Handicapped post assignments - Were they there from the getgo? Posted on September 19, 2019 at 11:05:33 AM by Craig G
IOW, Day 1 of Spectacular 7 Scoring?
Thought about this as a side element of the El Barba incident.
In most sports the participants play head to head, as opposed to 1 vs 7. Which means there is already a huge built-in frustration factor from losing a lot more than in other competitions. Which gets amplified for the weaker players within a game group.
So doing a quick look-up, I see that in Major League Baseball, the Cleveland Spiders achieved infamy in 1899 with a 20-134, .130 record. Think about that - the worst record ever, but still more winning than the lower echelon jai-alai players in any fronton.
That realization underscores the fact that the traditional handicapped post assignments provided some protection for the lower-ranked guys. And the current system does nothing.
Which means that when Magic City brings in much tougher players - Douglas, Kubala, and Carballo - not only do last years' dominant players - Anderluck and Jeden - take a big hit, but the lowest tier gets obliterated.
This psychological burden of losing so much is one reason I respect those players for keeping a positive attitude and 'fighting the good fight'. Including El Barba.
However, that unavoidable side effect of the Fair Play system got me wondering how quickly the handicapped post assignments were instituted back in jai-alai's history, once spectacular scoring was in play. Replies: There have been no replies.
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