Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Recuperation Monday

Monday, 4 March, 2019

Hoping that our Blue Storms game video would be up on HUDL for me to breakdown and nursing a bit of a sore throat and a cough, I opted to stay at home for most of the day.

The video never got posted today which puts me a bit behind this week . . . adapt and survive.

At my local coffee bar this morning I found an article on our game in the local paper.

Some happy looking Skorpions
if you ask me

The cadre of Skorpions game day photographers posted up many more pictures from yesterday's game today on Facebook.

Here are some of my favorites.

Giorgio Nardi
The Hardest Working Skorpion of Them All

The stands were packed!

Since there is no track at this field, these stands are only about 8 yards from our sideline making their cheering all the more electric.

The Nardi Family
Federica, Giorgio and Santa Barbara

Brother and son, Raffa, was suited out for the game. He is one of our Defensive Linemen.

One of EuroBall's quaint traditions is the pre-game document check that the refs orchestrate to insure that all players who are suited out are licensed by the National Federation.

No ringers if you please!

After your name is called, you run past the refs and then through a cordon of well wishing fellow players and coaches. 

#30 SS Giulio Bonfanti
22 years old

#87 NG Andrea Gorini
47 years old

#58 LB Ivan "Swito" Raso
35 years old


Addressing the troops during
a Defensive timeout

Stalking the sidelines

Did I mention that we had a good officiating crew that conferred on calls when needed and communicated when appropriate with our sideline?

Well, they did.

The Joy off Victory in the faces of
the Skorpions during our
post-game after glow huddle

Up next during Week #3 of the
2019 Italian DII season

This will be our first of four home games during the 2019 regular season. We will kickoff another tough match on Saturday, March 9th at 6:30 p.m. against the Milano Rhinos (0-0).

The Rhinos have been a strong club in DI for many years having won the DI Super Bowl as recently as 2016 under Collegiate Hall-of-Fame inductee and former University of Nevada Head Coach, Chris Ault. They beat the Bolzano Giants 44-18 to earn their rings in 2016.

Ault's club was in the DI Super Bowl again in 2017 but this time lost to their crosstown rivals, the Milano Seamen, 37-29.

With Ault gone last year and after going 4-6 in the 2018 DI season, failing to make the playoffs and reportedly facing some money issues, the Rhinos opted to drop down to DII for at least one season.

Though they can not have imports at the DII level as they enjoyed in DI, they do have lots of talented players who have a ton of experience playing against the best teams and players that Italy has to offer.

Out of the frying pan and into the fire!

Nevertheless . . .

 Go Skorpions GO!

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