Saturday, August 15, 2015 - Topeka
When last we left our heroines of the flat track they had gone to St. Louis and lost their first game of this season, 264 to 150. That was last month, this month they are in Topeka to take on The Capital City Crushers.This will be their sixth bout since 2010. Plan B has been victorious all of the years past. Could this be the year that Topeka turns it around? After the Mad Maxines upset against The All-Stars back in July, your correspondent is saying that any bets on a sure thing are off.
Taking a look at the hostess team, The Crushers have won six out of their ten games so far this season. Retention from last season is high so they are not having to start from scratch and build up a fresh set of rookies. They have only lost one out of their six games played at home (against No Coast's Road Warriors). Plan B is facing a different team than they have in years past.
I asked team captain Scarlet O'Scare Ya if they had been working on anything specific for this game or if they were just coming at this with a business as usual outlook. She told me that they were confident in just focusing on the fundamentals and playing to the best of their ability. This was the first year that they have been able to do that and it's worked more times than it hasn't.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the track, Plan B is lacing up their skates and getting their game face on. In a pre-game pow wow with Sk8l Attraction, we tackled the white elephant in the room head on-has the loss of the last game shaken the confidence of the team? She told me about how they had talked about it as a team and analyzed everything that happened that night. If anything, she said, the confidence level has been reinforced since it showed them what areas needed improvement and what was working. Everybody's really pumped up for the last game, we're going out on a good note.
When asked for a pre-game prediction, Scarlet O'Scare Ya said, "It'll be close. This is always our biggest game of the season so hopefully this will be our year." Sk8l Attraction had a hard time keeping the blood lust out of her voice as she praised the defense, "We're going to beat the shit out of them. Our walls are looking good and solid, I'm having trouble getting around them."
Sk8l took the line against Cecilia Pain as the game got under way. The Crushers drew first blood and held control until the third jam when Rayna Pain finally put some points on the board and brought the score 6 to 8 in favor of Topeka. The next jam brought a big jump as Rita "Jenna Jamazon" Ploy brought Plan B to the forefront with a score of 26 to 16. They held the lead until the the 12th jam when things took a strange turn.
I'm pretty sure that everybody has had that fantasy where you show up to the thing of your choice (concert, sporting event, spelling bee, whatever) and somebody has taken ill or been injured and there is a last minute scramble to find a replacement so that the show can go on. Suddenly, you are called upon to step in and take care of business.
The jam had just ended, The Crushers had just reclaimed the lead by one point and I had just made a note of this when I looked up to see The Pain coming over to tell me that she told the head ref I know how to jam time. Okay, I thought, and what does this have to do with the price of tea in China? As I'm noticing a general disorganization on the track where players should be lining up and the refs should be getting ready and the jam timer should be...missing?...the head ref, Jessie James, comes over and asks me if I can fill in as the jam timer apparently just had a melt down and left the track. Sure coach, put me in, just let me go grab my stuff. Luckily, I had my bag in my car since it was holding both of my work shirts (the one I just came from and the one I was going to after the game). This brought a brief point of contention as the shirt I was currently wearing said Plan B on the front and writer on the back. Luckily, Topeka has a surplus of sanctioned NSO shirts so after a wardrobe change, I found myself out on the track blowing the whistle and getting the game back under way.
If only Plan B could get things back on track as easily. By Halftime they were still trailing The Crushers 97 to 93. Sk8l would need a good locker room speech to turn things around.
Speaking of turning things around, it was at Halftime that things took another weird turn into The Twilight Zone. As the teams were leaving the track, one of the fans ran into the middle and started hollering about how the game couldn't be over yet. She was ranting about something as the announcer was trying to get security to come escort her off the track. As I'm wondering if I'm about to be drafted into service again (the job I'm heading to after the game pays me to deal with problems like this when folks have had too much to drink), about 14 more people run onto the track and start doing aerobics to Silento's Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae). Now I really feel like I'm at work. It turns out that they're all part of a local thing called Family Fitness Flash Mob. This is Topeka, Jake.
The second half got under way and it looked like Plan B was finally getting down to business. It looked a little bleak in the early part of the period but around the middle, Rayna Pain got a power jam and tied things up. Not too long after that, Sk8l Attraction got a power jam as well and gave Plan B a comfortable lead.
With less than six minutes of game time left, Capital City player Led Zippen went down in a pack. The EMT's tended to her and an ambulance was eventually called and she was carried off the track. Thoughts and hopes go out for a speedy recovery.
After a 25 minute game delay, the teams warmed up and the action was back under way. The score was still close enough that anybody could still win. However, as the final seconds ticked off the jam clock, it was Plan B who stood victorious with a score of 233 to 221. What a way to finish the season!
The MVP Blocker for The Capital City Crushers was Brawlin Barbie and the MVP Jammer was Maliciousmel5. Plan B's MVP Blocker was The Pain and The Jammer was Rayna Pain. Congratulations to all!
Well folks, just because Plan B's season is over is no need to start hibernating. The Junior Warriors have their season finale on August 17th and of course, The All-Stars are taking a little trip to Cleveland the 21st through the 23rd for Division 2 Playoffs. You can find all of the details right here on this website. Until next time, this is Jack Kerowhack signing off.