Friday, September 25, 2009

And..... We're Back!

Reading, MA - After a summer that saw Origins Unknown lose one player to medical school, another to school in Maine, and others who just lost their mojo - We're back! That's right, after a quiet off-season which OU took off for the first time in the team's six-year history, we've laced them up for another run at the Reading YMCA Men's League Fall Session Title. The team has undergone a few changes, but the OU aura is still in tact (although slightly balding).

Since July, OU lost key contributors Jay "Magic" Wand-tke and Nick "The Human Frigging Wreckingball" Dutton-Swain from the low blocks. Both were important pieces in title runs in the past, but have decided to take time away from the team due to other commitments. Meanwhile, James "Stretch" Hogan IV, Danger Dan Fisher, Shu-ter Patel and Cap'n Mike have returned to keep the OU core in place. This fearless foursome has a combined 24 years of Reading YMCA league experience (I am not even making that up).

OU also used the off-season to acquire the rights to Brian "Jonesy" Jones, who became a free agent of sorts after the old Chili's team disbanded. Jonesy brings an electric energy and pace to the game, while also giving OU some additional ball handling and fast break experience. Jonesy then made a call to his friend Dan "Big Dan" Rasanen, who agreed to join OU and fill out the roster. Big Dan is an imposing hoopster, with an excellent inside-outside repertoire that gives his defenders fits (just ask Hogan).

With the team set, the season began two weeks ago. And, let's just say that things haven't gotten off on the best foot so far. OU is O and 2. There, I said it.
All is not lost though, as the team played together for the first time in week two, and is still working on getting their legs back after the long summer layoff. The first game was a loss to a young upstart team, without Big Dan... The second loss was to The Muskets, who had nearly all their full-time players - plus added a standout guard to the roster who dismantled the OU defense in the second half. The game was close, but OU struggled offensively in the second frame and ended up losing in the late minutes. There were some positives to take away from the contest, including a very well played first half that saw OU take a one-point lead into intermission.
Another positive note has been the discovery of $1.99 drafts at Chili's for the post-game recap...

OU looks to get in the win column next week, against a 1-1 Hustlers team.