Just one more

After last nights OT loss, I got to thinking about the term of “just one more”.  By that I mean just one more championship.  For years my drive and determination to win championships has been the fuel for me playing hockey.  With me hitting 37 this year, its quickly becoming apparent that I am slowing down.  My reaction time has decreased through the years.  I am starting to doubt just how much I have left in the tank.  Not from a competing standpoint, but from an ability standpoint.

At the beginning of this year, I wanted to achieve 25 championships in my short rec league hockey career.  Now that I have achieved that and more, I have learned that it will never be enough.  Even if I win #27 or #50, it will never be enough.  I will always want one more.  So I guess the question is, how do I measure my success if its not with a championship?  I know I tell myself its playing with my friends.  Its just not enough to keep that competing spirit down within me.

It has to end sometime, and I am hoping that transitioning to ice hockey reffing will remove some of this drive.

Everyone makes mistakes

Last night I got together with another ice hockey ref to go over the test questions on the reffing test, as well as talk to him about what the seminar is going to be all about on Saturday.  We exchanged stories about reffing and he had some hilarious ones to share.  He also had a couple to share about calls that he missed or made mistakes on.  In essence, everyone makes mistakes.  As an aspiring ice hockey ref, I know I will make those calls and regret them down the road.

The only reason why I bring this up is in our game last night, a goal that was apparently scored by the opposition just sat on the goal line, which I covered.  The puck was clearly on the goal line, not half way into the net on the goal line, but sitting on the line.  Yet, the ref called it a goal from up the boards.  People on my team knew it was on the line.  The other team knew it was on the line.  I was told by 1/2 the opposing team it sat on the line.  A mistake was made, and yet I wasn’t upset by it too much.  Yes, it was a deciding goal that sent the game into OT and we lost in OT, but I am not concentrating on that.

With me being a ref here in the next few weeks after I pass my exam and seminar, I know I will be making those kinds of mistakes every once in a blue moon.  As a ref, I have to make the call as I see it, and if I make a mistake, I will own up to it after the game.  You can’t call it back, you have to stick to your guns.

Marketlab now sits 2-1-1 after the OT loss last night, and we have some tough games coming up.  I have not played my best hockey since the first game of the season, and its going to be put up or shut up next week.  I have to turn things around on my end.

I am looking forward to this seminar tomorrow.  I really want to make a good impression out there and I will.

Came out on top

Malys had a heck of a game against the #1 Aces/Sawbones team tonight.  With the game deadlocked at 2-2, we scored a pivotal goal in the 2nd period to take the 3-2 lead.  That is the way it would last until we notched an empty netter at the end.  They did tie the game near the end of the 3rd period, but the goal was called off because of a man in the crease.  Talk about a very fortunate call, but it was one I will take thats for sure.

It was good to play hockey at almost 100% strength.  Last week I was still recovering from that nasty bug I had.  Tonight, I felt quite good.  It will take time for me to get my speed and reaction time back though.  I just hope I have enough with my Marketlab team playing tomorrow night.  Winning tomorrow would put us up to 3-1 and in a very secure spot with 6 games to go.  Lets see how we react after that egg I laid last week with them.

Road to recovery

Last week on Thursday I ended up catching a pretty serious bug that was a cross between the flu and some gastro-intestinal bug.  I was laid up for 3 days straight and the last week has been a challenge for me physically.  I missed my game on Wednesday, only to come back to a 9-8 loss last night in a game we should have probably won.  I was not at the top of my game after missing my game on Wednesday and really not feeling well for the last week.  Still, that puck just did not bounce for me.

I got a piece of a couple of the shots that went in, but defensively we didn’t play well.  We missed our passes.  We just didn’t play as well as we should have in that game.  That being said, we weren’t going to go 10-0 in this division.  A loss is just what the doctor ordered so to speak.  Now we will make some adjustments in order to get back on the horse and win next week.

I am the most disappointed with my performance though.  I moved like a 37 year old that just got over from being sick.  My concentration wasn’t there.  I didn’t see a lot of the shots because of that lack of concentration.  My movements and reactions were very slow.

Still, as I said, it was my first game in a week and coming off of illness.  Next week is a new week and I have to put this game behind me.

Good start

Marketlab had a nice start to their season with a 7-5 win.  A game where we would nab the early 3-1 lead in the first, but give up 4 goals in the second period to go down by 2, and then rebound with a good 3rd period and win by 2.  It was a see-saw battle, but one we came out on top with.  Its early in the season, but a good start like this really helps matters.

I played average again, but I was also hobbled by a lower back strain that was really just killing me at times.  My team played very solid in front of me really limiting their quality scoring chances.  I was probably playing about 75% of my full capacity though.

After that game, I went home, ate, and then crashed early.  When I woke up Friday morning, I had zero back pain.  I have to wonder if it was some kind of pinched nerve or something instead of a strain.  Either way, it was good to feel 100% better for my vacation.

My wife and I celebrated our 10th anniversary today in Chicago.  Tomorrow we start hitting all the museums and the aquarium, and then get back here for a nice nap and then hitting the Jimmy Buffett concert in the evening.  I should get some sleep soon in preparation for what lies ahead.

A price to pay

My first hockey game in over a week and a half went through fine.  The problem is that the win was not without a price to pay.  That price is my back killing me.  I must have strained something because my lower left side of my back is aching.  I am just trying to sit and take pain medication here at work.

We won 6-4, but I let in a couple soft goals.  I can chock that up to not having played in a while.  I will get better in time.

I was happy to get off on the right foot this season, and I hope I will get off on the right foot tonight when my Thursday Marketlab team plays.  I just hope my back responds positively.