Hey everyone! Adam, from TFG Radio, here to entertain and be disappointed in you at the same time!
Sorry, I missed my article last week. I was a little busy helping to judge a small tournament in Las Vegas. Maybe you heard pf it? It’s called the Las Vegas Open. Anyway, long story short, it was a lot of fun. I enjoyed the tournament, as a whole, and always enjoy meeting new people. I also enjoy meeting old friends that I have met throughout the years, as sometimes this is the only chance I get to see them. I enjoy judging and soaking in the spectacle that our game has become, although there is one thing that stood out to me that kind of bugged me. The mob mentality when it came to some players.
Throughout the course of the event, or any event really, there are some players that begin to be whispered about. People start to talk about them, in a negative light, and then people begin to get worked up because they begin to dislike that player. There are also times when you have players that already have a reputation before they event attend an event. Due to their past, a lot of people have already formed an opinion of that player before they set foot in the hall. People become very heightened around these players and begin to try to, essentially, get them in trouble so that they will either forfeit the game being played, or kicked out of the event. Although their hearts may be in the right place, this shouldn’t be something people are doing, that is the judge’s job. What you are dong is actually a detriment to the event, and will most likely annoy the judges, especially if the player hasn’t done anything wrong. or the judge is more informed than you are about what is going on. There are times where everyone just needs to chill and let things take their course.
I get it, player X, has been in trouble before. they may even be banned at other events. This is why we created the code of conduct, to help curtail these types of behavior. It’s not going to happen overnight, but you constantly badgering judges and taking their attention away from the players doesn’t really help. All it really does is annoy the judges and actually gives the players an excuse in that they are being harassed by people and they have done nothing wrong.** Yes, we know that a certain player, who has a history of cheating, is doing something shady. however it is still within the rules so we cannot do anything about it. Although legal, this still affects how people perceive them. Their actions is what the judges will look at and make decisions, especially since they are closer to the action than you.*** I’m not saying don’t be excited when a player you like happens to beat a player you don’t like, but please try not to get someone carded, or DQ’d, it may just backfire on you.
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*I’m not saying Y’all
***Unless it’s the NFC Championship Game