Monday, February 23, 2015


Blitz Tournament ~ Friday, March 13

What is a Blitz? A lightning blitz is a scary prospect and it does scare many people to the point of having a phobia. And rightly so when you look into what exactly makes one up. The temperature of a lightning blitz can reach up to 50,000 degrees F - that’s 5 times hotter than the surface of the sun, but not quite as hot as the DAC shower temperature. A blitz can travel up to 60,000 miles per second. That’s faster than a Bob Rogers court sprint, but slower than a Bret Williams forehand. The energy in a single blitz can power a 100 watt light bulb for 90 days, or my wife’s hair dryer for almost 30 minutes. About 200 people are killed by lightning every year in the States, so the chances of that happening to you is about 1 in 2 million. That’s the same odds of dying from falling out of bed. You have greater odds of becoming a movie star. Lightning also occurs on Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. But the odds of you being killed by one of those lightning blitzes are probably close to zero.

The Blitz Squash Tournament can be just as daunting. Imagine having to face uncharted opponents, having no knowledge of their strengths or weaknesses, playing a game that can as long (or short) as a lightning blitz, dealing with handicaps… oh the humanity!!

Scheduled for Friday March 13, matches will start at 5pm. You will start off in a group environment and play a round robin against a variety of opponents, handicaps will be assigned as necessary. Each game will be to 15 points. Depending of the standard difference, handicaps may be as high as 13. The top two players of each group will move onto the knock-out round, where we will play through to find who will be the Blitz hero. Players from a 2.5 level have won this event, so everybody does have a chance. I encourage players of all standards, men and women, to participate.

I can only take a maximum of 40 players for the event and a keg will be provided, I do not expect you to attack the keg with a Blitz-like mentality…  Registration deadline is Wednesday, March 11.

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