It’s an adage by coaches that you hear all the time about persevering through it all to get to the goal. You’ve got to claw and scratch whatever to achieve what you want. If you want it bad enough you’ll push through the pain. Injuries come in all kinds through sports. With injuries, patience brings a double impact to perseverance. Watching on the sidelines may allow you time to heal and get better but a mind trick occurs by watching opportunities pass you by and others take your slot. Being an athlete does not just take a physical toll on the body but can cause mental exhaustion. How bad do you want it and at what point is the breaking point the focus?
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The slide from last weekend continued onto this past weekend losing both games to sixth place Odessa. The Mudbugs have only gained 1 point in the past two weekends and are currently in fourth place. The race to second before the current losing streak has now turned into a holding onto a playoff spot at fourth with Amarillo quickly threatening in fifth Eric Vitale’s 13 game point streak was ended on Friday night. The Mudbugs will be facing their last home weekend in their current longest homestand of the weekend with the division leading Lone Star Brahmas coming to town. The local boys will then be on the road for the next three weekends. Lone Star is facing a second place Oklahoma team on the rise especially after being swept on the road by Corpus Christi last weekend. Oklahoma is currently on a six-game winning streak. A crucial weekend for both teams.
The Oklahoma Warriors continued to be a thorn in the Shreveport Mudbugs. Not only did they break the six-game winning streak, but now have a 5-1 record against the Mudbugs for the season. The sweep by the Warriors stopped an opportunity for Shreveport to move within one point of second place but dropped them down to fourth place now. The Mudbugs’ offense produced seven goals for the weekend. The problem was the defense gave up 11 goals over the weekend. The Mudbugs now have to get past last weekend and look forward to a series that is amped up with Odessa. Shreveport will be facing a team in sixth place that is trying to save their season for a playoff spot and has been 6-4 in their last ten games. “We didn’t take care of business this weekend,” said Coach Jason “Soupy” Campbell. “Even if we would have won both games this weekend, both games would have been big, but at least we would have had a little bit of a cushion. We didn’t do it so now we have a little more pressure on us. We don’t want to just focus on the win because then we are going to be focusing on the wrong things to get there. It’s a big weekend for us. We’re hanging on to that fourth spot and these guys are chasing us. We’ve got to have a good week of practice so we can execute well this weekend and hopefully we put ourselves in a good position to prepare for the first-place team in the division.”
Shreveport, Louisiana has a rich history of producing talented and successful individuals in the entertainment industry, including musicians, actors, and comedians. Among them are Jared Leto, Kevin Rahm, Paul Mooney, Pat Carroll, and Hank Williams Jr.
The Shreveport Mudbugs are currently the hottest team in the NAHL. The Mudbugs have won six consecutive and 11 out of the last twelve. They currently hold the longest winning streak in the NAHL. How have they done it? How about 23 goals over the last four games. That’s an average of 5.75 goals per game. Shreveport has moved into third place and is threatening to close into second place where this coming weekend’s opponent the Oklahoma Warriors currently reside. The Warriors have a five-point lead on the Mudbugs in the South Division. A two-game sweep of the Warriors and Shreveport will be one point away from second place.