Well, I finished the poll. The results, I kid you not, were a dead tie for every single choice. So, I had to cast the deciding vote myself.
The teams came out of the tunnel to thunderous applause. Both groups were ready to go. The teams chosen to represent their eras were finely selected, but Beckenbauer was a bit of a surprise. The referees talked to the captains and completed the coin toss. The new school won the toss and the old school kicked off the match. The game proceeded slowly at first, but in the twentieth minute, Archimedes made a discovery: Feynman was distracted. Apparently, Linus Pauling and James Watson began a bit of a squabble on the pitch. Crying, “Eureka!” Archimedes quickly took a long shot from outside the 18 yard box and bent the ball into the back of the net. Immediately, there were cries from the New School team. Heisenberg said that the ball’s position cannot be determined with certainty, so the goal should be called off. Einstein decided that this was too far and gave Werner a yellow card.
Just before half time, the scores were levelled up. As Robert Goddard moved towards goal, Descartes smashed into him with a terribly mistimed sliding tackle. Einstein immediately issued a yellow card stating that the foul was relatively agregeous. However, Descartes became upset at this, and declared that Einstein’s very existence was questionable, because he must not have been thinking. Upon hearing this, Einstein gave Descartes his second yellow, resulting in a red card (thrown out of the game). On the resulting free kick, Goddard calculated the trajectory the projectile would follow pefectly and shot a rocket into the top right corner of the net.
At the half, the scores were even at 1-1.
In the second half, the fast and furious play continued. Play was interrupted, however, in the 52nd minute, as a spectator Thomas Edison rushed onto the field and tried to attack Nikola Tesla, claiming that DC was clearly superior. Edison was rushed by security and taken off the pitch. Nobody was injured.
In the sixtieth minute, Old School captain Ben Franklin tried to inject some life into his team by substituting Alfred Nobel. He took off Charles Darwin, as apparently, he was not amongst the fittest. Nobel seemed dead out there, however and made no contribution to the match.
As the end of regular time approached, the New School made one last ditch effort to win the game. E.O. Wilson directed Rachel Carson forward and made a long cross to her in the corner. She in turn crossed the ball into the middle, but Euclid headed the sphere out of the zone.
Regular time ended 1-1.
As the game moved into extra-time, the New School began showing signs of fatigue. Schrodinger looked like a dead cat, so on the next stoppage in play, Schrodinger came out and Stephen Hawking entered the match.
The first period of extra time ended without any changes in the score.
Near the end of the second period of extra time, the game looked like it would head into a penalty shootout. However, in the last two minutes, Jonas Salk, quiet during the whole game, made a great advance in the field. He and the rest of the midfield pushed forward. Made a brilliant move around Pasteur who slipped, leaving a gaping wound in the Old School defense, already hurting due to the red card to Descartes. The New School attacked the wound like a plague. Salk passed it to Goodall, who moved all around the field looking for an open attacker in the center of the pitch. She tried to conserve time as the rest of her team moved forward. She passed it back to George Washington Carver who switched fields. Upon receiving the ball, Watson tried to do an around the world to Copernicus, who was not fooled. Coperincus cleared it, but directly to Hawking who moved brilliantly around Brahmagupta, who did zero the whole game. Hawking passed to Crick who shot a last minute blast towards the net. The shot curved like a helix toward the bottom right-hand side netting. Leonardo da Vinci tried to punch it out, but came out of the game without a Mona Lisa smile, as his efforts were in vain. Crick won the game! The battle was over! The new school team had taken the lead with only seconds to spare! In such an important match, Einstein decided to check with his assistant referees before making the goal official. Lavosier decided to conserve the goal and Newton agreed, saying that the rate of change of Crick’s position could not have put him offsides. The goal counted!
Action however continued well after what stoppage time should have been, but eventually the final whistle was blown. Upon being asked about this, Einstein stated that the game was moving so quickly, time’s rate of change decreased.
Regardless, the New School had won in a 2-1 overtime thriller.
I hope you enjoyed the series and the game.
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