THE SET UP
Everyone wants to play with their bros. That's why they are bros. Everyone realizes this, and I hope we are all able to come to terms with the inevitability of it, so we can move forward. It is the how to go about moving forward where TG'rs begin to diverge.
There are two camps. The first camp does not see a 'problem', and so doesn't think anything should be done about it. Some simply don't see "winning" or "competition" as being all that important in the TG experience. On the other extreme, some put a heavy importance on winning, and have found an easy way to do it. Most in this camp though, they are a lot like me in PR when I decide to drive anything with wheels; not much foresight, or ability to learn from past blunders.
The second, much larger camp, believes something should be done to fix the 'problem'. Within this camp are a few who believe they can change the attitude entirely, making it known the practice is looked down upon, believing their opinions hold sway. Some consciously make an effort to counter-act whatever perceived effects this practice may have by pro-actively balancing when bros start to gather in large numbers. Most in this camp however are like my good buddy Alpha. They've had a hard day flipping tricks on the corner, and now they just want to crack a beer, roll a cigarette, and play some PR.
I observe people will play with their bros, this is how things are. I have come to terms with this reality. I contend that something should be done about this, because the costs of doing nothing outweigh the benefits of always playing with my bros. What, then, should be done? It's simple, and we can start tomorrow.
- Stand up two TG Companies, each with a unique mix of In House Squads and TG Affiliated Squads.
- Alpha company and Bravo Company squads are never to play on the same team during the short cycle.
- Shuffle squads every couple three weeks.
Who decides the squad distribution? I believe TG has a proper bunch of leaders who would be happy to make up a selection committee. Each cycle should have a sticky listing the squad distributions to each company for the term. At the end of each cycle, there should be a thread where TG members can comment on the performance of the Companies, and submit ideas for the next cycle.
Just don't put Quu with the 69th first go around please, those guys are nubs.