Good afternoon MML, Hez here, back again with controversy. Before we begin I’ll share this brief transcript from the MML Offices.
Preach: Hez, Where are you…..OH GOD, What are you doing?
Preach: Are you eating a jar of glue with a popsicle stick…..Nevermind that, we have another controversy, to the typewriter, peon.
Thunden: How many times are we going to have to do this?
Hez: As many times at the Reptile Dysfunction lose in season 5, I can tell you that much.
SeriousJest: This has to be a record for post-season controversy, let me check the books!
*The sound of thick glasses being pushed up onto the brim of a nose with a forefinger can be heard from SeriousJest’s Desk*
Preach: Just write the report, and make sure to tell everyone how much I love Gnomes.
Okay MML, this is getting old. We debated whether or not to even issue a ruling here, but given that we’ve already done one this post-season, and did not post any kind of deterrent to prevent this from happening again, we felt it was fair. So let’s clear some things up before we begin.
If this was not a post-season match, it most likely would not have even been a blip on our radar. We have high expectations for our coaches and we expect you all to be able to solve issues like this among yourself. In the past the MML as a rule would only reset matches if both parties agreed to it. Going forward we want all coaches to understand that a board ruling on resetting a match should be a complete and total absolute rarity. We have no by-laws or rules concerning that issue at the moment and we don’t want to have to make one. Everyone thinks they are an exception, but they shouldn’t. Dare I say this is absolutely the last time we will do this for season 4 and if we have to do it for season 5 we will be extremely unhappy. Please don’t make us do this again. Above all, please don’t make us come up with a ruleset and a process for this to take place. It should be rare and obvious when something like this needs to occur, not something that occurs with every small oddity.
Clear as mud? Good! Let’s begin.
In the semifinals of the season 4 playoffs, Coach Sestonn and Coach Caven played a very tight match to a 1-1 draw at the end of regulation. Our issue comes in on the coin flip of OT. Coach Caven argues he won the toss (true) and selected to receive the ball. However when the OT began he was the kicking team. Coach Sestonn then received the ball and won in OT. Coach Caven requested a replay, due to the glitch, and was denied one. He then approached the board asking for a ruling.
As per our process last time, let’s ask ourselves some questions.
- Is this a known Glitch?
- Can we prove this was a glitch? Does it matter?
- What are the consequences for the league moving forward if a replay is granted?
- What are the consequences for the league moving forward if a replay is not granted?
Question 1….ehhhh, Maybe? We don’t really know. There is some evidence offered that it might be, however I nor anyone else were able to uncover concrete evidence that this is a known bug.
Question 2, Can we prove this was a Glitch? Does it matter? Let’s assume it is, can we prove that Caven did in fact select to receive. The answer is no. All we have is Caven’s word that he did in fact select receive and it was not a misclick. For what it is worth we believe him. We believe either he misclicked, and did not realize it, or it was a glitch. However, because the only replay of the game available is not from Caven’s POV, we can not determine with 100% accuracy what happened. That being said, let’s assume we could, let’s just say Caven broadcast the game as well and the replay showed that he did in fact elect to receive. Would we want to reset the game. This is touchy, but we feel that it is not the league’s place to police Cyanide’s issues. Especially considering a complete game was played. We feel that even though it hurt his chances of winning, it did not remove his chance to win the game completely and Caven was still in a position where he could have won. If we begin to make rulings to fix the game in regards to it’s poor programming, we are setting ourselves up for a bad time. This is why it is super important for coaches to come to a consensus on game breaking glitch issues. While this particular issue sucks, we do not feel it was game breaking.
What are the consequences for the league moving forward if a replay is granted?
Granting a replay for a glitch, that can not actually be proven will set the league up for trouble. All it takes is one wise-guy coach to roll double skulls and then claim, “well I pressed reroll but it didn’t let me reroll” before we are in over our heads. While this legitimately may have been a glitch, we can not set the precedence to reset games over unprovable/replicatable glitches. Especially considering a full game was played and while the glitch did hamper Caven’s odds of winning, it did not remove them completely.
What are the consequences for the league moving forward if a replay is not granted? Minor consequences are to be had if we don’t grant the replay. We have another playoff controversy and we have another cloud over this year’s playoffs. However, we feel this is the path of least resistance and the absolute correct thing to do.
Final Ruling : Game will stand. No replay.
Authors note: Coach Sestonn did not participate in any discussion regarding this decision. Coach Sacerdotalist was also absent from this vote as he still is a playoff coach. Also, some events from the transcript posted above may be embellished. Except the part about how much Preach loves Gnomes.