This was a strange one for me. For the first time since DCP started doing LIVE! From the Stands coverage of DCI Championships, I was actually covering the show FROM the stands. DCI and/or Lucas Oil Stadium determined that the press box was off limits due to “security reasons”. Regardless, I managed to cover the show, albeit from a very unique angle.
With the 2018 DCI season about to end, we returned to movie theaters for the first of three nights of Championships. I’ll admit I also had the FloMarching feed of Prelims running on my phone while at work so I could at least hear the Open Class corps and those World Class corps seeded 16th and lower. Unlike the first cinecast event in June, I returned to the Montrose Movies cinema in the Akron area. Like last year, I left swearing never to return again. Seriously, people, Montrose Movies has become a dump.
The final regular season show of the 2018 DCI World Class season, and it’s my home show! This was also the only show this season where I was actually in the press box for the show, which made for a nice change since I wasn’t elbowing people on either side of me while typing or taking photos. The Massillon show is also a great show as it features many of the top 8 corps in World Class right before Indianapolis.
It’s a bonus when I can attend a local show on my birthday! As I celebrated my 44th session on this world, I took in one of the last Open Class shows of the 2018 regular season as DCI Championships loomed ahead. I always want to give as much love to the Open Class corps as possible as they don’t get as much attention as the World Class corps do.
FloMarching and social media videos are good and all, but there’s nothing like live and in your face drum corps, hence why I made another weeknight trip far from home to catch a show. Centerville, like Mason, is over 3 hours from home for me, but it was well worth the drive to catch my first live show since late June.
This was the third show in the first week of the 2018 drum corps season which I enjoyed. It was also an abnormal show for me as Mason is over 3 hours from home and the show was on a Monday night, but it was my last chance at live drum corps until the last two weeks of the season. My trip also made sure that this show got reviewed in Drum Corps World, so the drive and lack of sleep was definitely worth it.
The Innovations in Brass show in Akron, Ohio, was my first live drum corps experience of the 2018 season, both as a spectator and as a performer with Rhythm In BLUE. This led to some interesting logistical issues when it came time for my live coverage, but I was able to make it work, as you will see below.
On Facebook, I recently posted an article from the Washington Post regarding the Women’s Singles US Open Final and the controversy which took place during that match. I won’t go into the details, which you can read in the article, but one of the points I’ve seen come up repeatedly is that Serena Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, admitted he was coaching during the match, which led to the first code violation assessed to Serena and the start of the controversy.
Patrick also pointed out, correctly, that EVERY coach does this, and the broadcast also pointed out that Serena wasn’t even looking up at the box when the coaching violation was called, so she didn’t even know what her coach was doing. Ramos had the option to give a verbal warning to Serena at that point or, what MOST umpires do in sports, assess the situation and determine if action is necessary, but he chose to try to make an example of her and her team, and doing so during the Final.
There have been reports that Osaka’s coach was verbally coaching her. I haven’t confirmed that yet, but, if so, why was she not also hit with a code violation?
Serena was rightfully called for a code violation for racket abuse. The problem is that she was assessed a point penalty since it was the second violation of the match. That’s what made her so angry at that point. She already felt like she was getting singled out from the “coaching” call. That’s why she was adamant about an apology from Ramos. Was calling Ramos a “thief” going too far? Maybe, but we have seen multiple players, ESPECIALLY on the men’s side, who have said far worse to umpires and see little to no punishment. That was Serena’s point to the tournament referee after the game penalty was called. Again, Ramos could have told Serena that he would have to assess a game penalty if she continued. He did not and simply penalized her again.
I don’t know if you saw the video of the MLB umpire with his mic’s audio from a game with the Mets when Terry Valentine was manager. You can see the umpire doing everything he can to defuse the situation and only ejected Valentine when he had no other recourse. It’s the umpire’s job to assess the situation and apply BOTH the spirit AND the letter of the law to what is occurring at that time. Ramos did not even attempt to do so.
Another example – How often do basketball fans bemoan the referees not “letting the players play” during the final minutes of a game, regardless of the infractions getting called? Ramos should have let the players play. Instead, he made this match about himself and marred both Serena’s and Naomi’s attempts to make history.
Naomi most likely would have won as she was playing the better game, but Ramos interjected himself too much into the match and overshadowed her accomplishment. She will win more majors, I’m sure, but this is not how you want your first Major victory to be remembered.
Now that, at least for me, the 2018 drum corps season is over, I thought it would be a good time to take a look back at the shows I saw and reviewed, starting with the very first show of the season, the DCI Tour Premiere cinecast.
Obviously, since I was in a movie theater, I didn’t do any live coverage or photos, but I did write a review of the cinecast for Drum Corps World which appeared in their July 2018 edition. Enjoy!
The annual Revere Marching Band Invitational, typically held the last Saturday in September, is a much anticipated tradition at Revere. Revere hosts a fun-filled evening with wonderful musical entertainment from marching bands from several local school districts, as well as the Revere Marching Minutemen. This is my alma mater and the group with which I had my first marching experience, so I am very excited to come home and see the Minutemen in action!