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Most Grueling Match
2/22/2011 1:11:13 AM
Friday morning, Feb. 4th, 2011. Big day has finally arrived. Flying to Chicago to defend my #1 World Ranking vs. #2 Billy Stubbs.

I almost didn't want to write this entry, as it was so painful, I want to forget it. Mid-West and East Coast had severe snow storms the whole week and Friday was the first day things cleared up a bit.

Got dropped off at the airport, weather was perfect in CA, 65 degrees, no clouds. 4 hour flight was great. I messed up in that I forgot to buy lunch and bring it on the plane, airlines aren't serving food anymore. When I landed in Chicago, I should've eaten at the airport. Instead, I hopped into a cab and got totally carsick on the way over to the University of Illinois Chicago campus. I ask the cab to drop me off at a nearby pizza place, Giovanni's. I ask if they have slices, and it wasn't that type of joint. I couldn't go anywhere, as it was 12 degrees outside and I wasn't dressed appropriately. I had to order a small pie and wait like 40 minutes for my first bite of food in like 8 hours. I'm not really feeling too well at this point as you can imagine. The travel, weather change, blood sugar issues. I dry heaved a few times in the bathroom, luckily had nothing in my stomach.

I walk the 4 blocks and actually get there on time. The Photon we were to play on was fast, this affected me the entire match. Billy blows me away the first set, as expected. I was pretty on the second set and beat him 4-0. Our next three sets are just ridiculously close, all ending 7-6 in the 7th game. Billy won set 3 and then was just rolling me in set four, where he was up 3 games to 1, and I wasn't putting up any resistance at all. It looked like the match was over. I slowed it down and just tried to make every possession count, and got it to the 7th game. I fortunately squeak out the point, and even the sets at 2. That was basically the match, no way I'm coming back from 3-1 down. Next set was more back and forth and again, I get the last point of the set to go up 3-2.

At that point, I have nothing left in the tank. I was using up everything I had just to stay with Billy. Billy's defense was playing so tough, he was making me work hard on every point. My defense was never on, so I was not getting possessions. My offense had to carry me. He looked pretty drained and he and I both strained our arms in the last game of the 5th set. He looked like he might forfeit in set 6. This always messes me up when I play against a wounded player, I couldn't go for the kill and he beat me 4-1 setting up the 7th set.

The scenario is the same as before the 2nd set of the finals. We are both mentally and physically drained from 4 grueling hours and 6 sets of max effort. I was able to dig deeper and win the 7th set.

I get about 5 hours sleep and fly back. It would take my body 5 days to recover from this exhausting event. Hopefully I won't overestimate what my body can actually handle in the future, but I doubt 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
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#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