The first week of intramurals in 2015 has proven absolutely nothing. Honestly, it’s far too early to make any predictions, considering only one team has played more than one game. But, in order to stay true to the name of sports journalism, it is my duty to overanalyze and over-report and predict winners and conduct interviews as though the championships were being awarded tomorrow. I mean, the Dallas Cowboys have been awarded the most Super Bowls in October in NFL history. And then Tony Romo plays in December.
Men’s Champs League
Sub T-16 raced out to the early lead in the standings, winning its first two games last week over Galaxy and Purple Reign. Sub T is the defending champion, so it would be easy to say the team is likely going to repeat after such convincing victories last week.
But don’t count out the ragtag crew of Drain’n 3’s & Drink’n DPs. This team features a trio of Bible major brothers, making them even fiercer than the Sons of Thunder back in Jesus’s day.
Wade Casey, eldest of the trio, knows the team holds a distinct advantage when all three are on the court.
“We often are able to fool the referees into giving the wrong brother the foul,” Casey said. “We also developed some pretty sophisticated hand and number signals during hours of Age of Empires and Halo gaming back in the day. Which we may or may not have even refined a bit this past holiday break instead of hanging out with family we had not seen in years. Our mom thinks we are failures.”
Despite the advantage, Casey knows the team still has work to do to keep up with Sub T.
“Patrick and I need to pick up some slack,” Casey said. “In our 12 years playing intramural sports we have declined in physical ability a bit. Thus, we are having to use our craftiness to make the difference. The major problem is neither of us are crafty. I mean, Pat does make some pretty cool papier-mache items. But you know what I mean.”
Unfortunately, Drain’n 3’s is not scheduled to play Sub T during the regular season, but its first win over GSP certainly turned the heads of those in attendance.
“I particularly like playing club teams because it is the only time people watch us,” Casey said. “I also like playing other people who have played in the league for several years (i.e. Brandon Lee) because it makes us look less like creeps who can’t make it in the real world. Which of course is true, but we like to deny it by reliving the glory days of undergrad.”
Women’s Champs League
Early season reports show that social club teams are a step behind the two non-social club teams. This can easily be explained by watching most of the social club members show up to their games with Sing Song makeup on and smiles frozen on their faces.
Out of the four social clubs, only Sigma Theta Chi has won a game so far, putting them first in the standings alongside The Has-Beens and LEGIT.
Defending champions Ko Jo Kai started off on the wrong foot last week, losing 38-18 to LEGIT. Perhaps the team is experiencing a championship hangover.
I caught up with Kojie all-star Marquita Bugg this week to see what she had to say about all things hoops.
DB: How long have you been playing basketball?
MB: I came out of the womb playing basketball.
DB: What is your favorite basketball memory?
MB: You’re from Canada, so you might not know this, but my high school team once beat another team 100-0. Then our coach got fired.
DB: What is the greatest moment in Kojie basketball history?
MB: Well one time we were up and they told me, “Marquita, shoot a free throw, miss, get the rebound, and then we can just run out the clock.” So I just chucked it at the backboard but it never hit the rim so the other team got the ball and scored and we went to overtime. Then we won, so it was all good.
DB: How is basketball similar to nursing?
MB: If you don’t win, you’re out. There’s no consolation bracket. Try again next year.
DB: How does your team look this year?
MB: It’s really young; I don’t remember half their names. But you know, with Jessica Carrigan and Hallie Wells, I feel like we can be the comeback kids.