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Subject: Don't Prematurely Invite Challenges from Opponents
Dateline: Calgary, Alberta
a chilly October 2015 evening, and it's time to get the hockey skates out.

After my visiting team from Texas did well in the first season, we played a second season before putting the game up. Our team could have retired a winner, but, instead, we chose to play again, and one foolish act by the manager ruined the whole second season. Here's what happened ...

Anyway, early in the second season everyone was "drafting" new players, trying to stabilize their teams, sending an unskilled player down to the minors and bringing up a hopefully better replacement. After drafting a few downgrades I decided "what could be the harm?" and challenged a random opponent. At this point the standings were all tied as no teams had any wins.

Since we were the challenger, our team had to hop on the team bus and head over to their barn, spotting them a one goal lead. we had challenged an unknown opponent to a game, totally unknown, in that we did not yet know what monsters they had hidden on their roster. "What could ever go wrong?" Well, we soon found out.

a painful scoreboard

With their one goal head start, it was a 7-0 shellacking for the home team (TOP) over us (BOTTOM). Our goalie even gave up a goal.

Everyone got to look at our inferior team, size us up against theirs, and challenge us if they thought they were better. Which they then did, again, and again.

We sure got to play a lot of home games after the one big road loss. no more bus rides for us, as we got to play all home games, losing again and again before our dwindling home fans.

Anyway, we were the caboose in the standings for season 2, winless, but had fun nevertheless.

the lesson: be careful making pre-mature challenges

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