I love to hate the New York Shock Exchange.
Since I don’t follow baseball as much as I used to, I will compare them to the Yankees: I don’t want to like the Yankees simply because of how much they have won in their history. But then… when you look at them … there is a reason why they’re the Yankees.
Same one as the Shock Exchange: You just can’t deny how good they are at any given moment. So when I say I love to hate them, it really just means I love to hate how good they are; when talent is this high, when a team clicks this much it's sure to cause a little jealousy here and there.
Watching Shock Exchange play is like watching a micro-organism work and flex and move. The lateral agility the team possesses, as a unit, is remarkable. Their ability to quickly adjust to a jammer’s change in direction is absolutely uncanny: it’s like they have Alice Cullen working defense for them at all times.
(Oops. Sorry. MRDA article. Not many of you will understand that reference. Google it.)
An advantage that Shock Exchange has over other teams in the MRDA is that they have more talented skaters than they can use each bout. In this youth of the MRDA, many teams have trouble filling a roster with equally skilled skaters. The Shock Exchange can tailor each game day roster to play against the weaknesses of their opponents.
With solid blockers to build on like Maulin Brando, Ace of Skates and Jefferee, the Shock Exchange has no lack of size or strength to work with. Mixing in agile blocking from Franimal, Bane-Ana and Abe Drinkin keeps the recycling fluid and the blocking hyper-responsive. It is rare to see a Shock Exchange pack not in a triangle or box-like defensive formation. They don’t string out often, because they don’t let the opposing jammer through their positional blocking; they know how to control their momentum and stick to the floor to counter jammers. Blockers like Willverine and Filthy McNasty are crucial to the front pieces of those formations.
Speaking of jammers, the name Shock Exchange has become synonymous with the name “Jonathan R”. Unforgettable in jeggings, Jonathan R has been known to get just as many boos as he does cheers from the crowd. Well, like I said – they’re the Yankees. Sometimes you just get angry that someone is able to slip through defenses untouched again and again. It’s almost like they’re magic. Really, it’s just incredible foot work, great bursts of speed and excellent use of those long legs.
If you’re looking for a bulldozer, you bring Malcom Sex to the line. He has the power to push through any wall and the foot work to dance through the holes he’s able to make for himself. If you want blazing agility, you hand the star to Carnage Asada. He has a natural lightness to his skating that allows him to easily juke from inside to outside line and spin around opponents with ease. For a balance of speed, balance and power you have Ladies Knight. Tried and true, this man just knows how to navigate the offensive and bust through a pack without much worry at all. It’s kind of awesome to watch him pick apart defenders.
As with all my articles, I could sit here and sing the praises of all the skaters on the Shock Exchange, but I’m not going to. I want you to make your own decisions about their levels of awesome. They face off first against the Bridgetown Menace at 12:30 Central time on Saturday. It should be really fun to watch these two powerhouses bounce off each other. Franimal vs Elysium on the jam line? Samy Dangerfield blocking against Rob Lobster? Buster Cheatin' vs Bangers n Stash? Jonathan R v Shreddy Mercury??
The Menace are going to have their hands full trying to contain the Shock Exchange on all levels. It will be awesome to see if the Yanks have it in them to pull out another Championship.
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