Last week I was one the fortunate few who had the chance to get actual ice-time with Phantom's Captain, Jonathan Moore. As long-time readers know the concept sport is not without its problems, and there has been a great deal of discussion on the skating ability of the test players, but today I want to tell you about my latest experience after viewing week 4 of ISMO's ice hockey exhibition series.
With the win, the Moles moved into sole possession of 1st place with a 4-1 record while The Phantoms dropped to 1-4. With yesterday's ISMO announcement of a 2nd stage exhibition featuring the top 4 teams, the Phantoms now face elimination while the Moles have earned their spot in the play-off-like exhibition round.
Until now, unless you live in one of the hockey prototype settlements or purchased one of the weekend vacation packages, more likely than not, you’ve seen very little of this sport. This announcement by the ISMO will change all of that as extended exhibition dates are in the works and are expected to be played in Marineris, Europa, Noviymir and Wendland.
My last article touched a bit of a nerve among some of the players in the ISMO. I pointed out, correctly, that their skill at skating was somewhat lacking. I was reminded, correctly, that it is not that critic who counts. It is very easy to point out the shortcomings and failing of others, but much harder to get into the arena yourself and experience difficulty firsthand.
It’s been a tough exhibition for the Sands so far as they’ve been shut out of almost every game they’ve played so far. They were not able to break the losing streak today. In fact, they were utterly crushed by the Moles 4 to 0.