference.
With a rare off night from the ladies of the V&D squad, the men's side looked to make a valiant effort to prevail, but came up short. The Ghostbusters frustrated the V&D squad on both sides of the ball, with both their throwing and catching.
Adrienne "The Rocket" Ricci tried to provide a spark for V&D, but it was to no avail. V&D benefitted from the return of Lisa "The Ferrari" Ferrero's return, but the Ghostbusters proved to be too much. In fact on many occasions it seemed if there were four or five Ghostbusters taking shots at a lone V&D player. Vince "The Ghost" Early danced, ducked, dived and dodged for what seemed to be an hour one round, but eventually his number was called by the dodgeball gods, and even he couldn't avoid the sideline trip.
When asked what happened, team Captain Vincent "The Ghost" Early said it best, "We just played our worst game of the season." Just when it seemed that V&D were about to take the advantage, a catch or two in a row shifted the balance in favor of the reigning Champs.
Continuing their undefeated streak, the Ghostbusters took full advantage of their opportunities and silenced the upset talk; proving once again, they are the team to beat. .