SoCal Scorpions

Walter Payton

So Cal Scorpions


If a txree falls in the middle of the rain forest, did it really happen? And does it matter?

Let’s face facts; we are all inherently selfish individuals. By no means is this intended as being critical but we have to be honest with ourselves. Just because it doesn’t interest you or it isn’t out there in front of your face everyday it doesn’t mean it isn’t happening.

In the case of the Southern California Scorpions it is in the past tense as they no longer exist. From 2001 through 2011 the Scorpions did take the field and for those seven years (they took some years off in between) there was nothing better for their players. Well at least that is how I choose to see it.

Semi-pro is not professional. After all, it is right there in the name in case you needed any reminding. But the “pro” part has to count for something, and who among us doesn’t want to continue playing football (or any sport) for as long as possible.

Admittedly this is the first I am hearing about the Scorpions despite their success as 2007 champions but does that really matter? A championship is a championship and I will put my slow-pitch softball trophies up against anything. And in that situation I pay for the privilege to play. Everyone says they would play for free, but by paying to play that is really taking things a step further. At the end of the day I drag myself out of bed early on Sunday mornings and sweat out the alcohol from the night before under the hot sun on fields that reach triple digit temperatures. Not only do I do this voluntarily, but I look forward to it while paying $200 a season to do so.

At least with softball it is an organized league with structure, umpires to yell at, guaranteed fields, and the chance at a trophy. My version of daily fantasy football picks, which is far from semi-pro, is waking up early again on a Sunday morning (why do I put myself through this?) but this time in the winter. So that means getting out there with my knee brace, taping my fingers, and layering up in sub-freezing temperatures. One week it was so cold that the key fob for my car froze and I had warm it up in order to get my car to start. Thinking about it now, it sounds crazy. At the time though there was nothing better and it’s not like I’m going to stop anytime soon.

In my mind I am out there making plays, moving at warp speed and just tearing up the field. I know I’m not alone in these sentiments but the reality is far from the truth. Instead the output most likely looks more like a blooper reel than anything else.

Even though the Scorpions stopped playing close to 10 years ago, they could probably run the field at what I think are my intense, highly skilled and athletic, pick up games.

Yes, the Scorpions did fold midway through their final season with a 2-6 record but that is further than a lot of other people get. Even if no one knew it happened, no one that was part of it will forget their 2007 championship with what was an exciting, fast-paced spread offense. They got a lot further than most people get and to even get paid a dollar to take the field is pretty cool.

While you never want to give up playing, the time always comes. Whether you age out (note to self I am no longer 22-years old) or your league folds you are left in the same place on Sunday mornings. And on some days there is nothing wrong with curling up on the couch under a blanket and setting some fierce DFS lineups with the best resource around and winning some serious cash. Cash always helps make everything better.