Wednesday 6 October
Good morning, hack hack hacking on the 8-way team pages. We have 22 teams registered, 13 in Intermediate and 9 in Open. Great turnout for 8-way!
I just posted some photos from last night's SSL awards-slash-4-way finals HERE.
I got a lot of email last night regarding the disqualifications of Exceed and Carolina ICE. The feedback is about evenly split between "that is way too harsh" and "they should be forever banished from competition." The former tends to come from people who just want to jump and have fun, and the latter tends to come from people who take competition very seriously. I personally think that the meet director -- Scott Smith -- did the right thing. Rules are rules, whether you break them intentionally or not. We all hate to see this stuff happen, but it does happen at every nationals, and everybody who is here next year should be thinking remember what happened to team xxx last year - we need to make sure our paperwork is in order and we know the rules.
...it is so nice outside, and everybody is jumping and having fun, and I'm stuck in this hole running DZTV and chatting to the unseen OmniMinions, but that's okay, because Mom is making some of her famous FRIED CHICKEN FOR LUNCH! Yeeeehaaaah!
...while I'm enjoying this here yard bird, it looks to me like the Knights had their Wheaties for breakfast, posting a 16 on round 2, and that's not a fast dive...Deguello looked strong again and posted another 10...uh oh...I think the judges smelled the food and the stampede is on...
(Ryan sneaks in to say "Great fried chicken, Grandma!")
Airspeed 8 steps to the plate, and they look much sharper this time around...a 17, if it's clean...and it is...Perris Vengeance posts a clean 12, and after 2 rounds we have Airspeed and the Knights tied at 31, with Vengeance sitting strong in the bronze slot...keep an eye on Majik Eyes, if they do like they did last year, they're going to spend 5 rounds figuring out Scott's fall rate, then pick up speed on the last 5...Intermediate is a logjam after 2 rounds....
Moving on now, 8-way is half way through round 3...the Knights put up another strong jump, a 16...here's Airspeed now...looks like they've worked out the kinks for sure...18! Sweet...now it looks like Perris Vengeance is gaining a stronghold on the bronze position...top 4 score totals are 49 to 47 to 36 to 30...big question I can see now is will Majik Eyes continue to pick up the pace and give PV a run for it? Three more rounds today, I think is the plan, we shall see...
YIPPEE the Astros have taken the lead over the Braves! Oops, am I on? Sorry about that. Grew up in Texas watching the 'Stros. Named my kid after Nolan Ryan. OKAY OKAY, on with round 4...Deguello busted their first set of Tees and take a 8...the Knights are next and they seem to like 16...check that, it's a 17, but barely...
...I am imagining this email coming from our web hosting service:
There will be nearly 100 MB of streaming videos posted by the end of the day...
...okay, while I was waiting for another 15 MB worth of steaming videos to upload, Airspeed 8 ripped up on round 4 with a 19, and by the end of the jump I felt like jumping up out of my chair and giving them a high five right through the TV. THAT was NICE. Streaming video at 1100. If the gallery behaves.
It's photo caption contest time, for the picture to the left. Golden Knight team leader John Hoover and his boys. Click on it and send me your caption.
A computer geek asks what I'm running on my PC for all this. I have open right now FrontPage 2002, Adobe Photoshop 6, Mozilla Firefox, Outlook, Adobe Premiere, ACDSee, and three explorer windows. Hope that helps. Don't even ask how many lines of software code T1 has running on the other side of the wall...round 4 is in the can, and right now it's Airspeed, Golden Knights, and Vengeance running away from the pack.
8-way steaming videos have been posted over at the main page. Enjoy. More later. I'm ducking out for some fresh Otter exhaust fumes...
...while I was outside doing a TV interview I missed the rest of round 5, it's in the can and round 6 is being judged...okay, let's keep those photo captions coming in, I've got a new page started to show them all later today or tomorrow...
4-Way FS awards tonight, will try to post pictures first thing in the morning. I've just been told there are horse doovers in the judges' room, so I'm going to punch out of here now and say thanks for hanging around and see you tomorrow! - T2
UPDATE - I've just been handed a CD of freefall photos from the camera of some guy named "Michael McGowan." Special treat coming tomorrow!