Monday, October 10, 2005

Crimes of Omission

Its been a while since I wrote about our hockey, Jerusalem Pizza. And its not because we stopped playing. Rather, its because we stopped playing well.

Losing is a bitch, and reliving it again and again is overly counter productive. But when every agonizng step I take reminds me of last nights games, well, maybe its time to blog about it.

In "My Losing Season," Pat Conroy writes that even though more people write about winners and winning, you learn more about yourself and your team from the losing seasons.

I usually take Conrack at his word, although the lessons we are learning aren't all that life changing. Sure, we find out who the character guys are, who the guys are who are out there giving 100% even when the game is out of hand, and we see who decides to skip a game for some bizarre personal reason.

We switched leagues for the fall, because our old league played on Wednesday nights and that had too much Yom Tov conflict. Last night we played a team that looked like an all star team from Joe Dumars league. They had top players from Joe Ds playing on one team, and the bottom line was, we played with them strong for two periods.

After two, we trailed 5-2, and then the wheels came off. We gave up 5 goals in the first four minutues of the third periodand they mercied us, 10-2.

Lesson 1: Ten overweight, over thirty, out of shape jewish guys are going to have a hard time competing with ten in shape twenty and thirty somethings every day of the week.

Lesson 2: Losing blows.

16 Comments:

Blogger Krunk said...

Where there's a will there's a way.Find a way dammit beacause I'm sure you all have the will.

October 10, 2005 1:53 PM  
Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

No offense, but you guys should take lesson 1 to heart more than anything else. You're playing this for fun. This aint the pros. Just play and forget about the winning and losing.
-OC

October 10, 2005 3:21 PM  
Blogger Air Time said...

No offense, but it is all about winning and losing.

October 11, 2005 10:15 AM  
Blogger Krunk said...

Yeah OC,what the heck have you been smoking?!?!

October 11, 2005 12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dont fight losing; embrace it!

October 11, 2005 12:29 PM  
Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

It's all about winning and losing when you're playing for something. What are you guys playing for? Do you think there are scouts in the stand waiting to give you your last shot at the pros? It's not even a beer league. It's for fun. You're not getting paid to do it. You're actually paying to play in it. Sure, winning would be fun. But, I've seen people playing in the JCC B-ball league go nuts over some foul or loss. Then, the ref would come over and laugh his ass off with us over the fact that these guys were getting so worked up when they're not really playing for anything special. He would laugh because they were fighting as if they were playing in the NBA. You're playing in your free time. If this makes you feel like you're Stevie for 60 minutes; fine. But, this something you're doing for fun. Get over it.
-OC

October 11, 2005 1:16 PM  
Blogger Air Time said...

What makes you think that paying to play and not having pro scouts waiting means you're playing for nothing?

We play to win, and we leave everything we have out there on the court.

October 11, 2005 1:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if not bring Klein back!

October 11, 2005 1:29 PM  
Blogger Air Time said...

Some prices are too high to pay, Besides, I doubt he would play as long as I am on the team.

October 11, 2005 3:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...the rabbi played hockey?!?!

October 11, 2005 4:19 PM  
Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

I'm sure you do. I'm not doubting that. But, there doesn't seem to be a reason to take it so seriously.
-OC

October 11, 2005 5:24 PM  
Blogger Air Time said...

Different Klein. The rabbi doesn't play hockey.

October 14, 2005 11:00 AM  
Blogger da shevster said...

if youre all overweight,and out of shape, you should play hockey more often then once a week

October 17, 2005 4:06 PM  
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