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40 years of air hockey at Green Manor, part 1
1/15/2013 8:14:31 PM
 
1973: An important year in air hockey (if not infamous!)

When out from the womb of incorporation came the fastest table sport known to man all sleek and screaming, thusly came forth, pot-bellied and bewildered, one Chris Green as well. And so it was on Saturday that those of a mallet-obsessive fraternity came together in celebration of the sport's "finest historian," as was so eloquently incited by one of air hockey's premiere proteges of the puck, Phil Arnold.

Happy Birthday Chris, you 40 year old, and welcome to the downhill slide. And in true Green fashion the party revolved around 32 square feet of recycled air, to which it would seem was fed directly into the lungs of those huddled around in a strange and neolithic fashion of frenzy. In short, members in representation of 3 of our sport's cornerstone cities came together for the first (and only) 40th b-day air hockey tournament in homage to the aforementioned Chris Green. With the tournament bracket set, the puck got faced-off and the smoldering cauldron of competition was in play. As the matches marched on bringing the troupe of wild-eyed competitors toward what would soon become the final face-offs, the true giants of the household began to reveal themselves in uncommon fashion, until only one stood above the rest grinning like a chocolate-induced 12 year old, Chris Green the Birthday boy. So, congrats again on winning your own birthday tourney, not that fate, destiny, foul play and home field advantage had anything to do with it!

He would later suffer in an extensive and rambunctious game of Press Your Luck, to which only the self-moderated few would score any points at all.

Beyond the buzz of birthday celebration, though, a few attendees deserve acknowledgment, if not praise for their stalwart attendance at the table. We of Dallas Air Hockey were excited to have So-Cal rep Cory Dzbiniskinipity on hand for the show (it's actually pronounced Dah-bin-skee, though it's spelled Dzbinski, not that anyone needs introduction to Cory.) Having flown into Dallas on business he decided to extend his stay away from home and family to partake in the day, a personal sacrifice which we all took great camaraderie and fellowship from in having him there. His presence added to the dynamic both on and off the table as the event highlights will later show, and his growth in the sport was witnessed by all. With a fundamentally sound defensive game and a wide swinging cut shot impossible to read, he proved quite the foe to all present.


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