I hope the numbers were up. The more registered targets in the air the better for competitive trapshooting. We are going to need the numbers folks whether at the Cardinal Center, Sparta or the many little club shoot all over the country.
Put those targets in the air anywhere! Competition is good for the sport!
Very true "Barry" and i notice i refrained from any negative CC comments as they are counter productive. I did not start this thread for any negative hidden agendas. I was honestly just curious.---Matt
Is it wrong for shooters to attend a shoot in their own State? I made the 5 hour trip on Wed and saw a lot of PA, NY, MI and KY names on the board. As I am sure you saw a lot of local states around Ill on the board at the Grand. I think shooter attend large shoots when they are in the area.
No - there is never anything wrong with attending shots in your own area - that is what I do. What is going on here is a difference of opinion between those who want (to) and do attend the GA and those who want Sparta to fail and have a dream that the great phoenix of the CC will arise and save the day.
And then there are those who refuse to invest a little more driving time or take an airplane ride to get to Sparta and so they go to the CC and try to convince themselves and anyone else who will listen that the CC is actually better than the grand.
Tell you what, Gary Waalkes (and a few others too), let me PM you my address and you can send me the funds to attend next year's Grand.
I really don't want to shoot the whole Grand, really just a couple handicaps, maybe one doubles event, and if you are so inclined, include enough I can shoot the CTC.
You don't have to cover all the costs, as I will gladly KICK IN (INFLATION ADJUSTED, OF COURSE), THE AMOUNT THAT IT USED TO COST ME TO COMMUTE TO VANDALIA FROM SOUTHEAST OHIO AND SHOOT FOR 2-3 DAYS.
I accept checks, cash, and could probably even arrange a credit card transaction.
I swore that I wouldn't enter into the Sparta vs. Cardinal fray, and I still haven't, but open your freakin' eyes.
You sit in front of the computer and basically accuse Ohio shooters who don't go to Sparta of "refusing to invest a little more driving time or take an airplane ride to get to Sparta".
In the glass house you live in, maybe lack of "entertainment dollars" is not an issue, but in most of the houses of "Joe Average" shooter, it is just a fact of life right now. If Cardinal Center up and moves two states away, I can damn well assure you that they would lose a lot of Ohio shooters due to travel / hotel costs.
The Grand is not required for enjoyment of registered shooting. I absolutely wish no ill will to Sparta, but if the earth suddenly opened up and swallowed the whole complex, my life here in Logan would not be affected in the least...this is just a fact, sorry.
I had hopes of being able to attend the Grand at Sparta someday, but attitudes like yours tend to make me want to spend my coin a little closer to home.
Before you start the beat-down that I am probably not even a registered shooter, I have over 111,000 registered targets plus MANY more non-registered and practice.
Mike Humphrey - Nothing against shooting at a big shoot close to home - if I had more time off and more money, I would also go the CC after the Grand. But I would not try to convince myself that the CC is was just as good or better than the GA. (P.S. - this is first time I have had a chance to go to the GA since it has been in Sparta Ill.)