First of all, please let us know who you are, and what team you play for
.... after all, it's only polite
Second, you are absolutely correct and that's pretty much how the situation
went down ...in pretty amazing detail on your part.
However, there are a few details everyone should know about that situation;
A) I was aware of it, since my entire team was sitting at the deadbox when it happened.
B ) Jayson was not the individual who overturned the Section 17.3 Violation, Dan from Ape was.
C) Jayson was unaware of the situation, and that GTF was playing with the individual on the roster until Curtis pointed it out to him & at that time, the game was already in progress.
Yes, it was a violation of the rules, and by the letter of the law, GTF should have played us down a man on their roster. I was not present when the call got overturned & don't know the conversation between the player and Dan. Just FYI, Dan used to play for Xtreme Fanatics for several years, was on a previous SPPL squad and left this year to help Jayson with SPPL. I trust/respect his judment as a player & as a SPPL Official.... so I'm not going pass judgement on his decision in the matter without knowing all the details.
Whether it was the SPPL staff having a big heart & realizing that players make mistakes, Skip giving a damn good appology, or a combination of the two, it happened & it's over.
However; what everyone needs to know is that I was aware that the call was reversed and elected not to protest the overturn of the call/left it alone.
In hindsight, it may have been stupid and I probably cost my team a better finish & better prize package, but it was my decision as SPPL Team Captain, and I take full responsibility for my actions to my team and to the SPPL participants; so, I'll offer the SPPL community the same appology I offered my team mates.
I appologize for not protesting the reverseal, and kicking & screaming until Jayson made the call stand. However, We didn't want a win that people would come back & say "XF beat GTF because they had nine players", so I elected to not say anything when they showed up with 10 players. We'll practice some more, learn from our mistakes & be back to get our chance to beat GTF another day. We know GTF's coach/captain, have played them multiple times and 1 persons lack of judgement in one match is not a reflection of the entire team. I'm confident their team captain will address it, and Curtis and Skip will have to determine how best to redress what happened on the field.
Xtreme Fanatics came to the World Championships to represent sportsmanship in paintball, play a perfect series with no penalties, represent actual Scenario Paintball Teams in this format, make new friends and to hopefully give everyone one more laugh than if we hadn't showed up .... whether you were laughing with us or at us (hopefully it was at the sock puppets & not us). I'd like to think we accomplished our goals this weekend .... so getting on the award stage was gravy.
Win or lose, we played every team clean, and walked away with a 3rd place finish in the Masters Division, I am extremely proud & satisfied with the third place win, because it is 100% ours ... and it's absolute..... Nobody can ever contest/dispute that we took it fair & square.
I appoloze if I "let some people down" by not contesting the call, but as they say ..... that's just the way we roll. Trophy's and first place finishes don't define a team. We came to play, not to interpret or enforce the rules...... that's the SPPL staff's job.
I'm not saying you shouldn't pursue the issue & SPPL shouldn't look into what happened, but it's one really bad thing that happened in a weekend full of good things. I'm sure Jayson will address it once he gets a break from his new fatherhood & you'll get the answers your looking for.
If anything, I'm as much to blame for how things turned out as the SPPL staff, so please accept my personal appology for my part in the matter.
This post has been edited by Acara: 15 October 2008 - 08:25 PM