Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Top 10 Reasons We Love the WCP Cup

Due to popular request - this post is a love-fest for the WCP Cup and everything good about it.

10. Showcase for many of Saskatchewan's top players. Every top player in Regina participates and plenty from Saskatoon do as well. Even the PSL Men's league can't say that.

9. Three-week party. No other Saskatchewan party also happens to include lots of high-quality soccer. On any given night you're able to be drunk and entertained. High praise for that combination.

8. Exciting playoff games. This is an underrated aspect of the tournament. Imagine if instead of close semifinal and final games we were instead subjected to blowouts. Tournament would lose a lot of intrigue.

7. Good officiating. I don't care if mediocre teams are constantly complaining about how they got hosed. The officiating for the WCP Cup has been good and it makes the games more interesting.

6. Multi-cultural aspect. As much as the opening ceremonies are a pain in the ass and the national anthems can get tedious at times, it's always fun to pretend you're representing your your grandparents and their honour.

5. Five-game round robin. Also underrated. The entry costs are high but if you're getting five games to prove you belong in the playoffs then you're getting a good bang for your buck and there are no excuses.

4. Dedicated volunteers and entrance-watchers. Most of the time I have no idea who any of these people are but I guess someone has to do that job. I raise a glass to all of the completely un-acknowledged people who help the tournament run.

3. Tournament favourites that are fun to cheer against. Congrats to Ireland for pushing the recruiting every year and making itself the favourite. It's more fun to have a five-time finalist so that you can cheer for the underdog.

2. Beer carts. This goes with point 9, but needs to be acknowledged as its own entity. Accessible booze and people who are willing to imbibe makes the atmosphere so much fun. If this feature were removed there would be a lot less cheering.

1. Kevin Holness. Along with his band of merry men and women, Kevin has put together a tournament that everyone loves and looks forward to each year. Hard to imagine anyone else pulling this off. You need business credibility plus a competitor's reputation that makes players want to beat you. Kevin has loads of both.

15 comments:

Playmaker said...

No comments means bad business. I guess this is the last time I post something overly positive and equally uninteresting.

Anonymous said...

Are they having beer carts this year. I heard no alcohol in the arena

Playmaker said...

I haven't heard that and I hope it isn't true. I can't really imagine Evraz Place implementing that as I think they make a lot of money off of beer sales. If it is true then that sucks.

Anonymous said...

I was talking to some of the bartenders there and they said they actually didn't make a lot of money last time they had the beer carts there, so they might not do them again. They made more money in the OT Lounge. Likely had something to do with the fact that they never put up signs so people know it's there. With the new policies about not allowing booze to leave the OT Lounge at all this year, their booze sales might all but disappear...nobody wants to make that mile long hike to the Co-operators centre for a beer.

They did say that if we want change (IE: Perminently making the upper mezzanine licnesed all the time), a petition of some sort would be a good idea. I told them the reason bar sales suck so bad compared to the old facility is becuase you can't watch soccer when we have our beers, and certain staff members are just TERRIBLE there.

Anonymous said...

no beer is absolute terrible news..

Anonymous said...

so let me get this straight, the old ot lounge will not allow alcohol to be taken out of the lounge area into the stands.

Anonymous said...

that's the word on the street (Coming from the bartenders...not like it's coming from the head decision makers)...appearently that's the rule right now and was for the some of the tournaments this year (IE: the co-ed tournament). And considering the old OT Lounge has next to nothing for seating anymore, it's not like anyone will be hanging out in there.

Anonymous said...

Kevin is the man

Anonymous said...

Can they possibly put temp seating in the practice fields behind the main field

Playmaker said...

I don't think temp seating is a possibility unless WCP pays to rent those two fields for the entire tournament. The RSA routinely rents those fields out when games are going on and it's not in the business of handing out favours to anyone.

Anonymous said...

Just to make it clear, I have talked with my brother Hugh about the comments that were made about the QC club scheduling their tryouts after the tournament and that is why it is earlier this. His last tryout is at the end of March. So where ever you obtained your information, it is incorrect.

Kirk O'Dooley

Playmaker said...

Dooley, who is that comment addressed to? Nobody has said anything about the scheduling in this comment thread.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, it wasn't in this thread it was in another one, I don't remember which one it was, it just took me a few days to get all the facts. It was a little off topic.

Kirk O'Dooley

Anonymous said...

no your right they dont have Crouch on their team but ill tell u who they have which might make up the difference mr.diver as in everytime he dives for the ball its usually 10/10 for showmenship, whats his name? Annibal Bravo. He might connect one out of ten but every dive he puts into is a 10.

Anonymous said...

I heard they are setting up a temporary bar upstairs on the opposite end of the volunteer area. that will do i suppose. at least you wont miss part of the game waiting in the ridiculous line up