I wanted to add this thread for final thoughts on the Sr. Nationals from those who watched on the internet, and for those who might have been in attendance.
1) I loved the internet coverage and as stated before, I think that Pat and Leo have grown alot in their roles as color commentators. They need to get rid of all the pomp and presentations in the beginning of the program. It even irked Pat on the second day, and he made comments about getting on with the matches. Yet another time I agreed with Pat this weekend. Do the presentations earlier, or start the broadcast later.
2) I thought that big attacks/throws were lacking in the second day. Many of the attacks looked like they were to stay busy more than throw the opponent.
3) Just the numbers. Contestant participation was down from last year. USA Judo should get their head out of their ass, and start having some big tournaments in California. Numbers would go up, the tournament would have plenty of volunteers, more spectators, and would be run like a national tournament should be run.
The east coast bias of USA Judo can be irritating. I thought I heard on the broadcast that next year is Virginia Beach. Who wants to go to Virginia Beach? Nearly everyone will need to make connecting flights, you might need to wear a jacket, or worse get rained or snowed on. Sounds like fun. I think I'll pass, and just go to the Trials in Vegas.
4) From the broadcast, I thought the refs did a pretty good job for the most part. Definitely better on Day 1 than Day 2. However, I spoke to a few people at the venue, and they had a different opinion. I'd like to get other ground zero opinions on it. I'd also like to get their opinions on the overall tournament experience, as fans or contestants. I thought it was great for a person who just had to turn on the computer.