April 10, 2006

Dodgeball! Tournament

As promised in my previous post, the short sweet summary:

We came, We saw, We got our @##es handed to us.

Turns out other groups at AOL LLC also entered (content groups), so of about 10 or 12 total teams playing, AOL fielded four teams. Not one made it past the first round of the single elimination tournament.


We did assemble an AOL Technologies team from the rubble to enter the "losers bracket". Heroes were made, villains were crushed - we beat Google, yay! (I feel 5% bad about that) - and damsels were saved, and we emerged victorious: We won the "losers bracket".

The real final, meanwhile, was an all MSN final (they had two teams playing also) - the MCP was in ascendance and Alan-1 was nowhere to be found...

Looking around, I'd say that ours was the most senior, career-wise and age-wise, though I have to say (thankfully) we were NOT the only the geeks out on the courts.

As we watched the final and were discussing (from the sidelines :)) the strategies of game play and the attributes that made for fine dodge ball playing - was it a good arm? speed? good catcher? - it become really clear that the single most important quality for a player was "youth" :)

It was a lot of fun (though there was a surprising amount of un-sportman-like conduct for a "fun" game - yeesh, relax people!), and I'd do it again - its surprisingly satisfying to bean someone with a rubber ball.


Dossy Shiobara said...

"We won the "losers bracket"."

Strangely, this isn't surprising. AOL has long been the "best of the worst."

Anonymous said...

Perhaps we suggest Old Maid next time! :)

Oh well, at least you were out there giving it a go.

Sree Kotay said...

lol - yeah, as the article says, "Insert your own AOL joke here" :)

Photos here (click on the "dodgeball" item in the left navbar thingy)

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