Tees-Exe Line wrote:I for one would support an ironclad-start-time policy. But more to the point, is there a reason we must have a full-field round robin? I guess the seeding would be kind of arbitrary, but I don't have a problem with two prelim brackets, a re-bracketing, and playoffs, amounting to less than sixteen rounds of very hard quizbowl.
I seem to recall having this exact discussion in 2008, coming up with the exact solution, dragging myself to the Chicago campus in time for the announced 7:30 AM dropdead start, then being told by Ryan that we weren't starting because Yaphe's team wasn't there and "I'm not going to forfeit them, I'm Ryan 'No Rules' Westbrook." So unless Mike and Ryan are going to have some sort of boxing match to determine who has the authority to forfeit teams, I doubt this is going to work.
Can we maybe just start at a normal time, coordinate the quick lunch, not do some of the stupid time-wasting things that go on at CO like have people run around the halls taking signups for their side events or taking 45 minutes to read games when the same people can read regular-season events in half an hour, and finish on time without compromising the delightful full round robin experience? I will also try to bring some SVBZs and a battery in case we need to have the final on the steps of the Linnaeus statue again. No guarantees about playing by Chris Ray's proposed ACF/QBert hybrid rules.
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