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.