The Sour Age
May 5, 2012
Strengths, Weaknesses and Pressure part 2 of 6 (Part 1)
By: Jack Skunk and Scrimshaw G.
Today we continue on with our next 2 Captains. Who are they? Oh, only Scott ‘Choo Choo’ Tran and Matt ‘Maverick’ Inman.
|Captain||Scotty “Choo-Choo” Tran (Red). Scott Tran is one of the most respected and well-loved captains in all of league. He’s known as being the Les Myles of league for his gambles in the draft. As a 4th season captain, he is one of the most experienced. This summer, Scott needs to step up: after a sad, C-bracket finish, he needs to prove that he’s a serious competitor.|
|Captain’s Strengths||1) Outstanding handler and acolyte of the dump-swing game.2) Has the chops and experience to put together an outstanding team. His gamble failed last season, but it could have easily gone the other way.3) Scott is fearless in the draft. He’s taken league’s most volatile player and will reach for players he wants.
4) Scott is famously pragmatic. If his team wants to huck, then he’ll embrace it. If his team can’t play man, then he’ll go zone. This is crucially important- particularly in a balanced league.
5) Finally starting to show some toughness as a captain.
|Captain’s Weaknesses||Versatility, cuts both ways. In some respects, I get the sense that Scott has no rudder. If the wind blows north, he goes north. If he were a dad, I can imagine his kids convincing him that candy would be a reasonable choice for dinner. The key, I suspect, is that Tran needs to draft a disciplinarian- somebody who will lay down the law when one of his players storms off in the middle of a crucial play off game.|
|How much pressure is the captain under to succeed?||Scott is under a fair amount of pressure; after two mediocre seasons, he finished in the basement. To regain his mojo, Tran has to win some chump discs or break the champ bracket. Anything short of that will start drawing comparisons to Greathouse, circa 2011- and NOBODY wants to be there.|
|What he needs to do to declare victory?||Chump discs or better; otherwise, Scott Tran will become irrelevant.|
|Captain||Matt Inman (Sky Blue): The quiet rookie captain Matt ‘Maverick’ Inman finally ventures into the inner sanctum of league leadership. Forever known as ‘that fast guy’ to all the old geezers or college kids who are bad with names, Matt has been roasting people deep for many seasons. This type of unexpected anonymity has recently made him a sneaky good pick on the Fall Out Champion team and Ghost Duck Champion of FL2011. Maverick comes across as a humble worker of the world and I’m not even sure I’ve ever heard him speak words. Hopefully he can pick up some legit throwers to make it easy for his deep cut scoring.|
|Captain’s Strengths||1) Affinity toward players with high moral fiber.2) Level-headedness will give all of his players a pressure-free environment to excel.3) Leads by example as a tireless worker on both sides of the disc.
4) Friend of the earth, saving yards upon yards of fabric by wearing tiny shirts.
|Captain’s Weaknesses||1) Questionable attendance (playoff elimination game in WL2012).2) Lack of experience in a leadership role: managing playing time, game planning, etc.3) Soft-spoken nature could become problematic when forced to stand up to the league bullies.|
|How much pressure is the captain under to succeed?||None. No one cares what rookie captains do-as long as they don’t talk too much shit, which this nice guy won’t be doing. Every victory is just gravy, baby.|
|What he needs to do to declare victory?||Separate himself from Chris Falk’s team to determine who the true mastermind behind Random Acts of Violets was.|