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Sausage Fest: Second Helping!

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


Manic Monday

Due to the fact that I was not able to be at the dodgeball game last week, I have no real update for you today. I have a brief summary as assembled from my roommate and Jake, but don’t be expecting much from it.

It seems that we continued our winning streak. The most recent score was something like 8-1. I assume there was nothing too notable about the match up because I didn’t hear anything specific. Instead the most noteworthy aspect of the night was the game after our official one.

Apparently our crushing defeat of Taint Funny was too much and they could not bring themselves to play their game against the JV team, so an experiment was had!

Since the two Sausage Sampler teams all know each other, and are almost all veteran players, the league owner/creator, Nick, asked them to test out some new balls. Apparently these are partially foam balls, and smaller than the typical dodgeballs we’ve been playing with. From the description I was not enthused. From playing with them, neither were they.

I love that Nick is looking into ways that we can play and have less people get hurt (I’ll have to tell you another time about our friend Marissa who has had two fingers broken at different times while playing). I’m bummed that this doesn’t seem to be the way though. I heard reports that they are very difficult to control, and not as fun to play with.

Here’s hoping that there is another solution! Thanks for looking out for us Nick!

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Varsity Game

Have I told you all before that I play dodgeball? Probably, since you probably already know me and I annoy you to no end with it, or you’ve been reading for a little while and…wait I haven’t actually updated since I started playing! That would be last season, and I guess now I’ll have to catch you up on that a bit too!

My first season was great, but a little disappointing. I liked my team, and we played well when everyone was there. The problem was that much of the team was easily distracted by other things going on in their life. There were two guys on our team who never came to a single game. One of them I never met at all. Because of the frequent absense of team members, we didn’t do nearly as well as we could have and the season simply wasn’t as fun as it would have been if we had played as a team the whole season. I made a specific note to not play on a team again without knowing that I was going to have fun.

That’s where the Sausage Sampler comes in!

What’s the Sausage Sampler you ask? Let me fill you in!

There is a group of people who all play dodgeball, or some other XOSO sport, and we tend to go out for happy hour every week. One of the weeks about an year and a half ago (just before I started hanging out with them) part of the group dubbed them the Sausage Sampler after seeing the dish offered on the menu of the local brewery where they were eating. The group has gotten big and it’s a lot of fun to go out any week, not knowing who will make it out when, but knowing it’s going to be a good group of people no matter what.

So, the folks in the SS decided that this season we needed to make Thursday night dodgeball the fun night. We’ve all experienced frustrations that come with such a large group of people, so we want to remember the fun parts and bring those to the forefront! It was suggested that we have a SS team, but just that was not enough for this crowd. There were enough of us gathered to form two teams, and then we had the DRAFT!

Unfortunately, Jake and I couldn’t be there. Instead we were in Carmel visiting his parents. So instead of being able to be right there, instead we waited patiently by the phone to get the call from the team captain. We were drafted to the same team, which definitely meant for the possibility of more fun for me!

This week was our first game, and it was awesome. The guys play well, and don’t treat the girls like they are the only players on the court. Because of this, we not only played well, but we had fun doing it! I’d say there was only one truly bad play during the game, and that was performed by yours truly.

It was a perfectly easy catch, with a nice arch to it. Too bad I didn’t think about that and step forward just a touch further into it. The ball came down not only through my arms, but then through my calves, which had almost caught it as well. You can be sure I’ll be stepping into the next catches.

The great thing about being on Jake’s team now though, is that I can do something truly horrible, and his awesomeness will be what people remember. There was one particular guy on the other team who was throwing mostly at the girls, probably because he wasn’t good enough to get the guys out. Jake got a bit sick of that, so he went front and center in the last match to goad him into throwing at him.

I don’t think that guy ended up taking the bait, but 4 other players did and he caught ever single one that came at him. The best part about that though, was that he wasn’t just catching and dropping to catch the next one. He was catching and throwing, which I think resulted in getting 5 of their players out!

I think I picked a good one!

Oh yeah, and we won 8-0.