Persian empire rises from the ashes
From the western perspective, one of the great moments in history was the stand at Thermopolis. A vastly outnumbered Greek army held at bay for several days an army of Persians that was purported to be invincible. Although all the Greek defenders were eventually slaughtered, the Persian army was so decimated that they were unable to conquer Greece and western civilization has thrived ever since.
Today the story was different. The Persian lead white team showed up at the fields on a beautiful day short handed. Officially it should have been a forfeit. But the vastly superior gray team decided to play anyway and they would pay the price. Despite heroic efforts by Gregor, the core of the gray team, defenses lapses plagued the team all day. In disgrace of their noble predecessor, the gray team was unable to hold the line.
Instead they allowed players to run rampant behind their defense creating havoc. Own goals and two missed penalty kicks by captain and league stand out Josh Trieste cost the gray team the chance to advance. Dealing captain Josh his first playoff loss in three seasons. An exuberant Persian captain Kevin Mohagmadan was heard to say after the game that if it weren't for the two terrible penalty kick calls the game wouldn’t even have been that close.
Only time will tell if the white team can carry this history changing momentum to a championship. A team that has been consistently short handed this season and therefore under achieved has the talent to compete with the big boys in the MGASL league, as seen today. But can they get the players to their semi-final game next week against Red. Can they avenge their 9-0 shellacking from earlier in the season? I guess we will see next week.