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“We Were Calling Sets”

June 5, 2010

One of the biggest no-nos paddling dragon boat in Long Beach is that we do NOT race in front of Mother’s Beach.  I’m one of the members of SCDBC that is tasked with making sure that the rules are followed.

After seeing 2 of this team’s boats racing in front of Mother’s Beach.  I approached Coach X.  This was our exchange:

Me: “Hi, as you know, you can’t race in front of Mother’s Beach.”

Coach: “We weren’t racing, we were calling sets.”

Me: (wondering what the F calling sets means) “Come on, you were racing.  Next time, if you want to go at 100% in front of Mother’s Beach, stagger your boats.”

Coach: (silence)

Me:  “That’s it.”  And I walked away.

Seriously, what’s so hard about following rules?  If you insist on breaking the rules, next time own your mistake like a man or at least before you give me some bullshit excuse, make it believable.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. You really think that highly of yourself? permalink
    June 9, 2010 9:57 am

    I was standing right there and your account of the situation and what you “said” vs what you “thought you said” are completly 2 different things. You are too funny talking about being a man, yet can’t even be honest and trying to make yourself look all big and powerful. Please. What coach X said was we were FINISHING our set, not to mention half of those words you posted that you said did not come out of your mouth in an audible tone. we could complain all day about violations your team is guilty of, but somehow never see any reprimand, interesting. Glad to see you haven’t let a small position of power go to your head, carry on Scott, carry on……….

    • paddlesports permalink*
      June 9, 2010 10:08 am

      Very couragous, using my email address as your email address. Nothing like the good ‘ole anonymous blast. If you want to mud sling, bring it – and I won’t do it anonymously. I stand by my post. Too bad you won’t stand by your anonymous post. Oh, and let’s not talk about my team violating any rules… shall I continue?

  2. Will permalink
    June 9, 2010 10:42 am

    No need to escalte this guys. I think we all know the last thing we need on the beach is conflict between paddlers.

    We’re all grown ups here, and we can all understand that something usually gets lost in translation from intent to interpretation. No one really intends to break rules, but sometimes shit happens. There’s no need for he said/she said, Bring it/broughten.

    Let’s just make sure everyone knows the rules and if something like this comes up again, fess up to the fact that yes, it could(keyword) have looked like that, but we didnt mean to cause any trouble.


  3. Chuck permalink
    June 9, 2010 11:14 am

    I agree with Will, let’s keep things civil. While a friendly rivalry is a good way to keep everyone training hard, escalating it to off water can be quite destructive for the teams and the community as a whole.

    Both teams have upcoming races in different cities. Lets focus our energy on preparing for those races.

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