After two days of battling it out on the beautiful Stanford campus, it came down to this: CFL stalwart Evergreen Khan & Park v. Fresno dark horse Nazareth Christian Browatzke & Vehrs matched up in the Santa Clara Marriott’s Salon C. Also, a rarity: the number 1 seed against the number 2 seed, an occurrence that seems to have last happened in an alternative universe where top seeds aren’t dropped with regularity in double-octofinal rounds.
And at 12:35 p.m. the championship round kicked off. Nazareth Christian affirmed the resolution “U.S. foreign policy is too little too late” and after 38 scintillating minutes of debate the two teams were asked to step out into the hallway and experience the nerves that only a championship round can provide.
After a few minutes the two teams were invited to resume their spots at the front of the room and after a dramatic pause the curtain was pulled back to reveal the judgement. Evergreen KP had successfully negated on a 3-0 ballot and the Kindles had found a home with the not-as-tall team.
Let it be entered into the record that Khan & Park won with style by winning all 10 rounds of debate and claiming an extraordinary 19 out of 20 ballots cast. Things are shaping up for a spectacular finish to the season. With so many quality teams in the mix, this year’s TOC just might be the best of them all. Stay tuned.
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