If you’re reading this, it means you’re still following the longest sand volleyball season in the history of time. As a team, we’re 23% more likely to have cataracts now than when this thing started. We had a team member start the season with us and she’s currently three months into a new job (Hi, Jessica!). And the births! So many women at SA have had babies since the beginning of the season. I think one of those newborns is in fourth grade now. Lucky for all of us, there’s just one more game left. Won’t you join me on this trip down memory lane of things that happened last night? As my mom once told me with a lethargic sigh, “Fine.” That’s the spirit!
•If it was March and the temperature was 57 degrees, we’d be going to town on a Slip ‘N Slide because the heat would just be overwhelming. Unfortunately for you, me and Slip ‘N Slides from all over the USA, it is September so 57 degrees is unofficially arctic and borderline cruel. That sand was about as warm and pleasant as Gwyneth Paltrow in any place where you might encounter Gwyneth Paltrow. We did a toe count before and after the game and everyone came away fully intact – 62 toes, all accounted for. Sandal season 2015, here we come!
•Despite the cold, your Strategic Americans scored another victory. That’s two in a row, a minor streak in sports terms. #calisthenics The first game was close. We exchanged the lead at least four or five times. Michelle got hit in the head with the ball and Andy got hit someplace with the ball too, but I’m a gentleman so, let’s all give a hearty grunt for perseverance. Despite these bodily attacks, we snatched victory like it was the last shred of dignity within 50 feet of Justin Beiber. Every player on our team served for game point, so it was a victory we certainly earned. We do a lot of clapping when we play volleyball. We find it motivating and it helps us focus. Our opponents made at least two comments about our clapping last night. I guess they didn’t like it. You know what I don’t like? Losing like an idiot. They seemed fine with it.
•Oh. But. You. Just. Wait. In game two, we were down 11-0 and then we came back to WIN. You read that right. We came back from 11 points down and won. They fell apart faster than the plot of an M. Night Shyamalan movie. It was classic SA volleyball, except the other way around. Give an SA volleyball player a lingering hug today because that’s probably as close to a miracle as we’re going to get this season. A special mention should be made of Friend of SA Sean. He served us back to life. Coming in as a close second for the best part of the evening was when one sort of obnoxious player from the other team referred to his wife and without missing a beat, Courtney asked point blank, “You’re married?” It was best kind of everything the world needed at that moment in time.
Takeaway Quote of the Week!
“Don’t give me that ‘Quaker-in-a-topless-bar’ look.”
Game Photo of the Week!