So, two days of driving...the second one in a rental truck...we show up on Saturday ready to roll.
The cocks get geared up, greet some of the other teams and they were ready to rock. According to the schedule the Cocks were supposed to be the 5th or 6th game...and for some reason the chrono ref could not find us on the schedule. Needless to say, we were quite confused. Five RC's were literally standing at the nets, pods full and guns in hand and we were told that we were not on the schedule.
It turns out there was some confusion, the NPPL did not realize we were there and ready to play, so they had taken us off of the Saturday schedule and moved our games to Sunday. Gary Shows explained what happened. Apparently this new schedule was released at 8:00 AM Saturday morning. Gary walked us over to Frank and we got it all sorted out. We basically came to the conclusion that if there was time in the schedule and the refs agreed we would be worked back into the schedule. Dan Perez walked back over to the field refs and we got it all sorted out.
So...a car wreck, 12 hours of driving, last minute registration, not being on the schedule and we hadn't even played a game yet. Some would say maybe it wasn't in the cards but we weren't having it. We came to Chicago to play paintball and that's what we were going to do.
We played 5 games on Saturday and ended up 3 and 2. The first three games were a little rough. Only one win in that set and we were still trying to find our groove. Something clicked in game four and we won that game with 5 alive. Game 5 would have been another 5 alive except Amish managed to get a penalty for overshooting...with a pump. We were playing against Milwaukee Throwback and they had one player left in the right corner. O, Amish and Chrispy we all coming down on the last guy and here's how it went down. Owen and Chrispy both put a ball on the last player from downfield. Amish was coming up from the inside to bunker the player and had not seen a hand come out or a ref call the player out but he did hear someone say "he's clean". To be sure the player wasn't going to mug him and Chrispy he put one ball on the player. I think the "clean" comments came from the deadbox and so did the "overshooting suggestion". In the end, the refs assessed a 1 for 1 and we ended up with 3 alive and the hang.
We were glad to shift the momentum in our direction. We had some solid games on Sunday with 2 wins and 1 loss bringing our total record to 5 wins and 3 losses...good enough to put us in third place going into Monday. After everything we had been through we were glad to be guaranteed some play time on Monday morning.