Seeing as how it’s Halloween, we’re getting as close to a Halloween themed post as I know how: Quidditch.
After three previous posts, we’re down to naming players to the final and most prestigious position in Quidditch: the Seeker. (Check out our other posts on Keepers, Chasers, and Beaters.) Harry Potter and pretty much every major character play the position. This could be because the Seeker is such an important position because the outcome of the game almost always depends solely on which team’s Seeker catches the Snitch, earning Quidditch the title of Dumbest Sport Ever in some circles.
In the article from the link above, the author argues the sport is the “dumbest ever” because the Seeker is more important than any position from any other sport ever. “More than starting pitching in baseball, quarterback play in football, and whatever it is that helps you win at hockey.” The author makes a valid point. 150 point for one position when the most anyone else can earn is ten points at a time is pretty steep. However, much like in soccer, point differential matters. Losing by a smaller margin can help teams in the standings against teams losing by larger margins.
Another point the author and many others argue is that whichever team catches the Snitch always wins. But that just isn’t necessarily true. In book 4 at the Quidditch World Cup, Victor Krum catches the snitch for Bulgaria despite being down by more than 150 points to Ireland just to stop the beat down and end the game with some pride.
While I think the idea of the Seeker catching the Snitch to end the game is interesting, I think it should be worth about half as many points. This would make it much easier for teams to rack up points to deter the opposing Seeker from catching the Snitch if they are down by too many points. The IQA actually made the rule change. I can’t find how many points they award teams for catching the Snitch, but it’s less than 150.
Seekers: “are generally the smallest and lightest players on a team, and there is a certain glamour attached to playing as a Seeker.”
A few months ago, Jimmy mentioned in a post how he pulls for the little guys (probably because he’s one of them) and gave the example of David Eckstein. Not only is he small (5’6″), but he has experience catching small (although not as small as a Snitch) balls.
The other Seeker spot goes to Chris Osgood. Since he’s a goalie some may think he’s better suited for playing Keeper, but a hockey net is a much smaller than three hoops. He’s only 5’10″, which isn’t that short, but he’s proven to have really quick hands.
And since I don’t know magic, we’ll need someone really fast to dress up in yellow spandex with a flag that the seekers catch just like in the IQA. Who would make a better Snitch than Usain Bolt? Even his name sounds fast.
So the final rosters look like this:
|Chudley Cannons||Montrose Magpies|
|Keeper||Hope Solo||Dwight Howard|
|Chaser||Payton Manning||Tom Brady|
|Chaser||Steve Nash||Deron Williams|
|Chaser||Justin Verlander||Roy Halladay|
|Beater||Albert Pujols||Adrian Gonzalez|
|Beater||Zdeno Chara||Rafael Nadal|
|Seeker||David Eckstein||Chris Osgood|
What do you think?