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I’m glad we got this match over with right away, because Brennan’s is the place I dread playing in most. Nothing to do with the team, the staff, or the clientele, but with the space. It’s such a tiny restaurant that there really is no place for everybody to stand. The poor waitress is saying “excuse me” every ten seconds and we’re all shuffling around trying to make room. Also, when you’re throwing, there’s a big television screen right at eye level about three feet in front of you and slightly to the right, and that can be distracting, too.
They have two very good players, John and Zbiegnew (call him ZB!) and they made the match very interesting, in the swearing sense. Nice bunch of guys, though.
The big news for this match was the change in format. In the however many years we’ve been playing, the games have been set up 4-4-4-1 (four 501, four cricket, four 501, and a 701 game). Now, with no notice aside from an email sent the afternoon of the match it’s been changed. Now it’s 6-6-1. Two things about this: first, cricket games take longer to play, so now our matches will last longer. It’s a late night already. Second, whenever we’ve practiced this summer, we’ve spent twice as long on our 501 games because they’re twice as important. Third (I’m adding a third) team captains weren’t consulted about this. When you’re making a fundamental change to the way matches are conducted, why not get everyone to buy into it? My vote would have been against this, but if that’s what everyone else wanted, I’d try to be gracious about it. This way, there’s just resentment–and our team isn’t alone in this. Our opponents on Tuesday were none too happy, either.
Now, get a load of this: Since we now play six games of cricket in a match, each player plays three games. So you’d think that I would play one game with Vulture, one game with Meister, and one game with Rook, right? I played all three games with Vulture. I can’t even fathom that. Look at the stats for cricket, and guess how we did in our cricket games when Meister and Rook played all three games together. (No offense to either of them, but they were lousy in cricket. And I firmly believe they were that bad because they kept getting matched up with each other, and each of them felt the extra pressure of having to be great to pick their teammate up.) There’s a reason why the partners should be switched up, and it’s so no one player is continually dragged down when his partner is having a rough night. I have to hope this is a glitch in the new system and won’t be repeated, but I’ll be emailing the head of our league to make sure.
Okay, enough of my whining.
Final score, a 7-6 win.
Next week we play the Office Cafe for the first time, so who knows what to expect. This is a much harder bunch of teams we’re playing against than last year, so the fact that they’re 5-8 means exactly nothing.