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.