Bz 4 – Mad Ferrets 4

jfkThis week previous The Bladezillas fought the Mad Ferrets. Up early by three goals the Ferrets came back, goal by goal, to tie the game at four. The game left the team shaken and afraid for the future of this once glorious franchise. Numerous members of this ageless group took to reporters to speechify and rally their comrades.

We caught up to Dewey Van Hussen on the bench, between exhausting shifts, as the Mad Ferrets came back from a three goal deficit to tie the game at four to four:

I have, myself, full confidence that if all Bladezillas do their duty, if no zone is neglected, and if the best plays are made, as they are being made, we shall prove ourselves once again able to defend our leads, to ride out the storm of shots, and to outlive the menace of our opposition, if necessary for seasons, if necessary for a single period. At any rate, that is what we are going to try to do. That is the resolve of our Captain and Assistant Captains – every man of them. That is the will of our defencemen and the forwards and our goalie. Even though large tracts of ice and many old and famous set plays have fallen or may fall into the grip of teams like the Mad Ferrets and all the odious apparatus of Division 10, we shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in International, we shall fight on Canadian and American and Legends, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the offensive zone, we shall defend our goal, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the benches, we shall fight on the ice, we shall fight in the penalty box and in the stands; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this team or a large part of it were subjugated and suspended, then our fans, armed and guarded by their righteous fury, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the Bladezillas, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old, proud, Division 10 Cup..

This speech, however much it may have drove the Bladezillas onward for the final 20, did not change the outcome of the day. Following the game forward Justin Doyle had this to say to those attending the non-win:

Believe me, I who am speaking to you with full knowledge of the facts, and who tell you that nothing is lost for Bladezillas. The same means that overcame us can bring us victory one day. For Bladezillas is not alone! She is not alone! She is not alone! She has a vast team behind her! a fan base full of vigor and tireless support! This sport is not limited to the unfortunate shot or bounce. This season is not over as a result of the tie with the Mad Ferrets. This game is a season long game! All the mistakes, all the delays, all the suffering, do not alter the fact that there are, on our roster, all the means necessary to crush our enemies one day. Vanquished today by mental force, in the future we will be able to overcome by a superior mental force. The fate of the season depends on it!

Finally, we caught up to William Fraser after the game:

I could not have blamed you for being the first to lose heart if I, your captain, had not shared in your exhausting efforts on defense and your many blocked shots and endless back-checking; you and I, gentlemen, have shared the labour and shared the danger, and the rewards will be for us all. The offensive zone shall soon belong to you; from your ranks the future stars of Bladezillas shall be chosen; already the greater part of its treasure passes into your hands, and when all Division 10 is overrun, then indeed I will go further than the mere satisfaction of our play-off ambitions: the utmost hopes of girlfriends, parents and merchandising teams which each one of you cherishes will be far surpassed, and whoever wishes to return home will be allowed to go, either with me or without me. I will make those who stay the envy of those who return.

With their spirits lightened and hope renewed the team looks forward to getting back to their winning tradition on Oct 12 against the StoneCutters. We caugh tup with a turkey to see how it believed the Bladezillas chances looked this holiday weekend:

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Right you are, turkey. And god bless.