I'm not suggesting a 6 team double elim. But the format changed from 2008 to this year. Currently, 2 of the 6 teams will have traveled around the world to play 5 games. The others get 1 more. 6 games, for all that money... all that time training. I'm all for the RR, but maybe a double RR before the top 2 are announced? I don't know. I just think 5 or 6 games is small.
It also doesn’t do enough to award pitching deapth in my opinion, you should not be able to ride one pitcher all the way to a gold medal round. I feel that is an issue with the sport at lower levels as well, but thats a separate conversation.
I fully understand why there's no fans. I fully understand why they are playing on a lack luster baseball field that isn't pleasing to the eye. I do NOT understand why they changed the format of the tournament to only 1 game vs. each opponent then into the medal games. To me, that shows they softball seems to be an after thought to whomever changed the tournament. I realize it's the Olympics and every game should matter but, sometimes neat things happen in bracket play when it's do or die games.
Video of game/catcher please,@RADcatcher ... odd question ... what do you think of Mexico's catcher, Sashel Palacios? I just watched the Mexico/Canada game last night (recorded) and noticed her "unique" catching style. At first, I thought she looked like a little kid whose gear didn't fit right (not because of her size, but because of the way she moved).
After watching a bit, I really liked her style. I appreciate that she really was working to try to control her pitchers (that two -second pause ... love the rule, but it is a bit odd). I LOVED that she relies on glove speed and moving her hands quickly. Many pitches she did not provide a target until the pitcher was about to deliver (I think too many catchers give away pitch locations or lose their own balance by making extreme shifts).
... and I might have developed a little bit of a softball crush.
Like you said, Not much to look at.Not much to see on here, but here is the 3-minute highlight reel from the game ...