Friday 24 October
Good morning! 16-Way is on call and I hear CREW dawgs barking. Let's see what's the latest bargain with Viagra....
...lots of great deals on Viagra and Vicodin in the inbox! Don't need one and already got the other. A few *WONDERFUL* comments and thanks. Thank you right back!
Also several emails similar to this:
Yes, the S&A events started yesterday. And if you look through our pages, you will find pictures of them posted. When it comes to scoring results, however, getting them and posting them is like squeezing blood from a rock. Please be patient...we have to go out and get the results by hand and fat finger most of it...
[T1 comments] *Sigh* after reviewing my own inbox this morning, I feel compelled to once again politely remind all non-FS skydiving communities out there that we are (1) UNofficial coverage of these nationals, and (2) openly and unapologetically biased toward Formation Skydiving. FS is our history and our passion and the reason OmniSkore exists. We do everything we can to include the other events under the OmniUmbrella, but if you feel you are being slighted or ignored, please remember that it is YOUR community's responsibility to promote, support and cover your skydiving disciplines, not ours, and send your flame to someone who cares [more]. We love yours, but we love ours best!!! /t1
Overall the judging has been very good and pretty consistent here this year, with very few complaints from the competitors (although I have a feeling Deguello is about to get pretty steamed about their round 3 score). Time to update the S&A scores...
...16-way round 4, Airspeed Plus had a major meltdown near the end of the jump and wound up with a 5, while the Majikal Knights had a very good jump to take a 3 point lead...Deguello continues to have bad luck in the bust department, they got popped again on round 4, their 3rd bust in 4 jumps...I have more S&A bits coming up from Adam Bradbury...here they are...you should really read his bits, they are very good...
...16-way round 6, Airspeed Plus picked up a point on Majikal Knights, it's a two-point lead for the latter heading into the final round...has then been a GREAT nationals or what? So many good competitions in practically all the events, such great weather, such nice facilities, who could ask for more? BESIDES more pictures of the Water Girls, I mean...I'm working on pictures from last night's 8-way and AE awards...
The 16-way draw is now posted...they are waiting for all the teams to get down from round 6 to judge them all back-to-back...
...here we go with round 6 now, Deguello just nailed their bronze medal down, now Airspeed Plus is up...they have about a smoking 5-second first point out the door, but a few glitches holds them back to a score of 10, if it's clean...it is, a 10...I am convinced that USPA need to change the rules to allow judges to view 16-way jumps as many times as they want, it's just so hard to score that many grips in three views...here's Majikal Knights now, they need a 8 to tied, a 9 to win...it's a 9 and a win, if it stands! And it does, Majikal Knights win the 16-way gold medal.
Let's take one more email on the topic of Js and 0s:
T1 responds: An interesting proposal. It boils down to keeping the J for the sake of information (i.e. who gets the most blame for the bust). But as a judge, I wouldn't go for it, because there are too many times when it could go either way (0 or J). I've seen lots of jumps at these nationals where incomplete separation busts might not have occurred had the videographer been steeper and deeper, or if the team had just flashed a little bigger or with a little better synchronicity. The judges don't have time to divine which problem is greater. When I'm judging, what I'm reacting to on each point is the answer to the question "Did I see it or not?" and in all cases when the answer is "No" I should have but one button to push, without worrying why I didn't see what was required.
...the 16-way awards and 10-way briefing is at 1800, in just a few minutes.
p.s. As I come in to shut down the computer and pour a last glass of wine, I find T1 and (Golden Knight) Mark Jones playing guitar and singing, impromptu music of the variety you cannot find on the radio or describe on the internet. It is beautiful, folksy, melancholy. A nice note to end the day on. Good night!
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