I am still working to fill this blog with the information that the fans want so this time I mostly focused on scores while including a bit of ‘color commentary’. There are obviously tons of SPOILERS.
Let me explain something about these two challenges (the individual and team challenge). It was really cold. I don’t think it ever got above the 30s all day. Several times I had to repeat things because I was shivering so hard that I looked ridiculous. And shooting took all day. It was probably our coldest and longest day of shooting.
We open with an individual challenge with an unknown ‘prize’. It was a 180 yard clout shoot. The goal was to get as close as possible to the clout pole. They shot 3 arrows and the closest arrow counted.
Steven Gatto 5’11”
Rowdy Dowdy 6’8”
Tony Platt 4’
Zelly Koch 8’10”
Norman Larsen 3’7”
Connie Calloway 1’1”
Josh Ulickey 6’7”
Ric Clark 10’0”
Matt Stutzman 9’9”
So Connie won the ‘prize’ of moving a red team member to the blue team. She consulted with her team ad they decided to move Zelly. Do you think this was the best move from a strategy point of view?
Now on to the main challenge, called Lord of the Rings, where the goal was to get the same number of arrows in each scoring ring on a FITA target at 70 meters (the target only had rings 6-10). The winning team would be the team to do it in the fewest number of arrows and there was 36 arrow cut off. The best score would be one arrow in each ring. For instance, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 and any number of misses would complete the challenge with a final score of 5+ # of misses. Another score that would complete the challenge was two arrows in each ring, such as 10, 10, 9,9,8,8,7,7,6,6 and any number of misses for a final score of 10 + # of misses. It took a while to get everyone clearly understanding the goal of the challenge. The arrow cut off was 36 arrows, if the team was unable to finish the challenge in 36 arrows then we just stopped them and they received a score of 36.
Each archer would shoot one arrow at time and they would rotate. We called the arrows that landed in a ring that already had the required number of arrows in it a Bump Arrow. For instance, if the team needed two arrows per ring and there were already two arrows in the 9 ring then the 3rd arrow to land in the 9 ring BUMPED the requirement from two arrows per ring to three arrows per ring. I indicated Bump Arrows by writing the score in red and bold, ie 9
There is a master sheet with all the scores at Nock Out headquarters but I do not have a copy of them so I put together the scores based on what I saw in the episode (same way the home viewer enjoyed the episode). There is a chance that I am incorrect in my score reporting but if that happens it is the result of me as a viewer, not of the Nock Out organization.
Because of the large number of arrows shot in this challenge, not every shot was given the same amount of attention in the episode. But by following the shooting order and the score on the lower right hand of the screen I was able to put most of the scores into place. If I was unable to assign the scores to a particular archer then I put a “-“ in the box and listed the scores under the table.
The way to read each chart is to start in the left most column, reading top to bottom, then move one column to the right. For instance, when blue team shot the order was: Ric shot a miss, Zelly a 9, Matt a 7 then Ric shot a second 7 (a bump arrow shown in red) so now the team needs to get 2 arrows in each scoring ring.
Blue Teams scoring round
There were seven arrows that I couldn’t assign to a particular archer, none were Bump arrows. The values were 8, 8, 7, 6, 6, M & M. The final score was 33 Arrows.
At this point the Red team had 6 arrows in the 9 ring which means they could not complete the challenge in fewer than 36 arrows so they stopped shooting and earned a score of 36 arrows.
The two scores I couldn’t match up for Connie and Norm were a 9 and 6. After the sixth 9 there was no way to complete the challenge in fewer than 36 arrows so the archers earned a score of 36 arrows.
I think this challenge is, by far, the most complicated one when it comes to analyzing scores. There was a lot of strategy involved in this challenge. A 6 is not necessarily better than a 9. Sometimes people purposely missed so a shooter that they feel is stronger can take the shots (or so it was explained in interviews) in that case was the archer taking the miss being smart or does it show a lower skill level? Sometimes the most challenging shot was given to the strongest archer, if they then shot a bump arrow should it count against them more or less than an archer that was given a shot where even if they missed it wouldn’t hurt the team? There is a lot to think about as a viewer and I would love to hear what people think.
With Red and Purple being in the bottom we had two unanimous votes for who would go into the nomination round. Connie asked her team to vote for her. And the Red team nominated Tony again. You can hear all the reasons for why in the episode.
Tony and Connie shot a 50 meter hit/miss target. A hit is worth 1 point, a miss (anything outside the gold) was 0. They shot 5 ends of 3 arrows each. The final score was Tony = 9 and Connie =6 .
We had to say goodbye to Connie which was difficult for everyone. Tony survived his second Nock Out round which is something to consider.