I really couldn’t think of a title for this one, so I chose one the would make Marcel, David, and Keaton happy. Congratulations to the Saints on their SuperBowl victory.
Atlanta was fun, the week since hasn’t been nearly as fun. CheerSport, what can you say. It’s undoubtedly the largest, and possibly the greatest cheerleading competition of the year. It ran smooth, as it has every year I have judged. The Dartfish system didn’t do much for me this year, but the potential it has can aid in more accurate judging. The trip back to Lexington was fine. I got to watch 24 and the end of the Kansas/Texas basketball game before things started going downhill. To put it subtly, I just say from Monday night until Wednesday morning I spent more of my awake time puking than I did not puking. Since I spent so much time sleeping and puking there isn’t much to write about.
Wednesday I went to Mississippi, which wasn’t the smartest idea, but I made it. Now it’s time to talk Miguel and Kelly out of some Mississippi State versus Kentucky basketball tickets for Tuesday.
February started with a bachelor party in Providence, at least according to my body. It was actually an Athletic Championship Platinum Event in which they were awarding their Cheerleading Worlds bids. Due to some weather issues we had 2 judges not make it to the event. Fortunately Kiera lived close enough to drive up. Unfortunately I had the pleasure of being put on both panels. It wasn’t really that bad, just long days, 153 teams per day. Congrats to World Cup and East Celebrity Elite on earning the paid bids. From what we could remember, World Cup Shooting Star’s day one score of 95.5 is the second highest this year using the Varsity Standard of Scoring.
While on the topic of Providence, I want to apologize for an incident that occurred. As judges, part of our job is to remain professional and there was a point in the weekend in which this wasn’t done. Even though most of you will never as much as hear a mention of what happened, I want to apologize on part of the judges on the panel, at the event, and on behalf of judges everywhere that try to do the right thing.
Between catching up with Donna, Lila, Justin, Derek, and JP on Friday, the Remember the 80’s party on Saturday, and the Casino on Sunday, sleep wasn’t really part of the schedule in Providence. Saturday had some outrageous 80s outfits I’ll try to get some pictures of from the other judges. At the party I had the pleasure of meeting the crew from Elite in New York. We sat and chatted until they threw us out. I enjoyed it and want to thank them. Sunday turned into Casino night. Thanks Cole.
Next is Cheersport. Nick & Becky, it was great meeting you guys and good luck in Atlanta.
I couldn’t think of a good name for the article so you’re stuck with Goodbye January. My January will end in Providence, RI with the crew from Athletic Championships, assuming the Delta-Northwest merger hasn’t completely screwed up my flight. February starts with a trip to Atlanta for Cheersport.
This week has been uneventful, but pretty productive. The Aneris outline is now much more organized and useful, I wrote an article about judging stunts for Spirit Post, and I took care of a few things around the house. I’m also 2 chapters away from finishing The Innovator’s Dilemma. I think The Essential Drucker will be next.
In random news, the mailbox had to have more surgery and the pizza wasn’t nearly as expensive as expected, but we still don’t know for sure how it got in the room.
Columbus, OH, former home of my sister. Columbus was fun this weekend, in large part due to the comedy duo of Stephen Roberts and Chris Sipes. There are no words that can properly describe these 2 in action. An added bonus this weekend was Eddie Hollins, Ohio State’s cheerleading coach. He made sure we had a good time Saturday night. Thanks Eddie. One glaring omission was Lauren, who is dealing with something none of us should ever have to. We love you Lauren and can’t wait for you to get back on tour with us.
On the cheerleading side of things, teams are still sloppy and coaches still don’t understand or haven’t read the scoring system. You are missing out on some easy points and complaining about things that have been spelled out for you in black and white. Coaches, please do your homework. I may have to write an article for Spirit Post addressing this.
One of the highlights of the weekend was getting to chat with Angie, one of the guy’s girlfriend. He did good and hopefully he realizes it. I may have to remind him.
On a different note, Kentucky should be #1 by the end of today and the Saints will play the Colts in the SuperBowl.
There are 2 outstanding questions from the weekend. How much did the pizza cost and how did it get in our room? Stephen?
Before leaving Mississippi I got some good news via email. I can’t go into it now, but will later. I was also asked an important question, “Why is it called a Florida Lee and not a New Orleans Lee or Louisiana Lee?” Good question coming from a 7 year old artist.
From there it was on to Chattanooga, TN for Athletic Championships with Jason Keogh and the Elzas. We aren’t supposed to say much about the competition so I’ll just say I was glad my days didn’t start at the crack of dawn and my panel was fun. There were a few people I haven’t seen in years and a few I met for the first time. At this point I need to take a moment to thank Brian Elza, for reasons clear to him, but few others. I also have to say if you ever get a chance to have a conversation with, judge with, or listen to Chris Sipes, you should take advantage of it. He is one of the funniest people I’ve been around in a long time, and possibly ever.
I’m now back in Lexington, catching up on everything and working on Aneris. Today has proven to be strange. A good friend got some extremely bad news. She’s strong enough to handle it, but is going to need a shoulder to lean on for a few days.
Just for the record, it’s a Fleur-de-lis.