The Notodds and the Unevens slugged it out under improvised game conditions — uniforms, rosters, and the game site were all changed at the last minute — ending an afternoon of good football but an anticlimatic 24-24 tie.
Suffice it to say that the maroon-jerseyed Unevens completely dominated the game for three quarters, leading the opposing Notodds at one point by 20 points. The Beer Judge handicapped the game to a large extent after halftime, giving the Notodds enough advantage in the waining minutes to come back to tie the game. For the better part of one quarter, the Notodds were allowed to play nine players while their stonger opponents had only seven. They brought the score even at 34-apiece in the final seconds.
The change of venue, necessitated by flooding of Crown Valley Regional Park, pinched the game between two soccer games and made it impossible to go into a tie-breaking overtime period that would have decided which team was actually better.
Seb Gonzales was named the game’s Very Most Player, nosing out David Munoz and Colby Clendenin, who both had stellar games. Munoz was the clear favorite but left early to attend to family obligations, and that undoubtedly affected the balloting.
A more detailed game account and action photos will be posted here in the next few days.
There will be a post-game party during Super Bowl Weekend (Friday or Saturday) to swap stories, pass out additional awards, and watch the game film and photography. Check back here for details.