"So, what about our next opponents?" "They're elves as well," said Viv. "A team called Legends of the Asur." "Finally, a sporting match against our elven kin!" exclaimed one lineself. "None of this dreadful violence, just an exciting contest of skills!" "Hurray!" "They're from Ulthuan," read Viv off his scouting notebook. "High Elves." Tense silence ensued. "Several of their players are known for agility exceeding even elven standards. The foremost pundits in Ostland agree that they are favorites to win the league and beat all the other elven teams, while we are expected to finish second last overall, just barely ahead of the goblins." The lineselves exchanged glances and shrugged. "That's fair," one mumbled. Viv moved on to look at the sports paper. "When asked about what they had done to prepare for their match against us, one of the Legends players reportedly went on to laugh hysterically for at least five minutes." Sighs went around the room. "We do kind of suck," admitted Duneld. Viv narrowed his eyes. "He then went on to say that cricket is dumb." Suddenly, the room went devoid even of the sounds of nature itself. "Let's dwarf them." --- For a little while, things looked pretty great. The Cricket Club started off nervous; a very straightforward handoff for the lead-off score was almost fumbled, but the ball quickly bounced back into the hands of Berian Larah for the 1-0. Of course, with their 5 AGI Accurate Safe Throw (successful interception rerolled - curses!!) monstrosity at the ready, the equalizer following an almost successful wizard roll (the ball carrier was brought down, but the ball bounced back into the hand of a Legend) was no trouble at all. Unfortunately, the match went out of the rails with a double skull rolled by Wilien Gilbereth to make way for Eldril, and instead of a 2-1 the Legends scored a defensive touchdown of their own just before halftime. One of my main weaknesses as a coach quickly came to show: I don't know how to do 1TTDs. They're not particularly hard to even do with a Wardancer, objectively speaking, but I've never properly trained how to do them, and at least tonight I didn't have the presence of mind necessary to learn on the spot. My only consolation going into the second half were tons of passed KO rolls; the bloodweiser babe at least paid dividends. Of course, I now had to defend again, and Garyfiel almost killed herself trying to get the ball knocked loose - but Flint proved himself the epitome of capable by rerolling Dead into Badly Hurt. That was about my quota for luck filled for the day; the Legends quickly made a run for the endzone and neither Shewynn nor Eldril could stop the ballcarrier from the 3-1 lead. I did manage to come back for a 3-2; the ball had to travel far across the pitch, and I didn't quite manage to block my receiving lineman free and he failed the handoff. Luckily, I was deep enough into the endzone with enough players that I could recover the ball (with I think just about my only run of blocks going my way for the entire match) and run in the score anyway. Of course, I was playing other elves, and concentrated too much on setting up for a hopefully successful Blitz that I left myself perhaps more open to the 4-2 than I should have, leaving the 5 AGI Accurate Thrower to throw an easy pass without even an interception attempt this time around. Which left me with another attempt to try and score a 1TTD (this time more or less for practice purposes), which I hilariously bungled again. I need practice, and hard. A more than fair result; I got out-elfed and good. Spoiler On the bright side, with the MVP falling on Shewynn and just the right players scoring the touchdowns, there are several skillups waiting for me. Just what the doctor ordered. On the somewhat less than bright side, Duneld Bradmyn was brought down with a smashed collar bone, and is looking at an early retirement before scoring a single point of SPP. But that does mean he's essentially guaranteed to stick around leading the CCC for the long haul - and who knows, maybe he's planning a comeback one day...?