Green Machine’s Newest Piece

After the 6-3 beating my team, Green Machine, took in my first-ever Totally-Not-Winter Classic on June 16, I immediately knew there needed to be some changes made. The guy in goal for us that day, Don Ruggery, drove 2 hours just to take part in this game. Don never played goaltender in his life, and in my estimation, did a helluva job in only giving up six goals.

It easily could have been 15, and if anyone else was in goal that day, it probably would have. No one else on Green Machine was willing to step in and play goaltender besides Don. For that reason, and his dedication and loyalty of traveling that far away without pay just to play in a street hockey game, he’s  my hero of the game.

If Don decides to play in Sully’s Totally-Not-Winter Classic 2, which is slated to take place at South Park Deck Hockey Rink sometime in mid-August, he’ll be off the hook in net thanks to the newest member of Green Machine, Ryan Bukovich.

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As of this writing, Ryan Bukovich and I are the only official members of Green Machine that are playing in the next big game in August. I’m confident that Ryan will put in the practice time to provide solid goaltending that will contribute to a Green victory over Black Attack.

Here’s what Ryan had to say about joining Green Machine, taking over in goal, and some pre-game jitters:

On joining Green Machine

“I’m excited to be on Green Machine. We’re going all the way.”

On taking over in net

“I’m nervous taking over in goal, but I learn quickly. Goaltender is one of the most important positions.”

On how he’s going to prepare

“I’m going to get enough practice to the point where I’m feeling comfortable. Hopefully playing catcher in baseball will somewhat carry over.”

Follow Ryan on Twitter @Bukey33 and wish him well in the next game!

Grumps & Bumps

I can’t help but notice how straight-up miserable some people are. We as a society have no respect for our fellow citizens anymore. You hold the door open, and the person doesn’t even look at you, let alone say thank you. You smile at someone (particularly at the opposite sex) and they think you’re up to no good, that you must want something from them. Common decency has become something foreign, a thing of the past. As time goes on, I think two things: 1) this gigantic cloud of general unhappiness is only going to get worse and 2) happy days will NEVER be here again.

Sure, technology plays a part in all this. Millions of people all over the world, let alone this country, practically LIVE on Twitter, Facebook, and other (what I would deem useless) forms of social media like Instagram and this new one called Vine. The amazing new fad known as Vine allows users to record 6-second videos, mostly silly ones, and upload them to the site so other users can watch them. Great, huh? Why didn’t I think of that? Sure, I have both Facebook and Twitter (follow me @SullySocial17) but I don’t spend every waking moment of every day using them. I swear, I don’t know how some people get anything done during the day or even have a job. They’re literally always on. Maybe it’s my ADD, but I wouldn’t be able to function properly using social media the way some people do.

Anyways, I digress.

This post isn’t about social media. Or taking silly videos with your brand new iPhone. This post is about people. The people we spend our lives with every day. A lot of them are strangers. Miserable strangers. Strangers that are afraid to look one another in the eye. Or even be of aid to another fellow citizen. When one of those people does in fact do something nice for someone else, it’s almost a strange occurrence. For me, it is a strange occurrence. We’ve become so absorbed with ourselves that we forget about others. We’re so absorbed in trying to make ourselves look the best, have the most money, the nicest car, the fancy purses, the stud earrings, that when someone, even one person has nicer things, or better yet a nicer heart, we cast them out.

Society is intimidated. Society is afraid. Intimidated and afraid of anyone having anything “better” than them.  I say “them” because I often feel on the outside looking in as far as “general population”. No, I’m not in prison or anything like that, but I may as well be. I’m a 23-year-old college graduate that has a beautiful car, loving parents (who sometimes drive me absolutely insane), a loving sister (who in my opinion sometimes needs an attitude adjustment), a nice home (that I’d love to get out of ASAP), a great family (that I don’t see nearly as often as I’d like), and what I hope to be a very bright future. I don’t think I’m bad-looking, either. I could probably get just about any girl I wanted, but I don’t want that. Notice I said just about any girl I wanted. Keeping it humble here.

The majority of people I surround myself with don’t even have half of what I do. That’s not to say I’m better or more deserving than them. It’s just a simple fact. But that doesn’t mean they need to hold that against me. I didn’t ask for any of this or get anything handed to me. I worked for all of it. Every single bit of it. And I worked damn hard. But in society’s eyes, that’s not enough. It’s not enough to have things and be proud of them. You have to be better. Tougher. Hotter. Smarter. Ya gotta beat the next guy or gal coming through the door. I’d say I have what matters most. A heart.

I’ve had my heart broken by several people. I won’t get into that here, but I’ve blogged about it in the recent past (check out the archives, nukka). I’m finding myself increasingly shutting out people, particularly women. Not giving them a chance. Not even making eye contact. I’m finding myself being dragged down to the societal majority’s level and it’s terrifying me. But what’s a man to do? I try to be nice and open myself up just a bit, and get burned. Burned like Michael Jackson’s head of hair in that Pepsi commercial way back when. I so badly want to make conversation with more people, but I just can’t. Through so many years of being burned, that confidence was shattered. Hopefully not forever, but for the past few years at least. I want to get this back more than you know. People do deserve a chance. I talk with many friendly people on a daily basis (in person and yes…via the computer) that I would love to spend more time with. I have to give people a chance, but then again they have to give me a chance too. Works both ways.

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Today at the doctor’s office a 30-something-year-old woman and her young daughter were in front of me in line. I have no idea what they were doing, or what the hold-up was, but I stood there for at least five minutes. The first couple of minutes I was fine, but once it hit the four or five-minute mark and no one was progressing and moving the line, I started to get agitated. No one turned around apologizing for the delay, no one even acknowledged I was standing there…until the receptionist asked me, “Are you here for an appointment?” I quickly shot back “No, just wanna pay my bill” and she directed me to the other desk in the hallway. The woman working the other desk is very kind. I’ve seen her all the years I’ve been coming to that office.

She very politely said something to the effect of, “I apologize for the wait. Thanks for your patience.” I shot back, “Patience is a virtue, eh?” She seemed both surprised and amused at my response and said, “Yes…yes it is.” By that point, I was holding resentment toward that woman who was with her daughter for holding up the line. For delaying me, even if it was just for 5 minutes or less. I know I shouldn’t have, but I did, and it makes me feel horrible when I do hold resentment toward people that most likely don’t deserve it. It’s just an instant kind of reaction. I need to do a better job with it oftentimes. It more than likely wasn’t the woman’s fault. Paperwork is a bitch. But still, it just got to me that she didn’t even look at me or say anything in the way of “I’m gunna be awhile.” But hey, she doesn’t owe me a damn thing, right? We’re strangers. Courtesy? Please.

I know I’m sort of all over the place here but bear with me. I know I’m probably going to get ripped for saying this, but I almost feel too damn good for my own good, or anyone else’s good for that matter. No one wants a clean-cut, handsome, intelligent, hardworking, successful, somewhat quirky man nowadays. No way. They want a person on a much lesser level than that. A balding, tattooed, somewhat foul-mouthed, degrading lump of a man that doesn’t have anything in his life together and is a general mess comes to mind. Don’t ask me why. But that’s okay. It boosts the other person’s confidence. It boosts their self-worth. Being around people like that makes everything alright. It’s safe. His badass nature makes her wet. I’ll take the big dick and amazing often rough sex over the kind, genuinely decent guy that maybe doesn’t have as big a dick and isn’t as sexually experienced any day.

Why? Well, I’m glad you asked. The badass (we’ll call him Dick…go ahead and laugh now) makes her feel good about herself physically and emotionally (even if it’s superficial and temporary and she knows it). Dick might often treat her like a piece of human shit, but he’s damn good in the bedroom and feeds her money. On the other hand, the good guy (we’ll call him Ree Tard) might be attractive and successful, but could never really match Dick in the way of being unpredictable and downright badass. Ree Tard has everything you could want in a man and more, but there’s just something about that Dick. Dick isn’t “perfect” like Ree Tard. That Ree Tard always looks nice in public, wears nice clothes, carries himself with confidence, which makes the woman feel inferior. Ree Tard doesn’t kiss the woman’s ass and tells her everything she wants to hear, only to cheat on her constantly. Ree Tard talks to her like a fellow human being. He doesn’t sugarcoat.

Ree Tard is the outcast. Ree Tard is the guy finishing last. Ree Tard loses. The Dicks of the world prevail and are intimidated by anyone even coming close to putting a bump in their armor. Dicks include men and women. Even children. The younger crowd nowadays is the most disgusting. They’re so wrapped up in their pot, their coke, their alcohol abuse, their blowjobs and quick fucks that anyone that’s not interested in that is deemed an oddball. They’re forgotten about. No matter how nice the other person is and how hard they try to just be a friend, it’s just not gunna happen. It’s all about ME ME ME. Who gives a shit about you?

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I guess it all boils down to a few things. We’re all surrounded on a daily basis by those trying to be better than the other. Flashy cars, hi-tech gadgets, grossly expensive jewelry, etc. that we can’t help but at least attempt to match that. Therefore, our constant life struggle to maintain some sense of self-worth is met with an ever-present cloud of misery. Fuck that guy. Fuck that girl. I don’t owe him shit. Not even a smile. Not even a thank you. It’s all about ME ME ME. When a lot of us do finally have achieve some sense of self-comfort we feel safe in this society. Then along comes the guy that is a match for you. Hell, he might even be a whole lot better than you in the grand scheme of things. Therefore, there’s no point in hanging out with him or even getting to know him. He’s weird. He’s annoying. He thinks he’s perfect, that Ree Tard. Well, shit, maybe compared to you he is. But how would you know?

Society has become a caffeine-fueled, technology-driven, material-hungry rat race. Shit, it’s been going on a long time, so many are just okay with it. It’s safe. They don’t have to do anything about it other than continue to be their own pathetic selves. I don’t care. I’m not okay with it. I don’t go with it. I go against it. I will not change the way I am for anyone or anything. Unfortunately, I’m sure millions of the Dicks in the world are saying the exact same thing. I hope that one day this overall mindset will at least start to change. We need more Ree Tards. But with the way it’s looking now, it’s not looking good. That’s for damn sure. I’m Sully. I’m the weirdo. Nice to meet you. We should chill sometime.

 

Sully’s Totally-Not-Winter Classic: Postgame Reaction

Here’s what some of the guys were saying after the game!

“Playing full contact hockey with no pads in the rain was probably the funniest thing I’ve done in awhile. Thanks to [Sully] for organizing it, and Olindo DeFelice and Matt Richert for a great team!” – Matt Ennis, Black Attack

“I thought it was awesome. [Green Machine] needs to build a little bit of team chemistry. Maybe some practices.” – Josh Sebrosky, Green Machine (#3 star of the game)

“I delivered the first thundering hit at the [Totally-Not-Winter Classic] and played some strong defense. It was an awesome game! Can’t wait for the next one.” – Donny Evans, Black Attack

“Great game this morning. It was certainly fun.” – Wesley Attwood, scorekeeper/timekeeper

“I had a great time. The weather reflected the mood of the game!” – Matt Richert, Black Attack

“I wish [Green Machine] had some more organization or pregame strategy, but I had a ton of fun.” – Nathan Glotzbach, Green Machine

“Felt good to get that W.” – Ryan Baux, Black Attack (#2 star of the game)

“It was awesome. Got me out of the house. I haven’t played sports in the rain in forever. It was a great time and I can’t wait for the next game!” – Don Ruggery, Green Machine

“Thanks again for the chance to help out. It was fun.” – Hunter Hinson, BPTV film crew volunteer

“I had fun chances at both ends.  It was a spirited game by both squads, but Black controlled the game.” – Olindo DeFelice, Black Attack (#1 star of the game)

Sully’s Totally-Not-Winter Classic: Recap + 3 Stars

The first-ever Sully’s Totally-Not-Winter Classic was a huge success. After much hard work and many months of planning, it all came together and was 100% worth it. As for the end result, Black Attack defeated Green Machine by a score of 6-3. Ryan Baux and Olindo DeFelice each had 2 goals for Black, and Josh Sebrosky had 2 goals for Green. Nathan Scherrer and Pat Angelici had the other 2 goals for Black, and Kevin Honsberger scored 1 for Green. The rain wasn’t going to stop us today, and it certainly didn’t. I want to thank each and every person involved in this game, both on the TV side and the hockey side. It was one of the best things I’ve been a part of, and I hope to get another one together for the near future.

Due to the heavy rain and the fact that we were dealing with electrical equipment, the first period of the game unfortunately wasn’t able to be recorded. However, periods 2 and 3 will be available to view on Bethel Park Public Access Television and uploaded to my YouTube site (www.youtube.com/sullyshow) once the footage is edited. I’ll keep you all posted on that side of things.

I couldn’t be more proud of the way things went today. I’ve worked extremely hard on putting this thing together, and I think it turned out really well. It was definitely physical, with a lot of big hits and gritty play. None of us are professionals, but that doesn’t matter at all. Every one of us had fun, and that’s what matters most. Every player put forth an amazing effort to make for an awesome, hard fought game. I wanna note some players who really stood out in the goal department today, in other words my three stars of the game. As I wrote, every player was a star today, but I’m going by goals here.

#1 Star – Olindo DeFelice – Black Attack – 2 goals

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#2 Star – Ryan Baux – Black Attack – 2 goals

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#3 Star – Josh Sebrosky – Green Machine – 2 goals

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I also wanna thank the TV crew. Amey Fink and Hunter Hinson braved the crappy, rainy weather and kept calm under pressure to do a beautiful job setting up the cameras to film this great game. You all wouldn’t have been able to see us play without Amey and Hunter. The scorekeeper/timekeeper, Wesley Attwood (one of my best friends), did a great job manning the scoreboard and clock. Amey, Hunter, and Wesley may have been behind the boards, but they were very much a part of this game.

I hope those of you who played in this game had a great time, and I hope you folks who tune in at home and online have as much fun watching it as we did playing it.

Here’s to the next one!

Sully’s Totally-Not-Winter Classic THIS SUNDAY!

It’s finally here! Sully’s Totally-Not-Winter Classic Ultimate Street Hockey Game takes place this Sunday, June 16, 2013 at the South Park Deck Hockey Rink at the corner of McConkey Road and Maple Springs Drive in South Park, PA. It’s kind of tucked back behind the trees so you have to look closely or else you’ll miss it. Players arrive at 8am and faceoff is at 8:30am. Yeah, I know, it’s early! However, it is Father’s Day so many of the guys, including myself, have plans for later in the day. Also, the park shouldn’t be as crowded at that hour. There will be three 15-minute periods with a break in between. I have arranged for the game to be filmed by and shown on Bethel Park Television and uploaded to my YouTube site (www.youtube.com/sullyshow) once it’s edited.

This will make for a great Father’s Day event so come on out and watch us go at it! This isn’t your average pickup street hockey game. This will be as legitimate as you can get. The game is full contact, full periods, with each player having his own personalized team jersey.  The scoreboard will be lit up and the action will be intense. Very intense. Each team will have one substitute player to provide a break for those who are starting. If the game is tied at the end of regulation, there would be continuous 15-minute overtime periods until someone scores the winning goal. There will be no icing, no offsides. The clock will stop only when someone scores a goal, gets injured (heaven forbid), for a “TV timeout” and/or the street hockey ball goes out of play. The players in this game are dedicated hockey men so it should be a real battle!

I’m happy to announce the game is free of charge, open to any and all spectators, and will be played rain or shine. The two teams are Green Machine and Black Attack. (I’m on Green Machine. Defense #17 sucka!) Here are the players for each team, in alphabetical order. The player’s name is followed by his picture and my brief analysis:

GREEN MACHINE

Forward #48 Nathan Glotzbach (played hockey back in the day, hopes to show some of his old touch)

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Forward #23 DJ Lafferty (graciously joined at the last minute and saved the team…Green Machine welcomes his skills)

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Forward #19 Josh Sebrosky (similar to Lafferty in smaller stature, but large in passion…yes, the jerseys are green bro!)

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Defenseman #00 Kevin Honsberger aka “Honz” (6’4″ man on a mission to protect the Green Machine net)

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Defenseman #17 Ryan Sullivan (yeah…me…this picture represents what I feel like after planning all of this…toon credit to Jay Wharton of Night Owl Studios..if you want to be turned into a zombie toon, go to http://www.nospgh.com and contact Jay)

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Goaltender #11 Don Ruggery (playing goal for the first time…extremely tough mentally and physically…relishes the opportunity)

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Depth Player #34 Julian Kovacs (quickness and smarts for solid depth)

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And now, for the other guys…

BLACK ATTACK

Forward #47 Pat Angelici (in very good shape, and very good spirits for this game…he’s been waiting for months)

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Forward #67 Olindo DeFelice (pretty much lives and breathes hockey…captain-like mindset with great skill and experience)

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Forward #22 Matt Ennis (tall, slim, young, fast, athletic…has it all…great asset to Black’s offense)

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Defenseman #42 Ryan Baux (beast of a man, weightlifting champion…hungry for physical play…what more can I say?)

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Defenseman #41 Nathan Scherrer (6’5″ frame should fit perfectly with Baux’s brawn)

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Goaltender #28 Matt Richert (has been playing goaltender for a long time…always solid and prepared to play)

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Depth Player #24 Donny Evans (size and skill for Black’s depth…could be a vocal leader behind the boards and on the floor)

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Timekeeper/Scorekeeper #53 Wesley Attwood (one of the best men I know)

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I’m really looking forward to this game! It’s been so incredibly taxing to get every aspect of this thing planned, and as of this writing I’m still getting some final things hammered out. This game has eaten up pretty much every part of my life for the past few months, and just might be responsible for some of my attitude as well as me not posting as much as I want to, but I know it’ll all be worth it in the end. I’d love for every single one of you reading this to come on out and watch us play. It would mean a lot. Thanks everyone!

South Park Deck Hockey Rink – corner of McConkey Road and Maple Springs Drive…South Park, PA

Sunday, June 16, 2013

8:30am – ????

Free admission – rain or shine

Will be filmed for and aired on local TV and posted online

—–this post is dedicated to one of my favorites: the always lovely, most dedicated reader h0ckeydiva—–