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Dallas Tourney IV: New Blood Rising
11/13/2011 12:25:09 PM
What is it inside the mote of a human soul that makes a champion thusly so long before he aspires to that so coveted status? Is it feasible to say that that person has always been a champion, even before he bore the crown? Or do we lose ourselves inside only the title of 'champion' so much so that we can't identify one of those rare animals before their days of victory - when their hunt is at its purest?

There is new blood in town, an unexpected glitch inside the Dallas Air Hockey formula, a thing of irony haunting those for whom irony has been all but replaced by function and process. So rise up must we warriors of the table, for a new challenge faces us - one whose name is "X-Factor."

Though his ma calls him Adrian.

In deed, this week's tourney started out like so many others, a few bracketed matches deciding the early goings-on for Dallas Air Hockey, but little did we know that what was set forth in those initial moments was a subtle chain of events that would ultimately spell the new evolution of a champion. These evidential illuminations (if you will) began with my rare victory over Chris Green thereby spinning him off into the losers bracket, a place he seems none too familiar with. And in an ominous show of what was to come, our new X-Factor did the same to Chuck the Puck relinquishing him to the same fate as his Green predecessor, requiring only two games in a best of three to do so.

The consequences of such an unexpected event saw Dallas Air Hockey's traditional finest battling it out for 3rd place, the loser being Chris Green having to settle for the unsavory position of 4th. But as it is with Chris Green who is only ever-so graceful in his rare defeats, he sat watching the tourney's unlikely unfolding through the eyes of a proud mentor.

Next, in the winner's bracket, was the face-off that would determine the tourney's finalist and lone proprietor of the winner's bracket - a bout between myself and the dastardly defiant X-Factor. And in a showing of unexpected skill, the X-Factor reigned victorious thereby forcing a match between Chuck the Puck and me for 2nd place, and the right to fight it out for champion.

See who wins, as if you hadn't already guessed, in Dallas Tourney IV, Part 2.

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