Over-The-Line Tournament Biggest Party Is The First Weekend
If there’s one thing I’ve learned through the years of covering events for not only PubClub.com but for other news organizations (I began this kind of life as a newspaper sports reporter) it’s that no matter what you hear about something, nothing beats actually being there for it.
I refer to this as having “boots on the ground” and I use PubClub.com to convey to site visitors what I learn from trail, error and my own personal experiences.
And that is why I’m telling you that the best time to go to the Over-the-Line Tournament in San Diego is for the first weekend (July 8-9 & 15-16 in 2017). And the first day if you’ve only have one day to allocate for it.
This came as news to me when in 2016, I went to the OTL for the first time. I had heard about it for years and even a few years ago dispatched PubClubette Chelsea to cover it and she came back with this hilarious, glowing report.
I purposely sent her down on the second weekend because that is when the organizers hold the Miss Emerson contest and Chelsea being a beauty queen herself (a former Miss Fitness Arizona and first runner-up to the Miss Long Beach Grand Prix pageant), I figured the website could get two great articles in one visit.
And so that proved to be the case, but I have to admit I was actually disappointed when I made it down for the second weekend to see this thing for myself.
First of all, we were able to drive onto Fiesta Island, something I was told was not possible for this event because there’s just way too many people and there’s not enough space for all the cars. Secondly, the crowd was sparse, more like a few hundred people rather than a several thousand.
Yes, we could drink on the beach (or really, the small island that’s a part of Mission Bay) and were amply provisioned for that activity but there was really no revelry happening that day.
On the plus side, it did give my associate Chris and myself the opportunity to conduct a little investigative journalism. So we interviewed players on teams – over-the-line is a softball type of sport – and were told without question the first Saturday is THE hot, wild crazy party time.
The following day is also good and they make it clear that the first weekend, and not the second, is the time to experience this event in its full glory.
Now, of course, I need to get down for the first weekend – at least the first day – to witness and be a part of it. Boots on the ground, you know.
Or more appropriate for this event, sandals in the sand.