Truth Will Set You Free
While an entertaining story, I think that this thread is a reminder for everyone in leagues to design the rules to eliminate as much bias as possible. It's human nature to second guess decisions. It's also human nature for some savvy players, to try to use the playing order to benefit themselves -- so that they end up higher in the standings or that they obtain prize monies that they wouldn't have gotten had they done things more fair.This thread reminds me of a team we played in BCA one night.
After the match was over the other team's captain Jimmy took off right away and the other 4 players were there still.
Since I am league president and our team captain one lady on his team asked me "Jimmy said the team captain has to play first is this right"? I told her no he is free to play the team in any order he wants.
A second player on his team then asked to no one in particular " Then why does he play first"?
A third player replied "And why is he team captain"?
The final player then asked "Why does he even play pool'?
I was relieved there was no one left to ask the next obvious question.
Some have tried to take the captain's side in my story. But I think that those people just enjoy arguing the other side of things. Anyone who argues that a fair coin flip is NOT the best way to determine the fate of the individual "prizes", I think are the type of people that will cause this same type of problem in the future in their own leagues.