Firstly congratulations to Solidarity on winning our 20th Super Sunday 100% the surprise package of the tournament however over the years as we have seen anyone can come out on the night and have a superb tournament and walk away with the win, although that does not detract from anyone thats won any one night tournament.
As for this Super Sunday probably the worst I have run in years, ran into problems from the outset when we went to set up the tournament only to realise that the tournament system did not support 6 per group, so that was binned while i had to install the old system again which only works through database injections, so after around 2 hours myself and Alex eventually managed to get the groups done and out.
I've said this before and I will say it again, the amount of people messaging or contacting me via my xbox, chat or indeed skype is beyond a joke, this is what your managers for, I'm actually at my wits end with this so I'll be issuing out bans to folk that contact me in an abusive manner over skype, its one thing to ask a question its another to be a complete tit about it.
As for the tournament the first issue I got was someone complaining about us not having 25 teams in the tournament, I'm sure I need not explain why that didn't happen, it didn't matter what team it was who entered as the 25th team they just wouldn't be involved unless it went to 32 teams. The fact I was pressed to just run it via the forums and let all the teams know that things had changed just smacked of complete idiocy.
Going into the tournament and as per usual I had my own team problems to deal with which has pretty much ruined two Super Sundays in a row for our team now but thats another issue but it does just add to an already stressful night which is something folk seem to forget is that I also have to organise my own team for these things.
Unfortunately the tournament was not without issues, so I will address these one at a time.
Issue 1 - Involving my own group, as I explained last night I was contacted before going into our last match with Bad News that they didn't have many players (6) and that they would prefer to not have to complete the match (although they would have) and could we possibly take the forfeit, now in hindsight given the hassle I got for this I should have played them and just won the match and be done with it, however I felt sorry for the manager as he explained that fillins has just done him over, so for the first time in 6 FIFA's in any tournament I accepted a forfeit, this isn't the first time this has happened in a Super Sunday but its the first time for my team. No results prior to that match were changed or affected, and neither have they in the past, this has only happened in League structure when teams fold before the halfway point of a league, Now we could still have went out as frankly if Back to Basics won the match our tournament was over, they didn't so the claims of I rigged it for my own team came up. Lets face it in that situation the decision would have been made as it has in the past to award a forfeit and not affect any other matches in the group. The decision was correct and that decision would be made in the exact same way in any other one night tournament. It is a non issue only made an issue as my teams involved.
Issue 2 - This is the one I believe I got wrong, the issue was that Logical entered a game with 5 players against eleVen Original when a forfeit should also have been handed out but I got caught while dealing with issue 1 with loads of windows open trying to deal with everything that was going on, I was also informed that Logical were throwing the match however no proof was submitted at that stage, however today it has so the manager of that team will be banned from competing in tournaments for the foreseeable future. And from now on any team who enters the field of play with less than 7 or without a goalkeeper the match will be issued as a forfeit regardless of whether you play it out or not.
Issue 3 - I was informed over skype that a member of a team had a glitched pro or had a trait glitch, I messaged the manager privately to get this matter resolved after having checked the pro myself, however it ended up all over the twitch stream and thus all over my skype, the facts are the traits the player had on were 30+ points worth of traits, it is my role as tournament organiser to make sure that everyone is competing in a fair environment so I do not appreciate accusations being made at me or indeed people trying to mock the situation, my hands in these situations are tied and as I said I tried to deal with it privately. The thing is this team knows what I have done for them in the past and knows I would not jeopardise them or indeed any other team during a tournament knowingly so that was the most disappointing thing hearing folk comment who indeed should know better. As it was I was informed by my fellow organiser Alex that this bug had happened to him as well and he felt that everything was fine so I went with his rule on it and let the matches continue.
Overall a pretty stressful night tournament wise, and a complete and utter thankless task running things, we get all these mini admin who think they can do better but none ever step forward and none come up with revisions to our rules to help with these matters, again I will once again go over our rules to see where ambiguity could be found and try to tighten them up.
For everyone that took part without issues or without causing issues I hope you had an enjoyable tournament, and I would hope that now its the next day any teams involved in issues can read this post and appreciate the decisions as well as appreciate the one mistake I did make on the night and realise that I/we are trying our best to run a competitive competition for everyone to enjoy.