You know, I’ve worked at MAXON for about 2.5 years total now(Fall ’05-Jan ’07, June 08′-Present), and there’s always been some sort of game to help us unwind. During the majority of my first stint, it was Foosball. Rick and Scott would often have some epic battles. But Scott Left, the Foosball table was replaced with a Air Hockey Table. I never really played either, but I remember Jon Ware and Steve would around the time I left.
When I came back to MAXON after graduation, Air hockey was still there, but seldom used as anything other than a table for people using the Printer. Andy Runyon joined this past June and suddenly, there was someone pretty amped to play some Air Hockey, and so he and I began playing regularly. We had a good First to 10 Wins series that culminated to I believe a 14 game July 2nd Afternoon. For the record, I won that Tournament but Andy made a VERY good effort to pulling out the upset as I was up I believe 6 wins to 2, and it ended 10-8.
Since then, a few others have popped in to get in on some of the action Andy and I have been playing. Kai has begun playing, and now, when it hits 5PM, we head to the Table. 3 Games were played today as is pretty normal. First, Andy and I played which I believe I won 5-2(we play first to 5) or 5-3. He and I have gotten into a habit of trading wins, although he may have fueled me with a Free Taco from Taco Bell. Then Kai and Andy faced off with Kai pulling out the victory, which led to me vs. Kai…Enter Air Hockey Glory…
Kai and I had a good match, trading points until we got to a tied game at game point, 4-4. As is customary in our games, the Puck often will fly off the table. We’ve all been hit, sometimes fingers, sometimes faces. On game point the puck went sailing off the table towards Kai, which meant it was his puck. He set the puck down and was focusing on tapping it thinking about his plan of attack. I saw an opportunity to try and just knock the puck into the right corner of the goal(that is, my right). With a very dicey move, I decided to throw the mallet to go for the win. If it did not go in I would be left wide open for a game winning shot.
Kai was not looking at me, instead he was planning his shot. With a swift throw(which with office rules is legal), I hit the puck, with a force that knocked the mallet out of Kai’s hand, but it did not go in. Instead, it bounced against his mallet, against mine, then the of the table before gingerly tapping his mallet and going into the goal for the victory and glory in what has been described as one of the best moves pulled in MAXON Office Air Hockey History. Below is my 3D Model reinactment of the epic scene which will forever be etched in the MAXON Air Hockey History Books.