Earlier today, the 8th man named Daniel Daugherty the Sportsman of the Year for 2012. Article: http://www.eighthman.com/2013/01/18/daniel-daugherty-2012-sportsman-of-the-year/
You should all check out the article before reading on here, this is going to serve as a supplement to it.
Dan is a good friend of mine, as well as a rival captain within Ohio, and I could not have more respect for him. His dedication to the game is astounding. Bu the article covered all that.
I want to share with you my experience playing with Dan at Quidcon.
It’s been a while since it happened, so I can’t remember every play as clearly as I could 6 months ago, but two very specific plays come to mind.
The first, we had just scored, I was playing chaser. Dan was the on-point defender, I was guarding on the left side. As I was watching the ball out of my peripheral, I saw the ball come loose, rolling towards Dan. Without hesitation, I took off down the left side of the field, knowing I could trust Dan to find me, and knowing Dan would trust me to finish the play, even though we had never played chaser together before. He did, and hit me with a perfect pass, led perfectly, which left me one step away from the short hoop. An easy goal, and a perfect summary of Dan as a player: completely trusting, a deadly defender, and a perfect distributor.
The next was the only time I ever saw Dan come close to showing off. (sorry Dan, I have to tell this one) We were up by a fair margin, and Dan was left with a wide open breakaway, no beaters, no keepers, no chasers, nothing between him and the hoops. It was as sure a goal as goals can ever get. We’ve all seen players take these and dunk them hard through a shorter hoop. Not Dan. Dan decided to go for a layup on the middle hoop, and was promptly denied by the t-joint connecting the pole to the hoop. One of the funniest things I’ve ever seen.
But, in all seriousness, Dan was a huge part of that Quidcon team. He’s a natural leader on and off the pitch, and we wouldn’t have made the finals without him. Congrats on Sportsman of the Year, you deserve it.
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