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Midsummer Classic

HAIL PELICUS! Midsummer Classic Here we are at the summer season’s midpoint and the Hail Pelicus has roused itself after a sleepy few weeks.    It gets harder and harder to crank up the juices and put out a HP after an extended break like this because writing...

Fifteens Finales

HAIL PELICUS!   Fifteens Finales   “There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.” -Frank Herbert   The sentiment above is especially true these days where rugby seems to have no off season.  The 15s portion of the year is winding down with championships and championship-like...

A Grand Farewell

HAIL PELICUS!   A Grand Farewell   Oh what an exit that's how to go. When they're ringing your curtain down. Demand to be burried like Eva Perron - Andrew Lloyd Webber, Evita   No, Bruce Carter is not dead but the sentiment remains:   If you are making an exit, make sure you do...

The Big Hurt

HAIL PELICUS!   The Big Hurt It was the injury that rocked Northern California.   The agony and the disappointment evident on his face.   The painful limping as he struggled off.   The helpless looks of his team.   The question on everyone’s mind was how would they respond?   Would the...

Professional Startup

HAIL PELICUS!   Professional Startup   The day long longed for (longing long time?) or, in some cases, dreaded has finally arrived.   The United States of America finally has professional rugby.   There were 2 matches scheduled to start the league off, one in Sacramento against their Bitter Arch Rival...