Starting the Year with Some Fast and Furious Action: The Seattle University Foosball Tournament

On Saturday, 28th January 2017, every foosball fan at Seattle University will be celebrating the legacy of Lawrence Patterson, the American military man who introduced the U.S to foosball. A foosball tournament is set to pour some serious table soccer action over the day at the university. The foosball tournament is expected to bring together hundreds of foosball pros and novices at the university, according to the student union. A league table for the event is being finalized and interested participants are encouraged to register before Wednesday, 25th January so that they can secure their place in the tournament. So far, 10 singles, 8 doubles and 6 mixed doubles have registered. The organizing committee expects more players to join in before the deadline.

Being the first tournament this year, and one that foosball ambassadors have waited for a long time, the event will mark a new beginning for the game at the university. Over the past few years, the number of students playing foosball has stagnated. Competition from other games and a decreasing interest in games by the students are some of the possible causes of the slow development of foosball. There have also been complaints about the lack of enough foosball facilities at the university. However, 2017 seems to come with good prospects for the game. They will be bringing in a brand new professional grade Tornado foosball table that is used in official tournaments around the globe.

Tornado foosball tournamentIn preparation for the event, foosball tables and accessories have been checked to make sure everything is set. Broken tables have been repaired and missing player models replaced. Enough room has also been made for doubles and mixed doubles. It has been long since foosball fans had such a moment when all eyes at the university are on the game.

Players haven’t been left out in the preparations. There has been a consistent practice mood in the university with teams dedicating long hours to master their skills ahead of the big day. The air around participants is full of anxiety, with every contestant looking forward to winning the biggest prize.

Contestants seem pretty passionate about their foosball. If you walk around the popular practice areas at the university you’ll notice crowds around foosball tables cheering on like it’s a schoolyard fight. One student and ardent foosball fan commented, “It’s amazing that the student union decided to give foosball the first chance this year. I love table soccer and can’t wait for the action”.

Various cash prizes and trophies will be won. The overall winner in each classification will get a trophy while numbers two and three will be given different cash prizes. If you are at Seattle University and feel this event is for you, hurry up and register before the deadline. You never know whether the tournament is holding your moment of fame.

Seattle University championshipAt 8 a.m. on that Saturday, the first teams will face each other with lightning-quick passes, rod slides and terrific shots amidst the “ooh” and “aah” and “nice shot” comments of overlooking fans. It’s going to be a morning lit with athletic joy.

There couldn’t be a better moment for the Seattle University foosball tournament. The game seems to be regaining popularity not only among students but also in the larger Seattle area. There is a significant increase in foosball’s bar prominence and the table soccer is getting more aggressive. One of the major aims of this tournament is to increase awareness about the game among university students and the community. Another aim is to increase the number of students who play the game at the university. Students at the university could take this opportunity to grow their skills for the game. An alumnus of the university could be in team USA in 2020’s Olympics representing SU’s foosball family.

It’s the hope of many that more tournaments will be coming over the year and in future. Everyone is eager to see how the football baby will develop at the university. There is already some chatter doing rounds about a bigger table soccer tournament to be held later in the year. The event will be completely different from this one as teams from other universities will be welcomed at the school. As it has been indicated above, it feels like the game has just started. Foosball leaders seem confident and convinced that this year will see a lot of fast and furious on the soccer tables. The administration is fully supportive and has promised to back the foosball community at the university.

Tell Stories Or Describe Events

Technology in our current times is every changing and evolving. What once were live performances of music then turned into records, then radio which is still used today. Radio has been transformed into applications, CD’s, etc. The newest form is now a podcast. Podcasts do not necessarily feature music. They more tell stories or describe events. A podcast is defined specifically by Google as a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading. The podcasts are typically available as a series or in installments.

The most recent podcast I listened to was created by WBEZ entitled, “This American Life”. It was about Harper High School located in Chicago, Illinois and more specifically Englewood. It was about the growing rate of violence primarily by gangs. In one year alone, 29 residents and students were shot. The journalists covering this story interviewed teachers, counselors, and students at the school to better understand the environment in which they live and learn. What they found was horrifying.

It was made a point by multiple interviewees that the neighbor is not safe. You are not supposed to walk alone but you are also not really supposed to walk with someone as it is seen as gang relation. If a specific gang sees you walking with someone, they will automatically assume you are in a gang and likely start some sort of trouble.

The most troubling aspect of the entire issue was that kids were placed in gangs not because they wanted to join them but because of where they lived. Gangs are based on the block you live on and not necessarily who you hang out with. It was awful to hear that the gang violence does not get left out of the school doors. Students have been shot and killed. Some for no reason in particular they were just in the midst of the action. Students at the school are terrified of what happens as soon as they leave the school doors to go home. Drama that happens in school between gangs will likely not be solved in the classroom and will then be brought to the street to which point the violence occurs.

This two part podcast was incredible in the sense that it truly told the story of what these kids go through on a daily basis. The journalists who covered the story did so in a narrative manner even during the interviews. I thought this was an effective way to tell the story as it provided the listener with the ability to only focus on the voices that were speaking and the sounds of the school in the background. Had this story been told on a television, I believe it would have taken away from the heart of the matter. It would be difficult to tell the story on a radio station as it would take quite some time to do so in between commercials and songs. Podcasts are the new an upcoming medium.

Radio is still an excellent medium for music and the exchange of information about artists. Podcasts are now surfacing as the new way to tell stories and exchange news. Both of these work cohesively with the other. The existence of podcasts now allow more time for radio stations to play music and get new, popular music out to listeners while radio allows podcasts to focus their time and energy in telling a single story whether it be all in one session, or in installments. Podcasts are new and upcoming and will soon be more diversely spread amongst the population nationwide.