Tuesday, October 28, 2008

One eyed kings

We joined a Grand Masters league this fall in Boston. 40+ for men, 35+ for women. I was surprised to find that there was enough interest to form 6 teams playing every Friday night for 7 or 8 weeks.

The level of play was higher than I had expected. I guess I was anticipating something barely above wheelchair ultimate, but most of the teams were reasonably skilled (somewhat expected) and occasionally athletic (not expected).

Our team had several of my DoGmates, and we rolled through the year undefeated, culminating in a too-close championship game 15-12 victory (tournament victory #115, if it counts), after we had jumped to an 8-3 lead. Our teammates generally started out unaware of our lineage. In our second game, one of our draftees pointed to an opponent and said, "He's the best thrower I've ever seen" and warned us that the other team was really good. We took those under consideration. But to their credit, they treated us like normal people, and played like it was another day at the office. And it was a fun group, as we all migrated to the local bar after the games.

Hmm, got another tournament this week, playing against just old guys, instead of against really old guys. We are going to be doing things a little differently this time, though I don't want to say what they are because we're going to need every last break. And it's quite possible that we'll deliberately go 0-3 on Day 1 to set up the greatest comeback ever. You heard it here first.

PS. None of us know nothin'. We all live in our own world and see things through our own eyes, and hear what we want to hear. The blogosphere gives others a chance to step into our worlds for a few minutes, but they still only see what we have seen, and not the world as it really is.


dix said...

Great season, Jim. I would put our team's 25 National Championships up against the other team's 6 appearances in Corporate League semifinals any day of the week and twice on Sunday!

Anonymous said...

Well done Jim.

By the way I envy you the possibility of playing in a Grand Masters league. Here in Israel we do not have that possibility and at 44 (and still reasonable athletic) I still find myself have to match up against an 18 year old (some times younger) simply because there are no other choice.

Also by the way I saw the Masters results from Sarasota. Expected at least a final from DOG. What happened?


Geoffrey said...

I was on that Grandmasters team. I had no idea who my teammates were, and I could easily have made the comment about the opposing player's throws.
I had never played Grandmasters either, I didn't want to be that old, but Friday nights is perfect so I decided to give it a try.
Each week when I got home I would tell my wife 'I really really like this team. They really know how to play, and it makes the whole game so much more fun.'

I had a great time.

And I got 'Ultimate Techniques & Tactics' for xmas. Too bad I didn't have it 20 years ago.