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This is going to be a much different blog than what you're probably
used to from me. Normally, I just sort of bounce from topic to topic,
attempting to condense an entire few days of experiences into a few
paragraphs, to be digested by you, the OptX fans and the greater CGS
viewing public. But this is a special blog, if I do say so myself, so
please bear with this detour from the normality.
Even though I'm a staffer for the San Francisco OptX, and I work directly under the amazing Kat Hunter, and (naturally) am a bit biased towards San Francisco against other opponents, none of that matter when it comes to my feeling towards the now 2-10 Los Angeles compLexity. I've questioned Jason Lake's draft decisions in the past, but to think that he wouldn't see a win for 10 straight matches is beyond me. And I'm sure that other franchises would agree with me that while we all felt for Los Angeles and wanted them to win a game, none of us wanted it to be on us. It's an interesting dichotomy, supporting the team that's getting knocked around, while still working to avoid being "The 1st Team LA beat." Coupled with that of course, was their Dead or Alive Female belle. Winless in 22 straight matches, vilified and trolled on nearly every Internet forum, including her own franchise site, seeing rounds and wins but being unable to capitalize on them. Understandably, Jason Lake has gone on record as saying that the whole season was a result of his poor choices, and while I did agree, I just got sick and tired of seeing the trolls continually kicking the proverbial man while he's down, so I waited for a small personal vindication as the matches went by...
Sunday, June 29th. My team is currently preparing for our match versus the Chicago Chimera, and being that Chicago and Carolina are both playing that day, I check into the CGS website to make sure that the playoff picture remained as murky as ever. I celebrated a bit when Chicago lost to Dallas, tempered of course by the fact that they would throw everything they had against us on Monday. So I wait for Los Angeles and Carolina...and imagine my surprise when the live blog is reporting that belle is out to an early 2-0 lead on Carolina's Mystik. And in fact, the live blog is now reporting that belle has a 4-2 lead! She's on the brink of her first victory for only the second time this season! I'm feverishly refreshing the live blog while looking for the latest on IRC, and there was no small amount of jubilation when Landodger Mike and ReDeYe confirmed what we all hoped: belle had officially won her very first CGS match. After that, LA went completely buckwild on Core in CSS, clinching a round down 4v5 (silly Steamfriends freezing up Rambo), and taking the match 11-7, while Forza followed up with a great race to keep it close for Perfect Legend.
An interesting trend began taking over the CGS IRC Channel, started by none other than Furia GM NoobZaibot, who tagged up as simply "GO-COL." All of a sudden, random IRC idlers, rival players, and even yours truly had added themselves to the online cheering section for Perfect Legend and Los Angeles. And IRC logs don't lie, we flipped, positively FLIPPED, when PL won his second round and clinched LA's very first victory. Now, we can't be TOO crazy here. Even with the win, belle improved to a career 1-22, and Los Angeles was mathematically eliminated two matches before. But for the moment, it didn't matter. Los Angeles had found victory, and belle had a win under her belt.
I titled this blog, "We've all got a little Jason Lake in us," because I saw a coL fan's forum signature bearing the same phrase and found it oddly appropriate on a day when rival franchises tagged GO-COL, belle finally silenced the critics, and for a day, the talk of the proverbial town was the Los Angeles compLexity, who stepped up again today to defeat the NUMBER ONE team, 3DNY, although belle was unable to capture her second victory (imagine what that would have done!).
Go coL, indeed.