Hey guys! You watched that Rose City vs. London game, right? What did you think?
I got to go to this bout because Chrome Molly is super nice and gave me her extra spot. Thanks Chrome! This “closed” bout had a limited number of attendees for permitting reasons, so they let people in based on their volunteer hours with the league. Pretty cool. Don’t worry, I totally volunteered while I was there by tweeting a little bit from the Rose City handle.
Neither London nor Rose City is particularly into the sausage (or banger, if you’re so inclined). London employed what fellow superfan Grant called a “passive-aggressive offense” – they would stop and hang back for a moment during a power jam, then send one person up to quickly break up a wall when needed.
Yes, there’s usually too much standing around in WFTDA play lately, but this game was, for the most part, hard-hitting, fast, and fun to watch.
The pack did come to a stop, sure. The action also slowed down by blockers stringing out the back of the pack to force an out-of-bounds jammer to come in behind them. Let’s face it: it’s not just boring when blockers are standing around. It’s even worse when a jammer is biding her time to come back in bounds.
On that, though: the back of the pack was called for pack destruction, and lollygaggers waving their arms 21 feet behind the pack seemed to be called for blocking out of play. London had six minutes in the box for blocking out of play, and from my imperfect memory from one live viewing, it seemed like it was often that last person in the back of the pack. Keeps the game moving. I’m into it.
Imagine the kind of hurt Rose could be putting on opponents if they could spend just 50% more time with a scorer on the floor – there were eleven minutes served in the box for Rose jammers, and six minutes for London jammers.
(BTW, you can find all these stats and more on Rinxter, which I maligned recently, but is now working just swimmingly.)
Baby Sour got a little pat while London Brawling skated under our London bridge, so he’ll probably end up being fun and a little bit proper, with his mother’s love of toast. Don’t you think?
Did you watch the game? What did you think?