For the first time in OCVarsity Pickapalooza Deathmatch history, I was defeated.
That's right, the unthinkable happened. Capistrano Valley blew a 15-point lead with 11 minutes remaining, allowing Esperanza to rally for three scores and pull out an unbelievable 27-21 come-from-behind victory. Props to the Aztecs for never giving up.
Because of Esperanza's heroics, Jenn Schroeder, a former All-County catcher and Esperanza alum, becomes the first challenger to take down the big dog in an officially sanctioned OCVarsity Pickapalooza Deathmatch. Schroeder hangs on to her 100 percent authentic Mexican sombrero and claims my Party Time Pop Star Hannah Montana guitar clock. I know, it seems sacrilegious that the Party Time Pop Star Hannah Montana guitar clock will no longer reside in The Chillatorium in San Clemente.
I felt like Teddy KGB from the 1998 classic "Rounders" as I watched the updates from the Capo-Esperanza game coming in.
"Hanging around, hanging around," Teddy KGB said. "Kid's got alligator blood. Can't get rid of him."
Finally, like Teddy KGB, reality set in and I knew Schroeder would be the new owner of my Party Time Pop Star Hannah Montana guitar clock.
"He beat me ... Straight up ... Pay him ... Pay that man his money," Teddy KGB said.
Congratulations to Schroeder and the Aztecs on achieving OCVarsity Pickapalooza glory.
Now, like any true champion, it's time to pick myself off the canvas and come out swinging. This week, I'm opening up the OCVarsity Pickapalooza Deathmatch to the OCVarsity universe. This week, the Deathmatch game is Edison vs. Servite on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Cerritos College. I'm taking Servite. CREEDO!!!
I'm putting up my personal Mjolnir. That's right, the hammer wielded by Thor, the God of Thunder, himself. If you are going for the Chargers and you think you have what it takes to challenge me in a no-holds barred OCVarsity Pickapalooza Deathmatch, e-mail me at email@example.com or hit me up on Twitter @LosOCVarsity with what you are willing to put on the line. You have until Tuesday at 5 p.m. to make your pitch.