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In Between
6/4/2012 11:40:56 AM
 
2012 World Championships of Las Vegas concluded a week ago. I enjoyed the tournament, even more so in winning a close finals against the No Limit Soldiers(Danny and Ehab) for the Doubles Championship. That makes three doubles championships with my trusty partner, Mark Nizzi. Niz played great defense leading up to the finals, and then as usual, I carried his butt, and he gets the glory by making some CLUTCH shots and defense at the end. I wouldn't have it any other way, that's what makes our chemistry pretty good. We pick each other up and don't hang our heads when things aren't going great. We just stick in there and fight and know that one of us will get hot at the right time. NLS have 5 titles together, and they each have one with a different partner, so 6 total. The Sith(me and Niz) have 3 titles, and I have one with Ehab, so I'm at 4 doubles titles. I think the fast pace of doubles suits me and I'm very comfortable in making quick runs, whereas some other players are more comfortable with having more puck and table time.

For the singles, Billy had a very close match with Travis, winning 7-5 in the 7th game. After that nervous match, that propelled him to the championship, beating me 4-2 and Danny fairly easily. His game and defense are so razor sharp at the moment, he's just a step ahead of us. He is easily the favorite to win the next few events, as I don't see anyone beating him at the moment. I can usually score on him, but not defend him, but it was the reverse, I played good defense, but couldn't score on him this time. Overall, I felt ok about my tournament. I know if I'm playing great, I can get it done, but my standard level isn't higher than the top 3 right now. For me to play great, I need lots and lots of competitive sets against great offenses, especially unders. If I can get more sets in against these great players, I feel I can be right there with them. I used to win these close matchups with transition, athleticism and defense, but I'm not ahead on those edges anymore. Will have to figure out a way to get it done differently I guess.

I had my mind made up to not attend the World Championships of Houston, because I didn't enjoy the event last year. Basically, at the top levels, you can expect to play 2 beginners, 1 Pro, and then one high caliber Master Player on Saturday. Then on Sunday, you play like 3 matches, and that's it. So we have to sit around SRO for two full days and play 3-4 matches. I can see why Nizzi enjoys challenge matches more. With a challenge match, you can fly in, relax, play a good 4-7 sets against a great opponent, hang out and do other stuff after. No waiting. Everyone really wishes that Houston could have their championship in the Fall. That would be perfect. You can actually go out to your car and it's not 110 degrees and go somewhere and come back. With all this being said, I'm starting to consider going, because I don't want to look back in 20 years and regret it.

Blog History
In Between 04 Jun 2012
Top 10 Shake Up 16 Nov 2011
The New World Order? 16 Nov 2011
Most Grueling Match 22 Feb 2011
World Champion Again, Really? 07 Feb 2011
Been Distracted on Way to 2nd Title 07 Feb 2011
Anthony Marino 26 Jun 2009
Post WC 16 Apr 2009
1 week to go till WC 2009 05 Mar 2009
#10 Jimmy Heilander 20 Jan 2009
#11 Tim Weissman 20 Jan 2009
#13 Travis Luscombe 26 Sep 2008
#14 Mike Thomas 26 Sep 2008
#15 Joe Cain 01 Sep 2008
#16 Nick Geoffroy 01 Sep 2008
#17 Updated Geoff Oidtman 01 Sep 2008
#17 Goran Mitic 11 Aug 2008
#18 Mark Robbins 11 Aug 2008
#19 Don James, Jr. 11 Aug 2008
Top 20 Player Profile Countdown 11 Aug 2008
No one wants a piece of me 11 Aug 2008
Must Forget the Past 27 Jun 2008
Getting in Shape for the Colorado State 03 Jun 2008
2008 WC Review 20 May 2008
AHF's Nice New Features! 19 Jan 2008
Mitic Rating and Geometry 05 Jan 2008
New Year 30 Dec 2007
15 Days till 2007 US Open 20 Sep 2007
Catch up 06 Aug 2007
Charging Defenses 19 Jun 2007
Jeanne McCarthy Air Hockey League 09 Jun 2007
Blogging about Blogs 01 Jun 2007
Trophies and my AH Table 22 May 2007
Quote of the Day 19 May 2007
Illinois State/WSOP 13 May 2007
Drawing Inspiration 01 May 2007
Hunt for #1 27 Apr 2007
Still Searching 23 Apr 2007
2003 19 Apr 2007
1999-2002 19 Apr 2007
The Return 16 Apr 2007
How I Started(and ended the first time) 14 Apr 2007
A Pucker's Life 14 Apr 2007