I saw two examples of sportsmanship last night at INDISC, one good, one bad.
First the good one:
Zach was playing on Frankenstein and started 2-ball, which shortly after turned into 6-ball. He immediately trapped up and caught 4 of the 6, and motioned Jim to come over. He didn’t want the extra advantage the game gave him that should have been earned. I mentioned to them that the same thing happened to me on the first day of qualifying, so everyone was probably getting the same advantage (me not knowing the game well, didn’t even realize that it should not been that easy to get 6-ball). Jim conferred with Karl, and Jim came back to do an on the spot repair, and drained most of the balls. All of this took a while and probably threw Zach off of his game, and when the glass was back on, he did indeed drain pretty quickly. The person next to me said that was a class-act, not wanting any advantage not earned, and I agree.
The second example is one I am a bit afraid of calling out, the persons (let’s call them Person A and Person B) involved are well known and do an awful lot for the pinball scene on their own, but it bugs me that this happened.
A player was killing their last game of the night on a machine, it was about 5 minutes until qualifying would be complete, and at the end of ball 2, person A asked the player “does this game mean anything to your ticket?”. The player is shocked and answered “yes, of course it does, it’s my last game of the ticket”. Ball 3 gets fumbled soon after. Then, Person A plays a mediocre game right at the cut off time for qualifying. The conversation overheard after, was that person B asked person A to ask the player to throw his game, so that both of them would have a chance before the cut-off to get in their final entries. Their reasoning was that the player shouldn’t be playing if their ticket might not be relevant.
Let’s say the player who was originally playing the game, came from a far away place, spent thousands of dollars to be here, and had been battling these machines these past 3 days, really loves the game of pinball. These machines are set up perfectly for competition play and this player has been waiting years since Covid cancelled everything to have the right to do his best against the game and the competition. It does not matter to him if he did not qualify for the finals at this point, what matters is doing what he came here for, not to give up. He is going to do the best that he can and play his best game up to the last moment. That is, until someone asked him to throw the match.
You are the player, What would you do?