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Q - 19 Mar 2013
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Most of the videos we have from the weekend of the Houston City events are up. Apologize for the camera angle and lack of full matches on some of them. (forgot my regular tripod and spare battery) Rest (4 more) will be up on Wednesday. Still have Goran v Paulo and Dan v Dionisio to go up as well. Then thanks to Mark R. & Joe C. hopefully will have some classic footage and CA state footage ready to go up in the following weeks.

HCO
https://vimeo.com/album/2307972
2012 TOC
https://vimeo.com/album/2307446
All videos
https://vimeo.com/airhockey/
 
Q - 20 Mar 2013
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Goran v Paulo (2/3/13):
https://vimeo.com/album/2311467
 
stubbs7 - 20 Mar 2013
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Thanks Q! If it wasn't for you and Dan we'd have only a small percentage of the air hockey video that we have online.

 
Q - 26 Mar 2013
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Lil blast from the past (preview of things to come)

https://vimeo.com/62703386
 
carolina phil - 26 Mar 2013
Total Posts: 1929

Thanks Q for the video of the great Bob Dubuisson winning the 1985 National in Houston.

Big sponsors for that event were the new product Icy Hot through little Tim W's father's company in Chicago and CR Auto of AH player Roy Gonzales.

This event was in March 85 because in April I flew to Boulder to take Number One from Bob who won this one. He won the next one, too, and Robert flew to Boulder to take it from him also. Bob was in the finals five more times defeating cancer for a few years until finishing 12th in his terminal stage in Colorado. His last words were, "I am out of here!"

Bob "Dube" Dubuisson was a congenial "all American" kinda of guy off the Table, but on the tennis court and the lacrosse field, and especially the Table he radiated a forceful presence and glassy eyed intensity that pushed and forced you out of your game and made you capitulate to his finely tuned and dominating offense.

Jesse Douty once said that Bob was the only player he had ever played whose eyes never showed a flicker of fear.

Phil Arnold



Q said:
Lil blast from the past (preview of things to come)

https://vimeo.com/62703386


 
Red puck - 27 Mar 2013
Total Posts: 192
Q mentioned "preview of things to come", sounds like more great historic videos are on the way. The one posted was awesome!
 
jtweissm - 27 Mar 2013
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Awesome Q! I can't wait!
 
Q - 28 Mar 2013
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https://vimeo.com/album/2322481

I opted to just the gameplay footage that Mark gave me for posting online. It's been great to see some of the older footage for the first time. My only previous exposure to the archives was any clips used in Way of the Puck.
 
stubbs7 - 28 Mar 2013
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These videos are great! Bob v. Jesse, Mark and Robert. Awesome.

It's tough to compare the level of play in these videos to today's level since the Brunswick table doesn't hold bank shots nearly as well as the GSG and Dynamo tables. So the players in these videos aren't able to hit the hard unders like you see so many of today's players using.
 
tableman - 28 Mar 2013
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stubbs7 said:
These videos are great! Bob v. Jesse, Mark and Robert. Awesome.

It's tough to compare the level of play in these videos to today's level since the Brunswick table doesn't hold bank shots nearly as well as the GSG and Dynamo tables. So the players in these videos aren't able to hit the hard unders like you see so many of today's players using.


I don't know about that... I mean the Brunswick tables not holding banks. Like now, the problem back then was always the Houston tables not holding banks, probably due to humidity and denser air.

Believe me, we TRIED to hit hard unders back then. :) Jesse had a great "slam-bank" RW under. What you didn't see nearly as much in the 80's were the hard LW unders like you see today (from a right-hander).

 
tableman - 28 Mar 2013
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Plus, the Brunswick table in that TV clip is not representative because it was not level and the puck was flying way too much. Wait til you see footage from the actual tournament where the tables are playing better. :)
 
ajflanagan - 29 Mar 2013
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These clips are AWESOME. Thanks to Mark and Q for getting this stuff digitized and online. Many of us have never seen complete footage of these Air Hockey greats.

Some things have changed so much...

notably, defensive strategy.

Some things haven't changed at all...

notably, Phil's hats.
 
TWeissman - 29 Mar 2013
Total Posts: 359
I was there at that 1984 tournament where Dubuisson almost hit Mark with the chair he kicked!

I remember watching those "men" and being in awe of their skill on the Table.

Looking back I think it's pretty easy to compare the level of play to that os today.

The level of play today is far far superior. It's not even close :/

Watching the finals from 1983 between Jesse and Bob makes it really obvious. Boy, the sport has come a long way.

Beyond the ambiguously-gay shorts, the offenses and defenses were much weaker.
 
Q - 29 Mar 2013
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https://vimeo.com/album/2324234/

A few matches from the 2005 Texas State courtesy of Joe Cain. (2 full sets, 2 partials) For now,that's the end of the old fopotage that I can put up but more will be in the works hopefully in the near future. I have 1 tape from the 2003 CO tournament but I still need to work on being able to work with that tape's format.
 
fupersly - 01 Apr 2013
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Well, there's a lot more where that came from. I have video in my archive from the 2002 Texas 12 up to the last Nationals in Vegas. There are certainly more gaps in my coverage as the years wear on (not as many States or Nationals attended from about 2008 on), but I have enough tape to fill several boxes and certainly more than 1TB of (raw) digital footage.

I'm also excited to see more of Mark's older footage! Even if the quality of Air Hockey is lower as some have said, it's fun (and informative) to watch the "Masters of yore" and see how the game has evolved since then.

I'll also check with Dave Gray - I know he has some footage from the early/mid 90s that would also supplement the collection.
 
jsbritton - 02 Apr 2013
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i of course have LOTS of footage as well from (2004-2010 or so) that i would be happy to share somehow. much is decent quality digital and much is 8 millimeter.

i haven't watched the recent matches yet, but thanks Q for all of your efforts. they will be eternally appreciated by all.
 
fractalzoom - 03 Apr 2013
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We're really trying to build a database of matches. Right now.. just throwing everything we've personally recorded is pretty awesome. These older videos are wonderful in showing how the game has progressed over the years... and having it available on the web for anyone to see. I'm trying to imagine how many videos we'll have after another couple years.

Some day, I'd love to have a "tournament" video series where there is commentary, statistics, multiple angles, storylines, etc. I know it would take a lot of effort and time to do


That said, *all* of the credit goes to Q... and he likes accepting praise.
 

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