Spades History - The Stone Cold Truth
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When I started playing in and hosting for Spadeslite, everything was great.  I met a few great people.  I didn't want to play regularly, like every single day for both tournaments.  My original intention was to play every so often.  Since I did so well on my first night back, I played as often as possible.  The hunger for number one overwhelmed me and I played to achieve my main goal of being the Champion.  Once I achieved this goal, I would of kept it as long as possible before moving on to another league and, thus start the process over again.  However, once I became TD for Spadeslite, I decided against my plan but I strived to reach all my goals that I had set for myself.

I went platinum on February 26, 2004.  I did it for many reasons but mainly to help out the league.  Having a platinum membership, I'm allowed webspace for my graphics and sounds for both my tournaments and my player information pages.

As a TD, I have always done things a certain way.  The league rules and the TD welcoming letter that I got didn't say much.  The rules were just basic and didn't tell me what Spadeslite wanted.  I made all my tournaments with random seeding.  Then, I received a td reminder letter about having majority of the tournaments having rated seeding.  I challenged this and asked why.  Once I understood that it was better in a way, I made most of my tournaments having rated seeding.  I had all of my first set of tournaments as non-reg spades.  Then, I recieved a td reminder letter stating that majority of our tournaments have to be regular spades.  Like we needed more regular spades tournaments.  When I started Spadeslite, that was all they played.  Fine... every other Monday 7pm tournament and every other Thursday 9pm was regular spades.  I also alternated my non-reg spades tournaments.  However, my Thursday 7pm was always Smack Down Spades.  I had my first challenge set on the last Saturday of Feb at 8pm.  I didn't know what kind of turnout I would have and I let everyone know about it about 3-4 weeks before that Saturday.  After about a week, I received a td reminder letter that our tournament times are 7 and 9pm every night.  All my tournaments were set at the leagues times but one.  To add... I was the only td doing these things that called for those reminders.  If they were in the rules in the first place, I wouldn't need any reminder...

During the first week of March 2004, Spadeslite went through a down period.  One of my friends had a bad night.  The next thing she knew was that she was kicked out of the league.  She is a platinum member but she lost everything for being kicked out of the league.  After a few days, she was reinstated into the league.  Everything but the ladder bux that she had were recovered.  A mutual friend of ours tried to get her to ask the HA (nighthawk_elite) to be allowed back in.  She just didn't listen and he had to ask me to talk to her.  I did so for many reasons.  I wanted her in the league and to be my partner.  Mainly, I did it to support the league on getting back an active supporter.

During this time, another friend was told by classy_and_unique (an admin member) that he had to play or be derunged.  He was the Champion at the time.  He didn't want to play that night and he had every right not to.  The league rules stated that the top ten players have to play once every two days.  He played the night before and thus didn't have to play.  He felt forced into playing.  What he did wrong was to cause a ruckus in the lobby.  He was being so childish in doing so.  However, I did support him but I didn't support his behavior.

I wrote in the league forum on my thoughts on both situations.  I pointed out what was wrong with everything.  They were my thoughts and I felt I had to let them be known to all.  Hawk and Classy didn't like what I wrote and the feedback that I got.  Granted, as a td, I shouldn't of wrote it there but to the admins instead.  They said that just hurt the league and removed it and the responses.  Fine... do the damage control but one can't stop it from happening.  They asked me if I had something like that to say, just let them know instead and they are willing to listen and help out...

At the time, I felt like the hero.  Those not opposing me were saying how happy I made them.  They also asked me about making my own league.  So, I recreated Tigers.  I was on a false high and at the time it felt like the right thing to do.  The HA of Fantasy Player (sport98p) wanted to end her league.  She also was willing to help me with mine.  After I got things started, I didn't want to go through with it.  It's too much to get a league started from scratch.  I didn't know what I wanted to do.  I was still committed to Spadeslite and I still had to achieve my goals.  Besides, I put to much work into Spadeslite to give it up to a league of my own.  So, I decided to do both.  I made my friend that was kicked out of Spadeslite an admin for Tigers.  I was hoping for some good out of him.  Maybe, he'll learn something and better himself.  I needed all the help I could get for Tigers anyway.  I wasn't going to do it alone again... I did it once and that was enough.  I was hoping to get Tigers going but all I got were empty promises.  I don't blame anyone... if it wasn't meant to be, then it wasn't meant to be.

Sport gave everyone a week before she was going to delete her league.  However, I told her to keep her league because, it was better off than mine.  I didn't want her to give up her baby just to get mine up and running.  I just wasn't able to fully commit to Tigers.  It wouldn't feel right if she killed her league and we did everything for Tigers.  If that happened, I felt that I may end up putting everything onto her.  I didn't want to do that to her and that was how she got her league in the first place.  I felt better knowing she's where she belongs and her league continues to strive.

I had a total of six members in Tigers.  So, I put it on the back burner and let my friend do all the work.  He really wanted me to have a night league and I wasn't ready to deal with it.  He was ok with looking for a room for us to play in and find us some players.  This way, I was able to continue to help Spadeslite as both a player and TD.  After a week, Hawk talked to me about Tigers.  It didn't matter how he found out.  Maybe Sport told him, according to another person.  Anyway, he flew off the handle and stripped me of my TD abilities before I had a chance to explain myself.  He thought I wasn't committed in helping Spadeslite because, I had Tigers.  Honestly... I let him know what went on and what I was doing.  He just laughed at me and would not listen.  Funny, he once said he would listen to me...

I had to ask just_ducky_ty (an admin) what was going on.  I explained to her the situation.  She went to bat for me.  I don't know what she said to them but I was reinstated as a TD.  Hawk had to go to cases to get my stats back.  I was able to pick up where I left off.  It didn't matter that I had to redo all my tournaments.  I had my stats and that's all I wanted...

I was able to keep Tigers and maybe use it for Spadeslite as an Inter-league.  Hawk was against it from the get go but, Classy thought it was a good idea.  I changed the league to reflect it's new direction.  However, she took forever to get back to me.  I waited for like 2-3 weeks and I just killed Tigers for good, yet again.  A couple of days later, I recieved an email from them declining my offer.  This is funny, I never offered Tigers, period.  I did suggest that I could do better than that 'Battle of the Best' League.  They tried to do the same thing as the 'Battle of the Leagues' League.  However, they sucked and didn't know what I was talking about when I said it was the same as when the BOLs first started...

Once again, as a td, I did things a certain way.  When someone misbids on a hand I do this... the team that had misbid recieves a -100 penalty.  The hand on table was skipped.  Also, we skip the hand count.... meaning, misbid on hand 3/10, that hand is over and we start hand 4/10.  The rules state... for misbids -100 and skip hand.  Well, skipping hand means skipping hand and that's why I do it that way.  A couple of players had a problem with this.  The tournament finished as planned and they went to the admins about it.  On my next tournament, Ducky told me what the misbid was supposed to be.  A week after that, I recieved a td letter and a league letter about this rule.  One stated, "misbids are -100 points from score, skip hand, don't skip hand."  The other stated, "Misclicks for all games that are forced bidding games result in -100 points from score, skip hand, and play the SAME hand.  DO NOT ADVANCE TO THE NEXT HAND!"  Well... it's still vague and a bit confusing to me.  What do you want me to do???  Skip hand or not???  Maybe if Classy did what I suggested, there would not be any future problems.  The rule should be stated as... All misbids are -100 points from score, skip hand on table and continue with the same hand count.  Now, that's better, don't you think???  However, I know some people will read into that and mess it up like they would a wet dream... The other part to this misbid rule is that one misbid is allowed per team, per tournament.  I allowed one misbid per team, per game and, once I allowed three misbids in one game.  Since, they insisted I do it their way, I enforced it to the max...

Another email reminder was about the location part of the tournament.  They wanted the place and the type of game to be put there.  No problem, I've done it since I started.  This was the only reminder that wasn't sent out because, of me.  However, the other part of the email reminder was.  They expect that all of their tds play in 30% of the tournaments to support the league.  I have played in more than 30% of the tounaments.  Besides,Classy should adhere to this rule just like the rest of us.  However, she's admin and she can do whatever she wants.  I played as often as possible and I tried to play on the weekends.  However, weekend tournaments are on the back burner because, of the BOLs.

The reason why I stopped playing was because, I was derunged for not playing.  This was how it happened.  On Saturday, April 04, 2004, we had our first Spadeslite TOC Tournament.  It was an invite only with random partners type of tournament.  The td was Classy but she didn't bother on showing up.  Hawk didn't know where she was and had to host and play at the same time.  I was partnered with krgreen64.  We had the highest averaged rating.  That gave us the top seed and the only bye in the tournament.  We only had seven teams.  To add, the TOC was one team short of being concidered a Big Tournament.  Anyway, we played against and beat the Champion in the second round.  I was the number one contender at the time and, finally, I got the Championship!  We moved on and were victorious in the rest of the TOC.  We won the first TOC.  What a wonderful night and I thank krgreen64.

However, come to find out, that TOC didn't count for ladder standings.  The daily results only stated that we won a tournament.  I wasn't the Champion and we didn't have our wins nor win streaks that we rightfully earned.  In other words, we got nothing but our claim to fame.  Which was fine... we were partners in the league's first Battle of the Sexes Tournament.  We won the males only tournament and lost to the ladies in the finals.  So, they been saying "girls rule, boys drool" and were on that high til the TOC.  After the TOC was said and done, we shut those ladies up...

I hosted my challenge afterwards.  There was no other tournament that night.  On Sunday, I didn't play.  I spent the day with my family.  I thought I was fine not playing.  I played on Saturday and I could miss Sunday.  On Monday, I had to play to keep my rung.  However, I was automatically derunged for not playing .8 of a day before my 7pm tournament on that following Monday.  I couldn't believe it.  I asked Ducky about it and she told me that I haven't played for three days, according to cases.  Man, I thought they do it at midnight (est)... turns out, the idle time resets when a league game or tournament is reported.  Since, cases said I won a tournament on Saturday and here it was a Monday, two days later, didn't that count??  Apparently not...  So, I just hosted my 7pm tournament and called it a night.  Since, I was derunged for not playing for three days, I might as well make it legit in my eyes.  It's a good thing that I dropped the ball on Friday, April 02, 2004.  I lost to the champion.  If I had beaten her, I would of lost it on Monday anyway...

The following night at 7pm, I was idled for 1.5 days.  How did I go from .8 idle time on Monday at 7pm to 1.5 on Tuesday at 7pm???  Did cases count the tournament that I hosted???  If so, why didn't it count the tournament I won on Saturday???  I had enough, apparently, I'm not supposed to be ranked #1.  I was so close before, was derunged for not playing but, that was due to the fact I was hosting when it happened.  I decided not to play again until I was ranked 30.  During the week of April 12 -16, 2004, I hosted every tournament but the Monday's 9pm.  I did this to help the league since I wasn't allowing myself to play...

During the last week of April, I was able to play again.  I waited long enough and my rank was 31.  If any admin wanted me to play sooner, they should of manually derunged me to 30.  They never asked why I stopped playing.  I just made it known without reason.

I was allowed to host the second Spadeslite TOC Tournament on May 01, 2004.  I did it correctly.  I made a mock, invite only tournament.  I invited every player that won at least one tournament in the month of April.  This way, everyone can choose their partner for the real TOC Tournament.  Also, this TOC counted for ladder stats.  Those who played loved it this way.

The final td reminder that I received was about having one tournament of regular spades a night.  It didn't matter if it was at 7 or 9pm.  Just as long there was at least one.  Hell, this was one rule I refused to follow.  I've been alternating my Thursday nights' 9pm tournaments since February.  Now, they want one reg a night???  The other td's do nothing but reg.  Two of them, however, host the easier forced bids tournaments.  Point is, there are enough reg spades tournaments in any given week.  However, they wanted one reg spades a night.  The only person that bitched for a reg spades tournament was Classy.  Funny, she said that on a Thursday night during the 7pm tournament and it just so happened that the following 9pm was reg.  To add, she left after she said that and didn't return...

On May 01, 2004, Classy sent me this IM... stating that I must delete or move one of my Thursday night's tournaments and create a reg spades tournament.  Well, I know for a fact that she won't listen to me... anyway, I talked to Catladydiva, another and newest admin.  I told her what I been wanting to say to Classy ever since I recieved that damn letter.  Basically, I got no 'thank you' for making any of my tournaments ahead of time... etc... She did want I wanted her to do without me saying it, she copied what I wrote as I was writing it and sent it to Classy.

Classy resented what I said.  She continued to go off on me.  So, it does not bother me for a single second.  We went back and forth for a while.  After I said what I wanted to say, I let her have her way... hehehe... it has always been this way.  Granted, I shouldn't go against the admins and their rules... or lack of written rules...  I never do something different without good reason.  Don't tell me that we're going to do something a certain way and not tell me the reason why.  When I don't understand... guess what?  I'll challenge it, period.  I want to see where you're coming from.  When I see your side of things, I'll have my understanding and I'll know what I have to do.  I'll change my tournament rules and game play accordingly...

The end came on May 06, 2004.  I tried to run my 7pm tournament.  I had only five players.  When 8pm came around, Hawk asked me to pull the 7pm and try for the 9pm.  I was so disappointed because, normally I start no later than fifteen minutes late.  I told those in the room, Hawk and Cat, that you're on you own.  Hawk immed me asked why I'm pulling the 9pm.  I told him that I wasn't in the mood.  Then he said that I was wrong for doing so and took my td abilities away from me for the second time.  He then continued to blame me for everything... said that if I did reg like they told me to... lol... noone said, Rattle, we want you to do reg... then we'll have players.  He would not listen to me... remember, he and Classy did say that they would... If I was at fault, then I should of been allowed to pull my 9pm without any problems from Hawk, or cooled down some before trying the 9pm.  Either way, I would rethink things.  He should of talked to me and not just fly off the handle.  Yes, he did say that he had enough... enough of what, I just don't know.  I sure did enjoy being blamed for everything.  Being told that I do nothing but hurt the league...

When I recieved the td removal letter, it said that I was removed with the reason of "not following league rules".  What league rules???  I emailed him back and asked just that question.  All he said in return was... "you have to know everyone knows lol... you took every event and make it into a problem... just like I heard you did in your own league... you showed me I was wrong in going to bat for you and getting you back as td... why cant u let well enough alone?... grow up andrew"  Funny, this comes from an old geezer that throws a hissy fit when something doesn't go his way and do things without thinking.  Just so you know, I don't take every event and make it a problem when it's already a problem.  Oh, you heard???  It must of been Cat, former madam_rattlesnake_of_spades,  who told you because, she was my only support in Tigers.  I'm not going to repeat what I did for Tigers here.  If you want to know, read the Tigers Spades League portion of my history.  Hawk didn't go to bat for me and get me reinstated as td, it was Ducky.  All he did, I say this again, was to get cases to reinstate me.  Called that going to bat for me???  I call it fixing his own fuck up, period!  He wants me to leave well enough alone???  Well, I won't until I understand...

After that, I withdrew from Spadeslite.  I'm not going to stick around in a league who's head admins won't do things the correct way.  Spadeslite had five admins at the time I left.  One only was around for one or two days for a whole month.  He wasn't a part of any admin discussions about anything.  Makes me wonder why hes's admin.  No matter. I don't really care.  He had done me no wrong.  Cat is nothing but a kiss ass and she'll do whatever Hawk and Classy say.  As for Ducky, I have nothing but the upmost respect for her.  She was always willing to listen to me without judgement, unlike Hawk and Classy.  So, when they discuss and decide things, Ducky will be out numbered if she disagrees.

I joined a Christian spades league called Spadez.  I was welcomed with open arms.  I won the first tournament and the league game afterwards.  On May 07, 2004, I won a league game that allowed me to goto the BOLs...  Before this league game, at about 8pm, I was in Spadeslite's room.  I had to say my piece there.  To let those there what was on my mind.  Ducky had to pull her 7pm and created a 1vs1 tournament due to the lack of players.  It was a reg and I must ask... was that my fault???  Maybe, if Hawk didn't remove me as td, I will still be there.  Thus, I would of played...  I know I shouldn't talk about anything that would hurt a league in the lobby.  Since, I was accused of doing it in the first place, I might as well do it.  I don't regret a thing that I willingly had done.  My true friends there got my side of things.  To them, I have done no wrong.  They said that I'm a wonderful td and a great player and friend.  One of my friends, decided to leave Spadeslite.  I was nothing but nice to her after all these years we've known each other.  A couple of others are thinking about leaving, however, they want to find a better place before they do.  Now, The Lonely Road of Faith is not so lonely after all...

I haven't been in Spadez more than a week and I was offered a td position.  I can be head td and maybe admin, if I want to.  They already know what I am capable of in regards to hosting and playing.  They just want me to do things in a Christain like way.  They are basing things off of a friend's word and that's all that matters.  I told them that I will think about it.  I need to clear my mind, mainly to write this.  I also need to learn their rules and the league.  As of May 15, 2004, I'm still undecisive...  I may help Spadez in every way possible or go on ahead and create a league of my own...

That's all I have to say about that!!!



As for Spadeslite, mainly Hawk and Classy...
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After I left a message in the forum, a response was this...

Posted by unicorn567600 (Gold Member) (Ranked 21 on SPADESLITE (Yahoo) Ladder) on May 06, 2004 at 19:25:07:

RATTLE YOU WERE THE BEST TD IN THIS LEAGUE AND I'M SRY YOU ARE LEAVING BUT I UNDERSTAND WHY.  YOU GAVE 150% TO THIS LEAGUE AND YOU WILL BE MISSED ALOT.  THIS IS MY SECOND LETTER SINCE MY FIRST GOT DONE AWAY WITH.  WHOEVER GETS YOU WILL BE BLESSED AS YOU ARE A EXCELLENT PLAYER AND TD.  I FOR ONE WILL MISS YOU.  GOOD LUCK AND MAY GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY. 

Thank you, uni, this was appreciated.  I will never forget!


 
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