Warning: Text wall ahead, especially the stuff that I wrote.
I’m mainly writing this to see if anyone thinks there are other arguments to be made that might have persuaded this player that the rule is fair.
Well I told my girlfriend the “facts of the case” and she objectively came to the same conclusion that the rules are bullshit. Seems you could exploit it by getting an extra ball and walking away and let the next person play it and get DQ’ed.
I know you’re gonna say they need to pay attention, but what about the responsibility of the person actually playing (and earning the free ball) to pay attention? Whatever, I’m over it but I have to wonder how they arrived at that rule.
Let’s imagine another scenario.
For this experiment, there is no DQ for playing an extra ball out of turn.
4 player group.
Player A is friends with Player B.
At the end of everyone’s ball 2, Player A has 100 million, Player B has 1 billion, Player C has 80 million, Player D has 120 million.
Player A gets an extra ball on ball 3.
Player B plays the extra ball “accidentally” and gives a bunch of extra points to Player A, so now player A has 500 million.
Player B finishes first, and helps his friend Player A to a second place that he wouldn’t have otherwise gotten.
Believe me when I say that every exploitable loophole will eventually be taken advantage of. It’s the nature of people being competitive, and feeling OK about what they’re doing as long as they’re sticking to the rules. This is at least one reason this rule is in place. Another is that it’s far easier to have a rule that says that every player is responsible for his own play. It’s obviously really useful when people are on top of their extra balls and this doesn’t happen, but this is how our league handles it when they don’t.
Let me know if you ever see someone actively trying to get someone else to play out of turn. This is of course not allowed and would result in a stern warning. I’m pretty sure it hasn’t happened, but you never know of course.
The solution is that everyone should always be checking that the correct player number is being displayed on the machine before they begin playing, on every ball. I absolutely do this, because I’m sufficiently paranoid about screwing it up. Even if it’s the 4th game of the night and I know I always play after Player X, I still look at the display to confirm that nothing happened with a weird ballsaver or extra ball situation. Because this stuff happens.
I agree that some kind of rule needs to be in place to prevent your scenario but I guess I’d just argue for a system where player 1 would be DQ’ed as opposed to player 2 (the accidental extra ball player). I’d like to think this makes more intuitive sense and I’m not just being bitter. If this were the case it would be harder for someone to try to DQ the follow up player by “forgetting” to plunge the extra ball and letting that next person step up.
What if the player who earned an extra ball steps aside to sneeze after he plays? Or just takes a step back briefly intending to plunge the EB, but the next player rushes up and plays it. Under the current rules, it’s an objective decision that will be ruled the exact same way under all circumstances.
I absolutely appreciate that it sucks, but that’s why I spent 5 minutes warning everyone at the beginning of the league that it was going to happen to someone, it was going to suck, and everyone should be making sure they don’t play out of turn all the time.
Yeah, I’ve decided I’m not taking league too seriously because I’m not that good compared to many players, so I’m over the whole DQ thing. Really in it for the fun/social aspects opposed to strictly competitive. I just think my rule would be a bit more fair, but hey – I don’t make the rules.