The summer of 2009 is essentially over. That means it's time for school, soccer, the MLB playoffs and...of course...for better or for worse...Round #3 of the Great TS Mileage Challenge!
That's right, the Apple Hill neighborhood's mighty Highlanders and the tough-as-nails Scrappers from the South Side of town are tanned, rested and ready to square off again. The two teams have each won one round; the Scrappers owned May and the Highlanders stormed back to narrowly take June in controversial fashion before the summer break.
The scouting reports from the respective camps are not encouraging. Round #2 apparently sucked most of the juice out of three of the four competitors. In July, Sourdough ran almost exactly half of the mileage he ran in June. Both J-Dog and K-Law spent the summer licking their achilles wounds that were inflicted in Rounds 1 and 2 which left their summer mileage in the toilet. Meanwhile Coach grew a goatee, committed to running a 50-mile race in September and logged some irrationally long runs, the last one ending a bit shakily. Quite frankly, the man's very lucky to be alive.
So the fans are a bit skeptical, but they're fired up for the kick-off on Tuesday. The Rules Committee has decided to make only two changes to the format.
First, in response to what is now being called Coach's "Magnificent Disappearing Act" near the end of June and all the ruckus that caused, all the competitors are now required to log their mileage online by midnight of each day. However, Paragraph C(2) of Article III of the official rulebook states that exceptions will be made, but only for "damn good reasons". I would imagine that it will take a few trips to the Courthouse before a half-decent legal definition of "damn good reason" will be settled on.
And the second change is cosmetic; the competition is now officially known as the "Great TS Mileage Challenge, Round #3" or GMCR3. There's apparently no compelling reason for the name change.
Anyway, the competitors have exactly one week to get their acts together before the bell rings for Round #3! May the best team of clinical masochists win!