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Big D in Big D
9/10/2013 9:40:28 PM
 
This is how air hockey works in Dallas. There is a core crew of 4 who have been coming together on a weekly basis ever since we met at the 2010 Zwack World Air Hockey tourney in Houston. Over the months and now years, we've been able to maintain this routine on a fairly, if not loose, standing, what with familial obligations, occupational priorities and geographical relocating a somewhat reoccurring issue. Never the less, we've stayed true to our weekly air hockey nights for better or worse, branching out as often as we can to play elsewhere throughout the other days of the week whenever possible. The hunt for a new air hockey environment and new air hockey players is a constant. As such, we've seen our core crew of 4 expand with the addition of up and coming players that have begun to threaten the old guard, if you will, with a constantly elevating level of skill on the table. So, with new faces bringing new games, all of us on a constant search to improve, the time couldn't have been better for Danny the Lion King Hynes to pop his mug over to the Green Mansion for a little round robin puck play, something for which we were all incredibly happy, if not humbled, to experience, and to impart a bit of wisdom and enlightenment to we of the Dallas displaced.

No great detail needs divulging, I'm sure any reader of this blog entry can imagine how the games went, but for the Dallas crew, and myself personally, it wasn't so much the hope of defeating the 10 time champ that I looked forward to, though I would be remiss if I didn't admit to one or two tiny delusions of grandeur, it was getting the opportunity to experience the level to which this game can be played, being gratified by the humility of a true champ, and the chance to understand a large piece of this sport's history to which I have never previously sensed first hand. I discovered that playing a champ is not so much a learning experience as playing a sportsman, someone willing to elevate another's play through the patience of time spent, and the sharing of technique, and A LOVE OF THE CRAFT of air hockey, which I would define differently than simply a LOVE OF AIR HOCKEY itself.

So to Danny Hynes, we of Dallas thank you for spending a few hours puck slinging with us, and as the vote has decried, you can come back any time. And please bring Ehab.

Blog History
Big D in Big D 10 Sep 2013
40 years of air hockey at Green Manor, part 2 15 Jan 2013
40 years of air hockey at Green Manor, part 1 15 Jan 2013
What is a Charge, Really? Part 2 17 Jul 2012
What is a Charge, Really? 17 Jul 2012
Force of Nature 07 Apr 2012
Inside the game 20 Mar 2012
Dallas Tourney V: Day of the Dog, Part 2 04 Feb 2012
Dallas Tourney V: Day of the Dog 04 Feb 2012
Twas the Year Before Christmas 10 Dec 2011
Dallas Tourney IV: New Blood Rising, Part 2 14 Nov 2011
Dallas Tourney IV: New Blood Rising 13 Nov 2011
The Flanagans Puck it up in Big D 11 Nov 2011
Dallas Tourney III, Part 2 15 Oct 2011
Dallas Tourney III 15 Oct 2011
Dallas Tourney II, part 2 30 Sep 2011
Dallas Tourney II 30 Sep 2011
Dallas Tourny I 22 Sep 2011