Suffice it to say, things did not go as planned last weekend. I’m not sure what it was, exactly, but the energy seemed a bit askew, both at West Region playoffs and here on the home front. We watched a closer-than-expected bout between WOJ and Angel City on Friday. We had a Fresh Meat scrimmage the next morning where everyone seemed a little off-their-game–more falling, more haphazardness, and more communication issues than we’d normally have. Then, we watched our Wheels fight with heart and determination on Saturday and Sunday, only to land just shy of advancing to Championships.
I certainly wasn’t expecting that last one, not by a long shot. And, well, there aren’t many folks out there who feel warm-and-fuzzy about an Oly win, either. Yeah, not exactly the ending we were hoping for.
The few things that actually felt right last weekend:
- Beater Venkman was in town! We even got to play together on Saturday, for the first time since before she moved away, and it was a lot of fun. (she did awesomely against a tough squad of Meaties and home team skaters! Yee!) I’ve made some great friends since joining RCR, but Venkman and I go back even further, and nerding out about derby with her felt like old, comforting times. At one point, I thought to myself, “this is how it should always be.” Maybe it will be, in another year or so, even. Sometimes, it’s just nice to have someone that really gets you, and actually likes all your weird jokes. Twinsies!
- WOJ played it clean and classy, and never let up. There were a few moments during the games that could’ve gotten ugly, but our ladies kept their cool and did us proud. Frisky Sour recapped the Besterns weekend and summed it up beautifully: Rose City won hearts. They make me proud to be a part of this league.
- The Foreign Legion made waves of happiness at Westerns. The PDX viewing party squad went nuts when the live feed cut to our mob of cheering fans and purple signs, but even better than that was the comments from other leagues about how kind and super-positive our fans were. They represented us right, y’all.
- Scald Eagle was back on the track! Seeing people get hurt is terrifying, and her leg break against Gotham was no different. Watching someone come back from an injury and thrive, however, is indescribably awesome, and it hits me close to home because I had that experience. I smiled really, really big watching Eagle jam just like she did pre-injury.
- Oh, and speaking of cool fans, I kind of have to hand it to Wasatch. It was their first appearance at Besterns, and the display they put on was pretty damned amazing: