(vol. 36W, no. 7; newsletter by b.n.)
On paper it looked like the Pirates were going to have their hands full. But no one reads the paper anyway, so that is why we play the game. But if you did want some kind of insight into the game, you might have thought, “Hey the Cannibals are undefeated. The Pirates? Well, they aren't. The Cannibals have guys like Tony Toscano. The Pirates? They have guys like #67.” So when the Cannibals got the first goal (on a bizarre shot that Harris literally did not see), you might have said to yourself, “Self, this is not a good sign.” And then they scored again. Was that the fat lady singing already? Nope, just Scott Miller warming-up for his annual President's day party (assist to Marty). And then a goal by LeMatty (assist to Gucci) to put the Pirates right back into it.

The final period showed that the Pirates were not going to roll over — no matter what the other team's record was. The teams would exchange goals (LeMatty again for us). Then Marty picked-up the go-ahead goal (from Kenny G) and then Kenny iced it on a feed from Gucci.

What happens when an undefeated team falls behind? Things get ugly. Sticks were being broken (and then said broken sticks were being thrown at opponents). There were guys being thrown out (and supposedly suspended for a mind-blowing five games). There were sucker punches and third men in. But the capper had to be Gucci trying to climb over the boards for a “line change” ... LOOK OUT.

Attendance (players): Newcomb, Gesior, Miller, LeMatty, Gucci, Wildman, Maccanico, Genalo, Matthews, Baio (sub). Net: Harris.
Scratches: Nicolosi,
Scoring: 1st period: 2-2 tie: Goals by Miller (Maccanico); LeMatty (Gucci). 3rd period: 5-3 Pirates: Goals by LeMatty (none); Maccanico (Genalo); Genalo (Gucci).
date of game: 1.26.09

WON 5-3


For his two tallies.

For an intimidating night — not to mention his two points.

For his helpers — and his attempted help — of a teammate in the waning moments of the game.

Glancing at the GoodSports Super Bowl boxes one might jump to the conclusion that Gucci is attempting to buy the outcome — after all, he did buy 16 squares. That said, there is absolutely no truth to the rumors that he told Matt at the front desk “I'd like the numbers 0, 3, 4, and 7 please.” Good luck to all!

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