By Lonny Lovins
Yesterday I moved temporarily from tournament directing, to tournament playing. I must say even playing every week, you don’t quite work up a sweat like you do when you are playing for trophies and medals.
It is a lot of fun to see all the “old guys” like myself out there digging in the corners, doing the skills competition, and laying it all out for a chance at the cup.
So far the competition has been intense, but the sportsmanship has been top notch. Most of the teams out here want to win, and there is no doubting that, but they have also shown a great deal of respect for one another. I think that is probably the most important part of the tournament for me. Coming up to the dots and seeing familiar faces with big smiles is pretty cool. I hope that as the tournament goes from round robin to playoffs we continue to keep that camaraderie going.
I know the sportsmanlike way teams have carried themselves has a lot do with respect, but I also think it has a lot to do with the refereeing. Our referees have been performing admirably from day 1. While not everyone is going to agree with every call, and there have been some heated exchanges, for the most part, I have gotten nothing but high praise for the referees. We are lucky to have the crew that we have, and we are even more fortunate to have so many dedicated to making NARCh finals the best officiated event around.
Hopefully I didn’t jinx us the rest of the way, but I personally would like to thank the guys in stripes for doing a bang up job. My games have been well officiated, as have the rest of the games I have watched. Keep up the good work guys, you are making my first NARCh as a tournament director a breeze. More tomorrow, and even more on Monday when I climb out of the trenches and get back to schmoozing.