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3/11(M) GAME 10--THE SUBLIME FOLLOWED BY THE RIDICULOUS

Will have more on this in the blog once I've mapped it, but for now:

Game 10 took 10 minutes. It started at 4:18. Diego won from the 2 with an undefeated perfect game in 4 minutes. It took 26 balls in play for him to annihilate his opposition. He was +6 -0 (Barrandika helped him with a rebote off the top pad). It was one of the most devastatingly dominant demonstrations of the Jai Alai art that I have seen in my short time watching the Quiniela game. Like cutting butter with a chain saw. He started by intercepting Erik's serve and beating him with an amazing high and deep outside pass (I don't know whether he two walled it or not). He followed that with an ace, another outside pass, a dejada, a perfect left wall pass (after two great rebote saves on the point against Urtaran, who gave him the most resistance in a 7 ball point), Barrandika's error, and a perfect chula to put away Zulaika and the field.

THAT WAS THE SUBLIME PART

The ridiculous part was the 6 minute (that seemed like 6 hour) playoff for place and show. 8 points were played in the last 6 minutes. 4 of them ended in errors. Because the points were being played so fast and because I don't understand the rules for how a 7 team playoff works, I may have gotten some of it wrong. No matter. The whole ridiculous exercise put me in a place that showed me that such playoffs have little meaning outside of the fact that they pay the bills. It was like throwing a bucket of paint on a Picasso.

But the first 4 minutes... that man can play! If you want to see the best player (in my opinion) on the roster, watch #22. He is maddening sometimes, with the over and underserves, and sometimes I don't understand how he doesn't win more, but a game like the one he played today, well, let's just say it was worth the wait, and perhaps it's not too good an idea to stare into the sun for too long.

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