sixth time in seven days, there is no sunrise, just a
heavy fog lying sleepily over southern cally forn ya. But
the forecast is sunny sunny sunny -- so stay tuned, we'll
report back shortly.
|And now, some e-mails of the day.
Regarding France/Maubeuge video:
“French or Norwegian, whatever. Fact is that
the French system seems to work to their advantage.
Don't know whether it was miserable judging or the
video trick. But the French tail never had a
grip on two occasions in round ten (Adder or/and
Murphy Flake). In one of the cases, his hands
came not closer than approx. 3-5 inches to the leg
grip. The judges gave 'em the points. Funny?”
I have yet to find a judge who thinks their
video is easy to judge.
Can I just pass on my thanks and congratulations
for the best website on the net to you omniskorers.
This is a constant source of highly useful and
interesting information and entertainment from the
cutting edge of the sport. It certainly brightens up
the day of work. The skills and commitment that you
guys have and the time that it must take to do (no
doubt for free) are phenomenal. BTW the jerk that
was moaning the other day about your site - I would
log that as a PEBKAC error. (Problem Exists Between
Keyboard And Chair)
Music to the ears of the webmaster!
Regarding the NJ discussion:
The NJ was originally instituted for problems with
video ie offscreens, video interruptions. I agree
with you the team and the video person is part of
the team must show the formation. In this mix of
viewing there is what is called judgment ie the
judge knows or thinks that a formation is complete
you know due to the flow of the dive and the
dynamics of the jump. I heard once from an event
judge (not on this continent) that you should judge
a jump as if you knew nothing about jumping my
response was "fat chance". As far as the
penalty is concerned for a NJ I favour the no point
no penalty in this instance because it was not a
fault from a team (you know an actual fault) point
of view and I would feel that the team should not be
penalized because I as a judge am not certain or
cannot make a determination based on the video
angle. However, If a video person is continually
presenting video in a bad viewing position I think
that the event judge or chief judge should have a
word with this individual. This problem really
presents itself on teams that are not in the top
echelon or the video person is of a low experience
level (comparatively) or a combination of both...
If the team and the video person must show the
formation, I still hold that one cannot objectively
and consistently distinguish whether the problem is
with one or the other, especially when it comes to
not seeing inters because of camera angles or
distance. Hence, they are the same.
Netscape users, if you are having problems loading the
results pages, try this: Click on a results link. Don't
do anything else. Netscape will load the code and sit
there quietly with a blank screen. Don't do anything.
It's not crashed. Do not hit ctrl-alt-del. Go get a cup of
coffee. Wait a few minutes. The page will show up
eventually; Netscape just needs to chew on it for a while.
Trust me. If I'm wrong, I'll give you a refund.
Me thinks we'll be skydiving here in an hour or two.
They just cranked up the first Otter. It won't be long
now. Stay tuned...
They cranked it up and then shut it down. But things are
going now; the first load just took off. The judges should
have tapes of the jump-off between 702 and 705 for the
Intermediate Silver Medal before too much longer.
The tapes just went to the judging room.
We have been informed that 808- Perris Energy 8 has
705 got a 4. 702 is in the works.
In the results table, the score shown for Round 6 is
the combined score for Round 6 plus any and all jump-off
702 gets an 8! They win the Silver, and 705 takes the
8-way Open, AZ8 got a 23 and GK a 22 on round seven, so
AZ8 has a two point lead with three to go. WHEW...BAM
those judges are being mean to my team! WHAA! Fun skydive
though, a 13 banged down to an 11.
GK put the pedal down on the floor on round 8 and
roared into the lead, but I hear talk that AZ8 had a
second camera on the helmet and might get an NJ removed,
we'll see. My team is doing well, gotta say that of
course, we're having some really good skydives for a
pickup team. Time to dirt dive round 10 -
Holy smoke! Airspeed just scored a 22 in Round 9! Can the
Knights match or beat that?
Noooooo! They got a 21! It's a tie ball game after nine
Well now, if this ain't a Hollywood ending, I wouldn't
know what is. Round ten judging starts shortly. I'll post
them live as can be right here:
801 PD8: 12
802 Deguello: 10
806 Matrix 8: 14
807 KTO: 10 (we busted *AGAIN*!)
809 451: 7
There is a HUGE crowd around big TV. Wish you could all
They are judging in reverse order of standings
* = current team being judged
I can't STAND the tension
WOW. Airspeed really smoked round 10, and the Knights
had a glitch and a bust. During that time, Robbie Culver
must have sent 10 e-mails. I'm glad the server didn't
crash! WHEW Congratulations Airspeed!
That is *WAY* too much excitement for one day, but as I
write this the 16-way briefing is going on (they waived
the one hour wait rule). The competition goes on, and I am
guessing that Knights FX will be trying to put a whoopin'
on Airspeed Blue and exact some measure of revenge. I'm
sure they'll get off two rounds this afternoon.
A reminder to friends & family & whoever, we
are happy to e-mail high resolution originals of the team
photos on request. Just be sure to specify the team number
and send e-mail to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just be sure to send your loved one over to the DZTV
control room with a beer for the webmeister!
The 16-way draw is now
posted, and if we don't see a world record in round 6, I'm
going to throw T1 in the swimming pool.
105 Airspeed Blue had a huge problem out the door, and
didn't get their first point until about 30 seconds into
the dive. They still got a 9, which, at this point, is
good enough for first place. Knights FX has not dived yet,
Knights FX also had some problems with their first point,
but they managed to score a 10 to take the first round
Round 1 is in the can, and Knights FX has a one-point lead
over Airspeed Blue. This is gonna be a good 'un!!
for Rob Work's “The Scoring of an NJ vs O & I”
On round 2, Airspeed Blue had a terrific start, but
then it was glitch city with a bust for a score of 7
points. Going back to Deguello - the webmaster is
alternate and must show some bias - they had a slow start
on round one but finished strong for a seven, and my home
boys are in third place. And on round 3, they do another
good jump - 7 again! GKFX did much better, but three
judges popped the 7th formation for a score of 7.
Special kudos should go out to Airspeed members for all
the help they've dished out to so many teams here. The
Knights as well, but it seems like every time I turn
around there's Craig or Dan or Jack taking precious time
to help a team do a block or an exit. Great guys and great
Okay, round 2 of 16 is in the can, and I've got to be
pleased with Deguello being only 3 points behind the
leader. “Way Maur Booze” is well back in fourth, so at
this point I think this will be a thee-horse race. Keep it
up Texans! (okay mostly Texans).