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Day 10 – Posting #3 – Almost There!

So, we’ve been playing hockey for nine days straight now. Personally, I’ve played 81 hours of hockey so far. EIGHTY-ONE, y’all1)! And I have six hours left to play before this game is done!  Here’s the deal:

  • I play my last regular 4 hour shift from midnight to 4 am tomorrow (i.e., Monday… i.e., about 3 hours from now)).
  • At ~9 am, all 40 players will be dressed and play out the remainder of the game together (i.e., instead of our usual one sub on the bench, we’ll have full lines of players).
    • at 10 am, we will break the record for the longest ever game of hockey in the history of the world!
    • at 11:05 am, the final horn will sound to end the game!

We are almost there. So close, I can taste it!

And so now these signs, which have been really helping get me through the days, are that much sweeter:
We are closer today

than we were yesterday

Also, I have to share this with you – an adorable little girl named Emma, who has Cystic Fibrosis, made hearts for all the players with various sayings on them – things like “Let’s find a cure!” and “Keep Going!” This is the one that I got and it’s totally, imho, the best one2:

You are my inspiration

And so, as we go into the final hours of the game, please donate. For Emma. For Beckett. And for the thousands of others who have Cystic Fibrosis. The money you donate will go to research which will make their lives better.

  1. And people on Team Red have played even more than that, as they’ve had more injuries (and thus the remaining players have had to pick up more of the time to cover for the injured players. []
  2. I’m sure Rick & Dan will agree! []

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Day 10 – Posting #2 – Media

I can’t get over the amount of media that this hockey game is getting! There was a tonne of media here the first day – “OMG, these women are going to play hockey for 10 days straight!” and there have been other stories along the way, like “OMG, these women desperately need medical supplies” and “Holy crap, they are still playing!”

There are constantly video cameras around from a variety of television stations – not to mention the film crew that is working on a documentary about the game1.

So, because, as we all know, I’m an attention whore, here are:

And here’s the page on our game’s website that has links to all the media we’ve been in:
http://longestgame4cf.com/media/

Plus, be sure to watch Breakfast Television on Tuesday, as Val – our fearless leader – and I think some of the other players will be interviewed!

  1. A lot of the players have said that they are just so used to the cameras being around they don’t even notice them anymore, but not me. I’m so easily distracted. OMG! Camera!  At one point there were players wearing a helmet cam to get shots from the ice and all I could do was stare transfixed at the helmet cam as they skated around! []

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Day 10 – Truths

There are some things that I’ve learned in hockey (and other sports) that have been emphasized as real truths over these last 9 day, including:

  • Playing with players who are better than you makes you a better player.
  • Practising makes you better – and I’m certainly putting in the time these days, given that I’ve played 73 hours of hockey in the last 8.5 days!
  • Expect the unexpected1.
  • Good music makes it easier and more fun.
  • So do good teammates!
There are also some new things I’ve learned:
  • The human body can do things that should not be humanly possible for it to do.
  • The newest blister always hurts the most.
  • There is always a new blister.
  1. I expected sore feet. I did not expect the excruciating back pain or the skin on my fingers to be splitting open. []