Five months ago, he lifted the weight of the world off his shoulders, once and for all, by winning and slamming to capture his first World open title in Ireland, the seed of the game.
All discussions about who is the No 1 seeded-player, centers on one question: Who is finishing second? No one knows who will be second to Tyree in 2013, as the second-seeded position has changed names several times since Tyree took over the throne at the USHA 1-wall pro ranking in 2010.
As for the 4-wall kingdom, there isn't a consistent leader as the first and second top positions have also seen different names since 2010.
How much longer will Tyree rule from the USHA throne? Only Tyree knows that answer, but one fact remains a constant. Tyree Bastidas is the youngest player to rule supreme in the USHA in the new millennium.
1-wall 2010 2011 2012 2013
No 1 Bastidas Bastidas Bastidas Bastidas
No 2 Jagnandan Jagnandan Wright Wright
4-wall 2010 2011 2012 2013
No 1 Brady Chapman Brady Brady
No 2 Chapman Garner Chapman Chapman
Note: for 2013 the No 1 and 2 will start the season as posted above as per USHA last ranking at the end of 2012.
U.S. handball players from New York arrive in Ireland to eyewitness Paul Brady and Tyree Bastidas win the men's gold medals.
During the 2012 worlds in Ireland, many people wondered why Paul Brady's side of the draw in the men's singles was so weak in terms of competition in comparison to the other side of the draw.
Dave Vincent from the WPH also echoed this concern from the fans at the CityWest Arena while broadcasting the games.
Some people argued that Brady had worked hard to earn it. Others claimed that luck was on his side, while many thought the draws guaranteed him a place in the finals. Either way, Mr. Brady had no real competition and ended up playing against his own doubles partner to advance to the finals to capture the title in two games.
During the World Handball Championship match in 2003, P. Brady was so exhausted that he started to cramp up while playing against his countryman, Tony Healy. Because Mr. Brady had already used his own three time-outs, he called for an injury time-out. But the referee, Danny Bell, disallowed it as Brady's cramping didn't qualify for an injury time-out, and consequently declared Tony Healy the winner.
Mr. Healy then approached the referee and informed him that Brady could borrow one of his time-outs to continue the game. P. Brady came back and took advantage of Healy's generosity to take the title.
No matter how he's won his titles, Mr. Brady will always be remembered as the only player to hold four 4-wall open singles titles.
Congratulations to the champion.
Above: Mike Schneider (front) in action during a 1-wall tournament.
It’s hard to believe that top handball players could fail to score the crucial point while serving at match point. It doesn’t happen to often, but it does happens.
Such is the case of the following players who represent different age groups:
Tyree Bastidas (17 years old) was serving at match point against Charlie Shanks during the Boston Open. He double-faulted.
Mike Schneider (28 years old) was serving at match point during the YMCA handball tournament against T. Bastidas. He served out.
Paul Brady (32 years old) was serving at match point against Tyree Bastidas during the Canadian nationals. He double-faulted.
With the advantage of closing the game first and/or the title on the line, many fans ask: What were they thinking?
Photo by Bill Fand
It is not surprise to see top handball players being banned from the sport they love to play. But recently, Timothy Gonzalez and Givonni Vasquez, the top big ball players in the U.S. were banned from participating at the Guz handball Club due to their persistent bad behavior (ranting, arguing and yelling).
Mr. G. Vazquez has been in trouble with the USHA in the past. His most recent violation was during the summer of 2012, where he was forfeited for showing up late. Previously, he had also been penalized during the World handball championships.
Mr. T. Gonzalez is no stranger to controversy either. He was reprimanded and given a verbal warning during the big ball nationals in 2011. He was also banned from competition at the most important local tournament in 2012, King of the Courts.
“I miss their games, but I also like to see the tournaments being run fast and smooth” said Pablo, a big ball fan.
“I want both players come to their senses and do less arguing and more playing”
“I like when they bring drama into the game. It makes the game interesting” said Jim, another handball fan.
“But sometimes the drama goes to the extreme and the games get delayed”
Let’s hope the Big Ball game (BB) continues to be synonymous with the best big ball players, instead of "Bad Behavior".