CHANGES TO OLYMPICS FORMAT: OVERVIEW
We have closed the poll on the debate over SS vs PS in Olympics Team Matches. The poll was essentially a push, with 52% preferring SS and 48% opting for PS. As always, we have used the club comments, the poll results, and the poll comments to help us analyze the situation and see what changes, if any, are called for. One interesting side effect of this debate was how it branched into a related discussion on whether the seeding for Olympics Tourneys should be random, or remain based on ratings as it is now.
Proponents of SS in Olympics teams Tourneys had 3 basic arguments:
1) The PS version penalized those who are not “regulars” in the given game, and have a hard time finding competent partners;
2) The SS promotes better match-ups and gives all a “fair” chance at winning, and;
3) Since MDC Tourneys and TOC Tourneys are SS, why should the Olympics be any different?
Proponents of PS, on the other hand, emphasize that:
1) The nature of these games is that they involve “teams”: that the greater skill in the games comes from working with a partner towards a common goal, and that this skill is negated by forcing SS partnerships;
2) That the above definition of “fair chance” to win does not apply in singles games, where the truly skilled players have a MUCH better chance of winning than the occasional players, so SS essentially relegates Team Player’s skills to second fiddle, and;
3) The SS format could result in the teaming up of rivals for the gold, eliminating a chance to make up ground.
Other issues are “cheating” (the SS proponents express disillusionment with supposed “cheating” teams, and believe SS will negate that), the possibility of no-shows (there may not be enough subs to go around, and a contender may be torpedoed through no fault of his own), and the wisdom of placing a Team Tourney in the anchor spot on Sunday.
(continued next post)