I have to say, Bo, what you just heard and got cheated by sounds like total Sh** to me. I mean, Dear GOD, they are Invited. the Invitee should be honored, and respected, but in know way should they get preferential treatment purely for this fact. on the other hand, as a child, if I went to a friends house, I could(at first) get away with more than my friend. BUT, I still was on my best behaviour, and did not expect any extra treatment for, say, spitting out thier food or scuffing the floor with tons of dirt. in the same way, the Tennessee team should not be able to get away with anything or losing, as in this situation winning is "good behaviour". so NO, I do not agree with this, and say that you should really talk to your coach about this
PS: the only expection would be for a totally new team, or a very small or weak team, in whixh case they should be thrown the occasional bone(win). but only one close one, not like in finals or anything.
Thank you for listening to this semi-rant
Damn. You know, when I did Mock Trial my senior year, we pushed in some mad shit (a good thing). Unfortunately, 2 of the three judges worked for the firm that the opposing team's coach owned. So, essentially, they're coach's employees were judging Round 3 of the 4 round competition. When we found out that we had to go up against a pretty mediocre team in R4, we knew we'd somehow lost R3, which completely threw us off. When we get the score cards, the 2 judges who worked for their coach had given us 6-7 points less each than the other one, and gave the other team much higher scores than they gave us. And where the one judge had us winning by about 10 points, the other two had us losing. That match loss cost us the competition, even though we destroyed the last round too.
I think we both got thoroughly boned. Congrats on your success. My only question is, what was the reason for your BYE? I'm not sure if you mentioned it
Wow, there should be an appeals process for that kind of thing. If not for the douche judge, the at least for the 4/5 BYEs your team had to take. And yeah, congrats on the asskickery once again.
My school also got a lot of hate... Since we were one of the poorest schools, with some of the lowest test scores, everyone saw (and continues to see) us as the "will never amount to anything academic, so don't bother" school. In that round, we were actually going against the "rich" school, who happened to get first. It also didn't help that our attourney coach was a defense attourney, and most of the judges had been DA's (who hated our coach for obvious reasons). He didn't even like showing up, 'cause he figured the judges would gimp our scores if they knew he was our coach, and he often wore a large coat and sat in the back where he couldn't be seen. No joke.
Anyway, I wrote and gave the pretrial motions for the both prosecution and defense in the 2009/2010 case. And it was my first year on the team, so that was cool
Honestly, something like this is kinda common ground to me, at least, by now. Sometimes in life, it doesn't matter whose speech is better, but rather, who is better at making it so that their speech is heard. You can be Hitler or you can be Gandhi, it wouldn't matter. So do me a favor, hurt a couple of feelings for what you know is rightfully yours, because if you don't care enough to do something about it, why should they?
Remember, people are selfish. They care about what benefits them rather than what benefit others. In this case, the other team winning helps their camp whether in resources or in reputation. Thus, you must make it so that they'll acknowledge you and your well-being.