Monday, November 14, 2011

USS George Washington vs. Potbellied Pigs

On Friday night SB was invited to play with the Potbellied Pigs in a match against the Navy.  The pigs are a charitable organization who travel the globe playing in tournaments and raising money for charities.  One of their long term charities is an orphanage in the Philippines.  The team consists of a few current rugby players and a lot of former high level players who have aged into jolly and somewhat round social players.

The Navy team consisted of a handful of players who had recently learned rugby and a lot of newbies.  They had size, strength and fitness on their side.  But they didn't stand a chance.  At the end of the day wisdom and wiliness will beat youthfulness.  It didn't help that at the end of the match the core pig players were tired and subbed on younger, fresher ruggers while the Navy subbed on their most inexperienced players. 

I give the Navy highest marks for playing with great intensity and sportsmanship.  After the match we all went to the Doghouse for beers and further abuse at the hands of the Potbellied Pigs' Kangaroo Court.  I got to watch one of my favorite premiership referees being subjected to a tequila shot from the hirsute judge's armpit.  and that wasn't the worst of it.  I would say more but I don't want to abuse their hospitality in allowing me to observe their hijinks.  You should come down to their next match and see for yourselves.

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