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Reply to:  46724  by  balouza << Prev  46746  Next >> Reply | Post New
Re: Olympics and partners - New Poll bear_music      9/27/2003 13:31

This is an issue that has cropped up frequently. I'd like to make clear what's really involved here:

Let's take, for example, Pooly: if you are a very skilled player in pooly you can fairly well count on making at least the semis of the olys tourney. The same may be said of, say, Dominoes. In general, in any singles game, if you are more skilled you have a much higher chance of doing well in that game's olys match. And this is as it should be.

Now, the goal of the Olympics is to identify the players who have the greatest skill across-the-board in the Eliters games. Not the best BG player, or Cribbage player, but the players who can consistently score well in all these games.

Getting back to team games, they are exactly that: TEAM games. The best players in Euchre, Spades, and Pinochle understand the team nature of the games, and they work with their partners for best results. It's subtle, and it's a great skill. Now, imagine an Olympics in which one of the "favorites" for the title is excellent at BG, Pool, Cribbage and Dominoes, and so-so in the rest. Her chief rival is a master of Euchre and Spades, and quite good at Hearts, Cribbage, BG. By requiring that this player use SS in teams matches, you have taken away his own, personal strength, his one advantage: that he and a good partner are very skilled at a partner's game.

I think this is completely unfair. Dramatically unfair. It is in the nature of the ss process that the highest-ranked players will draw their partner from the second half of the seed. Int he Olympics, the second half of the seed is nearly all non-regular players of the game. So, in effect, you are giving to a player who has little experience at the game a chance for an "unearned" victory paired with a good player, and you are at the same time dramatically lessening the chances of the best players winning the tournament.

The best BG player is always in contention, as is the best Cribs player, best Bones player, best Pool player etc: why should hte best Spades player have is fate in the tournament determined by the luck of his draw?

IN answer to those who complain that they can't get there until the last minute and may not be able to find a partner, it's equally true that in ss teams if there is an ODD number of entries then one will be dropped anyway... and if you get there before the tourney starts, and only one person needs a pard, then you're all set. PLUS you can make a team on Friday anyway, and you can name the team "pw 1234" or whatever, and anybody who needs a pard can join you.

So, that's my statement of what I consider the issues to be. I believe ss for partners in the Olympics is a joke. I don't know of a single good team player who thinks otherwise, offhand.


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