Beat Middlebury

“Middlebury Quidditch needs to be beaten at this year's 2011 Quidditch World Cup, most teams agree. There are very logical reasons as to why we, the other 99 teams that will be at the World Cup, cannot let Middlebury win the World Cup this year. This is not a hate group: in fact, on the contrary. We very much respect Middlebury Quidditch for being the best Quidditch team in the world for the last 4 years. But this is precisely why we cannot allow them to do so again during the 2011 World Cup, especially since this is most likely to be the most competitive World Cup in history.

Imagine for a moment, if you will, that Middlebury indeed wins again this year. In preparation for the next QWC (VI), imagine the discouragement each team will feel. Imagine recruiting people for your team for the world cup saying, "Yeah, we're going to the World Championships for Quidditch. Except we're not going to win because Middlebury wins every year. In fact, they've been the best for 5 years and running, and they were even the best out of 100 teams last year, including international teams." Okay, so perhaps that's not how you'd go about recruiting people, but it would definitely be running through your mind. The point is that Quidditch, being in its relative infancy, NEEDS to start having diverse champions to best prevent such discouragement. Imagine if in the FIFA World Cup Brazil won every year without exception. This would have greatly hindered the growth of the sport of competitive international soccer, and until there was a sort of uprising and banding together of teams at the World Cup, this would be very likely to continue for years and years. In short, the sport of Quidditch NEEDS Middlebury to not win the World Cup this year. We NEED a different champion.

Also, with the way the World Cup is likely to be set up this year, Middlebury will be at a big advantage over other teams who have not had the chance to prove themselves through previous World Cup experiences. Middlebury currently holds the #1 ranking in the world, and for good reason. In the World Cup, teams are likely to be placed into pools by their rankings, which means that Middleubry is very likely to be placed into one of the easiest pools, if not the easiest pool, not counting Middlebury themselves. This means they’ll most likely enter the World Cup tournament undefeated and, having played easier teams than everyone else, relatively well rested. They would get a very good ranking, meaning they would also get to play the easiest teams in the tournament as they proceed to the championship game. This being said, it is very likely that Middlebury will have the easiest schedule to get into the championship game, which is somewhat fair since they are the highest ranking team in the World. And although this will likely be the most competitive World Cup in history, if Middlebury is the best team at the World Cup AND they are given these advantages, it will be very hard to ensure that they do not win the World Cup.

So now that we’re in agreement that Middlebury needs to be beaten, and we’ve established that this is likely to be a difficult, but worthy cause, how do we go about making sure they lose? Well for those of you sport fans, recall the 2011 NCAA March Madness tournament. Remember how not a single #1 seed even made it to the final 4? The top 4 teams that were supposed to be the best in all of college basketball didn’t even manage to make an appearance as one of the last 4 teams in the tournament. This same thing happens in football too: a few years ago, the New England Patriots managed to go the entire season and into the Superbowl without losing a single game. But they were upset by the underdogs and wild card New York Giants. How does this happen in sports?

Well to be honest, it was a matter of many different factors coming together that formulates such spectacular upsets. But most sport analysts would agree that one strong reason that many predicted champions and #1 seeds lose games that they are expected to win comes from the power of individual teams unintentionally working together to take these teams down. Or as many people believe, when such high ranking teams have to play a lot of other teams who are all “gunning” to beat them, every team they play is putting forth their greatest effort to be known as the team who beat that “unbeatable team.” This is precisely the sort of unity we need to bring down Middlebury this year, except we plan to make it an intentional unity instead of an unintentional one. And the best part is: this ability to “gun” for certain teams will most definitely be magnified in the sport of Quidditch. I personally guarantee that fatigue will begin to wear on every team at the World Cup by the time it’s over, if not sooner. With player-limited rosters in Quidditch, fatigue will most definitely be wearing on a team who plays several games a day for 2 days straight.

So here’s the point: if every team plays Middlebury as their hardest game and goes out of their way to be particularly (but also important is legality) physical, they will eventually be at least as worn down (if not more worn down) as the other teams. This will most definitely provide the next team who gets to play Middlebury with a greater chance to beat them with every game Middlebury has to play. If your team gets the chance to play Middlebury, in pool play or in the tournament, you have to be sure that this is the hardest game you play. Do not be intimidated by their undefeated history, and remember that you are part of a larger cause of trying to beat this team. Though you may not be able to win your game, if you ensure that you wear them down as much as you possibly can, maybe the next team won’t lose theirs.

Personally, I don’t care if Middlebury is, in fact, the best team at the 2011 World Cup. We must band together and not allow them to win. This is not only possible, but probable if everyone is in agreement and the word is spread.”

This group was created to raise awareness as well as start discussions on how each team should go about doing their part to ensure this goal is achieved. Many teams have never seen Middlebury in action and have no idea how they function, so I strongly suggest that people with this sort of working knowledge of Middlebury’s team share it with other teams to better provide the chance for each team to beat them. I am not trying to pry at any other team nor their strategies, except Middlebury College. I also recommend that everyone watch the World Cup finals (Part 1 and 2) to pick up on possible strategies:
(not amazing footage, but good Quidditch footage is pretty hard to come by on the internet)

Please everyone, I implore you to try and get a working understanding of how Middlebury’s team works. And if you happen to know how they work, please let everyone else know. Perhaps the team this year will be different than last years, but it certainly cannot hurt to know the history of their strategies.

Invite anyone from other teams except Middlebury (though this is hardly a secret campaign), particularly North East teams and captains, since they most likely have the best knowledge and firsthand experience on how Middlebury works.

And thus the campaign to beat Middlebury College’s Quidditch team begins. Cheers, and see you at the World Cup!