Victory for THEE Magic
Posted by: Unbiased Reporter on 2013-09-22 19:21:29
THEE Magic came away from today's game with a moral victory if not a scoring victory. Notice to all teams other than Gold - when playing the Gold team, expect the commish to start the game at 2:30 without notifying the other team that the play has started. Like Kev always says, if you don't like it, start your own league. THEE Magic's fill in keeper was on the field talking to another team member when the ref blew the whistle to start the game and Gold was charging hard while THEE magic keeper wasn't yet in the box, with one shin guard and no gloves on and two men down. Obviously the Commish wasn't too concerned with courtesy regarding starting the of game, more likely was looking capitalize on the mismatch. But, the game did start at the appointed time, and if you don't like it, start your own league. Rare Gold managed two quick goals, one against a bare handed substitute keeper, in the opening minutes. What a difference the overall result would have had the referee bothered to make sure that both teams knew the game was starting. Will be interesting to see if future Gold games start as punctually should the Gold find themselves down a player or two or not having the initial kick off. Captain Magic Mog, although arriving late, made his presence known within seconds by putting in a free kick to pull within one. But, the referee called the goal off. What was his reason? The Gold team failed to provide the kicker with 6 yards of clearance. Magic Mog said, "I didn't ask for six yards." The ref's reply, "But if you had missed and they hadn't given six yards then you would be mad at me." Really? The referee decided to take away a goal from one team because if the team hadn't mad e the goal then that team may have gotten mad at him? Is this even legal? And in the presence of the Commish? Wait, not it the presence of, but in favor of the Commish's own team. A few minutes later, a ball out on the end line had three Royal players calling for a goal kick kick without argument from any Gold players, but the referee awarded a Gold corner kick. From where I sit, this fish doesn't smell very fresh, but apparently the referees know who signs the checks. Gold is clearly a competent team, with Hiram stepping in to deny several passes, Billy Al-Tousy back to play (and score), team Captain Iyad leading the way, and the inestimable greatness of James "The Toe" Freeman. It will certainly be a shock to them when they are counting up goal differentials on the last week of the season to find that they haven't made the playoffs. Take away the two early goals while playing with fewer team members and a keeper who didn't have his gear on (you don't like that we start on time, start your own league) and add back in the goal that was mysteriously not allowed so that the ref wouldn't get his feelings hurt (start your own league where goals count because they go in the net, guess?) and the game results would have come out the other way. And THEE Magic did all of this with both the first and second round players out for the week. On the tally sheet Rare Gold beat THEE Magic, but everyone on the field knows the real score today. This game servers as notice that there will be no mercy going forward against any of teams with visions of a championship. THEE Magic will not be denied at the end of the playoffs.