Hazy, Smoggy, Foggy, and Misty entered the fray under The Hazers in the 2018 Winter MarbleLympics Draw. With a cloudy pattern inside, these light-gray marbles stood out instantly from all the other teams in the competition. It remained to be seen how the novice team would hold up against series mainstays, like the Chocolatiers, for example. The Hazers did not impress during the first qualification, only gaining two points towards the twenty they needed to qualify, but they scored strong in the coming rounds. With six, eight, and eight points from the second to the fourth round, The Hazers earned the honor of being the sixth highest team to qualify for the 2018 Winter MarbleLympics, beating out every team that competed in 2017 aside from the O’rangers, Savage Speeders, and Mellow Yellow, who already qualified, and being the highest scoring rookie team to qualify.
Perhaps the thing that makes The Hazers so unpredictable is their sheer mystery. It seems to many fans that The Hazers’ talent in competition appeared out of nowhere, and needless to say, their success has caused much controversy. In a previous MSPN post, entitled Are certain MarbleLympics teams using PEDs?, it was detailed that:
“For the Hazers, their strong start has given them some unwanted scrutiny as to what is inside the middle of their marbles. Their Hazy color has caused many to believe that they could be adding weight to create an advantage” (Evonsion).
Though the post discredited these rumors, discourse concerning the team’s potential use of PEDs has been rampant on sites like Reddit, where users have stated:
“I've seen some various condemning photographs…that they are actually using weighted centers and that their signature "haze" is the residue left from applying said weights to their midsections,” along with “This picture could mean that the Hazers swap themselves out with other, heavier gray marbles before starting each event” and “Insert joke about the urine samples being too hazy to test.”
Since the IMC has made no statement on The Hazers using PEDs, though, it is important to disregard these conspiracies brought forth by the fans. Furthermore, these allegations likely would not be being brought against The Hazers if their performance in the 2018 Winter MarbleLympics was not going so strong. The team scored silver medal in the first and second events, putting them in first place overall with forty points. However, it should be noted that The Hazers have also had their slate of sublime performances. In the third and fourth events, the team finished in fourteenth place, scoring them only four points total and dropping them into fourth place overall.
The Hazers, though, were clearly unfazed by this in the fifth event, where Misty set a new MarbleLympics record in Speed Skating 20m with a time of 30.34 seconds. With this, The Hazers easily jumped to first place in the standings overall with 69 points, one gold and two silvers strong. When asked about his new record, Misty seemed like he was in a daze:
“I just wanted to win, and I rolled as fast as I could. I could have fallen off the track, but I knew it was worth the risk. When I got to the bottom, my team just rushed at me and that’s when I realized. I started tearing up and through my hazy vision I think they were too.”
The next event went rather disappointingly for The Hazers when they got fourteenth place for the third time in the 2018 Winter MarbleLympics, but the team still stands strong at second place and only a single point behind the Oceanics in first. In RetRollSpective, it seems like the high performances of The Hazers have put the team in a very good position for the first half of the 2018 Winter MarbleLympics. The team has the ability to either take first or at least remain in the top five in coming events depending on how they place, but it seems unlikely that the team will finish outside of the top ten. This means that The Hazers have had a remarkable rookie season already, have surely become famous in the marblebase (even if there is debate about their fairness in competition,) and will certainly go down as a strong team this season. I look forward to seeing the potential of The Hazers downpour upon its competition and fully believe they can be successful this year and in future years. Thank you for reading and keep on rolling!