We ended up being seeded a gaudy third, which is really an endorsement in a 72 team field. After the first day, though we proved unworthy of the compliment, dropping a match to a small, unassuming, and feisty team from Indiana. We made the mistake of rolling our eyes during their lethargic and unimpressive warmup, and sat two of our best players*.
* - Yes, I was one of those who sat. It's a long tournament, the Open, and I willingly take every break offered to me.
We rebounded later, winning our third match of the first day, and finishing 2-1. All is not lost, but the path to the Gold bracket probably is now one match longer than it should have been.
- Aw2pp, who now understands what people mean when they say, "But it's a dry heat."