Spades History - Saga Continues
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I became the representing admin of Spadesharks in COTT on Oct. 10, 2005.  I didn't do anything in COTT nor helped the league's members to get there.  I let another admin to do what needs to be done.  She's also a representing admin in COTT.  So, I don't see the point to do anything...

During October, I played in the qualifiers for BBB and SEX.  I was second in both.  Don't matter, I was able to compete in both interleagues.  I played in both admin/htd and members tournaments in both interleagues.  It wasn't my time, I came short of my goals.  I know, there's always next month...

I missed the team tournament but attended the Best of the Best tournament in BOL.  This time, I played somewhat differently.  I didn't let anything get the best of me.  In turn, I kept winning and I'm satisfied with the end result.  I made it to the forth round of play before losing.  There were six rounds in the tournament and I had no byes.

I won with and against good players.  Both teams in all games I played in had good cards as well.  I made a mistake in the first and second games.  However, I was able to make the comebacks to win.  In the forth round, I was the host of my table.  I should of sat before inviting the rest of the players and the designated table td.  My partner, for this game, just sat in a seat which proved to be my downfall.  He's a cocky son of a bitch that claims he can win anywhere.  I knew from the get go that I was going to lose because, the game room followed the odd tables goes red and the even tables goes blue rule.  Well, we were on an odd table sitting in blue seats.  hmmm... we couldn't get a good hand til it was to late... fucker!

I thought things were getting better for me all around.  However, the more I tried, the more I get pushed away.  I've done things for the league in the absence of the other htds and admins.  I came up with new ideas on our league's designs for different pages.  I have control over two pages in the league and I'm hosting them here.  Tina won't redesign hers... of well... She don't want me to do much of anything, really, unless she tells me so.  So, forgive me for trying to keep the league updated and coming up with new ways on displaying our awards and award winners.

I also done things in a way I see fit, according to Cases Ladder rules, in the absence of league rules and other admins' input.  So, sue me for thinking on my own as a Marine would.  I've handled situations the best way I could and I don't regret a single thing.  Maybe it's meant to be this way... I don't really care.  I just put my heart and soul into the league and I was pushed away...

On Nov. 3, I'm now longer an admin for Spadesharks.  Tina got the admins together, since all were online, to go over some things.  I had the feeling that I wasn't going to like it from the start.  Tina want to know why a person who lost a round was advanced into the next round.

Hell, simple... we were playing a 1vs1 tournament.  It was the first round and four people played against each other.  As it turn out, the td made the pairings wrong.  I told her to redo the first round with the correct pairings.  One of the players wasn't around to play again.  He thought he was out of the tournament and left to do other things.  I subbed in his place for the first round.  As it turned out, I got the win.  Since I subbed for a missing player and he didn't return, I told the td to advance the other player.  In Cases Ladder rules, if a person is not there to play after the tournament has started, then the person is dqed and the other player advances.  Remember, we were playing a 1vs1 tournament in team games.  So it doesn't matter if the person played and lost the team game.  If we would take this to Cases they would of told us the player should advance because, all they will see was a missing person vs. a player in a game.  To add, I didn't want anyone to sub in the missing person's spot.

The second round had four players.  The one I help win the first round didn't understand why a person who lost was able to advance.  He didn't understand why the person I subbed for didn't advance and why we couldn't get another sub.  Simple... the player that advanced was going to play in the next round anyway.  So, as per Cases rules and I felt that it's the right thing to do were the reasons why the tournament progressed as it did.  Besides, the missing player will get a loss anyway.  We don't allow a sub to play on a team with another sub

(Maybe I should of told the td to continue the tournament, as is.  Then, we would have to edit the players involved and adjust win/lose records, ratings and ranks, accordenly.  Or, delete the current tournament and create a new one in it's place.)  Oh well....

I had a hell of a week.  It started on Nov. 13.  That was the day that Eddie Guerrero died of heart failure.  I felt like I lost a friend.  I couldn't believe that he was gone.  He was 38... celebrated his birthday the month prior and his four-year sobriety just a couple of days before his death.  I wrote a blog in my
Yahoo 360 profile.  Eddie Guerrero, RIP my friend!!!

I was also on a bad losing streak.  I didn't matter what I did, I still lost.  I couldn't do a damn thing to change this.  I won a couple of games but they weren't back-to-back.  What made matters worse is that my wife, Catherine's, uncle passed away.  She was heart-broken and I couldn't do a damn about that either.  She's in Ireland and I can't hold her...

I had a breaking point on Nov. 18.  Everything got to me and I acted selfishly.  I was getting over both deaths and Yahoo was pissing me off.  I was losing and I threw my last game in Spadesharks.  Yahoo wasn't giving me a chance to win and I rather lose on my terms this time.  I didn't think clearly when I decided to nil on the second to last hand.  I didn't see a way to win.  I know other fuckers throw games but they don't do it in the fashion that I did.  While everyone else stay under until they're "caught", I lead the hand with the King of Hearts.  My partner, and friend of three years, was surprised, not to mention, everyone else...

This was the reason why I was kicked out... "the_rattlesnake_of_spades was kicked off Throwing a game intentionally.  Misrepresenting important values and qualifications as a HTD for Spadesharks.  This will not be tolerated now or ever!!!  You wronged a dear friend and I sincerely hope you can amend the friendship and give apologies and hope for forgiveness from the members you have wrong because of your decision..."

On Nov. 19, I was left homeless, yet again.  No matter, I quickly started my new league.  I have friends that didn't like the fact that I was kicked out of the league.  They are willing to help me as much as possible...  I know everything happens for a reason and this was bound to happen.  Tina accepted my help but pushed me away at the same time.  Oh well... I tried to improve Spadesharks in every way possible.  I kept the league up-to-date and created better pages for the league's site.  Tina didn't like it and rather do everything on her own and play catch-up, from time to time...

I'm ready to run my own league.  I can do everything that I want and I don't have to worry about anyone's approval.  I can inprove the look and feel of my site in they I see fit.  Unlike other Head Admins, I won't kick anyone out when they piss me off.  I'll have clear rules on all aspects of the league.  I'll make sure that all new TDs know exactly what I expect of them and how to run their tournaments accourding to the league's established rules.  My staff are allowed to do things in they way they see fit in the absence of rules and my presence.
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