Exciting Action and a Few Surprises!
This past weekend saw traditional powerhouses consolidating their gains, as the Runtern Arrows downed the Mecklenburg Silhouettes 4 (O) – 4 (P) and the Stone Hill Stoners taking care of the Salt Peak Sultans 10 (A) – 5 (A). Only the match between the Kendall Kings and the Dillard Diamonds yielded any real drama, as the favored Kings were toppled in overtime, 9 (A) – 7 (X) – 9 (A*). “This was a tough loss,” said the Kings’ player-manager, Alfred “Diagonal” Goner. “Two of our best margins were nursing injuries, so we knew it would be a tough battle. But we were there right until the end.”
“I’m proud of our team,” said the Diamonds’ manager, Felix Valloton, Jr. “Any time you go up against Diagonal Goner, you’re watching the scoreboard with your heart in your throat.” And indeed, the first six periods bore out Valloton’s theory, as there were several fast dislodgings, an unanswered Upturned Chair, and then a scorched ice ladder as time expired.
THE JUSTICE GAP CLOSED!
But then things took a turn for the worse for the Diamonds when Frank Iridesco closed the Justice Gap. “You play this game for thirty years, and you think you’ve seen everything,” said Goner. “But I’ve never seen that before. I went back afterward and looked at the tape, and his hand position, the precision of the way he got his forehead to brush the bump-cushion, it was poetry. Hats off to him.”
Of course, hats literally came off in the way of Iridesco’s brilliant play. “In the inter=period, there are all these hype teams that come out to rouse the crowd,” Diamond said. “You know: dancers, singers, acrobats, that kind of thing. We barely saw it. We were on the sideline, hatless, contemplating our fate.”
When play resumed, the Diamonds were resurgent, delivering a Stand Up, a Birthday Cake, and setting up but not completing a Fatal law. “Boom, boom, boom,” said Diamond. “Just like that.”
Dillard, making tentative steps toward securing a spot in the Global Circumnavigation circuit, now plays Kendall six more times in a row. According to Diagonal Goner, the Diamonds may face a different squad. “I’m getting both Harry and Harriet out of there, f you know what I mean,” he said. “I don’t have to disclose this, but I’m thinking mostly Angela. She has the desire.”
CRISP AND CLEAN
The standings in the Shore Division have now been thrown into chaos. La-Larrimore slides down the runway, sirens blaring, while Chalkridge holds steady in the sauna.
Player of the Week went to Lauren Claire of the Silhouettes, who stood in frame for ninety-two minutes without losing her form. “It’s all core,” she said. “I know that I look good, but that’s less important than looking good in the eyes of others.”
Next up: Runtern takes on Salt Peak and South Mother in quick succession, while Mecklenburg disbands.