12-08-2003, 04:59 PM
Just out of curiosity, i was looking at the narch.com website and noticed something about MTV and 2 midwest teams. i have never heard of any of the teams spoken of, but i was curious if anyone knows anything more in relation to this matter. it sounds like it would be something to check out if i could actually go to las vegas in january, but for those people going to las vegas, is anyone going to go to watch this game if it is in fact a legit proposal by MTV. also, does anyone know when the game would be, if its going to be like 1000 people watching or what... just a few comments, i know before they tried filming rollerhockey on tv (RHI) and that went crumbling down like a stack of potatoe chips and a fat kid. can anyone help me out?
12-11-2003, 12:51 AM
Maybe I can throw a few cents in your direction. Firstly, over the summer, we came across a post seen on NARCH.com that was advertising the possibility of a new rivalry show hosted by MTV, which was for any teams that have had a bitter hatred for each other to reply. Conversely, The Chicago Magic and the likes of Greasy Joes Bottomless BBQ Pit had the pleasure of further pursuing this new TV show to be held in the spring, thanks to MTV. Furthermore, it will be a half an hour show in the spring portraying the rivalry between the two teams. It will involve some commentary filmed at both homes from both teams, and will portray the teams everyday bonding experiences as a team. Then following the shoots in St. Louis and Chicago, on to the Sin City of good old Las Vegas, where both of these teams will duke it out on the rink, with bragging rights until the summer of 2004. Some may ask what the rivalry is all about and from the best of my knowledge, here is what we have been enlightened with. Ever since the Chicago Magic entered the NARCH scenario 2 years ago, we were fortunate enough to have scooted by in the championship game. We had won our first national championship game in the Adult Senior Gold division in Minneapolis, Minnesota; yet more so, we had won with a phenomenal core group of guys; our best friends.
This tournament made us realize how much fun we had not only playing hockey, but hanging out with each other, having a good time, playing cards, having a few soda pop's, and getting away from all our baggage back home. We came to the conclusion that we should do this more often, so we got some special funding through McDonalds corporation and went ahead and dialed up some quality uniforms, thanks to Tour and Hyper. We then figured that if we looked sharp and played great, that we had the possibility of winning another national championship.
Following the pride and honor that the first cup gave us, we figured we would try out NARCH Winternationals in Las Vegas. Ohhh the Sin City sounded fantabulous, but some of us had never been there, so we were a bit queezy on what to expect. Well it just so happened that we ended up playing the likes of Greasy Joes Bottomless BBQ Pit in the semi-finals and hung on to avenge our previous summers nationals loss in a one goal, yet extremely physical, nail biter. We were on to the final and after slaughtering the North Avenue Beach Bums, we were flying high. Back to back "cuppies" was our fame and fortune and as time went on we, as a team, felt that the fun and excitement of people watching us play strived us to keep on truckin?. We entered more tournaments, had even more of a blast, and continued our winning streak. It may not have been national tournaments, but due to our sportsmanship and class, we had fans in neighboring cities such as Chicago, Bloomington, Detroit, and numerous other cities. We were looked up to as not having an all star packed team, but as a team that was closely knit and who took times to talk to youngsters and fans. Our hard work and determination paid off as it showed sportsmanship and class to all that watched, and to back it up, came cup after cup after cup. Man what a year?.
The following summer after Minnesota, we had the privilege of playing in a few Chicago regionals. The first one on hand was that of the NARCH Regional qualifier. Here we played two of the top 4 ranked teams in the previous NARCH Summer Nationals. Unfortunately for us, we had to play the likes of The Madhatters and Greasy Joes. After numerous penalties in a hard fought battle, Greasy Joes came out victorious. Not only was it a win for the out of towners (St. Louis) but after the game, they decided to rub it in, which was acceptable to a certain extent, but when it gets personal, it?s a different story. Following this incident, is when the true ?rivalry? started, and ever since then, was when the turning point was at its peak. We no longer had respect for Greasy Joes as a team, but decided we would try and take it to them the next time we faced. After watching Greasy Joes get eliminated from contention in the NARCH summer Chicago regional, we had our goals set to beat the likes of the Madhatters (Texas) who we had defeated in the semi-finals in Minnesota to claim the cup. After a hard fought battle, the Madhatters squeaked by with a one-goal victory. After the game, we all shook hands wished them the best of luck and went home. That game in my mind, represented true rollerhockey at its finest. End to end play, puck control, movement of the puck, and some solid goals by both teams, gave the fans a show. To top it off, both teams spoke highly of each other following the game, as friendships were made, and in my mind, that is what the sport of rollerhockey is all about. Even though we had not won the regional championship, we new we were a better team that came out a winner, not by winning a cup or a medal, but because we showed, heart, determination, sportsmanship, and class to those teams we played, and to the teams that were watching.
The next few tournaments we played in were a success, winning events such as the Hyper Crusade in Detroit, TORHS Regionals in Chicago, TORHS Regionals in Detroit, and a few others to cap off the excitement, but we new we had to stay focused as NARCH Summer Nationals was lurking around the corner in town full of heat and beauty, Estero, Florida. Here we would have the pleasure of spending time with our team on the beach, picking up ladies, having a few cold ones, and fishing, but most of all playing the game we love best, roller hockey! On to Estero it was to face off against teams such as the Bogotá Capitals (Colombia, T 2-2), Czech Mates (FLA, W 6-3), Madhatters (Texas, L 3-2) and the ProJoy Renegades (UK, W 3-1). After being given the 8th seed, we took care of the BC Blur in a physical, yet clean battle by the score of 3-1. The Chicago Magic then faced off against our ?rival,? Greasy Joes, who again were given numerous power-play chances to seal the deal, a game that got out of hand early, which put the 1st seed the advantage (3-2) and enabled Greasy Joes to go on to win their first title in 9 years. After the tournament was over, we felt that the best team was without a medal. Furthermore, Greasy Joes had the bliss of playing 4 games against 4 teams that didn?t even make the playoffs, easily sliding by with a record of 4-0 gaining a 1st seed. Well we took one thing out of the national tournament and that was that win or loose, we were down there to have fun, our Chicago Magic team was able to hit up the beach, head out to Ft. Myers Beach, pick up some ladies, played a round of gold, got all-star treatment by a teammates parents who cooked dinner for us every night, and lastly, realized what friendship and family was all about. We went home slightly disappointed, but the mental notes we took away from Florida, will definitely be notes we can work and improve on.
Even though we may not have won the battle this time, we also felt that we have had a successful year, we are currently trying to build our organization into future adult and youth teams who are looking to travel and play roller hockey at the highest competitive level. We have already set up a phenomenal website due to the efforts of Tom Keller, which can be seen at: www.magicrollerhockey.com. Furthermore, we are in dead pursuit on back-to-back NARCH Winternational?s Cups and a chance to humor numerous Magic fans across the Country, at the extent of MTV, who we give much thanks and gratitude for being chosen for this up and coming national televised segment and can only hope to portray MTV in a good light. Our team may not be the best team in the Country on paper; we do not have any superstar players, or pro players currently playing for our organization, but in our opinion, the reason for our success in the past two years, is our team unity. There isn?t anything that we wouldn?t do for each other in time of need. Over this span, we have each seen each other improve tremendously as players, but also as individuals. Our organization has been fortunate enough for the achievements and success we have taken upon us, but in retrospect, without the teamwork and unity of our team, we wouldn?t be where we are today. And our goal isn?t to win 80 national titles even though it would be nice; conversely, our goal unlike many teams is being together playing rollerhockey at the age of 40, playing in 40 and over, taking time off of work to visit our best friends, watching our kids join the rollerhockey community, and emerging the sport of rollerhockey as a nationally recognized sport. All in all, I personally can say thank you to Greasy Joe?s for giving me the fire and passion to continue playing the game, we now are set for battle as we play you in a months time. We not only will be stronger and ready for battle, but we are playing with the cards we have been dealt. No trickery or bribery is necessary for victory, but we will show you and the rest of the nation that we are the better team, maybe not by a winning margin, but we will show you how a team can be respectful through the sportsmanship, honor and class that we will portray as hockey players, but as human beings as well! In the ever so popular city of Las Vegas, we would like to wish you and your team the best of luck, and may the better team come out victorious!
Member, Chicago Magic
12-11-2003, 12:33 PM
Fantastic post. I hope your team has great success at WinterNationals. Please keep us up to date!
Inline Hockey Central
12-11-2003, 05:49 PM
Mr. Ultimate Warrior, what team do you play for just outta curiosity? have we had the pleasure of playing you guys in the past? weve played a few teams, but it seems like everyone that posts stuff online is always from the east coast or the west coast, and we really havent played anyone from the west coast yet....but if you guys are playing in senior gold come january, i wish you and your team the bested of luck.
12-11-2003, 06:11 PM
LOL. OK, you BOTH have great success, and end up in a tie game, no one scores in OT, and the goalies stone every shooter in the shootout until everyone's so tired that both teams quit. NOW are you happy? /wtimages/icons/wink.gif
Inline Hockey Central
12-12-2003, 10:56 AM
we played u guys? i guess i dont remember that....or was that the team we played and the big brother guy tried jumpin our goalie? i think he got a 5 minute major and we capitalized on it...if its not the game, then i dont know what it is...but i think ned kennedy played with you guys along with dave free? anyways, vince free is the newest addition to our team, if you know who that is...what a pimp that kid is...has hands like a 80 year old child mollester...lol....
12-13-2003, 02:26 AM
yeah, i hear ya...i remember you guys now...we had the goalie that lost his chasis in the middle of the game and one kid on our team gave our goalie his skate...man can you say teamwork? cuz without chewie our goalie would have not been able to continue..but im glad he gave our goalie his skate, cuz our goalie stoned u guys on a few mad rushes, but i guess thats what happens when u choose a goalie who played in the IHL.....hottttt damn....anyways, we were lucky to sneak past you guys and if for some strange reason, we have the pleasure of playing you "nice" lol guys again, let me know and ill be happy to bring the 40's after the game...lol...anyways, i hope to see you guys in vegas, and for sure come up and talk to me..im number 66, and id be happy to shoot the PSSHHH with ya for a few...anyways, best of luck in vegas, and i will ttyl...
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