Week of November 26 (Game 1) – Separation game or face the consequences next week scenario 1. With the opportunity to possibly clinch a playoff spot and put even more pressure on the one team pursuing them, Shark Attack failed to take advantage and step up, forcing a showdown, winner-take-all game next week. Sour Grapes broke open a very close game in the second period with four unanswered goals to cruise to a convincing 4 – 1 win over Shark Attack and solidify its playoff position.
In the first period, things could not have started out any better for Shark Attack as right from the opening faceoff they attacked and pressured the defense of Sour Grapes, resulting in John Colucciello’s bomb from the point going in only forty seconds into this game, set up by some heavy fore checking by Mike Luise and Niko Vramis. If ever a message needed to be delivered by Shark Attack, this was it. The problem was somebody forgot to tell George Medeiros of Sour Grapes what that message was.
It was in the second period that Sour Grapes exploded on offense, took control and put this game away, scoring four unanswered goals in six minutes. Angelo Deluca (Kato who?) jump started his team’s offense a minute in as he was set up out front by Dave Costa and Mike Surette tying up this game. A minute after that, George Medeiros dared to go into the dirty area in front of the net to challenge the bigger defensemen and put back a rebound of a Rick Cassano shot. Three minutes later saw Chris Chiavelli get set up all alone out front by Dave, taking advantage of a defensive turnover. Rounding out the scoring in the period saw George score his second goal down the middle on some breakout passing by Rick and Dan Broderick. Shocked by this sudden blitzkrieg of goals by Sour Grapes, Shark Attack played some desperate hockey that paid off as Niko scored (if you call scoring by the ball hitting off your foot and going in), set up by Cooch and Mark Stickney with less than twenty seconds to play in the period.
In the third period, Sour Grapes shut the door on Shark Attack, playing shutdown team defense and position to run out the time and not allow any more goals. The win moved Sour Grapes comfortably into second place overall in the standings. The loss by Shark Attack now sets up a winner-take-all showdown against 11 Guys, 1 Ball next week to determine that final playoff team! Will this be the beginning of the end for the so-called greatest Over-30 captain’s championship run?
Week of November 26 (Game 2) – Separation game or face the consequences next week scenario 2. Knowing that the team in front of them in the standings had just lost, 11 Guys, 1 Ball had a golden opportunity to leap frog past them and move closer to clinching that final playoff spot. However, when the game started, 11 Guys, 1 Ball was missing half their team and would lose their best defensemen to injury at the end of the first period. The lack of subs took its toll as Yellow Submarine routed 11 Guys, 1 Ball by a 5 – 1 score.
In the first period, Yellow Submarine continued their season consistency of scoring the game’s first goal when Jason Carrien jumped into the offense on passes by Matty Iannello and Umberto Biancardi only two minutes in. This was followed by Matty scoring out front with just over a minute to play, set up by Tony Bono and Walter Maslak. Sensing this game was quickly getting away from them and needing a spark, 11 Guys, 1 Ball got it from John Mastrocola whose deflected shot went in with less than a minute.
After a scoreless second period that was starting to take its toll on the team endurance of 11 Guys, 1 Ball, Yellow Submarine broke this game wide open with three unanswered goals late in the period and outshooting their opponent by more than a 2-1 ratio. First it was Brian Kehoe, followed by Walter, followed by Umberto.
Just like Shark Attack came to realize before them, the loss by 11 Guys, 1 Ball now sets up a winner-take-all showdown against next week to determine that final playoff team! Will it be Portuguese Power or Portuguese Power failure?
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Two more prestigious awards were handed out last week… Sandra Glista and Mike Naczas were awarded the MVT Award (Most Valuable Turkey???).
Since Sandra can't win the goalie of the month award.., the league wanted to recognize her commitment and dedication as a fill-in goalie.., which also means that Jason Glista is it co-recipient (or co-consumer) of Sandra's award.
Since this award was handed out coincidentally "after" thanksgiving… The turkeys were on sale "buy one get one free".., not wanting to pass on a free turkey, the frugal league director had to figure out another recipient of the MVT award and chose Naz because of his dismal and pending Pink Stick Bag Challenge failure.
One Extreme (or the other)
Today’s final game of the season for Shark Attack Captain Jim Barber there are just two “extreme” scenarios that can be summed up this way;
Or… It could go something like this;
At least we can say that Jim was there for his team unlike another struggling "Captain ??" who chose to hide while his team fights for their playoff lives.
Good news for Yellow Submarine... Umberto"Papa Smurf"Biancardi made his return and got back to scoring touch and filling the void left by Ray Nickerson's absentee.
We heard to the grapevine the papa was in Myrtle Beach golfing last week.., which is typically reserved for "after" you get bounced from the playoffs. This makes us wonder was Umberto;
A) Getting a practice round in case Yellow Submarine gets bounced in the 1st round
B) Celebrating his 2nd best season ever thanks to "The Great One"
C) Launching his new line of golf towels
Ladies and gentlemen we would like to introduce to you (2) New nickname recipients;
Walter"Cheech"Maslak and fellow sidekick and teammate Steve"Chong"Iacoviello, or as they are now referred to from the "Statler & Waldorf Heckling Bench"... Look as those two.., they are like "Cheech and Chong" out there.
You must be this tall to ride... and you must "play" this many games ("X") to qualify for the playoffs... The problem we haven't solved for "X" and the League Director has yet to disclose what "X" is when asked.
One would thing that "X" needs to be greater than the (4) measly games that "Ghost Captain" Scotty Young played. If he misses the last game of the season and his team manages to get into the playoff, can playing just “1/3” of the season qualify??... Or does the league have rules and standards that are equal for all players?
For two weeks in a row now we have watched Ray Dow bench himself during a game. Ray's 38-year-old mind s trapped in a 58-year-old body.., and is still suffering the after effects of “The Worlds.”
Ray has expressed that he’s done everything he can to try and heal his back or at least ease the pain.
We have one last suggestion before Ray shelves himself;
Ray try going to League Director Bill Abcunas’ Back Doctor… Bill’s specialist successfully “removed” his aging spine thus relieving him from any pain, decision making, job tasks, money collection, and playing commitment.
Being spineless, has resulted in an increased willingness to chase kids away from watching the games with interest.., creating additional unenforceable rules and not taking great advice from his two top advisors (ie: New NHL 3-on-3 OT Format), and he knows who his “top two” confidants are; they are the ones at “every” meeting with fresh new ideas that has improved the league.
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