So this weekend was the big bi-annual foosball tournament at MainStreet bar in Montreal. Like usual, lots of drama came with it. A lot of it can be resumed by a simple french statement, overly used by me “Les gars savent pas jouer” which mean “People don’t know how to play”. Such a big statement but let me clear things up. There was more arguments over the rules than actual competition. I saw pros learning rules they didn’t know about, and this, half-way in a semi-final match. How can this be possible? If you want a sport to have credibility, the first thing you make clear is the rules of the game. Also, when your opponent is at the same time the only referee available, judgement can be biased. How about you run your own tournament then? This is usually the reply I get when complaining. I don’t have the intention of doing so but be sure that if I would, the rules would be posted somewhere, available for everyone to consult.

On my end, I did terrible. I lost to teams that didn’t have half the practice and preparation we had. There was this goalie who was basically shooting on our guys all the time, not understanding that we had his shot covered 100%. He kept trying like it was bad luck on his end… All the players we faced didn’t improve their game an inch since last years. same shots, same bad five bar, same low-technical play style. They were all semi-average casual bar players who we usually destroy.

I will be ashamed of playing foosball again for at least the next 3 months. With such poor results, I just lost all the credibility I had. All the theorem I tried to build, the strategies I enforced my partners to use, all the work I made just lost all its purpose and its back to step one zero. I cant even have an intelligent discussion with my partners without having to prove and explain all my statements.

There is light at the end of the tunnel, instead of forcing people into my play style, I will be focusing on me and improving it on my own. I will deal with what others decide to do and live with it, because sometimes, I think its hard to believe in a team where opinions are really different. You want to win but losing could prove a previous argument. How can anyone perform well in a play style they don’t 100% agree with? And, I fully understand that since, my tournament results have never been really convincing. How can I induce people to believe in what I say when I have nothing to back my arguments?

Aside from the great Friday night I had with my friends, lets just say the weekend pretty much sucked lolyaok.