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.