Anyone remember a little mention last week of how dodgeball playoffs were going to be somewhat anti-climactic because there was no chance that we would be getting past Hot Dogs and Tacos? Well, I don’t know how it was done because I was playing in our own game at the time, but Sausage Sampler: Banger (often referred to as the JV team) came out ahead of the previously undefeated team, meaning that after we won the game we were playing at the same time, the championship match was a second helping of the Sausage Fest!

As far as the journey to the second helping went, I have to say that I had a lot of fun.

Our first game was against Fat Crackers. I know about half of the people on the team, which always helps to make a game more fun, and I’d missed our regular season game against them because I had to work that night. The game was close, and I had a lot of fun playing it. At the last minute my friend Emilie on Fat Crackers was the last person left while it was tied 2-2. The decision to sacrifice her by walking off the court in order to start a new game and possibly tie again was an interesting choice, but turned out to be just a little too late. See, if there is less than a minute left in play, a new game isn’t started, so they sacrificed just a little bit too late. It benefited us, but I’m a bit bummed that we didn’t get to play it out. I do think that SS Varsity owes this game to the wonderful Nick and his half court shot. Those things can really turn a game around.

We then had a break while two teams I know a bunch of players on were matched up. The STDs and Boll Gobblers were a very good game to watch. I mean no offense to the STDs, but seeing how the Ball Gobblers play, I definitely thought that we would end up playing the Ball Gobblers. That is how it turned out, but it really came down to the wire. Sadly I don’t remember the final score.

Ball Gobblers

Next up we took on Ball Gobblers. In this game, it really came down to two awesome ladies as far as I am remembering. Rene (as I have mentioned before) is super awesome and caught two really good throws in a row to definitely turn that game around. Brandi then caught an awesome throw by Ball Gobbler’s power arm Chris which helped immensely as well. I wasn’t sure that we were going to be able to get through that game. I did have fun with them too, and I’m bummed that I won’t be there next season to play them when Tiffany is on the team!

More Gobblers

The rest of Sausage Sampler: Varsity got to rest for the next game, while I got back on the court for the All Star game. There was mention of me not playing, but I’ve been trying to take things as they come lately and have fun with it, so I wanted to at least be on the court, even if I wasn’t super involved in the game. That turned out to be a bad idea.

I was the last player in the first game, and I kind of just gave up because it was just a game for fun. Then I shagged for the second game to make sure that there was turn over in the players. The third game started, and I was more into than I should have been for an All Star Game when I would be playing yet another game afterward. I went for a slightly high catch that I was going to have no problem getting, when there was another throw coming in my direction. Next thing I know I can hear the crowd react to what is obviously someone getting hit in the head.

That’s when the pain set in because, wait, that was ME who got hit, not only in the head, but in the FACE!

I was in a corner of the court that was by the door, so I headed out that way in the hopes that the game would continue without much delay. The thrower of the offending ball was awesome and came out to make sure I was ok, as did a few friends. After the initial shock wore off I was good. I did have to clean my right contact though because the ball hit my eye weird and I couldn’t see well because of whatever it did to my contact. I ended up getting back out on the court for the last bit of the All Star game, so it wasn’t too bad!

Sausage Sampler!

Then it was time for the final game!

I have to be honest, I don’t remember a lot of this game. I know that I had a lot of fun, and it came down to the wonderful Erin on the JV team. She held her own for quite a while in overtime (in playoffs you play out the whole game if you’ve started one before time is up). She even managed to get Jake out which I believe was a personal victory for her.

Then the wonderful Michael Phelps ended up hitting her with a rebound from a half court shot, shooting him from least to most valuable player in a single play.

I really love that we were all able to play together and have a friendly game that was also competitive. That’s what the spirit of the league seems to be, and knowing that it’s possible definitely helps to give me a better perspective on the games that focus on the competition and not so much on the sportsmanship. I know that my perspective this week was already better after the first Sausage Fest and knowing that it could be more fun!

Now I just need to figure out how to play in the winter season. I will be returning to my role as spectator and part time shagger for the fall season.

If you’re in the Sacramento area and you’re interested in playing, definitely check out 16-08-2010 BEDA, Dodgeball