At the beginning of the day, we came into the tournament seated number one of sixteen teams. At the end of the day, we're still seated number one, but we managed to keep that spot in a strange point differential, head to head, power pool format way.
I tried to run pounds for taking stats in the first game. I made sure I had a new binary. I made sure I had lots of battery juice. I made sure I had the team name in and ready to go.
What I didn't do, however, is make sure the undo function was working properly. After three points and two incomplete undos, I switched away from the computer and back to the paper notebook for keeping stats. I'm a little annoyed that the program didn't work, this being the last opportunity this season to actually get it working right, but I'm also not-so-secretly relieved to have a paper trail on the actions. Of course, I'd rather have a video of all of the games, but I can't find anyone willing to give up five days to help me out with this stuff.
Maybe a clone IS the way to go.
I spent most of the day bundled up under four layers of clothing, and still cold. At one point, LT, in his jersey, shorts and sweat pouring down his face, looked over at me and asked, "How can you stand all of that? Aren't you hot?" I immediately answered back, "Actually, I have a fever. I'm pretty cold right now." I wished I had brought more clothing to the fields.
So, we lost our first game to Chewbacca Defense 13-15, having been up 8-4 at the half (my commentary from my twitter posts, which I kept up to date fairly well today):
mischief 0 v chewbacca defense 0
mis 3 chew 2
mis 5 chew 2
misch 5 chew 3
misch 7 chew 3
misch time out
misch takes half 8-4
wow, the only warm spot here is in the porta-potty
misch 8 chew 5
misch 9 chew 6
misch 9 chew 7
wind picked up a LOT misch 10 chew 8 on 4 turnovers
wind, the sport's great equalizer misch 10 chew 9 on wind aided turns
misch 11 chew 10
I hate this wind. misch 12 chew 11
misch 12 chew 12 on more wind aided turns. no, this isn't painful to watch, why do you ask?
fuck. misch 12 chew 13
andy comes in, easiest score we've had. misch 13 chew 13, chew still up the break
misch 13 chew 14
misch 13 chew 15
As Mark says, "Sometimes you take the easy road, sometimes you take the hard road. We're taking the hard one."
We then won our game 15-4 against Cougars, who were the last seed in our pool:
game against cougars
misch 4 cougars 0
misch 7 cougars 0
cougars [call time out with] no t.oouts remaining
misch 7 coug 1
wind picks up, has no effect on misch O, as Andy is in. misch takes half 8-1
da da da da da da 10 minute half, no action da da da da da da
misch 8 coug 2
misch 9 coug 3
misch 9 coug 3 on crappy foul contest
misch 10 coug 3 on nick to paul breakmark, layout grab
misch 12 coug 3 on drive that included 3 layout grabs
misch 13 coug 4
misch 14 coug 4
too much damned talk on the sidelines about point differential. misch 15 coug 4
Our last game of the day was against Barrio, who, like Chewbacca this morning, beat us in the first game of the day last year at Nationals. We needed to win this game to be in the power pools for tomorrow. We needed to win this game by more than three points to win the pool outright.
If we won the game, we would be both first in the powerpools going in tomorrow (as we could lose on point differential, but still have the head-to-head win for a record of 1-0 going in) and have redemption on the team for last year's loss.
We won 15-13, in a bitter, unpleasant game with observers who both don't know the rules and ruled against us in every call (which, could be valid, except for the "don't know the rules" part).
My twitter stream in reverse order, since I don't want to bother inverting it:
team in power pools with 1-0 record
kyle huck, mark pulls defender off, goes up too early, disc floats over both into gizmo's happy hands
bar takes too much time to pull? lose a time out
gizmo brutal catch from chucky to take it 12-11
sunya turn, gizmo block, foul called by mark, fresh with disc
11-11, game to 13, softcap on
11-10 on adam leventhal to adam brown
on a throw that she couldn't see because she was running the wrong way, she called pick after realizing her woman caught the score.
liz penny sucks
softcap horn should go on any moment
fresh to andy toe in layout for 10-10
bar guy laid out kicking chucky in head
doyle callahan for 9-9
8-9 kyle to giz from giz block
7-9 emily to paul
6-9 after half
half time la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la
barrio takes half 6-8, observers called in on previous point. down by only one break
misch 4 bar 6 on a 13 turnovers point
long point 7 turns so far. bar calls last t.o. in half
zone d failed 2-6
I give. this is too painful to watch. misch 1 bar 4
misch 1 bar 3
heads up the collective butt. misch 0 bar 3
misch 0 barrio 2
misch 0 bar 1 on 6 turn over point
timeout mischief in first point
So, we're 1-0 in tomorrow's power pool play, even though we're second in our pool, having 0 on point differential (won by 2, lost by 2). Barrio is first in our pool, but goes into tomorrow's power pools with the loss to us.
Yeah. We're number one! Uh, sorta.