Tuesday, February 08, 2022

A Season Begins

Elo 20.6 started his season Saturday night. 

First league game. A legendary rivalry. And he's happier playing hockey than he's ever been. 

Athletics are a funny thing. We always see stories about athletes who get closure in their careers, but for the vast majority, even professional athletes, there is no closure. It's a kind of haunting, and it's the nature of being a highly competitive person, really. 

For Eli, though, this season is closure, and in the best way possible. The other guys on the team are great. He's helping coach the goalies on the lower teams, and it's something he really enjoys. It just couldn't be any more fun for him. 

I'm not going to give team names or too many details (things have a weird way of coming back around on the Internet), but I'll tell you how it went. 

The game was a sellout. About 1,000 people, and they were all yelling their lungs out. His team started off slowly, and he had to stand on his head to only give up one goal in the first period. In the second period, though, his team took off and started scoring in bunches. 

In the third period, the crowd was doing soccer chants, but substituting his name for a team name. How many people get to experience something like that in their lives?

They wound up winning big. This is a very, very good team.

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