Thursday, September 9, 2010

Working to "beautify" the website

Yeah, yeah, I realize the website looks like it is from 1997. Too bad.

I tried to beautify the stats and anecdotes pages by using my favorite trick of embedding google spreadsheets.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Shuley Cup 2010 Underway

Sent out website links to the masses and hoping to easily fill the 40 players and 4 goalie spots without too much hassling (or hustling).

Will try to beautify the website when I have time.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Shuley Cup Finals Recap (Nov 14, 2009)


It was an exciting, down-to-the-wire final game. Both Goannas and Schrock On! gave the game their best effort and it showed.

First period, both teams showed a lot of hustle, but neither team put up any points.

Just under one minute in the second period, Todd (Goannas) notched a goal with some help from Cap'n Schrocky and Micah. Schock On! responded at 9:46 left in the second period, when Bobby won the face-off and scored. 45 seconds later, Denny had a breakaway and fooled us by staying on his feet and ripping one past Marco. Bobby added to the count with help from Kieran bringing the score to 3-1 for Schrock On! at the end of the second period. In the 3rd, Rossi (Goannas) notched a second point for himself in the tournament with assists from Gais and Jeff.

The last 10 minutes of the game was nervewracking -- lots of shots, skirmishes in front of the net, rushes, and pure excitement. A tie situation would have led to a shootout and in the last 30 seconds, it looked like Goannas were going to tie it up, but Schrock On! held on to the one goal lead for the championship.

The "Shu" Cup award (this consisted of an actual shoe donated by Melissa; trophy built by Pauly) was given to the Goannas for their valiant effort.

Schrock On! was presented with the first ever Shuley Cup Champions trophy. They were also given a trophy containing the mini-Heineken keg which was drunk during the Shuley Cup Live Draft Party. (there are pictures). The Heiny trophy will have a plaque where year after year we will inscribe the champion team's name.

Tournament MVP went to to the well-deserving Billy the goalie who was tantamount in gettiing Schrock On! into the finals and helping them clinch the win.

Thanks everyone for the Bruins jersey :). I will wear it with great pride!

Barb (tourney photographer) will have pictures available. I will send out a link as soon as possible.

I will also be sending out a questionnaire sometime in the future on how I can improve this for next year.

Thanks everyone. Hope you're resting up nicely.

Day 2 Shuley Cup Update (Nov 13, 2009)

Sorry if I ramble on. It's late.

The afternoon games were very exciting and set the stage for some serious team plotting/strategizing sessions:

Schrock On! defeated All Swedish, No Finnish by a rousing 5-1 with some help from Bobby's hat trick. The blue line turned out to be a huge thorn in All Swedish's game plan. I think they broke all records for number of offsides committed by any team. :)

The next game had us on the edge of our seats. Looked like Goannas would cruise to a 2-0 win, but late in the 3rd, Jonathan Su snuck a goal in to break the lead in half. With one minute left on the clock, Ike (with an assist from Jonathan Su) scored to tie the game.

This brought the team records to:
Schrock On! 2-0-0
Goannas 0-0-2
All Swedish 0-1-1
Strange Brew 0-1-1

Later that evening, Strange Brew played All Swedish. Kunelius kept up his theme of gaining a point on every team goal by helping score 4 goals. Strange Brew chipped away and managed to tie up the score. The last 30 seconds were tense as a penalty was handed down to Franky (Strange Brew) for roughing. Game ended in a dramatic tie, setting the stage for an interesting game.

So.. if Goannas lost to Schrock On!, there would have been a three way tie for the 2nd playoff spot. However if Goannas lost AND had fewer than 5 goals, they would not make the finals, but Strange Brew would based on goals scored. BUT if the very defensive Goannas could eke out a win, they would make playoffs. So here's what went down:

Goannas scored 3 goals in under two minutes in the first period. Scrock On! looking not as sharp early on managed only 1 goal in the first. Second period, Goannas notched another goal, but Schrock On! fought back with two more. Just after the 3rd period started, Scrock On! added one more goal, bringing the game to a tie. However, with 4 minutes left Jon Gais (Goannas) scored the game winner and clinched a spot in Sunday's finals. It was an amazing finish.

Finals: 3:40pm Cambridge
Schrock On! vs Goannas

And we did hand out some prizes tonight:
Schrocky award: Chris Peterson (I have your trophy. will trade for the jersey)
Platypus award: Bobby
Runner up to the platypus award: Jonathan Su
Nuge award: Bryan Marble
Eizy Award: Robin Lubbock
Denny Award: Todd Parkin
Swinny Award: Mike Kunelius

Some fun facts:
34 different people earned points
13 different people got penalties. Ryan (originator of the Eizy most gentlemanly player award) had the most penalties. Ryan's team recorded the most penalties as well.
36 goals scored over 6 games
No shutouts were recorded

Those of you not playing tomorrow are more than welcome to come watch the teams play. I'll be sending out another email sometime in the future asking what I can do to improve this if/when I do it again. Looks like people had a good time, so I'd like to have a 2nd annual "Shuley Cup".

Big thanks to the 4 captains whose services I essentially volunteered (ron, ken, pauly, ryan), to Nuge for always getting sucked into helping, to Barb for being team photographer (she would have played but is on injured reserve), tweety for the t-shirt design (come get your thank you gift from me), Lukas for showing me how to run the clock, and everyone else for being incredibly helpful and patient.

I had as much fun as everyone out there. Hope to do it again next year!!

1 Day 'til the Shuley Cup (Nov 12, 2009)

Hi Guys,

Hope you're all excited about the weekend. gonna try to keep this short, but there is some important info in here

1. Waivers/Shirts: If you haven't signed your waiver, please show up at the rink by 7:30p (if playing at 8pm) and 8:30 (if playing at 9pm) and sign it before heading to the locker room. Not sure if we'll have access to all 4 locker rooms, btw so teams may have to share. SORRY.

2. Slap shot: People have asked whether slap shots are allowed. Answer: absolutely. This is being run like a real tournament, so keep your heads up, take shots, play hard, play the body. Don't be a douche, puck hog, or unsportsmanlike. I reserve the right to remove people from the tournament, fyi.

3., Those of you bringing white jerseys: We would like to tape numbers on your backs so give enough time before Friday's game for that.. or you won't get credit for goals/assists.. or penalties. :)

4. Several awards will be presented on Sat night AFTER both games, so please try to stick around for that!! The awards are: best offenseman, defenseman, most defensive offenseman, playmaker, gentlemanly player, and clutch performer. A tournament MVP will be announced on Sunday. If you have any input on who should get an award, let me or the captains know.

5. The rink is Everett (in my opinion) is a pain to find. It is on Elm STREET not Elm Road or East Elm.

6, My # in case you want to shoot the breeze, complain, praise, prank call: 617-xxx-yyyy

Let's have some fun.