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  1. I came up with the exact same list, and also Gershwin, but only Rhapsody in Blue, which is odd. That 84 Garfield was spared is also odd.
  2. Most corps would be much better off paying down debt and otherwise shoring up their balance sheets than reducing tour fees or splurging on new equipment. It's not the nice option (cut tour fees) or the sexy option (new stuff), but its the smart option.
  3. Now there's a video up synced to Alan's tape, although not surprisingly he doesn't say anything interesting while he's tearing around the field. Also, to me it sounds like at the end of the show he says "You really made me run!"
  4. Yes, that's Ralph's writing. He wrote SCV's book through 1990. Also, trivia note, that's me in the center of the screen on the last note of the show.
  5. Bravo, caliswift! DCP would be a much, much better place if, whenever we see a thread start to derail, we post Alison Brie gifs. We can all agree to that, can't we?
  6. I could be wrong but I think only United flies non-stop to Indy. In my experience the fare is lowest between February and April, but even then it doesn't get much below $380 or so. If you see a fare below $400 you should snap it up immediately. You can more than make up the premium you'd pay for a flight now by waiting until late July to book a hotel, and then use Priceline's name-your-own-price feature. You'll save tons of money and/or stay in a swanky place. If you can take the whole week off and don't mind a bit of driving, I think you'd get the most bang for your buck by flying into Columbus on the 2nd or 3rd (less than $500 even now) and catching the TOC show in Massilon on the 4th (the top corps, outdoors, almost Finals-ready), then heading to Indy.
  7. This is pretty much the go-to explanation, as far as I'm concerned: The only thing I'd add is the Dunning-Kruger effect: There's a tendency (only a tendency, and not necessarily applicable to anyone on DCP) for, shall we say, ill-informed people to be arrogant in their opinions, because one of the things they're ignorant of is the limits of their expertise, and for well-informed people to hold their tongues because they are acutely aware of how much they don't know. Regarding DCP in particular, I'd say there are two other factors that certainly don't help discourse. First, almost all of us are not just drum corps fans, but partisans of one corps in particular. Second, there's just no way to conclusively "prove" that one horn line, guard, etc. is better than another the same way instant replay can prove something in sports. I agree that vitriol on DCP is small potatoes compared to say, YouTube, as well as to RAMD.
  8. I think it's partly survivor bias as applied to message board posting. An attitude of humility about your own opinion and respect for differing opinions is going to bias you toward not posting, and not get sucked into flame wars; the opposite attitude, the opposite.
  9. But that's not "slotting" as the word is commonly used. People cry "slotting!" when Corps X, which historically beats Corps Y, beats Corps Y and in their opinion Corps Y should have beaten Corps X. It's that last part that separates "slotting" from mere "here we go again". Slotting means that the outcome is predetermined regardless of what happens on the field. Certain corps have institutional advantages and a history of success that begets more success, and while that may make things somewhat predictable, that's not "slotting" any more than Brazil beating Chile and the Netherlands beating Mexico in the World Cup is "slotting". In order for "slotting" to be a thing, two things have to be true: 1) the outcome is predictable, and 2) the outcome is wrong (and consistently in certain corps' favor). Show me evidence of the latter.
  10. It's always amusing when people get all huffy and defensive about their own team, but... can't.... help........ myself.............. 1 Carolina Crown 98.300 2 Blue Devils 98.050 3 The Cadets 96.950 4 Santa Clara Vanguard 96.850 5 Bluecoats 93.350
  11. And as I said, by Pasadena it was clear they had pulled away. No slotting needed. Anyway I don't mean to quibble about specific examples. My point is that it's very easy to toss the word "slotting" around but very difficult, at best, to point to clear-cut examples of it. Now competitive inertia, on the other hand, is a very real thing IMO, especially the first couple weeks of the season.