My squash club has wonderful squash doubles pro-am that runs over the first few weeks of February. The pro at our club, Eric Baldwin, does a great job organizing and it is well supported by the pros around Toronto, which is an very active squash community. Jonathon Power is now a member, as is Gary Waite, who was #1 doubles player for about 15 years. Both are interesting and personable. Jonathan played in our Pro-Am two years ago and Gary has played in it for about 6 years. It’s a real privilege for the amateurs who get to play. (When recently asked for affiliation in submissions to academic journals, I contemplated saying Badminton and Racquet Club, but decided on Climate Audit instead.)
Eric tries to balance the teams so that the best amateur gets last pick of who he plays with. The losing team in each game gets a 3-point head start in the next game. So that it’s a recipe for 5 game matches. In the first round, 4 of 8 matches were decided 15-14 in the fifth. Squash is one of the few sports where you have 2-way match points – sort of like a buzzer beater in basketball where a team is one point down. (Hockey has sudden death but the puck is only in one end at a time.)
Last night, the proprietor of this blog got to play against Paul Price, currently part of the #1 ranked squash doubles team in the world.
One of the club members made up promotional posters for the various players, one of which featured the proprietor of Climate Audit. To spare the unwary, you are not obliged to look at this poster merely because you came to the blog, but continue reading if you’re brave.
The squash players think that my enterprise into the climate world has been rather fun, but they tease me about it and now I have a new nickname on the squash court (as you can see from the text on the poster). I’ve got a bit of a quirky squash style, as relative to my ability, I hit a lot of winners and kill shots. Meager when you’re on the court with someone like Price, but you go with what you’ve got.
And, oh yes, the match. I played with Alex Carter, an excellent up-and-coming 25 year old amateur (playing as the pro) against Paul Price and his partner, John Hughes. Squash doubles is a wonderful spectator sport. Price is a shot-maker and fun to watch from the gallery. Hey, it was fun to watch him on the court. You feel like clapping.
But strange to relate, your blog proprietor is advancing to the final on Wednesday.