Falling Awake

Just Darts Since 2009

Brickhouse I – Week #7

Well, we’re officially halfway through the season, and I guess I’m getting lazy about these updates, since I received the stats on Wednesday and here it is Sunday before I post anything.

It’s been a couple of years since we played against this team, but one thing I remembered about them was that they thrive on momentum.  You have to strike early against Brickhouse I if you’re going to have any shot at beating them.  They’re great at psyching each other up, and if they smell blood in the water you’re sunk.

Unfortunately, we didn’t do anything right the first two games and ended up down 2-0.  No one on our side folded though, which was encouraging, and we found ourselves down only 5-4 heading into the tenth game.

I think if we’d won that game we might have shaken the Brickhouse team’s confidence some.  At least I’d like to think that, and that we could have built up some momentum for ourselves.  It didn’t happen, though.  And the way it didn’t happen was very disheartening: it was a lack of communication.

Vulture and Meister were playing a game of 501 which was coming down to the wire.  The opposition had scores of 5 and 7, so although our team had low scores themselves, each of our players was freezing the other one out.  Meister was up, and he and I talked about what he should shoot for, and he ended up the round with a 7.  Vulture’s unfrozen and can win if the other team doesn’t end it.  They bust.

Then Vulture’s up, with a 21.  He hits a 3.  This should have warned me, but I’m thinking: “An 18 and we win!”  But I didn’t say anything, because I didn’t want to distract him.  He hits a 19, busts, and the other team goes out with the next dart.

Vulture was devastated, so I didn’t ask him how he could hit a number on the opposite side of the board from what he needed.  It was only later that I found out that he thought he was still frozen, and was trying to hit a 17 to get his score to 1.  He missed the 17 and hit the 19, and was upset that his partner was still frozen.  He didn’t realize he’d had a chance to win until I told him.

So that’s why you keep talking to your teammates, even if you’re worried about distracting them.  Any time the situation changes, you have to make sure everyone knows about it.  And I can’t be upset with Vulture either, because in a playoff match against Muggs Away a couple of years back, I didn’t realize that I had just been frozen and went out, costing us the game and any chance of winning the match.

This kind of thing happens when teammates assume everybody’s on the same page.

Oh, well.  Final score: an 8-5 loss.

You’ll notice that the schedule has been changed above.  Instead of an off week, we’ll be playing Casey’s RBs, who had to reschedule our December match against them because of another meeting they’re going to.

I don’t know how realistic it is, but I can’t set our goal at a close loss.  We still have a chance to make the playoffs, but we have to start winning.  Let’s see if we can pull of a 7-6 squeaker.

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