I had to make this a two part message, the first a background shot, the discussion to follow.....Enjoy, and come out it will be worth it! Today I had the pleasure discussing this weeks upcoming 4 Club Showdown with last years and this years captains of the RCF & SCDGC. I wanted to talk about this upcoming event and its significance. Historically many remember the Crosstown Rumble, a regional event. Today it is now four clubs, the RCF our hub of disc golf, possibly the biggest club in the nation. The SCDGC the western spoke, The SOILLDGC the eastern spoke, and JCSDGC the southern spoke of our St. Louis wheel of good fortune. This metamorphosis of disc golf arrived when the RCF acknowledged the need for expansion, and the realization that one or two guys can't get it done without the help from volunteers to step up and make things happen. In the last year so much has happened, clubs corresponding to coordinate events., The creation of a ratings system has been implemented. TD compensation and recruitment, is showing promise. Preregistration and membership can be bought on line and hopefully plans for a reasonable way for bundling memberships may soon occur. Tourneys and leagues are filling up because people stepped up and volunteered. This wave of volunteerism significantly improved course improvements, and course development. But lets not think we are done, and please adopt a course, or just help by volunteering; the benefits outweigh the liabilities. But this weekend, in what I hope to be the first of what we could consider a regional major event is the 4 Team Showdown. The 4 club event last year was nearly a no go, at first"epic fail" was what an earlier a quote described pretourney options. But the fire of good fun, shenanigans, freakish right wing-like rule obsession and the fiscal fisting power of a transexual dominatrix, came together against all odds make this event happen. Retired RCF president Chris "PDGA COP" Kinsella, still had a little in his tank, and SCDGC stalwart Jim "Jimbo" Nelms would not walk away from an opportunity. Unknowingly these two began something special, controversy without Gateway at the center.....Amazingly what they created was a good old fashioned rivalry, not the kind where teams are involved, because many players have more than one affiliation (tags, the key to eligibilty). But a battle of reputation, a measurement of character. Yes it seemed to all that the mighty RCF, powered by the efficient, calculating wizard of disc golf rule interpretation, would once again reign over the region. He quickly assembled his army assessed the economic stability of his club, vetted out the rule-breakers and within hours his army was assembled. Victory was at hand, the trophy was purchased, but like every quality wheel, its power is reliant on its spokes. These little spindly things, alone so fragile, but grouped symmetrically around a solid hub, anything could happen, and it did happen. The crafty Nelms, allegedly infiltrated PDGA Cop's ranks (though unproven), like a mis-swallowed ibupropen Kinsella, still holds a taste in his mouth as bad as an unsold, overpriced hot dog, watched helplessly as Jimbo slithered away into the night bringing the next day realization his army was light. But it wasn't only Jimbo the abducter, it was also Jimbo the Bill Belecheck of match play. Scoring techies claim it was a custom pairing, and the keen use of his alternates, that enabled Jimbo to engineer a David-like victory over the Goliath-like Giant, the mighty RCF. Meanwhile it has been a year, PDGA Cop has writhed in anguish, the searing vision still in his mind of the triumphant SCDGC club carrying off the man known as coach "Jimbo the giant slayer" In the past year, he has stradegized new and stronger rules, more increased costs to gain revenue to build his army, new courses to train more intensely with the intent to crush this "Jimbo".