I don’t like it.
First of all, as a promoter/presenter I always check out the environment. Could there be an uglier, ill-lighted, no seat hall than Bunker?
And the pillars in the infield certainly don’t add to the ambiance.
You knew there would be a lot of one-sided games, but it really was ridiculous. I know, it is exciting to see nations getting their best players on a national team and coming to compete.
And you have to admire Toronto Roller Derby and Blood and Thunder magazine for pulling it off, but I have a few suggestions.
First of all, all teams should have been seeded. Let the 7 lower seeds compete in one bracket, the 6 higher seeds in another; then the winner of the lower bracket move into the semifinals with the three survivors from the higher seeds.
Since this is not a WFTDA tournament, why not modify the game slightly to help avoid all the 377 to 8 scores: shorten jam times, limit the amount in the penalty box at one time, whatever.
I really think the venue bothers me the most. If you cannot hold a World Cup in a World Class venue, don’t hold it at all. I just think of it in the 1st Bank Center, Key Arena, UIC Pavilion, etc etc. If it is in Toronto again hold it in the major hockey arena; if you can’t afford it, don’t do it.
I think you all know how I feel about the game, and this to me is such a step backwards, even though the players are obviously thrilled; the USA team is amazing.
Don’t do this again in a dump.