That's how I'm feeling after Saturday's game.
My team WON. By a LOT. Something like a 50 point spread. Yeah, I know!
I DIDN'T GET EJECTED.
I got close to the ejection threshold, but was held back by an event no one saw coming...
I JAMMED AND DIDN'T SUCK TOO BAD.
For those who have never seen me skate, this is a BIG DEAL. I'm not an agile, lithe jammer. I'm a big, oafish blocker. However, near the end of the game our jammers were getting tired, yet we still had around 3 jams left in the game. So our team manager Kasey Bomber turned to me and said, "Hey Tara, wanna jam?" I looked over at the other team and said, It depends on who goes up in their pack. Kasey stares at me and says, "YOU THINK IT MATTERS?!?!?!"
Right then the Varsity Brawlers' team captain (who is also one of the hardest hitters in the league) got ejected for penalties. So I grabbed the white jammer helmet cover and said, OK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The best part of my Epic Jam (other than keeping the other jammer from scoring by calling off the jam before I could rack up any points myself) was hearing the announcers after I broke out of the pack the first time (jammers gotta get through the pack once, skate a lap to catch up to the pack, and then on their second round they get points), "And jamming for Fight Crew...TARA ARMOV??!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!"
It was fun.
The game was fun.
WINNING WAS REALLY FUN!!!!!
Here's some pix from Rinkrat:
Me watching the rest of my team do the dirty work:
Juana Beat'n sets her sights on Judy Gloom, who is hiding behind my behemoth mass:
Murals in progress:
And the money shot of the evening...Tara jamming.
I got some great comments through the course of the evening, including:
I never noticed the look you get in your eyes when you're about to hit someone. It'd stop ANYONE with any sense!
When you jammed, YOU WERE SO FAST! I didn't know you could skate that fast!
YOU MADE IT THROUGH THE ENTIRE GAME! Did the victory lap feel weird?
It may have been the last game of the season for my team, but it was a victory that we needed, and I think we'll be the Dream Team in the '09 season!