We’ve got nearly two feet of snow on the ground in Short Beach right now, with more on the way — which made conditions just perfect for Ian’s annual Birthday Bowl last Saturday. Forcing your way through knee-deep drifts was the way to help him celebrate double digits…
The Short Beach Tide (Team Daddy) had an early advantage in the untrodden snow, perhaps because we have longer legs. We surged early, rolling up a 21-14 halftime lead. As usual, our primary weapon was the deep pass.
But the Connecticut Corgis (Team Ian) kept nipping at our heels, and in the second half, after the snow had packed out a little, the game started to speed up. The Tide clung to 35-28 third quarter lead, but then the fourth quarter saw an explosion of offense.
We were all tied up at 56-56 at the 2 minute warning, when the Corgi defense herded the Tide receivers into four straight incompletions and took over on downs. We were looking at overtime after two Corgi incompletions. But then, on third down, in the face of a ferocious blitz by his Dad, Ian threw a high arching pass to rookie sensation Aaron Lake in the endzone.
Final score Corgis 63, Tide 56.
We’ll get ’em next year.