...but would the OLA?by Tsitshoh (Login tsitshoh)
Any theory is welcome, but if it can't stand simple tests of validation, what is the point? Broken down theories are only used by crackpots to seduce other crackpots. So let's take a look at your theory and see how well it stands up:
1) You conveniently ignored my point about proximity and that means home court advantage to all the other clubs within an easy drive of Iroquois Park. Has the festival benefitted West Durham or Clarington teams? How about Markham or Beaches teams? Has it benefitted teams that play better away from home? Besides, if you had done even a cursory glance at the data, you would have noted that the Festival has only been in operation 5 years, not including this year.
2) I am sure that you have been at the Festival and noted that WMLA stuff is quite secondary to the actual Festival sponsors and other OLA partners. I don't even notice WMLA stuff at the Festival. And besides, other than Whitby residents, what affect does "free advertisement for wmla" have on anyone else? That is: red herring.
3) I think the WMLA is well organized is is the prime contributor to the successful teams they have each year. This has nothing to do with the location of the Festival.
4) I think the WMLA has great coaching and is another prime contributor to the successful teams they have each year. This has nothing to do with the location of the Festival.
5) I am not sure what you mean by a "robot-like game structure" but apparently it works both with home court advantage and away court advantage since Whitby teams do well at tournaments. But again, this has nothing to do with the Festival unless you mean that WMLA teams must be at home to take some sort of robot-inducing treatment so they can play kids lacrosse. I mean we all know that the town of Whitby is practically the same thing as the Soviet Union. Comrade.
In that light, how many times in the past n years since it's inception has the Spartan AC actually won their namesake tournament? I would think that home court advantage being what you believe it is, it should be rather frequent. If it is, then I think the same point can be made for moving this prestigious tournament away from St. Catharines and moving it somewhere else since it gives home court advantage to the Spartans, Athletics and any other Niagara Area clubs. I am sure you agree. Oh wait. Whitby won that last year too.
2011 PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONS
Tyke: Whitby (A), Kitchener (B), Burlington (C), Oshawa (D), Kahnawake (E) Novice: Whitby (A), Six Nations (B), NOTL (C), West Durham (D), Newmarket (E) Peewee: Whitby (A), Brampton (B), Toronto Stars (C), Kahnawake (D), Halton Hills 2 (E) Bantam: Whitby (A), Mississauga (B), Kahnawake (C), Kitchener 2 (D) Midget: Orangeville (A), Burlington (B), Arthur (C), Kawartha (D) Intermediate: Brampton (A), Markham (B), Clarington 2 (C)