(14) Charm City Upsets (4) Windy City, 187-151
MILWAUKEE, WI -- In a closely contested rematch of one of 2011's most memorable games, Charm City (3E WFTDA, #14 DNN) managed to get their first-ever win over Windy City (1NC WFTDA, #4 DNN) in a highly physical 187-151 game. With the win, Charm City effectively crashed the North Central-centric Midwest Brewhaha by defeating both of the region's top teams (they had a comeback win on Minnesota the previous night, 174-168).
Charm came out running a jammer rotation of I.M. Pain, Allie B. Back and Crowella De Vil, while Windy City ran Jackie Daniels, Varla Vendetta, Athena DeCrime and Kola Loka. Windy City was severely hampered by jammer penalties in the game, giving up 10 full minutes of powerjam time to Charm City while Charm did not commit a single jammer penalty.
From the start, both teams raced to the jammer line to establish scrum starts, but Charm City got the better of them for the first few jams. Windy City drew first blood with a quick 2-0 to Jackie Daniels, but a 5-0 grand slam to I.M. Pain flipped the early lead to Charm. Windy City was never able to retake the lead, though they got within striking distance multiple times.
Jam 4 saw the game's first powerjam as Athena DeCrime cut track on the outside; Charm City ran a slow outside paceline that allowed Crowella to claim 15-0. Five minutes into the game, Charm City had a 22-2 lead. Windy City lost their jammer twice more in the first 15 minutes, but managed to keep the margin relatively close; WCR called their first timeout at 49-25 with 15:07 left in the first half. On the other side of the timeout, Jackie Daniels got her team some momentum with a 9-0 as Hoosier Mama and Ruth Enasia were all over Crowella De Vil; Varla Vendetta added 3-0 next with an athletic spin and call-off with I.M. Pain right behind her. When Kola Loka kept it going with a 4-0, it was a tight game at 49-43.
Charm City momentarily put the brakes on the Windy comeback, but couldn't open up much daylight. With 7 minutes in the half, it was still a single-digit margin at 64-55 Charm City. Charm's Rosie the Rioter was ejected for a gross misconduct call there for pulling Varla Vendetta down.
Three jams later, a 8-0 jam from Jackie Daniels made it a one-point game at 68-67, but jammer penalties continued to plague Windy City. They'd lose their jammer on the last two jams of the half, allowing Charm City to open up some significant daylight with a 14-0 followed by a 19-0. Those 33 unanswered points sent Charm City to the locker room with their largest lead of the game at 101-67.
Windy City came into the second half looking at some serious blocker penalty trouble, starting almost all of the first five jams with one or two in the box, but managed to overcome the significant numbers disadvantage to start a rally. They outscored Charm 16-1 to move the score to 102-83, but the jammer penalty bug was back to bite WCR next; Varla Vendetta picked up two majors in the same jam, giving Charm two minutes of powerjam time. By the time Varla got out of the box, Charm had put up 34 unanswered points over two jams and was up 136-84 with 19:35 left to play.
That left WCR needing to start the rally all over. After a Charm 3-0, Windy City put up 18 unanswered points to make it 139-102 -- but then lost their jammer yet again when Kola Loka was boxed while holding lead jammer status. On the next jam, an unopposed Holly Go Hardly took the jam star for the first time in the game and racked up a 14-0 that nearly erased all of that Windy City comeback. With the score 153-102 and only about 10:30 left to play, WCR was up against the clock.
After a couple of small-ball wins for Windy, a big jam from Kola Loka while the WCR pack of Ol Dirty Go-Go, Varla Vendetta and Karmageddon locked down on Charm jammer O'Chit got the North Central partisans rocking as Kola narrowed it to 153-135; Jackie Daniels added 4-0 next and suddenly Windy City had a lot of momentum, down by just 14 points with about 5 minutes to play.
But in the end, it'd once again be the jammer penalties ending their comeback hopes. A 1-1 moved the score to 154-140, but Yvette Yourmaker was boxed at the end of that jam with 4:15 to play, giving Charm a key powerjam; I.M. Pain got 10-0 out of that and Windy City called their second timeout with the score 164-140 and 2:48 to play. Jackie Daniels got a very quick lead and 4-0 next to make it a 20 point game at 164-144.
The next jam began with just under two minutes left in the game, but when Windy jammer Kola Loka was given a forearm major during the scrum start and opposing jammer I.M. Pain did not get lead, it meant game time expired before the full-length jam was over, leaving Windy City unable to stop the clock again. The final jam went 23-7 to Pain, ending the game at Charm City 187, Windy City 151.
Windy City next plays Minnesota in St. Paul on June 16; Charm City's next game will be against Montreal at ECDX on June 23.